Thankful Thursday! June 27, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Baking zucchini bread.

Pedicure with Sienna

June gloom...feels so beachy. 

Prayer

Rebounding for Whitty

 

 “Stars are made from explosions and collisions of elements. Stars are made from a breaking at their center. Which allows for a process called nuclear fusion, a process that releases an enormous amount of energy, of light.”

I murmur it again, because how have I never seen the stars quite like that? Stars are made from a continuous breaking. And it’s the gravitational friction of this breaking that makes them bright.

Breaking—then blazing.

This is always the abundant way of the universe.

Brokenness multiplies into abundance. This seems impossible—unlikely. And this is the unfailing way of God. Multiplication happens out of brokenness. And the sum is abundant life.

Stars are the scars of the sky—made into the light of the world.

What would happen if the scars you carry are what God uses to carry Christ to a scarred and broken world?

Weak is the real strong. Brokenness is the real abundance.

Breaking—then blazing.

Dying—then rising.

Trust the abundant...ways of Almighty God.”

 The Way of Abundance

by Ann Voskamp

Thankful Thursday! June 20, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Tru’s birthday!  He’s 1💖

Playing Taboo with Pres and Whitt

Gil making us popcorn

Sweet watermelon


 “Suffering ... turns our hearts toward the future, like a mother turning the face of her child, insisting, “Look this way!” The apostle Paul said as much to his friends as the first waves of persecution were sweeping through the church:

 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

Once heaven has our attention, a fervid anticipation for God’s ultimate reality—appearing with him in glory—begins to glow, making everything earthly pale in comparison. Earth’s pain keeps crushing our hopes, reminding us this world can never satisfy; only heaven can. And every time we begin to nestle too comfortably on this planet, God cracks open the locks of the dam to allow an ice-cold splash of suffering to wake us from our spiritual slumber”


Excerpt From

When God Weeps

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

Thankful Thursday! June 13, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Incredible pink sunrise!

New Pilates machine!

Practicing new Zumba songs💃🏻

Ripening apricots on my tree

Sitting outside in the mornings!☀️

31 years of marriage!💖💖💖

 

 “The chief end not only of man, but of everything—waterfalls, education, subatomic particles, romance, art, science, food, sleep, golfing, mountains, humor, and tears—is to glorify God. Driven by the conviction that “the aim and final end of all music is none other than the glory of God,” Johann Sebastian Bach created some of the most original, powerful, and beautiful music ever composed. Imagine, however, if he saw the “aim and final end of all music” as being relevant to a culture that likes music. What if the primary factor determining where Bach’s dots fell on the score sheet was not glorifying an infinite God, but merely making something that people would like? Do you think that his music would have been as powerful? Me neither. There is a profound difference between the art motivated by adoration for God and that motivated by the approval of people. Shouldn’t worship be the deepest motive behind every thought we think, word we speak, and sound we make?”

 

Excerpt from: Reflect, by Thaddeus Williams  

Thankful Thursday! June 6, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

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Dinner with Pres and Gil. 

My parents coming over

My son’s positive outlook

God’s guidance and good work when it doesn’t even look like it!

Two of my sons home again (even if just for a bit💜)

 

“HOW CAN THERE BE THREE PERSONS IN ONE GOD? How can God be three and yet one? Isn’t this a contradiction? It would seem that God could be one and not three, or three and not one. But he cannot be both three and one at the same time. It would be a violation of the most fundamental law of thought, namely, the law of noncontradiction.

First of all, the Christian belief in a Trinity of three persons in one God is not a contradiction. A contradiction occurs only when something is both A and non-A at the same time and in the same sense. God is both three and one at the same time but not in the same sense. He is three persons but one in essence. He is three persons but only one in nature.

It would be a contradiction to say that God had three natures in one nature or three persons in one person. But it is not a contradiction to claim that God has three persons in one nature.

God is like a triangle. At the same time it has three corners and yet it is only one triangle. Each corner is not the same as the whole triangle. Or, God is like one to the third power (13). 1 x 1 x 1 = 1. God is not 1 + 1 + 1 = 3, which is tritheism or polytheism. God is one God, manifested eternally and simultaneously in three distinct persons. God is love (1 John 4: 16). But to have love, there must be a lover (Father), a loved one (Son), and a spirit of love (Holy Spirit). So, love itself is a tri-unity.

Another illustration of the Trinity is that God is like my mind, ideas, and words. There is a unity between them, yet they are distinct from each other.

Of course, the Trinity is a mystery. It goes beyond reason without going against reason. We can apprehend it, but we cannot completely comprehend it. As someone wisely said, “If we try to understand God completely, we may lose our mind, but if we do not believe in the Trinity sincerely, we will lose our soul!”

Who made God?  By Ravi Zaccharius & Norman Geisler

Thankful Thursday! May 20, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Vacation with some of my dear family!!!!

Jumping off the rocks at the Cenotes!  SO fun!

Dinner our last night with Gil and Pamela at the buffet - “Mexican Night”.   Listening to the Mariachi band!

Both Rendon and Preston calling me on my birthday!

Zip lining in the dark with Gil and Whitt!!!

Lexi taking such good care of Preston

Kaiser taking care of Preston right away!

 

 

 “So why do bad things happen to good people? The more basic question is: Why is hell awaiting good people? The Bible’s sobering answer is that we are not good. God is just to send his rebellious creatures to hell—thus, he is fair to start that hell in this life.

But there’s a hidden mercy here. By tasting hell in this life we are driven to ponder what may face us in the next. In this way, our trials may be our greatest mercies. For some of us, they become God’s roadblocks on our headlong rush to hell....

... Human suffering in this life is merely the splashover from hell. Yes, you would think Christians would be exempt. But this whole book has tried to show why God allows the splashover anyway. God’s plan for us in this life is to give us the benefits of heaven only gradually. By letting us struggle with the remnants of a sinful nature, and by letting us know pain, he reminds us of the hell we are being saved from.

If we had an easy life, we would soon forget that we are eternal creatures. But hell’s splashover won’t allow that. It persistently reminds us that something immense and cosmic is at stake—a heaven to be reached, a hell to be avoided. Human souls are the battle ground on which massive spiritual battles are being waged. The stakes are enormous. The winner takes all and the loser loses everything. Every day of our short lives has eternal consequences for good or ill. Eternity is being affected. Right now counts forever. Thus, it is only fitting that God should give us some sense of the stakes involved, some sense of the war’s magnitude. He does this by giving us foretastes of hell in our sufferings.”


Excerpt From

When God Weeps

Joni Eareck Tada

Thankful Thursday! May 23, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Breakfast with my Pilates class

Baking cookies for my kids. 

Getting ready for a vacation

Sweet Vicki’s friendship and thoughtful gift!

Dear Linda’s sweet gift for Tru!  I loved Wee Sing when my kids were little. 

My mom and dad’s fun and thoughtful gift. 

Flowers from my hubby💐 


 “Filled to Overflowing

May you experience increase in every way.

May your capacity to know the heights of God’s love grow exponentially.

May your understanding of the depths of His faithfulness grow continually.

May your belief in your divine value deepen tremendously.

And, in the days ahead, may your willingness to trust God with every detail of your life change profoundly.

You are deeply loved, deeply called, and profoundly cared for. May you live out of this truth!

Walk in humble confidence today.



I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

EPHESIANS 3:17–19”


Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! May 16, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Spending the day with Max and Michelle

New session of classes and new choreography 🤗

Pilates Chair Workout

Spending time with Gil

Whitty getting home safely!   He’s home for the summer!🎉💜

New nutrition client.

My mom, mom-in-law/love☺️ & sweet Raquel

 

 “Brokenness Has Its Blessings

Our lives aren’t just random, unconnected collections of scenes without meaning. They have purpose, and as we become more and more tuned in to who God is, we can have peace in the plot’s strange twists and turns. . . .

Many of us have chapters that we would prefer had never been written. . . . But the hard chapters show God’s power in a way that the happy ones do not. Brokenness moves my story forward in a way that peaceful times do not. It’s in the difficulties that I became desperate to really know God, to cry out to Him.

When everything is going well, we often can’t hear God, because the music all around us is turned up too loud. But when the party stops—in those moments of crashing pain, sorry, and sudden silence—we begin to hear His voice. . . .

God is with you no matter what. He is stronger than the challenges in front of you. You can trust Him. Even though you can’t see how your story will turn out, know that the end is in His hands.

DENISE JACKSON

The Road Home”

 

 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

PSALM 34:17–19


“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

REVELATION 1:8”


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

Thankful Thursday! May 2, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

 Praying with my sweet family

Training my little gymnast, visiting with her mom and picking oranges after our session.

My friend was baptized on Easter. I see a new joy about her.

Cleaning out my closet!!

Tea Garden with Friends!

 

 “Gnarled Beauty

While spending time painting in . . . Tuscany, I became accustomed to seeing grape vines growing on the hillsides. The older gnarled vines were beautiful to sketch because of their knotty twists and bends. Over the course of time, the winds, rains, and sun—the weathering effects of the seasons—had forced their shapes. The most luscious growth came from these rugged old vines . . . grapes so heavy and bountiful they seemed to invite people to pick them.

In another vineyard were young plants which had suffered no ill effects of nature at all. They offered no particular beauty or character and were hardly worthy of my pencil or paintbrush.”

As it is in nature, so it is in God’s kingdom. From the winds and rains of adversity comes abundant growth and a beautiful life worth painting.

Do not be afraid to suffer. . . . It is from being shaken apart and not being destroyed that one becomes strong and courageous.”

LAURA LEWIS LANIER  All Things Bright and Beautiful

 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

2 CORINTHIANS 2:14


Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

You will revive me;

You will stretch out Your hand

Against the wrath of my enemies,

And Your right hand will save me.

PSALM 138:7”


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

Thankful Thursday! May 9, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Grocery shopping with Gil

Videos from Lex, Ren and Tru.💗

FT with Preston

Hanging out with the Abbotts and Westlakes.  Good for the soul!!  I see the value of community.

The beautiful ladies and Dave and Bruce in my Pilates class.

Popcorn with Gil


 “Free to Be You

May you find a new freedom in being the YOU God created you to be!

May you be comfortable in your own skin, excited about your own story, and at peace with your own past because Christ has redeemed every part of you.

May you break free from condemnation, may you walk away from toxic influences, and may you put fear under your feet.

Let faith fill your heart. Do not give people the power that belongs to God alone.

He loves you.

He is strong.

And He’ll keep you strong till the end.

Have a faith-filled day today!


“Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

1 Corinthians 1:7–8 NLT


Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! April 25, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Ladies making room for each other in class.

Good Friday and Easter services with Gil, Whitt, Ren, Lex & Tru

Lexi borrowing my shoes💗💗 (my only daughter!)

Going to lunch with Whitty

Making Saturday breakfast for my family.

Texts from Preston.


“Years ago, I read that the average woman today has the equivalent of fifty full-time servants, in the form of modern, timesaving devices and equipment. That figure may or may not be accurate, but we certainly have many conveniences available to us that were unknown to women of past generations. Imagine going back to the days when there were no dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, or automobiles. . . .

So why are our lives more harried and hurried than ever? Why are we so stressed out? . . .

In Jesus’ words, we find a clue—a powerful Truth that sets us free from the bondage of hurry and frustration about all we have to do. Notice what work Jesus completed in the thirty-three years He was here on the earth: 

“I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4 KJV). That is the secret. Jesus didn’t finish everything His disciples wanted Him to do. . . . He didn’t finish everything the multitudes wanted Him to do. . . . But He did finish the work that God gave Him to do.”

NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS

Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

Thankful Thursday! April 18, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Spending time with Preston💜💜

Having Rendon over a few times last weekend!☺️

Friends

The beautiful fragrant jasmine in my yard

 

 

 “I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed its breaking point. Some pieces had been twisted until they broke, and the strength of torsion was marked on them. Some had been stretched to the breaking point and their tensile strength indicated. Some had been compressed to the crushing point and also marked. The master of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under strain. He knew just what they would bear if placed in the great ship, building, or bridge. He knew this because his testing room revealed it.


It is often so with God’s children. God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like these toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.


He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms.”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! April 11, 2019

Thank you, Lord for: 

Steam cleaning my floors!

This perfect little orange chair from Mary!

Watching college basketball with Gil.

Playing with Tru

 Hanging out with Lex

 

 “As Corrie Ten Boom observed, “If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.” How can you keep focused on God instead of yourself? I encourage you to make a habit of preaching grace to yourself every day. Remind yourself often of all the ways that you are elevated in Christ. Thank Jesus that through the cross he is the …

… At-one-er. I was hostile to God, but Jesus has made me “at-one” with him, breaking down the wall of division and welcoming me into friendship.

… Battlefield Hero. The forces of fear and evil held me in their oppressive grip, but Jesus, the Warrior-King, has crushed the enemy’s head and claimed victory.

… Chain-Breaker. I was a slave to darkness, selfishness, and anxiety, but Jesus is my great Liberator who purchased my freedom and cut my chains.

… Defense Attorney. I broke the laws of an infinitely just Being, but Jesus took my death sentence and now pleads the winning case for my innocence.

… Eternal Priest. I was unclean, but Jesus became my spotless Lamb and serves as my Priest so I can stand confidently in the presence of divine Perfection.

… Forsaken Son. I was left to die at the human dump, but Jesus became Forsaken in my place so that I can enjoy adoption as a cherished son/ daughter of God.

Praying through these six biblical images may take six minutes, or it may take sixty seconds. That brief time of preaching the good news to yourself can turn an otherwise anxious day into something worshipful and grace-filled.

 

Excerpt from

Reflect by Thaddeus Williams

 

Thankful Thursday! April 4, 2019

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Going to the beach with Parker and Tru

Spending time with dear friends

A job I love!

Preston home for a few days!

A great walk with the ladies

 

“I remember a summer in which I said, “It is the ocean I need,” and I went to the ocean; but it seemed to say, “It is not in me!” The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, “The mountains will rest me,” and I went to the mountains, and when I awoke in the morning there stood the grand mountain that I had wanted so much to see; but it said, “It is not in me!” It did not satisfy. Ah! I needed the ocean of His love, and the high mountains of His truth within. It was wisdom that the “depths” said they did not contain, and that could not be compared with jewels or gold or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and our deepest need. Our restlessness within can only be met by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us. MARGARET BOTTOME”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! March 28, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Spending time with Gr Gil and Pamela.  

My floor steamer!!

Sunshine!

Getting passports with Whitty...he makes everything fun!

Spending the day with my sweet Quinny!

 

 “Deep Water, Fiery Trials, God’s Faithfulness - 

All God’s children go through deep waters and trials by fire. There’s no if—only when. But with the when comes a Who. God never allows His children to swim alone. His buddy system is sink- and fireproof. More sure than the when is the Who. It is God who assures His children, “I will be with you”—when!

Can you see God in your trials by water or fire? God says to you, “I will be with you whenever, wherever, and forever.”

JAN CARLBERG”


“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:20


“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”

ISAIAH 43:2


Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me  “

Psalm 23:4


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey

Thankful Thursday! March 20, 2019

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Sunshine! ☀️

Children!

Little Gracie running around with her arms up...so happy to be outside playing!!

My dear friend Fiona and her great example and attitude! 

 

”Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord,...” Ephesians 4:1

“Paul in prison.... Do you want to see how he takes it? I see him looking out over the top of his prison wall and over the heads of his enemies. I see him write a document and sign his name—not the prisoner of Festus, nor of Caesar; not the victim of the Sanhedrin; but the—“prisoner of the Lord.” He saw only the hand of God in it all. To him the prison becomes a palace. Its corridors ring with shouts of triumphant praise and joy.


Restrained from the missionary work he loved so well, he now built a new pulpit—a new witness stand—and from that place of bondage come some of the sweetest and most helpful ministries of Christian liberty. What precious messages of light come from those dark shadows of captivity.


Think of the long train of imprisoned saints who have followed in Paul’s wake. For twelve long years Bunyan’s lips were silenced in Bedford jail. It was there that he did the greatest and best work of his life. There he wrote the book that has been read next to the Bible. He says, “I was at home in prison and I sat me down and wrote, and wrote, for joy did make me write.”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! March 14, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

The wonderful people You’ve put in my life! 

The kindness and self-less acts I see amongst the ladies in my classes

Your great love for us!   Jesus left His place and came to earth to be mortal like us.   Being utterly blameless, He paid our penalty...the full price of our sins, he paid with his life, that we might be united with Him!    Thank You!!!  Thank you!

 

 “Harvard researcher Robert Putnam found that “if you belong to no groups but decide to join one, you cut your risk of dying the next year in half.”  One famous study even found that relationally well-connected people with bad health habits —smoking, poor diet, and heavy drinking —consistently outlive isolated people with healthy habits. Relationally disconnected people were three times more likely to die than connected people!   Why are we such profoundly social creatures?”

 

Excerpt from “Reflect,” by Thaddeus Williams

Thankful Thursday! March 7, 2016

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Thank you, Lord, for: 

My friend, Cindy, and her faith in You!

Ren, Lex and Tru spending the evening with us

Lunch with Pres and Whitt

Dinner and conversation with Gil💗

Pilates chair challenge with Whitt and Tripp😂

 

“How many times . . . has the Lord said, “Yield up the pieces, the scraps, the leftovers of your lives. All you’ve got is all I need to make a mountain from your molehill of faith”?

He said that through Elisha to a woman who came to the prophet in great distress. Her sons were about to be sold into slavery as a settlement for her late husband’s debts (2 Kings 4:1–7).

The widow had one small container of oil—nothing else of value.

“Gather up all of your empty vessels—whatever old pots and pitchers you can find or borrow,” the prophet commanded, “and begin to fill them with oil.” 

 “The widow did as she was bid, and she found to her amazement that there was enough oil to fill every vessel—enough to pay the debt and keep her family for life. . . .

God stands ready to transform all that we offer (when it is all that we have) into all that we need.

CLAIRE CLONINGER

Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

 “[Jesus] took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

MATTHEW 14:19–21


“As for God, His way is perfect;

The word of the LORD is proven;

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

2 SAMUEL 22:31


 

Thankful Thursday! February 28, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Your amazing patience with us!! 

Beautiful sunset!

New ladies in my classes

A great walk in our Outdoor Cardio Fitness class!

Spending time with Preston & Parker

Playing hide the bean bags game with Rilynn and Mercy

 

 “What does your life say is the most important thing in existence? If you were to stop and take honest stock of yourself —how you choose to spend your daily dose of breath and energy, which ideas occupy the most space in your thought world —what, more than anything else, moves you? Think about it. Be real with yourself. Whatever that ultimate something is for you now offers tremendous clarity about the person you are turning into. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson helps us to see why:

‘A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will come out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our loves, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. 1

Emerson makes two keen observations. First, that everyone worships something; and second, that those deities will shape our identities. Celebrated American novelist David Foster Wallace echoes: “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” 2 During his work as an economist, Bob Goudz-waard also came to the conclusion that everyone “absolutizes” something. We all serve god( s), take on the image of our god( s), then build society in our (that is, in our gods’) image. 3 And long before Emerson, Wallace, and Goudzwaard it was Paul, the theologian, who opened a famous letter to Rome with the insight that whether it’s the Creator or the creation, everyone worships.

For the poet, the novelist, the economist, and the theologian above, the question is not whether we worship. They took that to be an obvious fact. The real question is what we worship. With reverent hands trembling we all place something on that altar of empty space we find inside ourselves. These diverse minds converge on this point and encourage us to choose that sacred something with extreme care because, for better or worse, whatever we choose to worship will inevitably shape us.”

Excerpt from: 

”Reflect” by Thaddeus Williams 

Thankful Thursday! February 21, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Time spent with my sweet sister!

Gil taking such sweet care of me while I was sick.  He made dinner every night and rubbed my head

Sweet texts and emails from my friends and ladies, checking on how I’m feeling. 

New clients...and my beloved old clients. 

Your provision and guidance. 

Better communication with Gil!

 

 “Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” 2 Samuel 24:14

 

“Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see:

All I have needed thy hand hath provided—

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

 

One of the stunning realities of the Christian life is that in a world where everything is in some state of decay, God’s mercies never grow old. They never run out. They never are ill timed. They never dry up. They never grow weak. They never get weary. They never fail to meet the need. They never disappoint.”

 New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp

Thankful Thursday! February 7, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

My precious family!   Each and every one of them! 

Ren & Lex spending time with us

My husband taking care of things

Picking up my dear Whitty from the airport, spending time with him again!

God’s promises and His faithfulness! 

He is my strength and my shield!   My heart trusts in Him and I am helped!   My heart leaps with joy and with my song I will praise him.   

 

“When amazing realities of the gospel quit commanding your attention, your awe, and your worship, other things in your life will capture your attention instead. When you quit celebrating grace, you begin to forget how much you need grace, and when you forget how much you need grace, you quit seeking the rescue and strength that only grace can give. This means you begin to see yourself as more righteous, strong, and wise than you actually are, and in so doing, you set yourself up for trouble.”

So we need to remember.

Remember the horrible disaster of sin.

Remember Jesus, who stood in our place.

Remember the righteousness that is his gift.

Remember the transforming power of the grace you and I couldn’t have earned.

Remember the destiny that is guaranteed to all of God’s blood-purchased children.

Remember his sovereignty and his glory.

Remember that remembering is spiritual war;

even for this we need grace.

 

“New Morning Mercies” by Paul David Tripp