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Thankful Thursday! October 29, 2015

"Fret not"   Ps 37:1

I give praise to the Lord my God for: 

Making time to read, write and pray!!

A Saturday at home!!

Lunch with Laurie and Andrea!   

Raquel's birthday!!

Park got the job/apprenticeship he wanted!!!

Laughing with Gil!

“Fret not (Ps. 37:1).

This to me is a divine command; the same as “Thou shalt not steal.” Now let us get to the definition of fretting. One good definition is, “Made rough on the surface.” “Rubbed, or worn away”; and a peevish, irrational, fault-finding person not only wears himself out, but is very wearing to others. To fret is to be in a state of vexation, and in this psalm we are not only told not to fret because of evildoers, but to fret not “in anywise.” It is injurious, and God does not want us to hurt ourselves.

A physician will tell you that a fit of anger is more injurious to the system than a fever, and a fretful disposition is not conducive to a healthy body; and you know rules are apt to work both ways, and the next step down from fretting is crossness, and that amounts to anger. Let us settle this matter, and be obedient to the command, “Fret not.” MARGARET BOTTOME

Overheard in an Orchard

Said the Robin to the Sparrow:

“I should really like to know 

Why these anxious human beings 

Rush about and worry so.

Said the Sparrow to the Robin:

“Friend, I think that it must be 

That they have no Heavenly Father 

Such as cares for you and me.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

 

Thankful Thursday!! October 22, 2015

I give thanks to my faithful Lord and friend for:

Shopping with Whitty after the Hart basketball dinner

Preston "bench pressing" the stool, pretending it's getting heavier and heavier til he can't press another rep!!!  Hahaha!!😜.  He's so funny!

My awesome Thursday morning walking/strength group!!!!  :-)

Gil texting, "want me to make chickens tonight".  Woo woo!  Yes!!!

I love the way it smells today!! -- "wet-desert" smell😜. Reminds me of the desert storms we've had at Lake Havasu. 

Coffee with Gabrielle:)

Cleaning out boxes from the attic - purging!!  Checking out old pictures and letters; sweet memories!

A breeze! -- especially a cross-breeze

 

“Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you (Isa. 30:18).

Where showers fall most, there the grass is greenest. I suppose the fogs and mists of Ireland make it “the Emerald Isle”; and whenever you find great fogs of trouble, and mists of sorrow, you always find emerald green hearts; full of the beautiful verdure of the comfort and love of God. O Christian, do not thou be saying, “Where are the swallows gone? They are gone; they are dead.” They are not dead; they have skimmed the purple sea, and gone to a far-off land; but they will be back again by and by. Child of God, say not the flowers are dead; say not the winter has killed them, and they are gone. Ah, no! though winter hath coated them with the ermine of its snow; they will put up their heads again, and will be alive very soon. Say not, child of God, that the sun is quenched, because the cloud hath hidden it. Ah, no; he is behind there, brewing summer for thee; for when he cometh out again, he will have made the clouds fit to drop in April showers, all of them mothers of the sweet May flowers. And oh! above all, when thy God hides His face, say not that He hath forgotten thee. He is but tarrying a little while to make thee love Him better; and when He cometh, thou shalt have joy in the Lord, and shalt rejoice with joy unspeakable. Waiting exercises our grace; waiting tries our faith; therefore, wait on in hope; for though the promise tarry, it can never come too late. C. H. SPURGEON 

Oh, every year hath its winter, 

And every year hath its rain—

But a day is always coming 

When the birds go north again.

When new leaves swell in the forest, 

And grass springs green on the plain, 

And alders’ veins turn crimson—

And the birds go north again.

Oh, every heart hath its sorrow, 

And every heart hath its pain—

But a day is always coming 

When the birds go north again.

’Tis the sweetest thing to remember, 

If courage be on the wane, 

When the cold, dark days are over—

Why, the birds go north again.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

 

They make my day!!! :-) 

Thankful Thursday! October 8, 2015

 "Praise the Lord, Oh my soul.  All my inmost being, praise his holy name"!!   Psalm 103:1

Thank you, Lord, for:

Running into Cheryl on my walk

Beautiful, crisp morning

Rain!!

My whole family in the kitchen! ;0)

Three of the brothers bear-hugging Rendon!  They're so funny!

Teaching Pilates 

Subbing at the Paseo club

Resolved conflict and better relationship because of it :)

My clean, organized gym (garage:))

 

“Occasional flickers of envy are human and inevitable, but a chronic sense of being cheated is a sign of spiritual disorder, a sign that there’s work to be done. Acceptance and gratitude are the antidotes to the misery machine of envy.

"Why not me?" in the face of another’s windfall may just as logically be asked in the face of another’s tragedy. Let us have the wisdom to accept our lives as they are and to be less blind to the advantages we already have.

Today, I am grateful for what I have and gracious about what other people have.”

Excerpt From: Earnie Larsen & Carol Larsen Hegarty. “Days of Healing Days of Joy.” Hazelden, 2010. iBooks. 

Thankful Thursday! Sept. 3, 2015

Psalm 27:1. "the Lord is the stronghold of my life"!!!!! 

I thank the Lord my God for: 

Brothers :)

Brothers :)

  • Watching "So You Think You Can Dance" with Pres and Whitt 
  • The beautiful ladies in my garage gym last night!
  • Your faithfulness!!   I trust in You!!!
  • My sweet boys doing homework together😊
  • My wonderful girlfriends!!!😄💗
  • An injury -- reminds me how dependent I am on Him!!  Sets me free from the responsibility to have to do it all!  I must trust Him!  It's actually quite a relief!
  • Whitty giving me a piggy back ride to and from the car & church 💪🏼

 

“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth (Eccles. 11:3).

Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; he will be out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they will yield plentiful showers.

How can we have rain without clouds? Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the dark chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds, but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers.

O Lord, the clouds are the dust of Thy feet! How near Thou art in the cloudy and dark day[…]”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.