Here are a couple of thankful thoughts from this past week:
23. I’m glad it is getting warmer. We went for a walk yesterday to feed the ducks. It’s great to get outside without coats and to think about planting –something. I need to go get some flowers tomorrow.
24. I’m thankful for all my co-hosts who are helping pin and comment. I’m also thankful as I have most of the posts for my co-hosts done for this month.. . . Now to get started on next month!
Here are some of my
Because I don’t listen to the media too much, last night I heard Kevin Durant’s MVP speech for the first time. Talk about a great speech for any time of the year, but especially right before Mother’s Day! Of course, Kevin Durant is a normal human just like everyone else, but here he speaks about his Christian faith in an interview. It’s refreshing to know that there are some celebrities that still speak openly of their faith in Christ. He even admitted that he is not going to church as much as he should be going. From what I have read, he sounds like an honest and humble man. It is very touching to hear him speak so lovingly about his mom. Don’t give up, moms!
Thoughts from my devotions:
I was reading from the Daily Bread on Monday, and the verses were from Jeremiah 9. I was encouraged by reading these verses:
Thus saith the Lord,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty man glory in his might,
let not the rich man glory in his riches:
but let him that glorieth glory in this,
that he understandeth and knoweth me,
that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness,
judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:
for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. (vs. 23-24)
God wants us to know Him. That is what is most important to Him: more important than how much money we have or how important or might we are, or how smart we are. If my knowing and understanding God is so imporant to Him, then I should make it important to me too! The devotional was finished by saying, “It is better to give God the glory–not only because He rightfully deserves it. He is God, the One ‘who does right things . . . marvelous things without number.'” (Job 5:9) I loved this song that they included:Here is one version of the song:
One of these weeks, I’ll take the time to write out a post about why I chose the word “Thanksgiving” for my word of the year. It had a lot to do with reading Ann Voskamp’s books One Thousand Gifts and One Thousand Gifts Devotional. She talks about how joy is tied to being thankful. So yesterday, I was reading her devotional, and she talks about how John Calvin’s mom died when he was 4 years old and how all three of his children died as infants. (John Calvin was an influential pastor during the Protestant Reformation, @1550.) Yet with all the sadness that was in this man’s life, he said things like:
“The stability of the world depends on this rejoicing of God in his works.”
“We are cold when it comes to rejoicing in God. Hence we need to exercise ourselves in it and employ all our senses in it — our feet, our hands, our arms and all the rest — that they all might serve in the worship of God and so magnify Him.”
Ann Voskamp expounds on these comments and says that when we are ready to be exasperated or lose our patience, that we need to purposefully be thankful. To magnify and exalt Christ. To realize that when we adore Christ, anxiety will fade.
So this week, remember to be thankful, especially when you are tempted to complain or get frustrated!
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