Pray it forward.


November 20
Sitting on my bed I watched the fog drift out of our cove.  It was such a reminder of all the things we cannot see clearly and just have to entrust to God. Immediately, three amazing wives came to mind who are walking through rough medical diagnosis with their husbands. Even though they can’t see clearly what is ahead with treatments and their outcomes, nor can they see God face to face, they know He is on his throne weaving things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose. Walking in the knowledge of who He is and how He loves us brings us peace.  I prayed they would be filled with peace, overwhelmed by God’s love and would find lots of moments to kiss their husbands with thanksgiving because they have them today!

November Gratitude
"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Prayer from Revive Our Hearts
"Lord Jesus, I want to love people the way You showed us.  Help me to express my gratitude to others for specific ways they have invested in me and enriched my life.  Thank You for giving me people who love me and care for me.  Open my eyes to every person who needs encouragement from me for how they have loved me.  You Thank You!"

It's A Boy

It's a boy and they are moving to Charlottesville

November 17
Most of you know our daughter had three heart breaking miscarriages. Last summer she gave up that desire of her heart and sold or gave away her baby gear. As Gomer Pyle says, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"  They are pregnant with baby boy #3 and also her husband received a promotion and they are moving to Charlottesville, VA!  This will be the closest to Shiloh we've had a grand baby reside!

Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah...just some of the many mothers who have gone before us and been surprised with the news of their pregnancies.

"Behold, you are with child, and you will bear a son..."  Genesis 16:11
November Gratitude
Father, I thank you for the gift of new life. I thank You that you are in control of our lives and know what is best.  Thank You for the opportunity to tell little ones about Jesus and to be thrilled by their precious faith. In Jesus' Name Amen

Bloom

The doomed dollar mum.
November 16
Walking through the garden center at Lowe's a couple weeks ago I noticed their mums were on sale. Some were at full bloom. Others had never opened up.  Inquiring as to the sale price I was informed they were $1. At that price, it was definitely worth the risk of seeing if this plant would bloom. I placed it in a planter at my front door where it would get plenty of sun, but nothing happened.  Maybe it was the chillier evenings that kept those buds from bursting forth.  As I brought a few other plants inside hoping they would endure the winter, I thought I might as well give this one a chance to see if it would bloom inside and it did!!!!

Each day as I've watched it open up a little bit more it has made me think about those people who are bound tightly against opening up to Jesus in their lives.  Maybe if we take them in and nurture them their faith will bloom someday. The environment in which we live does affect our growth.  Just as pouring sunshine, water and fertilizer onto a plant helps it to thrive, pouring time, God's Word, prayer and praise into the lives of others may help open their hearts to the Lord.

"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:11

November Gratitude
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations."

Let's sing out our praise to the Lord today.

Hanging in There


This is one of the funniest pictures ever!
This grandson was strapped in while his mommy went potty.
Definitely designed by a mom!

November 15

Sitting around the table, everyone of us in our small group had a prayer request related to a huge physical need.  We realized cancer seems to touch every family.  That evening and in the days to come as I looked over my prayer list, I found myself crying out for God to eradicate cancer from the earth! The other common bond we have is how thankful we are for one another.  There are people you will hear your plight and say, "Hang in there" and there are people who listen and PRAY!

"Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles."
Philippians 4:14 

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion
and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can
comfort those in  any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
Corinthians 1:3-4  

Sarah Young wrote: "Everything you endure has meaning and purpose. Suffering can build your character and prepare you to help others who are struggling.  So talk freely with Me about the difficulties in your life, and ask Me to use them for My purposes. Of course, you can seek relief from hardship, but be careful not to overlook the blessings hidden in it."

There is purpose in everything God allows to touch our lives.  The big reminder is that we are not alone in the process. God is with us.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

November Gratitude
I thank God for the Body of Christ who comes alongside and walks and prays through life with us.

Provisions



November 14
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The Message translation says,
 "Attention, all!  See the marvels of God!  He plants flowers and trees all over the earth..."

As I looked out my bedroom window at  large buck nibbling the grass and a  loan fisherman pulling in breakfast I thanked God for all his provisions for us.  I could add to Psalm 46:10...
He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, he puts cows, turkey and deer in our path and fish in the waters so we can eat!  (I need to get that cow and maybe a few chickens and a goat.)

Sarah Young wrote in Jesus Always, "Trust Me to lead you step by step through this day. I provide sufficient Light for only one day at a time.  If you try to look into the future, you will find yourself peering into the darkness. My Face shines upon you only in the present!"

"The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you." Numbers 6:25

November Gratitude
Father, we thank You for all the provisions you make for our lives. For the very life we have been given, for the food we eat, the air we breathe, and every beat of our hearts.  You are before us in all things. In Jesus' Name we come with gratitude. Amen

Hay Y'all



November 13
After receiving a message from an elementary school friend, my mind drifted back to childhood memories and sleepovers! My husband and I deduced that girls seem to do this more than boys.
What was interesting was reflecting on the "mood/temperament" within those homes and especially the fathers.  Fifty years later, I could still remember the father who joyfully made pancakes on Saturday mornings, greeting us in the kitchen with a smile and his big mug of coffee, while allowing his gorgeous wife to sleep in.  The father who was hardly ever seen and never acknowledge the children in the house. The father who took to his dark study and smoked cigars and coughed and coughed. As well as the friend whose father had died way too young leaving my girlfriend to be raised by her working mother and grandmother.
I messaged my friend back and acknowledged the happy memories I had of staying in her home and how much fun her mother was.  She replied, "You had the best boy/girl parties. I can still remember a pair of red velvet bell bottoms I made myself for one of those parties."  (We are talking 5th or 6th grade!)
What memories have been made within your walls!

November Gratitude
Thank God out loud.
“Let us offer the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”  
Hebrews 13:15

Thank God with song.
“With my song I will thank Him.” 
Psalm 28:7

"Thank God with prayer.
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”  
Colossians 4:2

Daniel prayed and gave thanks privately three times a day, but we are also called to give praise and thanks publicly.

“I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; 
I will sing praise to you among the nations.”
 Psalm 57:9



Tarnished




November 10
Pulling out a favorite necklace to wear, I noticed that the clasp had tarnished.  My ride was about to pick me up, so I frantically scrounged around to find my polishing cloth. Recognizing there was no way I'd go out with a tarnished necklace, I was saddened by the realization I was willing to go out with unconfessed sin in my heart.
Turning quickly to the Lord and asking Him to create in my a pure heart the much needed process began.

"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as now; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."  Isaiah 1:18

November Gratitude
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

Revive Our Hearts quote: "The salvation we have in Christ is a 'many-splendored thing," a diamond with countless brilliant facets. Stand in grateful awe of His work for you today."