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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 30

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Day 30 – Holding On To His Promises

“They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their trouble, He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”  - Psalm 107:27-31

I am thankful for this journey of 30 Days of Thanksgiving.  Each day this month, I have had the opportunity to read the many different devotions and statements of thankfulness of a wide variety of people – close friends, family, acquaintances, fellow bloggers, and people I do not know at all.  Wonder why I am thankful for this? Having the opportunity to see what others are thankful for in their lives not only makes me more thankful for the blessings in my life, it has given me insight on how I can better handle situations in my life, past present and future.  I am thankful for the journey this 30 Days of Thanksgiving has led me on – to look differently upon my life, with thanks and giving everyday.  Something we should not only do in November, but every single day of our life.

What are you thankful for this last day of the 30 Days of Thanksgiving?

What have you learned on your journey?

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Twenty Nine

Day Twenty Nine – High Five That!

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause Thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” – 1 Peter 1:6

Today I am thankful that I have the strength to know the Lord is there for me, even through the difficult times.  I may have said it before, but He has a plan for each of us.  There are reason for the path we are on.  Sometimes its the choices we have made, but always He has an ultimate plan.  For those who know me well, they know this is a difficult time for me every year.  It’s a birthday of a lost loved one.  So a variety of feelings arise.  But I know now, that it all happened for a reason. And I have to keep that in mind, and continue to praise His name through my trials.

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Twenty Eight

Day 28 – Grateful for the Word of God

“And in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and Word was God.” – John 1:1
 
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, give you hope and a future.”  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11
 

I am thankful for prayer.  That’s it.

That’s IT!?! Prayer is powerful! When we pray, we are talking to Jesus, growing our relationship with Him, placing all your cares, burdens, and thoughts before His feet.  God is always in the business of our best.  He makes sure that how He cares for us, what He provides, how He answers, is not what would be just so-so, but the very best for our lives.

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Twenty-Seven

Day Twenty-Seven – I left My Heart In An Unexpected Place

“So, we, your people and sheep of Your pasture will give you thanks forever; will show forth Your praise to all generations.” – Psalm 79:13

Today I am thankful for many things.  But after reading that passage, I am most thankful for cordiality, respect, courtesy, and appreciation one person gives to another without prompt.  Like shaking the hand of a veteran and thanking them for their bravery.  Or holding the door open for the person behind you, or someone with their hand full, no matter their age, race, or sex.

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Days 23, 24, 25, and Yes 26 (Today!)

…and now I will be “caught up,” not that I expect anyone to be reading these except the Lord and I.  And that is just fine with me.  But if you are reading, I hope something you read here inspires you, makes you thankful, grateful, gives you the urge to do something good for someone else, whether you know them or not.
 

Day Twenty-Three – Thanksgiving Is the Pathway to Peace

“To be anxious about anything, but in any situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –  Philippians 4:6-7
 

I am thankful thank my most recent serious anxious situation has been mitigated, prayers have been answered, and a solution found.  Prayer did not make the issue vanish into thin air, the Lord provided a solution for us to follow.

Day Twenty-Four – The Road Less Traveled

“The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make  her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.  Joy and gladness will be found in her; Thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” – Isaiah 51:3
 

Reading the devotional on 30 Days of Thanksgiving for Day 24 hit close to home.  We struggled with infertility for years, until knowing that having children of our own was not in our plan.  But along that strenuous, long journey, I strengthened relationships, met new friends, learned new things about me, about Jon, about our relationship.  Making such a decision takes a very strong, loving relationship, one that can support each other when people look at you funny when you tell them you don’t have any kids and won’t be.  And really it’s none of their business why.

Day Twenty-Five – Where Would I Be Without the Atoning Blood of Christ?

“Is not the cup of Thanksgiving for we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?  And is not the bread we break a participation in the body of Christ?” -1 Corinthians 10:16

Today I am thankful for forgiveness.  Jesus forgives all.  But we, as humans, have a harder time doing that – we hold grudges, are stubborn, have attitudes, and so on and so on.  Most of all I am thankful Jesus’ forgiveness.  But I am also thankful for the forgiveness of others. And I am thankful I have learned to forgive.  For a long time, I held grudges, and it made me an angry, mean person.  But letting it go, there’s no other feeling like it.

Day Twenty-Six – A Sense of Gratitude

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” – Ephesians 1:15-16

Today I am so very thankful for a friendship I have had well over half my life.  She is an inspiration to me in so many ways, too many ways to count even.  But the thing is, over the past year or two, we have grown apart, and rarely talk.  I think of her often, all the times she has been there for me when I needed someone, she was there.  I pray for her and her family.  She is indeed a shining example of how to love others.

What are you thankful for today?  

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving: Days Twenty-One andTwenty-Two

Okay, I am working on catching up. I knew what I wanted to write, just for one reason or another, be really I don’t have a valid excuse. I signed up for this, I should be writing and posting my devotions every single day.
 

Day Twenty-One – Give It All to Receive Much More

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us and your generosity will result in Thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
 

I am thankful that I am surrounded (generally) by positive people.  No matter your religion, most would agree that a negative person in your life is not good anyone.  One positive person emits positive vibes, thereby makes others feel positive well.  Those whom I work with help me so much with feeling good by staying positive, thanking me for what I do (even if it’s something in my job description).

Day Twenty-Two – The True Understanding of Thanksgiving

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and Thanksgiving be made for all people.”  -1 Timothy 2:1
 
“Have the attitude in yourself that was also in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 2:8
 

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for everyone and everything around me.  I thank the Lord for the Life and breath he gives me.  I thank him for the blessing of a stable job, good health, a wonderful husband, a loving family,a roof over my head, two great rescue doggies, and so much more.

This excerpt from the devotionals of 30 Days of Thanksgiving for this day, says it perfectly…

“Lord, our prayer today is this: please open our eyes to see the world, all men, near to us and far away, as You do.  Help us to be thankful for them so that we may be available to live our YOUR great commission to ‘go unto all the world and preach the gospel’ wherever you may lead us.  Amen”
 
 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving – Days Eighteen, Nineteen, and Twenty (Way Behind, I Know)

I have sadly failed at keeping up-to-date with my 30 Days of Thanksgiving.  So here’s for catching up and being very thankful for patience and forgiveness. The Days Twenty-One through Today are coming up next!

Day Eighteen: The Essence of Thanksgiving – OMG!

“Creator of all who live and guide of who move, we give thanks for those times that Your work as creator providential provider causes us to gasp with praise and Thanksgiving, even if the only words we can utter are ‘Oh My God.’  Accept our Thanksgiving in that moment when no other words seem adequate.”  - Harold Armstrong 

I an thankful for great doctors, incredible medical advances the continue to overcome disorders and diseases, and for the great health care I am blessed with.As you probably know,I am not in greatest of health, and it is through the collaboration of my incredibly intelligent doctors that I can function as perform as well as I do on a daily basis.  Thank God for them.

Day Nineteen: Remembering the Good

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” -Psalm 103:2
 
“Gratitude is born in the hearts that take time to count up past mercies.” – Charles E. Jefferson
 
 

I am thankful for all the blessings I have been given in my lifetime, especially those that I did not recognize as blessings until long after the they happened.  Perhaps those are the best kind of blessings – the ones you don’t recognize at the moment, but help you, and then as you look back, you can thank the Lord for the blessings He has given you and I.

Day Twenty: Enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving

“Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him; bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.” -Psalms 100:4-5

Today, I am thankful for a few simple things – my heating pad, my comfortable bed, and cool house with warm blanks.  I am also thankful for Theraflu, which seems to work miracles on my cold-like symptoms.  I am thankful that in two days I felt much better through the grace of God and wonderful miracles of medicine.

 
 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen – One Day…   …Some Day

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and Thanksgiving be made for all people.” – 1 Timothy 2:1
 

Today I am thankful for the time I have been able to spend with my sister-in-law, Kim over the last few weeks.  Kim came home to the US from Germany (where her husband is stationed) for a few weeks.  I’ve never really had the opportunity to spend much time with Kim before, because she’s always lived far away (Colorado, California, and now Germany), so being blessed with the opportunity to spend more time, have one on one quality time with Kim has meant a great deal to me.  We are taking her back to the airport tonight, and she is heading back to Germany.

Thank you Lord, for blessing me with a wonderful sister.

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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen – We Dream Big.  God Dreams Bigger.

“‘For I know the I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11
 
“No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here.” – John Greenleaf Whittier
 

I am thankful that I am not an architect.  That’s right folks. I’ll say it again, I am thankful I am not an architect.

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was an architect.  As I grew into my teenage years, I realized, although I am good with mathematics, geometry was not a point.  So I thought about and shifted gears a bit and went down the path for interior design.  I signed up at the local community college, taking a few pre-requisite courses, but really digging into the art, design, and interior design courses.  I believe I finished all but one of the classes in the interior design program, but only a few core courses.  I did well.  I always did do well in school, especially in the arts and design realm.  However, there was one particular course where the students were to make a proposed layout of a room, select the furniture, the finishes, and create a presentation board.  We had pretend clients, who were other interior design students, ahead of this class.  It was then I realized I could never be an interior designer – I wouldn’t be able to create a client’s vision if it were ‘ugly.’

At the same time, I was still working on a private ambulance as an EMT, and volunteering at the local fire department.  So, I decided to change my major to nursing.  I love to help people, so this seemed like a natural choice.  Well, until I landed mu first “real” job (one that lasted more than six months).  I ended up working the company’s acquisition/development/construction team, with…an architect!  I learned what being an architect was really about.  An architect doesn’t get to just draw sketches all day, or play in CAD, or 3-D modeling software.  There’s a ton of paperwork, coordination, logistics, and responsibility that comes with being an architect.  I no longer work for that company, however I do work in a small architecture firm.  And I love it.  I can get just as close to the drawings, the coordination, the development of a building, and the construction of a building as I want to.  And they don’t mind if I ask questions, it means I’ll understand the process that much more.

I am better off in the position I am in at an architecture firm.  I am thankful that God led me down the long, winding path to where I am now, instead of letting me take the direct path to a career I would not enjoy.

What are you thankful for today?  

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Days Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen

Yes, I have been bad.  I have worked on these each day, just have not been able to finish them, until today. I would not let this craziness go on longer than three days.  I hope to keep up-to-date with my daily devotional postings for 30 Days of Thanksgiving for the remainder of the month!

Day Thirteen – Unshakable Gratitude

“Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and do worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” -Hebrews 12:28
 

Today I am thankful for all the blessings I have been given in my life.  I tend to get caught up in the minutia of day to day life and I lose sight of the bigger picture the Lord has painted so beautifully for me.  One of the tricks I have been using is cognitive behavioral therapy.  When I catch myself thinking in a maladaptive manner, I purposefully change my thought process, and reverse the direction so that I am thinking positively (or at neutrally).  I am getting better at this, slowly but surely, and its helping me enjoy life more, appreciate those blessings I have been given – a job I love with a great group co-workers, I am lucky enough to be able to call the most wonderful man in the world my husband (sorry ladies!), a house we have made a home, two gorgeous German Shepherd rescues, and so much more…

Day Fourteen – An Orphan Tradition

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  - James 1:27
 

I am thankful for my lifelong friends and family who accept me exactly as I am, flaws and all.  I am grateful that I have friends who would be there for me, no questions askedI am thankful to be able to become close friends to those who were once strangers to me, and I accept them, exactly as they are.  If I know someone is going to be alone on a holiday, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, Jon and I will invite them to spend time with us because no one deserves to be alone, especially during the holidays.

Day Fifteen – God’s “People Gifts”

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” - Philippians 1:3
 

I am thankful for the people God brought into my life because I needed them.  At my previous employment, where I worked for eight years, the Lord brought many good influences into my life, and a few lifetime friends.  He has facilitated Facebook, yes, Facebook to reconnect me with loved ones, long-lost friends, and even people who were friends with my mommy.

What are you thankful for today?  

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