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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Days Eleven and Twelve

Day Eleven – A Legacy to Extend

“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.  I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and,I am persuaded, now lives in you also.  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” - 2 Timothy 1:3-6
 

On this Veteran’s Day, I am thankful to all our Veterans, past and present.  I am thankful for all our military, their family, friends, and support system.  I am thankful that they put our country first and themselves second in order to keep us free.  I am thankful for my freedom.

I am especially thankful for MY Veterans.  My daddy, who served in the Navy during Vietnam, My husband Jon, who is and always will be a Marine, my sister-in-law, Kim, who was a Captain in the Air Force, my brother-in-law who is a Major in the Air Force, my brother Ben, who served in the Navy, my Grandfather Tom, who served in the Army-Air during World War II, and to my cousin Donald who is serving in the Air Force.  I love you, and I am so very grateful for your service and dedication to our nation.

 
 

Day Twelve – Water Droplets

“…And I shall go about Thine altar, O Lord, that I may proclaim with the voice of Thanksgiving and all Thy wonders (miracles).” – Psalms 26:6-7
 

 

I am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life and I am thankful that God has a plan for me.  But I sometimes I get caught up in the little things that clutter the mind and I lose sight of the bigger picture.  Yes, I may not have met my goal this week in weight loss, but I am blessed to have enough to eat.  I may not live in my ideal neighborhood, the part of Maryland I desire, but I have a warm, safe house to come to. I may not be in the best of health, but I can walk, talk, and do most things everyone else does.

 

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving, Uncategorized

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Ten

Day Ten – Our Strength Comes from the Lord

“I love you O LORD, my strength, THE LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I saved from my enemies.” – Psalm 18:1-3
 

I am thankful for my God, my Lord Jesus, who wants me to turn my problems over to Him, to pray to Him, to learn His word.  I am thankful for my God that already knows all of my messes, my secrets; there is nothing I can hide from Him.  I just need to turn it over to Him in prayer.  He will strengthen me, give me guidance, comfort me.  God, and God alone can restore, renew, and redeem relationships.  For this I praise Him and thank Him for working things out in all His glorious ways; as I have said before, we won’t always understand why things happen or why situations turn out the way they do.  His way is far better than our way.

Gratitude in Action:

With this in mind, do something nice for a loved one, even if the two of you are in conflict.  Write a love and tuck it an unexpected place for someone to find.  Write a thank you note or think you of you note and leave in a creative place for a friend (or mail in a decorative envelope if they are far away).  Make a loved one a favorite meal, or simply leave a Hershey’s Kiss with a simple note of love and gratitude.

What are you thankful for today?  

Please join me on this journey in celebrating 30 Days of Thanksgiving by leaving me a comment telling me what you are thankful for today or how you plan to put gratitude in action!

 

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving – Days Eight and Nine

Oops! I didn’t post Day Eight yesterday, so here are my devotions for yesterday and today!

Day Eight – The Circle of Faith, Love, and Gratitude

“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”  - 2 Thessalonians 1:3
 

I am thankful for my amazing husband, Jon.  He is my best friend, my companion in life, my partner in crime, my lover, my soul mate, my everything.  We have been married just a little over four years now, and honestly, I can’t imagine my life any other way.

He strives to make me happy, content.  He cares for me when I am sick, wipes my tears when I am sad, and laughs with me when I am happy.  We aren’t like most couples – we do so many things together - the little things like laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning up the house, making dinner.  Its quality time spent together, and I love that.

Day Nine: Grandma’s Cookie Jar

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

I am thankful for the memories I have of my Mom.  I have her in my mind, in my heart, in my prayers, always and forever.  I am thankful for those sent by God to tell me about my mom, her unique ways, the different sides of her I did know, Donna Lynn as a friend, as a sister, as a daughter, as a niece, as an aunt.

I love you Mom.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Seven

Day Seven – Thankful for For God’s Creatures

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”  - Genesis 9:16
 

I am thankful for my two German Shepherd Dog rescues, Zeke and Zihna, and all my previous doggies.  Zeke and Zihna are my babies – not because we don’t have children, but because they are a part of the family.  My friends and family may think I’m a little nuts, but the dogs “sign” the Christmas cards too. And my love for my doggies is akin to the Lord’s unconditional love for me:  He protects me, loves me, and will never leave my side.

What are you thankful for today?  

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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Six

Day Six – Spinning in Circles

“I always thank my God for because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 1:4

Today, this election day, I am thankful and grateful for my freedom and for the right to vote.

Thank you to all the beautiful, strong, brave members of the women’s suffrage movements who endured torture and anguish so that women could have the right to vote – thank you Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and all the other beautiful, courageous women who strived for the rights of women.

What are you thankful for today?  

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Five

Day Five – What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Hopeful

“…and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4
 
“God foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” – C.S. Lewis
 

I am thankful that the Lord has a plan for me.

He has a plan for all of us.  As I have mentioned in previous days, I believe the Lord works in mysterious ways, ways in which we aren’t meant to understand.  The tribulations, experiences we go through in life make us who we really are, down to our core.  I could list personal examples of tribulations that drastically changed my life and who I am, but I won’t, because we all have them.  But I have learned, and I truly believe, that for every experience we endure, the person we are evolves that much more.

“I have lived to thank God that my prayers have not been answered.” – Jean Ingelow
 

I am thankful the Lord has a plan for me, and I am thankful that the Lord has and will overrule my prayers at times, because I have prayed diligently, believing it was the will of God, and they were flat-out wrong.

What are you thankful for today?  Please join me on this journey in celebrating 30 Days of Thanksgiving by leaving me a comment telling me what you are thankful for today!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

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30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day Four

Day Four – Seeds of Thankfulness

“Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and Praise His name.” – Psalm 100:4
 

I am thankful for my wonderful family.

I am thankful God brought Jon and I together; he is my soulmate, my best friend, my lover, my friend, and my companion in life.  He loves me, flaws and all, for who I am.  He cares for me when I am sick, comforts me when I am upset, protects me.  I am thankful for what God has blessed us with, and for our two wonderful german shepherds, Zeke and Zihna.  Our family may not be conventional, but it is our family, and within it love abounds.

What are you thankful for today?  Please join me on this journey in celebrating 30 Days of Thanksgiving by leaving me a comment telling me what you are thankful for today!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in 30 Days of Thanksgiving, Thankfulness

 

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