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Thankful for the Day AFTER Thanksgiving

Almost all of my family were at my house yesterday and we had a great time. We ate until we couldn’t and then we talked and visited. We had a great time and I hope that you and your family enjoyed a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

But today, I am grateful for today. A day to relax, enjoy leftovers, enjoy spending time with my DH. Later, I’ll get out of my recliner and pack up the fall decorations in preparation for getting the Christmas decorations out of storage.

Or maybe I’ll just sit in my recliner and enjoy these fall decorations one more day.

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Thanksgiving Day

I have been writing all week on people and/or things for which I am thankful. I’m sure some of you wondered why I didn’t begin the week with being thankful to God. No particular reason. I woke up Monday morning and during my devotions I began to think of my family and pray for them. Thus the Monday devotion on family.

Once I thought about it, I decided I wanted to post my thankfulness to God on Thursday. After all, it is the day for giving thanks – to Him. Without Him, nothing I’ve blogged about this week would be possible. Without Him, nothing is possible. But with Him, all things are possible to those who believe.

May God richly bless each of you and your family on this wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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Thankfulness on Wednesday

Yesterday I did major house cleaning. I know I must have logged two dozen trips up and down stairs, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and the downstairs kitchen. I should have vacuumed but my grandson “volunteered.” Yeah, right.

Today, I begin cooking. We expect 18-19 people for lunch on Thanksgiving Day. It will be so much fun – seeing great nieces and nephews I haven’t seen in a year. Visiting with my sister, her daughters-in-law and sons. And of course, my parents will be here.

But today, I’m thankful for the ability and health to clean my house. I’m thankful for God’s provision. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory.” (Phil. 4:19)

What are you thankful for today – the day before Thanksgiving?

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Thankful Tuesday

This morning I was downstairs in our TV room. I was studying the last lesson of a Bible study I’ve been doing for a couple of months. Suddenly, I stopped and listened. Total quiet. No noise. And I realized that I am very thankful for my quiet times in the mornings. And when I miss those quiet times, it seems as if the entire day broadcasts as loudly and rudely as possible. It makes me even more thankful for quiet times.

What are you thankful for today?

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I Am Thankful for…

Because it’s Thanksgiving Week, I thought it would be nice to share with one another what we are thankful for.

Today, I am thankful for my family:
– for my parents who raised me in a Christian home
– for my sister who has always supported me
– for my wonderful husband who shows me every day what a true Christ-based marriage should be
– for my daughter, who has set her sights on her goals and has allowed nothing to stop her
– for my son, who has become a man of integrity, courage and bravery
– for my “adopted” children and grandchildren – who love me as one of their own (adopted is in quotes because I think of them as my own, too!)

Who are you thankful for today?

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The Legacy of Hymns

In Thursday’s blog, I ended by talking about staying focused on God. It brought to mind an old chorus that we used to sing years ago and started me thinking about the hymns that we sang when I was growing up in the Baptist church.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.*

I love this chorus because even as I sing it I am drawn to His face. As I gaze into his eyes that are full of love for me, all the things that I’m concerned about, all the things that pull me in a million different directions are no longer foremost in my mind.

I love the contemporary praise and worship songs that are sung in many churches today, including my church. But I miss the old hymns. I grew up in a Baptist church long before praise and worship songs were popular. To me, the hymns have a foundation to them; they are an affirmation to my faith. These hymns are a legacy from which we are depriving our children, and our children’s chidren.

A favorite hymn of a dear friend of mine is Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. I can remember hearing her sing it so many times. It was her testimony.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!


O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!


Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!


I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more! **

My grandfather’s favorite hymn was It is Well With My Soul. It was his testimony.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul. ***

These hymns and many others have a legacy, a message that we must not lose.

What hymn(s) is your testimony?

* Helen H. Lemmel, 1922, Public Domain
** Louisa M. R. Stead, 1882, Public Domain
***Horatio Spafford, 1873, Public Domain

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