Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thankful for Grace

Over the years, I've written a lot of posts about thankfulness. God has totally blessed me in a variety of ways! Keeping in mind thankfulness needs to be an attitude expressed every day in the life of a Christ follower, I want to end November, our month of thanksgiving, with focusing on what I believe is the greatest blessing of all, grace.

Today, I'm sharing with you words from a post from 2012. I believed it when I wrote it then, and I totally believe it now:

Bald Knob Cross, Alto Pass, IL

I am so thankful God didn't require me to earn my way to heaven, because I know me. I would have messed it up somehow.

Instead, He gave the gift of His Son for people who really didn't deserve it (me included).

I didn't come from wealth and privilege.

I'm not the offspring of celebrities.

I have messed up, time and again.

I'm not a mental genius, but I'm smart enough to recognize a wonderful deal when I see one.

Ephesians 2:4-6 (HCSB) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,


Grace means unmerited favor. I don't deserve Christ's love and provision. By grace, I get it anyway.

What do I have to give up to receive grace? - just a life filled with mistakes leading down a wrong path. I had to give up wanting my own way.

Sounds like the deal of an eternity to me ...

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I'm linking this post up with the community at The Loft. Won't you join us and read other posts of thankfulness?

I'm also linking with the community at Word of God Speak. The Word has a lot to say about grace. What say you?

Wrapping up a month of Thankfulness at The Loft

Welcome to The Loft. Today is the end of our series of posts concerning thankfulness. I want to encourage you to dig deep and find more thankfuls. You might say, "I've been writing about this all month long. I've said all there is to say."

We are a blessed people, and even if we are going through a major trial, there are still blessings to be found. Dwelling on these blessings can help us to persevere through those struggles. We all need to hear stories of encouragement to build our faith. Your story might just be what I need to get me through the day.


THEWe are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
 
We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation.

Here are the topics for the next month:



  • November 2 - 30 ~ We are posting about Thanksgiving and Thankfulness all month long 
  • December ~ The Loft will be closed all month to celebrate Jesus' birth and give us time with our families
   
The Loft

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m.

If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is THANKSGIVING. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.    

#TheLoft

The Loft
      

Now it is time to linkup!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday's Fave Five: Blessings this Thanksgiving Week.

While we are poised on the brink of the swirling activities of the Christmas season, it is good to stop and examine the blessings in the here and now.



Here's my five from this week:

1. God has sent my friend Elizabeth into my life to teach me a few things. Last month, she was homeless and sleeping in her truck. This month, He has made an apartment available for her AND her dog. (Did you know how impossible it is to find a landlord willing to rent to a pet owner?) When did He make this apartment available? The day before the weather turned cold!

I could go on and on about all the things He has done in her life, but then that would be her Fave Five list, not mine. I'm just so thankful He is allowing me to see how He is working in her life.

Plus it's always a blessing to make a new friend!

2. I expected Wednesday to be crazy busy but actually it turned out to be a day that ran smoothly and I easily got all the must-be-dones finished, and a couple of the not-quite-as-important tasks done as well.

3. The girls each brought a dish to our Thanksgiving feast making my cooking much easier. It was all delicious! Sharing our thankfuls around a full table makes my heart full indeed.

4. I used swag-bucks to buy one of the Christmas gifts off my list. Pretty nice to find just the right gift at just the right price and not have to break open my wallet. Oh, and I didn't have to leave my house to order it. Win-Win!

5. 4 Day Weekends are pretty awesome. I remember when I worked at the bank feeling sad I had to go back on Friday after Thanksgiving. To all those that do have to work today, I appreciate your service.

And so ends another week on the Journey. How did YOUR week go?  I hope you were surrounded with love, friends and family. Leave a comment and tell us all about it, or consider linking up with a great group of bloggers, the Friday's Fave Five community at our lovely hostess, Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful for Blessings

The turkey is in the oven, the orange salad is made and the cranberry sauce is chilling. Before I start on round 2 of Thanksgiving meal prep, I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a happy day.






In the midst of thanking God for the food on your table, and the people gathered around your table, thank Him for all the little things that brighten your life. If you started listing them, you'd be amazed.

I'm thankful for YOU! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful for the Greatest Book of All

Today, I want to give thanks for the greatest of all books, God's word.

What would I do without it?  Where would I learn about God?  Where would I find out about His promises, or learn about my future forever home?





The Bible is an amazing book.  It has poetry, law, history, health facts, prophecy, and real stories about real people.  The Bible doesn't sugarcoat stories, it tells the truth about people - good, bad and ugly. It gives me hope because I realize that God used people who were not perfect. People like me and you.

Spanning 1500 years, 40 authors wrote 66 books that are as relevant today as they were then.  Consistently on the top seller list for book sales, the bible is the most unique amazing book ever.  I love living in the day where there are multiple translations that I can compare to increase my understanding. Shame on me, if I don't take advantage of all these great resources.

The Word teaches me how to live, and how to love.  God is love, and He is the expert on teaching us what that really means.

Yes, I'm thankful for God's love letter to me - and to you!

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adapted from a previous post



I'm sharing this post today at The Loft where we are expressing thankfulness all month long.

Thanksgiving Week at The Loft

THEWelcome to The Loft, where all month long, we've been dwelling on thankfulness and thankgsgiving. This is Thanksgiving week, a time we Americans have set aside to be thankful for our many blessings. I'm hoping to see a plethora of posts (don't you just love the word "plethora") praising our Lord for His blessings.

We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
  
 
We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation.

Here are the topics for the next month


  • November 2 - 23 ~ We are posting about Thanksgiving and Thankfulness all month long 
  • December ~ The Loft will be closed all month to celebrate Jesus' birth and give us time with our families 
The Loft

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm.

If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is THANKSGIVING. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.  

    

#TheLoft

The Loft

Now it is time to linkup!



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Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up and a F.F.F.

It's good to be back with the crew at Friday's Fave Five who spend each Friday looking back over their week and counting at least 5 highlights, or blessings, they've been given.We meet at Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story, and share. You're invited to join us, too.

Getting back into the groove has been hard for me in the last 6 weeks but I feel this week has seen a lot of progress. I hate when things are hanging over my head, so I'm thankful the to-do list has gotten whittled down.


Answered prayer is always a plus. I don't know if I had shared with you, but for a long time I've been praying for God to send my church someone to take over leading worship. I love being on the worship team, but leading? Not so much. In the last few weeks, He has done just that. Our new worship leader sings in a gospel group and is a music teacher, so he is well qualified to lead. He's already taught us some new songs. I'm enjoying being on the team immensely. Praise God!


Gorgeous weather has been surrounding us in the midwest lately. I'm so thankful. Thankful also for a cheap electric bill this month!

We had a wonderful time visiting family in East Tennessee and North Carolina last month. I saw some beautiful scenery such as this view of the mountains:





I always like to end an F.F.F. with a great quote. I saw this at Emily's site a few days ago and it really spoke to me:



“The question is not Can we heal? The question, the only question, is Will we let the healing power of the risen Jesus flow through us to reach and touch others, so that they may dream and fight and bear and run where the brave dare not go?” – Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God

Touching others for Christ - the goal of the journey ...

And so ends another week on the Journey. I'm thankful each day for a fresh start. Next week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Let us all be thinking of all our blessings and sharing the great things He has done for us.

How did your week go? 

I'd love to know! Leave a comment and share or consider linking up your own Friday's Fave Five post at Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story and tell us all about your journey.