Still Giving Thanks…1/29/09

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” –1 Chronicles 16:34

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I am thankful for:

–exercise…or more precisely the ability to still do it. Even though it is much more painful than it used to be, it’s not impossible. Actually, I’ve found that if I’m going to be in pain anyway (from arthritis), that it might as well be productive pain! 🙂

–other homeschool moms

–a book called “The Strong-Willed Child” by Dr. James Dobson

–my new B.B. Ladies’ Circle (prayer, fellowship, devotionals, Bible study, etc.)

–humor…what a gift!! 🙂

–Facebook…I’ve reconnected with so many familiar faces…it’s been great!!

–God’s amazing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I’m so thankful for HIS perfect understanding, will, and way. I thank Him for His guidance, discernment, and wisdom!!

The Learning Never Stops

This morning we had one of the best homeschooling times in a while.  The kids were both excited about learning some entirely new things.  Sarah started working on cursive writing, and she was glad to see it’s not nearly as difficult as she once thought.  Several times, Sarah wrote out all the letters of the alphabet in cursive, and she was extremely proud of her accomplishment.  (Sarah sees me writing in my prayer journal most every morning…She’s very enthusiastic about being able to decipher “Mommy’s secret code!!”  I say, “Whatever works!!” ;-) )

Besides reading, Kerry worked on telling time and naming the days of the week.  This was not the first time he’d been introduced to “week days”  before, but this was the first time I had specifically questioned him about reading the clock.  I was amazed at how I didn’t even have to explain the basic hours to Kerry.  It seems he had already picked it up from me working with Sarah, and he had figured it out!  Yay!! 🙂

It’s always nice when they’re eager to learn something new.  Of course, they may not be excited about everything, but I can sure appreciate when they are.  In general, I’m also trying to keep my attitude in check…how I introduce lessons, how I react to the kids, etc.  I’m teaching every moment, whether purposely, or not.  My attitude towards learning certainly teaches them something…I intend to be more careful about what that “something” is…exactly.  🙂

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To all you homeschooling moms out there:  Happy Homeschooling and God Bless!! 🙂

The Blessings of Hymns…

…and so much more…There are just so many daily blessings God bestows on each of us!

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Last Sunday morning, I felt a joy I hadn’t felt in a while. It was wonderful!! I wanted to get up. I was excited about the new day. I wanted to go to church and sing hymns. In fact, a couple of hymns had been playing in my mind all morning, and they were such a blessing to me…

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I just keep thinking about the words and what they mean to me, and I’m so thankful to God. If any of you have ever dealt with severe depression, hopefully, you also know the incredible relief and joy of seeing the clouds of despair float away (or at least part for a while). To me, it is a miracle…something I cannot do on my own…

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At Calvary

Words: William R. Newell, 1895. Music: Daniel B. Towner

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

Refrain

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

Refrain

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!

Refrain

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

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**Note: I found the above hymn here.

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Have Faith In God

By: B.B. McKinney, 1934

Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely.
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered,
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the lord, trust His word and be patient,
Have faith in God. He’ll answer yet.

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

Have faith in God though all else fall about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own:
He cannot fail though all kingdoms shall perish.
He rules. He reigns upon His throne.

Refrain:

Have faith in God, He’s on His throne,
Have faith in God, He watches over His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail,
Have faith in God, Have faith in God.

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**Note: I found the second hymn here and over here.

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**Note and Update: I admit that this Sunday morning was more difficult, but I rejoice that with the Lord’s help, I was still able to press on. (Of course, once I went on to church, I felt better and better.) Yes, I realize that I cannot expect to wake up every morning full of joy and anticipation of the new day. However, for each day, I can say a prayer of thanks and ask for God’s help to move forward.

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” –Isaiah 26:3

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Sparrows Don’t Worry…

…so, why should we?

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On this Thankful Thursday,

I’m thankful that I don’t REALLY have to worry…

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**To view more cartoons by Mr. Waters, you may visit: http://www.joyfultoons.com/

**To view more Thankful Thursday participants, you may click here.

Not Just One…

…but TWO days of fun!! Yep, two days of fun in the snow…the kids have been lovin’ it! (…And yes, if it seems like we’re making a big deal, it’s because we DO live in the South. ))

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Well, anyway, here’s some snow pics for Wordless Wednesday: (I’ll try not to use many words.)

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O.k., I just have to make a comment about this last one. These are the miniature “Snow people,” Larry and LuLu. Aren’t they cute?! ) Yeah, I know…more like…they’re kind of “lame.” Very sad…indeed. I’m in dire need of some lessons on how to make a proper snowman! ;-) However, these DO make for a more comical picture, and I find them much more entertaining! -D

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Well, “Whatta ya know?”

…it DID snow!! -)

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We don’t see this much ’round here. The kids act as if they’ve NEVER seen the stuff…which I suppose they haven’t seen a lot of it in their young lives. I admit, I usually don’t pay much attention when the forecast calls for snow. We got a pleasant surprise today, though. -)

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**Note: O.k., no I did not take the above photo. (I got it from my new Photo-bucket account.) In fact, I don’t even know who took it or where/when. However, I did get some cute shots of the kiddos playing in the snow today. I’ll try to post those soon! -)

**P.S. Oh, if you want, you can find more pics at: Photobucket.com

Mountain…What Mountain?!

On this spiritual journey through life, who can’t use a little humor and encouragement? I praise God for the gift of laughter and for uplifting messages I receive all along the way. Today, a friend sent me an email containing several Christian cartoons by Michael D. Waters. I especially LOVE this one:

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Did you enjoy that as much as I did?! What a simple, yet very effective visualization! When we step out in faith and trust in God, His awesome power will be unleashed!! That mountain doesn’t stand a chance!

**For more Christian cartoons by Michael D. Waters, check out his website at: http://www.joyfultoons.com/

Think…Thanks

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” ~Author Unknown


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I’m thankful for:

Little Kerry showing more interest in reading lately.

–the “off “switch on the T.V., and that I’ve remembered how to use it! ;-)

–ENCOURAGEMENT. God finds so many ways, both big and small, to uplift me all along the way. James 4:10 says, Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

–God’s Word. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

–the scene unfolding around me this evening, just now, as I’m typing this post. My darling husband is softly playing the piano, while Sarah is happily reading to little Kerry. (Pretty sweet, I tell ya…yep, pretty sweet.) -)

Pitiful Pooch…

…on Wordless Wednesday

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On a beautiful fall day, 2-3 months back, I snapped these photos of my Gracie Girl:

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–Gracie says, “Sure is a nice day…might be nice to go outside.”

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“…Yep, it’s a nice one alright. If somebody really loved me, I guess they’d let me out.”

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Gracie’s still not amused: “Yes, Mom, I know you’re still there…outside…waving around your silly little black box. I’m choosing to ignore you now.”

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“Aww, a hug from the boy…at least someone cares.”

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“Ooh, I just have to steal a kiss…I can’t resist my little human. Hey…maybe he will let me out!”

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Attitude of Gratitude

One of the beneficial things I haven’t done in quite a while is Thankful Thursday. To me, it really is helpful to set aside special time to remember and record my thankful list each week. When I’m planning for a weekly thankful post, it makes me more mindful of the many blessings I constantly receive.

Well, I know it’s not technically Thursday, but it’s my thankful list nonetheless. (I was gone almost all day yesterday). Anyway, below are just a few of the many things I have to be thankful for. I realize that my attitude had gotten a little off kilter lately, but that can be easily remedied. It doesn’t take long to discover numerous blessings when we just take a look around. Then, it’s not that hard to have an “attitude of gratitude,” when we consider all that our Lord has given us and done for us!!

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“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”Psalms 100:4-5

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I am thankful for:

–honest, good people…They do still exist, though the enemy would have us believe otherwise. I was in the McDonald’s the other day, and I left my wallet in the bathroom. A lady took it to the cashiers up front and let them know whose she thought it might be (she pointed out my table and said she thought it was either mine or my friend’s. Together, two of the cashiers looked in my wallet just enough to find my I.D. right in front, and then they returned it to me. I hadn’t even missed it yet…didn’t even know it was gone. When it was returned to me, my cards remained untouched, and not as much as a red cent was missing!

–good, true friends. Recently, I’ve been reminded of just how vital good friends can be to our well-being. I have been through some major struggles in the past couple of months. I am so thankful for the loving and thoughtful ways that others have showed they cared and have tried to help and encourage me. Even the “little” acts of kindness have meant so very much to me.

–God’s everlasting love, and I’m amazed with His patience. -)

–medical knowledge, doctors, medications…However, I’m most thankful for God’s discernment and wisdom.

–the life God has blessed me with…family, friends, church, community…

–a good, enjoyable, and productive day yesterday (for a couple of months, it hadn’t seemed like I’ve had too many of those.) Perhaps I’ll remember to be more thankful when I do! -)

–a new year…and a new hope.