Monthly Archives: November 2007
Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for! First–for the cross—for God loving us enough—to send His only Son so that we could be cleansed from our sins….freed from bondage…once and for all.
As we sat around the table tonight at my mothers, she instructed us that as we finished our meal and headed for dessert, we were to be thinking of what we wanted to share that we were thankful for. Salvation was high on the list….family running a close second.
As I looked around the table at the family I love dearly, we had a few missing due to jobs or other family obligations, but the thought occurred to me that I have this every single Thursday. Thankful “Thanksgiving” Thursdays! Every single week. We set aside time out of our days each week to join around a “table of thanksgiving” and share what the Lord has done in our lives. I am so thankful for the “bloggity sisters” that join around our “bloggy” table and give thanks and credit to our Sovereign Lord!
Ladies, you bless me….I thank you.
God bless you and I look forward to seeing all of your thanksgiving pictures and hearing the highlights of your holiday! I will post mine later this weekend! I love you all!
I am truly thankful for everything the Lord has blessed me with! We serve an incredible God! He is so good to each of us…..take time and look around you at what you have, and look at the wonderful display of grand beauty He displays for you each and every day! Thank Him for the “details” of life that He lovingly tends to each day.
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Everyone has them. All different shapes and sizes…some comfortable…some not so much. I am sitting in what we call the “Granddaddy Chair”. It is a “Slumber Streit Morris Chair”, given to Jeff’s granddaddy by one of his son’s who received it as a gift from a Colonel after WWII. This was the only chair that his granddad sat in. He read his Bible in it, he prayed in it, he napped in it and he watched TV from it. It was a well used and most loved chair. It now resides in our little library. When we reupholstered it several years ago, we found that it had been covered twice. Orange vinyl and then brown vinyl.
The chair has been faithful to hold it’s occupant with sturdiness and comfort. Right now it’s holding me. I sit in it to do my writing. I kneel at it when I am praying. I am certain this chair is familiar with the sound of crying before the Lord. If this chair could share the stories it has lived through….my what it could tell!
My mother has a “praying chair”. Actually, the one that is pictured in the “Blessings of Family” post from about a week or two back has been passed on to my sister, Aimee and Mother has a new praying chair in a quite corner of her bedroom. Aimee uses the chair the same way my mother did. Reading and praying. That chair has not been recovered since my mother gave it to her, so it has the mingled tears of both mother and daughter.
I am sure that as prayers are prayed kneeling at these chairs, perhaps yours too, decisions are made, and lives changed. As I pause to imagine the type of chair that the Lord Himself sits in, I picture a very large elaborately carved throne as only a King should have. More grand than any throne ever created by human hands. I imagine as we kneel at our little “praying chair”, the Father leans forward in His seat to hear our plea, or bask in our praise. I can imagine that at times He may even grip the arms of His seat with excitement as we “push further in” to His Presence in our prayer time. He longs for us to spend time with Him. Too often I catch myself becoming so busy and preoccupied with life that as I pass this chair on the way to the laundry room, I can “feel” it beckon me. As if to say, “you need to stop and spend some time in prayer”. Too often I press on with my work. Walking back and forth in front of this chair, all the while it remains still and untouched.
Is dust gathering on your “prayer chair”? Perhaps there is even some laundry draped over it. Uncover the chair. Wipe off the dust. Kneel down and settle in. An answer is waiting for you. Peace is just a prayer away. As I kneel down, I think I hear the chair sigh. As if to say, “finally”. Now His peace will come.
This morning my brain was racing in a kzillion different directions…I almost missed the display of color the Lord provided while I slept.
It rained early, the road was still wet, the air was crisp and clear, the sun bright….the leaf colors had changed overnight it seemed (sometimes in the South the trees decide to hold onto their green a bit longer than the North), and the display was breathtaking! Bright orange and red mingled with gold and green. His artistry takes my breath away. His love causes me to linger a bit to enjoy His creation.
I am blessed with a wonderful family. I have a precious husband, who never fails to amaze me. I trust him with my life. He would never place me in a position of harm, he is my protector. But I have an even greater Protector. When the one I can see (Jeff) is away, I know that I am still fully protected by the One I can’t see. He is ever watchful. He never slumbers.
I am thankful that next Thursday we will gather at Jeff’s mom’s house, all the cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and out-laws! We will gather and fellowship with one another and love one another and share God’s love. We will share the heritage we have been blessed with. It is always a great day. We will stuff ourselves with the food provided by the many hands and then when we leave….we will go to my mothers and do the same! A day of feasting! A day of thankfulness!
Thank you Lord, for the bounty You so graciously supply. Day after day. I have never gone hungry. I have never lacked for any need in my life. You truly do supply all my needs—I praise Your wonderful name forever!
Today, my mind has been far from thinking “thankful thoughts”. It has been a muddle of confusion. There has lurked an aggravated person inside this normally cheerful soul. Forgive my lack of gratitude today. I truly am thankful and cannot live a day without Your mighty Presence. I humbly bow, loving You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In Your awesome name, Amen.
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