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Grateful for You

28 Nov

Give & Take

Hey, beautiful girls!

Thinking of you this morning as we prepare for a day of family, friends, and some of our favorite foods.

Hope the words in the pic above encourage you to reflect past simply having a day off school or work. : )

May we all feel an overwhelming sense of reassurance and gratitude that God is ultimately in control, and He is taking care of us in both small and big ways.

I want you to know I’m very grateful for YOU being a part of my life via this blog!

Sending you much love this turkey Thursday…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa

(Thanks to Pinterest for this pic!)

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Thanksgiving

19 Nov

On Thursday, Americans from all walks of life will be observing one of our most important national holidays: Thanksgiving! Like me, are you looking forward to the traditional turkey, stuffing, and whipped-cream-topped pumpkin pie? Yum!

Yet this is more than just a day off of school or work, to simply enjoy feasting with family and friends. This is a day for every man, woman and child to pause and count their many blessings—and then thank the benevolent God Who made each one possible.

Have you ever looked up what thanksgiving means?

thanks·giv·ing  [thangks-giv-ing] noun

1. the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.

2. an expression of thanks, especially to God.

3. a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.

4. a day set apart for giving thanks to God.

5. ( initial capital letter ) Thanksgiving Day.

This year, as we are enjoying the food and fun on this very special day, let’s remind each other that the most important part of the celebration is not the food or the fellowship. It’s thanking God from our hearts.

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7(NLT)

Happy Thanksgiving to all this Thursday!

Much love,

Barbara & Lisa

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Remind Yourself

6 Jan

Recently, my mom and I both encouraged you to reflect on what you’re thankful for in your life. If you missed those posts or didn’t have time to do it due to the holidays, let this short excerpt from The Journal (workbook for novel 1) encourage you. It’s a great one to read as you begin the New Year this week!

Spending time with her mom in the hotel reminded Julia of the close relationship they had always shared. She realized that her mom was more to her than a great parent; she was a good friend as well. In the blur of the last semester, she had foolishly forgotten all of that.

When we are focused on the wrong things, it’s easy to foolishly forget what was once precious to us. In fact, human nature tends to zoom in on the negative, obsessing about what’s wrong and forgetting all about the positives that are happening as well.

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)

The psalmist David tells himself not to forget the good things that God does for him. Apparently, he recognizes how easy it is to get caught up in the struggles of life and forget the many benefits of belonging to God. In fact, he dedicates an entire chapter to remembering, to listing all the wonderful things that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for those who fear Him. If you have given your life to Christ and made Him your Savior and Lord, that includes you!

Take a moment to list of all the good things in your life right now. Try to find fifteen things minimum. That may seem like a lot at first, but when you start to be thankful for things like having food to eat today or being able to hear your favorite music playing, the list will grow quickly!

Journal to the LORD about all you’re thankful for today. Refuse to foolishly forget the benefits of your relationship with God, and like David, remind yourself of them often.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We want to thank you, our readers, for following this blog and Julia’s story in the Mr. Right Series! You are the reason we wrote the novels and bring you this blog each week. We so value connecting with you here…

As we thank the Father today for His many blessings in our lives, know that you are one of them!

Much love,

Lisa & Barbara

…I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:16-18


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Saying Thank You

22 Nov

Life has a way of driving us through our days with very little time for reflection. We get up each morning and run from one activity to another. Then we fall into bed at night exhausted, only to awake the next morning and do it all again.

As we rush through life, the many blessings and comforts we enjoy are often taken for granted. A few weeks ago, I was awakened by a violent wind and rain storm. As I lay in my bed, warm and protected, I prayerfully remembered the countless others in our world that had no such comforts, those who were homeless and physically exposed to those elements as well as others who had gone to sleep hungry or feeling forgotten that night.

My husband and I taught our children to say thank you for the blessings they received from us. When they did, we reminded them that thankful people are given even more to be thankful for. So it is with our Heavenly Father. As our thankfulness blesses Him, He continues to abundantly bless us!

As Thanksgiving Day draws near, let’s slow down and remember the One who made our lives on earth possible and secured our future in heaven. We all have desires that have not yet been fulfilled in this life, but if we stop to reflect, we will see that we have so much for which to be thankful! Let’s make this Thanksgiving Day celebration more than a huge turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Let’s celebrate our Creator and Lord with a heart of thanksgiving for who He is and for all He has done and will continue to do for us.

When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart. Always use the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to thank God the Father for everything. Ephesians 5:19-20 (CEV)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Barbara

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Dreams Come True

21 Nov

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.  Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)

A dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Whether we realize it or not, all of us have dreams that have been fulfilled, desires that have come true. In small and big ways, God has been faithful to us.

Maybe you dreamed of having a close friend one day, and now you do. Or you dreamed of traveling someplace special, and you were able to go. Maybe your dream was going to college, and now you’re living that dream, slammed with exams and papers, reminding yourself that you asked for this! : )

If you’re going through a tough time, it may be hard to recognize things that have gone right for you, ways God has taken care of you. But if you really think about it, even in the midst of genuine pain, you can find things for which to be thankful. Do you live in a free country? Someone else right now is praying for that dream! Can you see this post written on the screen? Someone somewhere would give anything for the gift of sight. Did you eat today? Not everyone is so fortunate.

So my question is: When God answers a desire of your heart (big or small), are you letting it be a tree of life to you? Because many times we don’t. We’re quick to switch our focus back on what hasn’t happened yet, allowing our hearts to become sick because another hope still feels deferred.

Thanksgiving is coming this Thursday. Take a moment before then and write down every dream you have seen fulfilled, every desire you can think of that God has met. Again, jot down as many things as possible—major and minor. And let it each one be a tree of life for you, reminding you of His goodness and faithfulness, giving you a shaded place to rest from the heat of current problems.

Gratitude is powerful! It can usher in peace and contentment for today, plus confidence that your Heavenly Father will also take care of tomorrow. In fact, He already is, right now, regardless of what things look like or how you may feel! He loves you so very much. I pray that this Thanksgiving, you know it more than ever.

I’m praying for you this week!

Much love,

Lisa

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