Countdown to Christmas

November 28, 2014

Christmas is less than a month away. Everyday we will explore the wonderful truth of Jesus’ birth. The first prophecy of Jesus birth is in Genesis.
Check out the blog each day and follow with me the miraculous story of the birth of our Savior.

Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! May God Bless You today as you gather with family and friends. Most of all take time in the festivities to reflect on the many things you are thankful for.

Psalms 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

We Gather Together

November 26, 2014

We Gather Together Hymn

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

This hymn reminds me of Thanksgiving. As a small child I remember going to church and singing this hymn. Today I am thankful for family. Some of them will gather tomorrow to eat and have fellowship. Most of them will not be with me but I carry their love in my heart. My prayer for everyone who reads this will have a Happy Thanksgiving and know that the Lord Jesus is also with you even if your loved ones cannot be there.

Psalms 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Teach Children

November 25, 2014

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This picture is of a Christian family who sends their children to Christian school. The children learn about the Bible, salvation, and the wonderful Godly heritage of the USA. You can see in the background a bulletin board with pilgrims from the first Thanksgiving.
We give thanks for all the Christian schools, the sacrifice of both the parents and teachers who devote their time and money to educate children to love and honor God.

Deuteronomy 11:19
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Reasons to Give Thanks

November 24, 2014

Dr. Charles Stanley had some good thoughts about giving thanks and the blessings we receive. These are just a few:
“We were chosen by God from the foundation of the world.
Peace of God
Unconditional love of God
Presence of God
Provides our needs
Bodily resurrection
Forgiveness of sins
Eternal home in Heaven
Word of God
Keeps us continually aware of who God is”
Another blessing that I thank God for is the promise of seeing our loved ones that are in Heaven already.

Colossians 2:7
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

A Little Child

November 23, 2014

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This is a beautiful picture of a little child giving thanks for the food. It is a joy to be in a restaurant or with one of the grandchildren and see them bow their heads and give thanks. Jesus says we should be as little children and follow their example.

Luke 18:16
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:for of such is the kingdom of God.

Count Your Blessings

November 22, 2014

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

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

Today

November 21, 2014

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How Many Reasons?

November 20, 2014

“There are so many reasons to be thankful.
There are 8766 hours a year ~ how many of them
do we spend in praise and thanksgiving for all that our
heavenly Father has done for us and all He will be doing for us?”
By deborah ann

1 Chronicles 23:30
And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even;

Quiet

November 19, 2014

One of the things we can be thankful for is quiet. The dictionary meaning is: “Lack of noise, commotion, clamor, distraction. A peaceful state or condition.”
Dr. Charles Stanley says to have a place that is totally quiet and dark when you pray and want to hear from God.
Susanna Wesley would put her apron over her head so the children would know not to disturb her when she prayed.
Our lives are so full of noise. TV, machines, traffic, phones, etc. that it is hard to have the time and quiet place to get alone with God, but it is essential for a close relationship with Him.
If you do not have the time, (you think) get up earlier than your family and read some scripture and just be still and listen for God to speak to you.
It is wonderful to have quiet and feel God’s presence with you.

Psalms 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God:


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