Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1000 Gifts - 606 to 630

606.  Jeremiah 31:3
607.  Peace from God
608.  Friend's husband's surgery went well
609.  God's protection of my stepdad when his truck left the interstate into the median (he was not injured)
610.  Warm soup on a cold night

611.  A pantry full of food
612.  Seat warmers for the leather seats in my car
613.  Extra blankets on the bed on cold nights
614.  A Christmas card from my cousin that included a CD of Christmas songs
615.  Samantha's post which so accurately described my feelings this week and the knowledge that I'm not the only one

616.  God bringing Nehemiah 8:10b to my attention over and over again
617.  God's reassurances of His love and faithfulness to me
618.  Talking to a friend who recently moved and keeping up with her adventures in her new hometown via Facebook
619.  God is love
620.  Laughter in the house when my family gathers together

621.  Watching my family members open their Christmas gifts
622.  Playing with my niece and nephew with their new toys
623.  Mercy - God not giving me what I deserved
624.  Grace - God giving me what I didn't deserve
625.  Jesus coming to earth and taking on human form so He could live the life that I should have and bear the penalty that should have been mine

626.  Talking to my sister on the phone during my morning commute
627.  Answered prayers
628.  The atoning blood of Jesus
629.  The hope I have because Jesus is my Savior
630.  Conviction by the Holy Spirit is not condemnation

631.  End of the year bonus from my employer
632.  Celebrating Christmas, the day when the Word became flesh
633.  Christmas morning church service
634.  God being able to use anyone to fulfill his purpose
635.  God using the ordinary to do the extraordinary

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1000 Gifts - 586 to 605

Continuing to count my precious gifts from God:

586.  Scripture that gets my eyes focused in the right direction: Forget the former things; don't dwell on the past. See I'm doing a new thing. Isaiah 43:18-19
587.  My friend's family having a safe trip as they traveled cross the country to their new home
588.  As a non-morning person, learning to appreciate my quiet time with the Lord
589.  Encouragement from my online friends
590.  Safety while driving for myself and my family

591.  A pastor who is burdened to follow God's leadership in his ministry
592.  Reading this on a day when everything was going wrong
593.  God not giving up on me
594.  By His grace God sees my potential
595.  Realizing that God is more interested in my character than my comfort

596.  Doing a Bible study with my sister using The Gospel of Ruth
597.  My Life Applications Study Bible
598.  Social media to keep in touch with friends who live far away
599.  The sale of my grandparents' home
600.  Connecting with some wonderful bloggers who bless me through their writing

601.  Learning that comparing myself to others is not only wrong but it's not fair to me
602.  Encouraging comments on my blog
603.  Choosing the best over the good by telling a friend that I could no longer assist him with a project
604.  Direction from the Holy Spirit
605.  The power of the Holy Spirit that resides within me

Friday, November 25, 2011

His Word Friday - November 25, 2011

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; 
make known among the nations what he has done. 
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 
Glory in his holy name; 
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 
Remember the wonders he has done, 
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 
O descendants of Israel his servant, 
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
 (1 Chronicles 16:8-13)

Linking with Nicole at Coming Alive in Christ

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

Whereas, both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United Sates a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness!" 

Now therefore, I do recommend next, to be devoted by the people of the states to the service of that great and glorious being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be, that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country. 

George Washingston, 1779

Linking with The Week in Words.

Friday, November 18, 2011

His Word Friday - November 18, 2011

To the faithful you show yourself faithful, 
to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 
to the pure you show yourself pure, 
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 
You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. 
You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 
With your help I can advance against a troop; 
with my God I can scale a wall. 
2 Samuel 22:26-30

Linking with Nicole because some days I don't have much to say, but God's Word always speaks volumes.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1000 Gifts - 569 to 585

It's hard to believe that it's been six weeks since I've written a post about gifts I've received from God. It's certainly not because I haven't been blessed -- I have been abundantly.

No, there's been no 1000 Gifts posts because there's been a lot going on...with family members' surgeries, increased work load and demand for my time. So, now that things have slowed down a bit I'm ready to catch up on my gift counting...

569.  Realizing that if I don't blog most days of the week, it will be okay. I doesn't mean I'm a failure because at times more important things must come first.
570.  My sister being pain free after her back surgery
571.  My step-dad's surgery going well with no complications
572.  For feeling God's presence on the days of family members' surgeries
573.  Comfort knowing that others were lifting my family up my family 

574.  Men and women who work in the medical field using their knowledge and ability to help others in need
575.  Medical staff who are caring and compassionate
576.  Delicious hospital food
577.  My pastor and minister of music visiting with my family at the hospital the day of surgery
578.  God's presence when fear and anxiety enter my heart

579.  God's goodness
580.  Hope in trying times
581.  Physical and mental rest after a stressful period of time
582.  The Holy Spirit bringing Romans 8:28 to my mind one morning and then repeatedly seeing that verse in different places while I was going through a trial
583.  God being more interested in my character than my comfort

584.  It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33
585.  Realizing that my striving for consistency may at times be attempts at perfection

Linking with Grace Cafe

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Verse #22

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; 
your walls are ever before me.  
Isaiah 49:16

I'm memorizing this verse to remind myself that even though people of this world may forget it, God never will.

What verses have you memorized to remind you of God's love?

Monday, November 14, 2011

When I Lay Down My Isaac

From Carol Kent's book, When I Lay Down My Isaac:

"Abraham was willing to offer his son Isaac because he was convinced that God could raise Isaac from the dead if that were necessary to keep His promises." (Larry Richards) In other words, Abraham trusted in God's faithfulness so completely that he was willing to surrender what he deeply loved without being able to envision a specific or positive outcome.

God is not working toward a particular finish -- His purpose is the process itself. . .It is the process, not the outcome that is glorifying to God.

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?"

Linking with Barbara at Stray Thoughts.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Everyday Miracles

perfectly imperfect
Photo Credit:  Bui Linh Ngan (linh.ngan) ~ Creative Commons

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9

Everything in life is a miracle. Every sunrise, sunset, smile, laugh, relationship, heartbeat, breath, each person, every human ability, every answered prayer.  They are all miracles and gifts from God. Life itself is a miracle.

Quit looking for the big, earth-shattering miracles. Focus on all of the small miracles around you each day.  

When the small miracles are added together, the result is the greatest miracle of all -- your life.

Slow down and experience life by appreciate all of the many blessings in your life and remember to give God the glory and praise that He deserves.
"To be alive, to be able to see, to walk.... it's all a miracle." Arthur Rubinstein
Linking with Spiritual Sundays and The Week in Words.

From the Archives

In His Word Friday - November 4, 2011

David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  He said:

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.  He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior -- from violent men you save me. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. (2 Samuel 22:1-4)

Linking with Nicole at Coming Alive in Christ.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Verse #21

I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2 (NIV)

Linking with Living Proof.



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