Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Top Five of Thanks

It is that time of year again, the time of year when everywhere you look you see signs that the holidays are quickly approaching!  Well, here we are the day before Thanksgiving and I have a ton of things to be thankful for, but I thought I would narrow it down to my top 5!  I feel that Thanksgiving gets overshadowed by Christmas, so I always like to stop and reflect on the year and everything that God has blessed me with.  So, here you go, my Top Five Things I am Thankful for:

5.  I am thankful for the roof over my head and the food in my refrigerator.  Sometimes, I take for granted that I live in a solid structure, with a roof over my head and all the groceries that are in my pantry and fridge.  There are so many with out and I am blessed to have what I have.

4. My family and extended family.  I have a huge family!  Sometimes, it can be a little over whelming and LOUD, but we are all a close knit family and I love it.  We recently got another new addition to our family in our foster to adopt journey and my family did not hesitate to come and help out or send things that would help us out.  Truly blessed!!

3.  I am thankful for this foster to adopt journey that God has placed us in.  It has helped me grow stronger in my faith and trust in Him!  It is unbelievable how He has answered our prayers and is allowing us to help raise these 2 precious children that He created!  We are absorbing and loving every minute of it.

2.  I am thankful for my husband!  He is my biggest supporter and my partner in this crazy journey, called LIFE!  He gives up so much for me and the family.  Lately, it has been sleep, so I can make it through the day with 3 kids, even though he has to go to work as well.

1.  The number one thing that I am thankful for is MY GOD!!  Without Him I could not be thankful for anything and I would not be able to do anything.  He is my rock and I love Him with all my heart!  I am so THANKFUL that He did not turn His back on us and died for ALL of our sins so that we could be FREE.  He is a forgiving God and for that I am truly thankful!!

So, there you have it, MY top five things to be thankful for.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and know that God truly loves each and everyone of us.  You do not have to wait until Thanksgiving to reflect on the things you are thankful for, everyday you wake up you have something to be thankful for.

Psalm 107:1"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (NIV)


Love in Christ,


Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Airing the Secrets"

"For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."  Hebrews 4:12-13

""If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly," wrote C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. "But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding."

The rats within us cannot hide from God's sight.  What's more, we must give full account for what God's eyes see.  As ominous as that sounds, baring secrets to each other in marriage is really good news.  Rooting out our souls' vermin encourages healthier people and healthier marriages.

But what can you do if even you don't see the secrets of your heart?  Hebrews 4 tells us three things that we can do to expose our rats.  When we read the Bible and look carefully at ourselves in its mirror(see James 1:23-25), we begin to see ourselves as we really are.  God's ancient words speak frankly about our personal secrets.  So as we regularly read Scripture, we see our hearts in its mirror."

Devotional came from "Devotions to Go" Vol. 3 edited by Sharon Cole

All of have "rats"! The excert above talks about in a marriage, but this devotion can pertain to anybody and any relationship.  Friendships, co-workers, siblings, parent-child relationship, etc.  Having secrets from someone that you truly care about can really damage the relationship.  It can eat away at you if you hold it inside.  I am not saying to share just any and everything to just anybody, but if you truly care about the person or the relationship you should "get the rats" out! 

I hope everyone is having a blessed week and maybe this week you are able to let something go that you have been keeping locked up inside.  God wants us to let go and let Him, but we must first get rid of the baggage and give it to God and let Him take care of it.

Love In Christ,