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There are so many things to be thankful for but today I’m only listing one:

GRACE

If you’d like to participate, please visit Iris at Sting My Heart. This is part of her favorite verse!

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The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psm. 28:7

I am thankful for Christian music and those that perform it. Music has always been an important part of my life and now that I am a believer, praise and worship music is so meaningful.

I’m also thankful for all the believers I’ve “met” through blogging. It’s so amazing to see God work in these lives and for that I give Him praise.

I’m thankful that our youngest daughter got her GED.  She has struggled through school and this has been a great accomplishment!

I’m thankful for all the free stuff on the internet. Free bibles, free Christian graphics, free WordPress and free Blogger, Christian Women Online, bible studies, devotions. If all of these weren’t free, I, for one, wouldn’t be here.

I’m thankful for Hubby’s job. He has been with the same company for over 31 years. I’m thankful they provide medical insurance and retirement. This past year, he had perfect attendance and they gave him money for us to go out to dinner! Wooooo Hooooo!

I’m thankful that we are planning a vacation this Spring. We will be taking a week to head up to New York state to see the country~outside the City~and visit some family for a couple of days. It will be our first real vacation in several years.

What are you thankful for? If you’d like to join us, please visit Iris at Sting My Heart and play along.

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I have to give glory to God for anything in me that is good.

When you visit Beckie’s blog you get a real sense of calm…at least I did. I don’t want to sound crazy but Christian’s have a way to bring calm with their faith and it is clear here at Beckie’s blog. Her first post that I stumbled upon was the Meme about “Why I Blog“. It is great to see the reasons people blog and it gives a real insight into the minds of bloggers and why they choose to dedicate time to this way of expression. Nice job Beckie and keep on blogging!

You can be critiqued too at Critique My Blog. Go ahead~you know you want too.

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Tasty Tidbit

Yesterday I told you I would share something that had really blessed me from my Beth Moore Bible Study of Daniel. If you enjoy Beth’s studies, you HAVE to do Daniel! It’s awesome.

Some of you have read here about how much I enjoy music. It has always been a part of my life. I never liked the “acid rock” as it was called but mostly the “pop” music that was popular in the 60s and 70s. After I got saved, I would walk out of stores where the music was so loud and offensive. Music styles have changed over the years but there has always been a message in music, sometimes not a very clear message either.

In this study Beth compares our world today with Babylon ~ centered around SELF. No arguments there. People seem to want more~clothes, money, happiness, entertainment, etc. Entertainment is the specific area she was addressing when she said

Nothing is wrong with wholesome entertainment. A Babylonian musician, however, plays a Babylonian tune. And what is more intoxicating, more aluring than music? Why are some of us moms so particular about our children’s taste in music if not its profound influence? Perhaps Babylon’s musicians~not unlike our own~played loud, rhythmic melodies of carnal pleasures, warping the listener’s sense of reality. Can we spell MTV?

Beth further quotes Eugene Peterson who said of the world today,

We try to get [joy] through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing songs. We buy the vitality of another’s imagination to divert and enliven our own poor lives. The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture. Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal. But that kind of joy never penetrates our lives, never changes our basic constitution. The effects are extremely temporary~a few minutes, a few hours, a few days at most. When we run out of money, the joy trickles away.

When our girls were small, we taught them a song that said, “Oh be careful little ears what you hear.” I think that applies to all of us. I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of today’s secular music extremely offensive to my ears. I don’t choose to listen to it, but our girls do. Yes, I pray for them.

Beth ended that lesson by stating that “Satan is the cheater and Babylon is his queen, offering false fulfillments for any taker.”

I say Amen!

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Meme ~ Why I Blog

Since yesterday was a day I would just as soon forget about, I did forget about a tag. Terri from In His Hands tagged me with the meme Five Reasons Why I Blog. Actually, I had seen this at another friend’s blog so I had a little time to think about it even though I didn’t know I would be tagged.

  1. The first and foremost reason is to share my faith. If God would lead someone here, I’d want that person to know what He has done in my life. As has been said, I’m not perfect, just forgiven. I have day-to-day struggles (see below) just like everyone else and God doesn’t always deliver me out of my struggles but helps me through them. As Paul said in Galations 2:20, ‘I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.’
  2. I have met so many very special people through blogging and am enjoying keeping up with what’s going on in their lives. Although not many people read my blog, I am encouraged by the comments people leave.
  3. I know that with these friends, I can ask for prayer and they will respond. If you don’t believe me, check out BooMama and see what happened! Two hundred seventy-two (that’s 272) comments from people saying they would pray and give. Over $8,000 was raised to help defray medical expenses.
  4. It also gives me an opportunity to share my love of photography. For that you’ll have to go visit My Photo Blog to see if I’m any good!
  5. Finally, blogging has been stretching my brain! I no longer work out of the home and although I read, do counted cross-stitch, knit and crochet, blogging opens up new areas of thinking.

So, there you have it. I’m not sure who all has done this, so I will leave the tag open. If you’d like to participate, considered yourself tagged and go with it.

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That day was Saturday. We made it through by the grace of God. We didn’t anticipat anything eventful but that was the kind of day it turned into.

Hubby had to cut wood for the woodstove-our sole source of heat so he headed out about Noon. He cuts the wood on his brother’s land about half-hour away and always takes our dog, Naomi, along so she get get some exercise. About 3:30 he called and said he’d lost the truck keys in the woods and I needed to bring my set to him. Rachel and Nick were taking Ashlynn (in our car) to get her picture taken (as if we don’t take enough) so I had to use Nick’s small car to go out there. The ground in the woods was wet from the recent ice storm and I did quite a bit of sliding.

When I got there, Hubby was not where he said he would meet me~PANIC set in. But he showed up momentarily and I was fine. But he wasn’t. He had gotten a tree stuck in other trees and hurt his leg trying to get it out. Then he told me he had accidentally run over Naomi’s tail. She had walked in front of him while he was moving the truck and he didn’t see her.

Later that evening, we were all in the living room and our little toddler, Ashlynn, headed toward the kitchen. She tripped and fell…into the woodstove. We had raised both of our girls around a woodstove and neither had gotten hurt. It was one of those things that just happened so quick. In fact, Hubby hurt his shoulder lunging for her. She only burned one hand a little but to her dad and grandpa took her to the E.R. where they gave her Tylenol with codeine. She slept the rest of the night. Needless to say, I prayed hard. This morning she was fine.

So, now it’s time for Unconscious Mutterings.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Soldier :: Army
  2. Lipton :: Tea
  3. Reason :: Think through
  4. Terms :: Cash only
  5. Positive :: Attitude
  6. Example :: Shining
  7. Legacy :: Gift
  8. Solo :: Solitary
  9. Instrument :: Piano
  10. Later :: Tomorrow

So, how was your weekend????

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Many years ago when I first became a Christian, a very dear friend told me that she was thankful she could go to the bathroom. This week I want to share my thanks for my five senses…and several other things.

Taste: Psm. 34:8 – “O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” God has provided a bounty of food for us to taste.

Sight: 2 Cor. 5:7 – “for we walk by faith, not by sight–“
and Matt. 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and by the blood of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I am made pure in heart! Although I wear glasses, I so thankful for my eyes.

Smell: Gen. 27:27 – in reference to Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing, Isaac says – “…is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed;” With Spring approaching, we’ll soon be able to smell God’s creations

Hear: Matt. 10:27 – “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” Whispered in your ear…I can hear God’s whisper!!! And I can hear our granddaughter when she’s unhappy.
John 8:47 – “He who is of God hears the words of God…”

Feel/Touch: Mark 10:13 – “And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them;”
1 John 5:18 (Amplified) – “We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].” WOW! To hold my husband tight and feel his arms around me is such a huge blessing!

I’m also thankful for BibleGateway for offering a Bible reference toolbar I could install on my browser. Although I have several Bibles on my desk, it’s so easy just to go up to the toolbar and type in a word or scripture reference, and … there it is!

Again, I’m thankful to Christine for my new blog look.

Have a blessed day!

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