Monday, November 30, 2015

Be grateful

Here are more entries from my thankful/grateful journal. I love to read old journal entries and meditate on all the Lord has done. Please feel free to leave a comment of the things you are thankful for.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Our Anniversary 44 years
Rob’s birthday 36 years
Wow! Where did the time go?
               Today is Rob’s birthday. He has been though some hard personal times but has gotten through them. I am so proud of him. He spent many years in active duty in the Navy and continues to serve now in the reserves. He has been to the Middle East a number of times once with his reserve unit. He is a quiet man and a hard worker. He is finishing up his Master’s with only one more class to go after this semester.
               I am so proud of him and his accomplishments.

               Our anniversary is also today. Rob was born on our 8th anniversary. We have had ups and downs like most but praise to God we are still together. Most of the time I think we balance each other. I praise God for His faithfulness and provision.
               The most important thing is not to dwell on the bad or sad times but to learn from them. If I was to write a list I know the good times would far outweigh the bad times. It’s all a matter of perspective. I want to see the glass ½ full not ½ empty.

I praise God for:
  • 44 happy years together
  • 3 great children
  • 4 wonderful grandchildren
  • Always having enough food
  • Always having a warm house
  • A comfortable bed
  • Great extended family
  • Cars that get us there
  • Memories of grandparents, parents and other family members who have passed away
  • Living in a free country
  • Memories of our first years together – struggling to find 35 cents to buy a bottle of soda
  • Susan Parker sharing the gospel with me
  • My salvation
  • Answered prayer
  • More than enough
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

“Prayer and supplication (request) with thanksgiving”, in this verse thanksgiving means gratitude; actually grateful language (to God, as an act of worship). Wow! When I thank God I am actually worshipping Him. I am showing gratitude for all He has done.

Today’s 5
  1. Coffee
  2. Quiet time with God
  3. Morning walk with Mark
  4. Beautiful sunrise
  5. Warm weather

Sunday, November 29, 2015
16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:16-17

Today’s 5
  1. Missionaries Larry, Kathy and Linda Carlisle to Uruguay at church today
  2. Missionaries willing to go to foreign lands to tell others about Jesus
  3. Paula doing better
  4. Mexican food
  5. Our church’s willingness to support missionaries

Monday, November 30, 2015

Today is the last day of November. In a few short weeks we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior and Lord. The week following  a new year will be upon us. Where does the time go? Even though November is ending our praise and thanks to God should never, ever end.

Each and every day we should look for opportunities to thank God. Can you breathe? Did you wake up this morning? Can you look out your window and see something? You get the picture. Thank God for all his wonderful blessings.

Dear Lord,
Help me each day to wake up thanking you. May my mind be focus on you daily. Let me meditate on your holy word and hid it in my heart that I might not sin against YOU. Let me daily remember the benefits that You provide. Thank you for all you have done above anything I could ask or think.
In Jesus precious name, Amen.

1  A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:1-5

In everything give thanks, 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

More than enough

The month is "flying" by. Have you started a thankful/grateful journal? If not, why not? I have more journal entries to share.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Today’s 5
1. Giving Church
2. 30 shoeboxes to Samaritan’s Purse
3. Thanksgiving baskets to two families
4. “Surprise” party by church family for mark’s birthday
5. Spent afternoon with Sydney (she won Mexican train)

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15

Monday, November 23, 2015
“It’s habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you and when thanks to God becomes a habit, so joy in God becomes your life.” –Ann Voskamp blog

Today’s 5
1. A job –thankful I have a job and am able to work
2. 3 meals a day plus
3. Warm bed
4. Clean water
5. Clothes for all seasons – living in NE this is a biggie

I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:17

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3

I praise and thank God for His glorious salvation. Where would I be without it? I shudder to even think about it. Thank you Lord for sending Jesus to save even me!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Today’s 5
1. Thanksgiving service at church
2. Lunch with co-workers
3. ½ day of work
4. Morning coffee
5. Sunshine

Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 106:1

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Today’s 5
1. Family and friends at the Thanksgiving table
2. Dom & Caroline opening their home for all of us.
3. Freedom to travel, even to Brockton. There are countries that people are not allowed to freely come and go.
4. Beautiful sunny day about 60 degrees.
5. Abundance of food

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; Psalm 104:14

Joy dare – 3 gifts preparing
1. The turkey and most of the fixings prepared by Caroline and Dom
2. Carrots and turnips prepared by Mark
3. Pies and desserts prepared by Mrs. P, Sarah and Trisha

Have a thankful day,

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy your day with family and friends, but remember to be thankful!!

Image result for thankful quotes from the bible

Have a thankful  day,

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankfulness in everything

Take a few minutes each day to thank the Lord for something.

Here are some more entries. I do write daily but I don't always have the time to put them on the blog. May these posts encourage at least one person to be thankful daily.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Today is Mark’s birthday. I am extremely thankful for him He is a great husband and father. He is always there for me and our children. His grandchildren love their Papa and laugh at all his corny jokes. They look forward to “Papa time”.

I thank you, Lord, for his godly character and his willingness to share the gospel.

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Philemon 1:4

Friday, November 20, 2015
 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Psalm 105:1

Today’s 5
1.God’s faithfulness
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

2. God’s longsuffering
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. Numbers 14:18

3. God’s compassion
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15

4. God’s mercy
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:5

5. God’s love
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. I John 4:10

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Today’s 5
1. Cape anniversary trip with Mark
2. Great weather
3. Walk at Cape Cod National Seashore
4. Dinner at Jake Rooney’s
5. Safety

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 150:6

Have a thankful day,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Let's be thankful

I write in my prayer/praise/thankful journal a few times a week. During the month of November I am trying to write at least one  verse a day with my thankful entries.

I would love to encourage you to take a few minutes each day to write something that you are grateful/thankful for. It will give you a "boost" as you begin your daily routine.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18

I need to be thankful for everything, not just the things that make my life easy but the hard things too. Not just the “happy” times but the “sad” times as well.

As I was thinking of all the things I’m grateful for I made up this little quote: “Gratitude is the attitude that should rule my life”

Today’s 5:
1.      Paula coming to Bible study
2.      Laughter
3.      Mark
4.      Yarn
5.      More than enough

Joy dare- 3 gifts at noon
1.      Lunch
2.      Water – I have an abundance of clean water at my “fingertips”. No matter where I am I can get a clean glass of water.
3.      A walk – I walk after lunch most days

Friday, November 13, 2015
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:20

Today’s 5
1.      Cass & Syd coming over yesterday – don’t see them as much – soo0 busy with different activities
2.      Family
3.      Samaritan’s purse and operation Christmas Child
4.      Bible
5.      Morning coffee

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction – Harry A. Ironside

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – Wm A. Ward

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Today’s 5:
1.      Went to see Harvey with Cass, Syd and Mark
2.      Kim’s family safe in France
3.      My mom still here 87 years old
4.      Books
5.      God’s love in the midst of sorrow

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

Terrorist attack in France last night leaving many dead 129+

God is still in control.

People make wrong choices Genesis 6:5

Oh Lord use this tragedy to draw people to you. Help them to see your love. James 4:8

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Today’s 5:
1.      Children and grandchildren here for Mark’s early birthday
2.      Good church service
3.      Great turn out at Cedars 15 in attendance
4.      Beautiful day
5.      “Found” new breakfast place

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17 KJV

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 NLT.

Am I representing Christ in everything I do?

Monday, November 16, 2015
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

It was an old saying of the rabbis, “At a future time all sacrifices shall cease, but praises shall not cease.”

Today’s 5 – praising and thanking God:
1. Mobility
2. Sight
3. Hearing
4. Touch
5. Taste
I still have all my senses. Praise Jesus!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. I Chronicles 29:13

God’s glorious name, there are so many names of God; names that show me His many attributes and His wonderful greatness. I looked in old journals and found a few:

Jehovah Jireh – the Lord will provide  Gen 22:14
Faithful God  Deut 7:9
Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is there  Eze 48:35
Bright and Morning Star  Rev 22:6
Jehovah Nissi – the Lord my banner  Ex 17:15
Alpha and Omega – first and last, the beginning and the end  Rev 1:8
El Shaddai - Lord God Almighty  Gen 17:1
El Elyon - The Most High God  Ps 57:2
Yahweh - Lord, Jehovah  Gen 2:4
Jehovah-Raah - The Lord My Shepherd  Ps 23
Jehovah Rapha - The Lord That Heals  Ex 15:26
Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Lord Our Righteousness  Jer 23:6
Jehovah Mekoddishkem - The Lord Who Sanctifies You  Lev 20:8
El Olam - The Everlasting God  Isa 26:4
Elohim – God  Gen 1:1
Jehovah Shalom - The Lord Is Peace  Judges 6:24

O Lord, help me to praise YOUR glorious name. Let me mediate day and night on the goodness of the Lord. Ps 107:8 

Have a thankful day,

Friday, November 13, 2015

More entries

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Today’s list:
1.      Beautiful sunrise
2.      Great weather
3.      Life – cherish each moment
4.      Hope Psalm 71:14
5.      Dinner with friends

        O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:1

Joy date – 3 gifts from your window
1.      Puffy clouds
2.      Wind chimes that mark made gently swinging in the breeze
3.      Bright green grass in November

Sunday, November 8, 2015
For the LORD God is a sun R and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
An encouraging and uplifting verse!

Today’s 5:
1.      God gives us warmth though the sun
2.      He protects us
3.      He is gracious
4.      He is our provider
5.      He constantly blesses us

Monday, November 9, 2015
Today’s 5:
1.      Good day yesterday
2.      Paula doing better – one more treatment
3.      Went to Harwich to see “To kill a Mockingbird”
4.      Vanessa came to Sunday School. She is a fun little girl. Help her Lord to understand and come to the knowledge of your Son
5.      Chirping birds

And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel: I Chronicles 16:4

A job we all should strive to have – to thank and praise the LORD!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Joy dare – 3 gifts found in Bible reading
1. Hope
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!”

Without hope where would I be? All I need to do is look around this world and see hopelessness i.e. drug overdoses, no regard for life, killing etc. the list goes on.

Praise Jesus I have hope in Him and have eternal life in Him.

5  For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. 14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. Psalm 71:5, 14

2. Salvation
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song cc; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

3. Love
For God so lovedw the world, that he gave his only begotten Son U, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Praise your name for all the gifts you give!

Today’s thankful verse:
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalm 26:7

Encouragement for the day! Thank you Lord!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Thankful for Veterans who are willing to fight and give their lives for me and our country!

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise ccunto him with psalms. Psalm 95:2

Each and every day minute I need to thank God for all His blessings.

Have a grateful day,

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thankful Entries

The days are speeding by, it seems like yesterday was the first day of summer. Where does the time go?
               I keep a thankful journal and try to write often. One of my goals this month is to write something daily, whether a list or a verse. I’d like to share my entries:

Sunday November 1, 2015
               A month of “thankful” verses, verses with thank in them or verse that have helped me and I’m thankful for.
               Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Monday November 2, 2015
               Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. I Chronicles 16:8

Today’s 5:
1.      Light in the morning
2.      Walking
3.      Breathing
4.      Nice weather
5.      Ability to pay bills

Joy dare – 3 gifts worn:
1.      Comfy sweatshirt
2.      Slippers
3.      Warm jacket

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
               Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. Psalm 68:19

Each and every day –daily, God loads us up with wonderful blessings, the greatest being salvation.

Today’s list:
1.      Beautiful sunset on ride home yesterday
2.      Bible study at Whaler’s Cove
3.      Sunshine
4.      Great fall weather
5.      Warm oatmeal

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
               Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart ©. Psalm 32:11

               This verse makes me happy and thankful. Be glad means to “brighten up”. Rejoice means to “spin around” Shout for joy means  “to creak.. to shout..aloud for joy” .
               What a great way to start the day. Oh, Lord help me to meditate on this verse and keep my heart © “upright” in You.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
               That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  Psalm 26:7

               O Lord, help me to proclaim your greatness and praise your wonderful Name.

Joy dare – 3 gifts acorn –small
               What a funny thing to be thankful for – small things, but there are many small things that hold large significance.
1.      Ants – we learn so much from an ant by just watching – hard workers – diligent – can carry 10-50 times body weight Proverbs 6:6
2.      Seeds – I have been “sprouting seeds” and it is amazing after 4-5 days that little seeds “sprout” to become part of my salad – miracle of God
3.      A grain of sand- everything God made
               Just trying to think of small things can be mind boggling, so many in the plant and animal kingdoms that are good. God’s perfect plan He made it all. Thank you Lord!

Friday, November 6, 2015
               This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
 Meanings of rejoice (spin around) and glad (brighten up) are the same as Psalm 32:11, Praise God!

               Put on a happy face (and really mean it) and be a blessing to someone. Help me Lord to do this each and every day!

Have a thankful day,