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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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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.

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