Feeling Something at the Holidays

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Not caring is a trend in today’s culture. It’s just not “in” to feel something or express those feelings. It’s easy to go around saying “yeah, whatever”, never getting too deep, and hoping that you don’t have to share something that actually affects you because that would be very un-cool (and potentially offensive). Or maybe […]

Fear

Fear

Fear is an insidious thing. Sometimes it can be subtle, creeping up on us unawares. Or it can be an ‘in-your-face’ experience, something frightening we’ve faced and somehow never seem to be able to forget. Or, it can be completely senseless, based on nothing more than our fanciful minds.  “For God has not given us […]

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

For This Is God’s Will for You In Christ Jesus

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) As we approach Thanksgiving Day, the day set aside to give thanks for our crops, jobs, families, etc, let’s not forget to express gratitude for this great “Salvation.” Give thanks in all situations – good or […]

Thanking the Ones Near and Dear to Us

Thanking the Ones Near and Dear to Us

A current trend being popularized by YouTube vloggers is creating videos about thing they are grateful for over a period of time. This may be a reaction to many studies suggesting our physical health improves when we openly express gratitude. Naming what we are grateful for reminds us things are not as bad as our […]

Forgiveness that Leads to Thanksgiving

Forgiveness that Leads to Thanksgiving

We may have passed the day of Thanksgiving, but I think the holiday season is a prime time to live out the act of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving: the expression of gratitude, especially to God. (source) This time of year is generally filled with discussions about what we’re thankful for. I know at my family Thanksgiving dinner […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Praying you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, remembering God’s abundant blessings in your life this past year.

Thanksgiving In Your Heart

Thanksgiving In Your Heart

This week in the USA on Thursday is Thanksgiving. I love, love this holiday. Family comes together and sometimes we only see them at this time and at Christmas. The smells and the food. There’s nothing like it. Coming around a fire as family members, a lot of times grandmas are cooking up a storm […]

Gather Together

Gather Together

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 [NKJV]

An Unusual Gratitude

An Unusual Gratitude

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19 Every year, my family and I spend the month of November writing down what we are thankful for. In the beginning, when we lived far away from home in the Arab world, I simply cut the paper which […]

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

It’s a Good Thing I Love You

As we approach Thanksgiving, I examine so many blessings in my life. Besides the gift of faith, I am most thankful for those whom God has allowed me to love while here on this earth, including my husband of almost thirty-nine years, our marriage characterized as “an adventure around every corner.” Change is something that […]

Thanksgiving, a Signpost

Thanksgiving, a Signpost

The South Pass, with its mild ascent through the Rocky Mountains and across the Continental Divide, made possible the entrance of Oregon, Mormon, and California Trail emigrants to the far West. This welcome gap in the treacherous Rockies precluded sea travel around South America, an arduous, expensive journey. Nicknamed “Uncle Sam’s Backbone,” this natural opening […]

Traditions

Traditions

The crisp fall air is all around us. Pumpkin everything is out! It must be that time of year again. Thanksgiving! I know for a lot of people this time of the year is hard. Some families are far away, some have had loved ones pass away this year. God is able to wrap his […]

This Time of Year

This Time of Year

The above photo is from last year. We haven’t had that much snow here in NW Wisconsin, yet. If Thanksgiving is four days away, can Christmas be far behind? Rhetorical question, because of course it is. But let’s focus on Thanksgiving, and . . . gratitude. I’m grateful for the things I miss. Weird? Not […]

With Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving

In the last few years I’ve latched on to the phrase “with Thanksgiving.” I wonder how often I used to do things with thanksgiving. Which things did I take for granted? For instance, for over 20 years I worked at jobs I absolutely hated. They weren’t the right fit for me. They were always creative […]

You Are Light

You Are Light

One morning, around 2:00am, I awoke to a power outage. My house was pitch black, no light anywhere. I fumbled and stumbled my way to the kitchen where I kept a flashlight, pulled it out and the battery was dead. A feeling of dread overwhelmed me slightly as I pondered how I would get to […]

3 Steps Toward De-cluttering Bogged Down Relationships

3 Steps Toward De-cluttering Bogged Down Relationships

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39 I’m de-cluttering my house. Slowly. Between various responsibilities it has taken awhile to complete my self-assigned task. I started upstairs and moved items that needed to be culled downstairs to await further action. A couple of weekends ago, I spent a day sorting, but stopped about 2/3 the way […]

I Got Nothing

I Got Nothing

As I sit here  trying to get inspired to write something for this post, but nothing is happening.  I got no inspiration. I don’t know if it’s the crazy cold weather we’re experiencing here in Ohio or what. I’ve already started two different posts but I stopped writing them.  They went nowhere. I got nothing! […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the happiest holidays for me, and maybe for you, too. We haven’t over-commercialized it so people feel crazy and stressed out, and the theme of thankfulness remains true. Most families I know are about food, faith, (and perhaps) football on Thanksgiving. They go around the table and offer their thoughts on […]