Happy Thanksgiving!

“He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God…” ~ Romans 14:6a

Depending on which translation you read, the word “thanks” can be found 110 times in 108 verses of the bible.  The word “thanksgiving” can be found 28 times in 27 verses of the bible.  Again, this depends on what translation of the bible you read.

Translations aside, the point is that giving thanks is an important, dare I say critical, component of our relationship with God.

My message today is simple.  As you observe this day, observe it for the Lord.  As you sit before your meal –  be it turkey and dressing, pizza and wings, or some miracle reminiscent of two fish and five loaves of bread – give thanks to God.  For He is the One who provides for us all.  Then, before the day takes a bow and your eyelids follow suit, find a few moments (snatch them if you have to) to peruse some of the many scriptures about giving thanks.  Incorporate a few verses into your personal prayer of thanksgiving.

Do this today and every day.

I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,

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Watch Your Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” ~ Proverbs 18:21 NASB

Sometime around 7am last Thursday morning, I left my home and began my morning commute.  After making a quick stop at my favorite blueberry muffin spot, I pointed my Princess (that’s my car :-)) in the direction of the interstate.  The sun had yet to make its appearance, so it was still quite dark outside.

As I cruised downhill, just feet away from the interstate on-ramp, I barely made out a figure dressed in dark clothing, walking uphill against the traffic.  Startled by the fact that the man was barely visible and walking in a high traffic area, I said out loud, “He’s going to get hit!”  As those words rolled off my tongue, something came over me.  Immediately, I caught myself and uttered a prayer, “Forgive me, Lord.  In the name of Jesus, I cancel those words.  Father, protect this man and get him to his destination safely.  Amen.”

Quite possibly this man was trying to get home or to get to work.  Instead of my first thought being to pray for his protection, I am ashamed to admit the words that traveled across my lips were of impending harm.  Without even a thought, I’d allowed my tongue to speak death, instead of life, over this stranger.

Sadly, this is something we do all too often.  How often do we use phrases like, “This headache is killing me;” “That child is going to be the death of me;” “I’m broke;” “I love you to death!”  Ok, it might seem petty, but please don’t love me to death!  LOL…

Words are powerful!  If we’re honest, we can probably recall past conversations and words spoken that were the brick and mortar that built the place or situation we’re in today.

As a writer, I thrive on the power of words.  I live for the pictures they paint and the impact they have on those who hear and read them.  Today, I just want to remind us to be careful not to speak flippantly.  Instead, let’s commit to practice taking great care with our words regarding a stranger as well as our words regarding our lives and the lives of those we love.

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,

I’m IT!

Ok, so I found out early this a.m. that I am “IT”!  LOL…  My sweet blogging buddy, Wanda, over at The Watered Soul decided to tag me in an “answer these 8 questions about yourself” kinda game!  Because she’s Wanda and I love her blog so much, I am going to join in the fun!  The 8 questions she created for me and 7 others are listed below.  So, here goes:

  1. What is your favorite season?  Spring.  I love the Spring, because it represents birth, newness, and color to me.  Everything (and everyone, lol) begins to thaw out; flowers begin to bloom; trees and grass are green again.  Oh, and I was born in the Spring, as well.  Enough said! 🙂
  2. What phrase do you find yourself saying like your parents, although you thought you’d never be caught repeating such words?  That’s easy.  “Back when I was growing up…”        O M G!!!  LOL!!!  Just said it to some young folks recently.  Yes, what can I say?  I have now reached the “back when I was growing up…” age.
  3. What was your first or favorite Christmas gift that you received?  My favorite Christmas gift that I can remember was a Life Application Study bible I received from my younger sister and her husband.  I was so sad when that bible fell apart.  Today, as I think back on that gift, I believe it may have awakened my love for studying God’s word (Kinda like Christopher Cross’ hit song “Sailing” awakened my love for music!).  And I love bibles, y’all!  I could buy a new one every week.  (Just bought one a couple of weeks ago.)  Hmmm…. that’s pretty interesting.
  4. Which are you more likely to do: sing karaoke, bungee jump, or speak to a large crowd?  Speak to a large crowd
  5. When driving do you go the speed limit, just a wee bit over the limit, or make sure you just a little bit under the speed limit?  You mean there’s a limit??? LOL…..  Ok, I confess.  I would fall in the “just a wee bit over the limit” category.  I’m much better than I used to be, though.
  6. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?  It’s very important to learn what God says about you and who you are as early as possible.
  7. Besides the Bible, what book has had a great impact on your life?  Wanda probably could guess the answer to this one from a previous email chat we’ve had.  🙂  The title of the book is If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, by John Ortberg.  I’d love to meet him to say, “Thanks”.
  8. What’s something you would include on your bucket list? To visit all 50 states in the country.

Now, technically, I believe the rest of the rules were to make up 8 questions of my own and tag 8 other bloggers.  Unfortunately, I don’t even have 8 other bloggy friends, so I guess I’ll have to toss the ball in your court.  Yes, you!  If you feel so inclined (no pressure, of course), feel free to take the 8 questions above and answer them in the comments section. I’ve listed them again below to make it easy for you!  Enjoy!

  1. What is your favorite season?
  2. What phrase do you find yourself saying like your parents, although you thought you’d never be caught repeating such words?
  3. What was your first or favorite Christmas gift that you received?
  4. Which are you more likely to do: sing karaoke, bungee jump, or speak to a large crowd?
  5. When driving do you go the speed limit, just a wee bit over the limit, or make sure you just a little bit under the speed limit?
  6. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?
  7. Besides the Bible, what book has had a great impact on your life?
  8. What’s something you would include on your bucket list?

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,

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