11.27.2014

Father, We Thank Thee

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm sitting here with the meal in various stages of preparedness. With a cup of hot chocolate in my hand, I decided to set the cup down and spend some time at our bench together, just you and I. The meats are cooking in the roaster. The rolls are raising on the ledge of the stove. We've got time to visit for at least a while before its time to make the gravy and put the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and dressing in the oven. Of course, if you wanted to come on inside with me, we could continue to visit while the meal is finished. Well, we could visit until I needed to go change my clothes and put makeup on anyway. We might get distracted by the aroma of the food as it cooks though. It's a hazard of the day.

A hazard of the day. Seems there are many hazards of the day for many people on this Thanksgiving Day. As I have been reading the historical account of the first Thanksgiving Day in America, I can't help but think of the freedom dreams our forefathers carried in their hearts for us. When I hear of the rioting across our nation, I hurt at the thought of how much it would hurt, and possibly anger, those men and women who sacrified, fought, lived, and died that we might live in peaceful freedom. They gave everything that we might live free. Some would say that the rioting is freedom in action. I disagree. Freedom doesn't hurt others. Freedom releases people from the smallness of hurting, looting, and killing. There is a better way. There is God's way. Oh, I know, I know, few feel that God belongs with talk of a nation. Our nation's founders didn't feel that way. In fact, the more I learn and read of their original writings, the more the history I was taught in school is found to be in error. The Puritans and Pilgrims not only felt God to be an essential part of this new nation, they dedicated this land to Him and the furtherance of His Gospel. This nation was intended to be ALL about God.

God who is left out of government, and practically everything else, is the reason the first celebrators of Thanksgiving in America came to this land. As the smells, sights, and sounds of this Thanksgiving Day weave their way in and through me, I pray my heart is not distracted from giving thanks to God, the reason for the celebration. May I be ever centered in Him and allow His way of living, doing, and being to guide and control all I do and say. May the thanks I offer be me living truly free. May others too live free, and may freedom's song rise up in a soaring symphony of truth ringing loudly across the land for all to hear. May smallness and evil be conquered while healing grace and love reign strong.

I am thankful dear friend, thankful for Him and thankful for you. Whether Thanksgiving dinner is turkey with trimmings or takeout, together we can be thankful, and thankful we will be. A poem from one of our children's books is running through my thoughts. May I share it with you before you go home? The poem is shared from the book Poems and Prayers for the Very Young. This book has been a beloved favorite of all of my children.

Father, We Thank Thee
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee,
For tender grass so fresh and sweet,
Father, we thank Thee,
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee,
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee,
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee,
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

Until this book was given to my oldest daughter, I didn't think I liked poetry. After reading this to my daughter, I realized that reading poetry is almost like singing. The rhythm and musicality of the words are a delight to the soul. How happy I was to be wrong and discover I do like poems. They are much like reading the Alice in Bibleland series of books with rhymes that flow from the tongue in a rollicking rhythm. 

Happy Thanksgiving dear friend! God's mercies to us never end. He leads and guides us through the day and shows us all His loving way. Hugs and loves wrap you up. They carry you home to drink and sup. Good-bye, Ta Ta, So long for now. Put on your hat. Tie up that scarf. It looks like it might snow. And always, always, always know You're loved wher'er you go.




11.25.2014

You're Going to Want These, You Will

Hi! It's nippy out! Come on in and grab a cuppa. We're pouring ourselves some too. Happy Thanksgiving two days early! We are SO ready for Thanksgiving around here. I really have enjoyed being thankful more than just one day. Being thankful ahead of time has prepared my heart to fully celebrate and live thanks big on Thursday.

Then on Friday...because we ahve been thankful all along, our heart are so thankful for Jesus that we can barely wait to begin celebrating his coming to us at Christmas! Before you go, take some time to print these sticky notes for the advent season out. They are available at A Holy Experience blog. Here's the link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/a.voskamp/TheGreatestGiftPrintableStickyNotes4x4.pdf. You will be SO glad you did. There are gift tags, gift boxes, and other printables to enjoy there as well.

Thanks for the visit! Here's a hug! Don't forget your stocking cap, it's cold out there! Love & Thanks in Jesus!

11.22.2014

Thanksgiving - I'm Thankful

Good morning! Only a few days left until Thanksgiving is here! I love Thanksgiving, everything about it. I love the cooking. I love having people eat the food. I love the fire in the woodstove, the football later, the naps full tummies bring, afternoon walks outdoors, reheating leftovers for supper, even having leftover desserts for breakfast the next morning. I'm smiling as I think about it. An entire holiday devoted to giving thanks to God and thanking Him by celebrating His abundant goodness. Ahhhh, did you hear my blissful sigh of joy?

Come on in and have some tea with me. There is a brisk breeze this morning. The weatherman says it is blowing in some weather. Cattle working might be a bit chilly next week if it gets as cold as they say it might. At least it will be cool enough for a fire in the stove on Thanksgiving. What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Anyone coming over? Oh, you are going? That can be fun too. You are right. I do love having guests over, especially for meals. I really truly do. Not everyone enjoys cooking for a lot of people or having people come over, but I looked forward to having gatherings in my home for years. Now that family and friends do gather in our home, a long-awaited dream has come true for me. What about you? What's your holiday dream come true?

Is it time for you to go already? I understand. It is a busy season. While we were visiting I thought of several things I need to get done or find. I'd better start making a list so they don't get forgotten. Yes! Let's do give prayerful thanks together before you leave! Thank you Lord for this dear friend and how they bless me with their visits. Thank you for the many evidences of Your goodness that surround us each day. I pray that we have eyes to see, ears to hear, a mind to understand, and a heart that knows every evidence of You every day all day through. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen. Thank You for Jesus! We are so excited about celebrating Him during the Christmas season!


11.03.2014

Good News & Snow

Hey There! You came out in the rainy snow! Come in! Come in! The fire is going if you need to warm up. Have a seat right there. I'll put the kettle on for tea, or something. Don't you just love the first snow? There is just something exciting about the first true snow, even if there isn't enough on the ground for a six and eight year old to make snowballs with. There is something or other being worked on inside the house today. I won't chat long here on the blog as My Beloved is here. I want to have tea with him since he is inside this afternoon. We don't get the opportunity very often.

Still no pictures of the chalkboard. I am having a bit of an issue getting the paint to be even. I have one last thing to try before saying "That's it!" and leaving it as is. Then maybe we will get it trimmed, hung, and in a picture before Christmas! Wouldn't that be loverly?

Just wanted to let you know it snowed. Somehow that seemed worth sharing. At least it did at the time. Also, as we head into the holiday season, here's a quick mention of possible resources for holiday ideas: Pinterest and magazines. Yes, there are still the real deal paper magazines available, so thankful for that! When the paper magazines have shared all they have to share, Pinterest is there too. Have you ever sat and "pinterested" with your spouse? Loads of fun! Well, My Beloved and I have fun. We have found a number of things to try while scrolling our way through. Watch our Colonel Redeemed! We're going to get you!

Before I go pour water for our tea, just a quick share from my heart. Mark 16:15 says "..."Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." The word gospel means Good News. Good News. Not Bad, depressed, evil, wicked, look what the devil did or is doing to me news. G-O-O-D N-E-W-S. News of the "Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world and I have come that they might have life and more abundantly" variety, that's the good news of the Gospel. For several weeks now there has been an insistent whispering in my heart for me to obey the Word exactly perxactly and preach (speak, share, and declare) the Gospel, the Good News, just as God has commanded. Since being made aware of the lack of Gospel being shared, I have caught myself almost speaking out news that isn't true Gospel more than I like. Dear Jesus, thank You for providing Good News. I pray it and it alone is shared in the way you have instructed. May it be our heart's desire to share only You for You are good. In Your name, Amen.

Ready for that cup of tea, dear friend? Me too. Let's go get us a cuppa something and share more of God's Good News with each other! We can meditate on God's Good News as we finish out the day with our loved ones.

Sharing and Declaring the Gospel aka Good News,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House blog