Monthly Archives: December 2007

The Last Thankful Thursday of the Year

Almost every morning I realize I have something new to be thankful for.

I am thankful that the Lord is answering prayer….even right now. I am thankful to have friends that own an ambulance company and being able to have the needed assistance in any emergency!

I am thankful for my sweet husband….who listens even when I don’t make sense….or when I’ve said it all before.

I am thankful for my family….what an awesome family I have….from those who preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to those of us that hunger and thirst….I am thankful for the thirsting.

I am thankful for my eyesight, which I seem to be losing as the years roll on….my achy joints remind me that I am thankful that I can still do the things I do…..activities outside, from yard work to playing with grandchildren!

I am thankful for the pastures that I pass as I drive to work with their gentle slopes and dips and the great and awesome oak trees of Florida that seem so majestic as they tower above and offer cooling shade to the sweet newborn calves in the heat of the day.

I am thankful for my job, for the fun we have, as well as the seriousness of the work. I am thankful for understanding friends….for the shoulders offered when I need one.

I am thankful for those funny friends that seem to be able to read my mind! And share the laugh (or sometimes aggravation) that comes with the territory!

I am thankful for the new Bible Study I have for the new year…and the new devotion by Beth Moore that my mother gave me for Christmas. I am thankful for every sweet card and thoughtful gift I received.

I am thankful for the Bible on CD—-read by women! My most favorite read!

I am thankful for my “pillow” and the comfort it gives after I have been away from it!

I am thankful for “diet coke and diet pepsi” and on the colder days…for hot chocolate to mix with coffee….and most of all the specialty coffee’s at Starbucks!!!!!

I am thankful for what the Lord has been showing me and teaching my still willing heart…..I am thankful.

I am thankful for Jesus Christ. He is at the top of my list in my heart. He is the mighty Warrior of my soul, the Giver of life, the peace Speaker, the gentle Listener, my Savior….my soon coming King! I am thankful.

If tomorrow I wake up in eternity…..I am THANKFUL!

For more “Thankfuls” go to my sweet buddy at Spiritually Unequal Marriage…..Lynn. The others you find there will bless your heart!

A Little bit of Christmas Poetry…hee hee

I wanted to share a “bit” of our Christmas with you…..
As you enter my house, our cards are the first to greet you…well-wishes of friends and family, near and far….and a few included pictures to remind me how beautiful they all are….

Next you’ll see the kitchen…but I didn’t show you that…it is cleaned up….I must have a nap

(kidding…no nap…but that’s all I could think of to rhyme)

Above is our tree…now with presents it is filled….ready for my family to arrive….the kids just can’t keep still!
I tried to put a little Christmas touch….

in every single room.

This is a picture of a favorite family piece…my mother’s old hutch.

(Was a wash stand and my Pa-Pa did a bit of adjusting…it was green…then white…now it is gun metal gray)

My mother came over and fixed my table piece…she is creative….

and passed that gene to my sister Aimee…they both help me out from time to time….which makes me just elated! And the stockings were hung on the plate rack with care…

in hopes that my family would soon be here to share…

All the Christmas blessings we have received….

and our prayer for you this new year….would be to just believe.


Okay…enough of that….I am a poet and didn’t know it!—-Kidding —again….this girl can’t rhyme….

Don’t forget to enter the Laced with Grace New Year Give-Away!!!! A really great treat! Read the next entry and see what is offered…then head over there and enter!!!

Announcing….A New Give-Away…in the New Year!

The Laced with Grace blog team would like to share their blessings with you. Come by the devotional blog and sign-up for your chance to win an NIV Study Bible from Women of Faith; a Bible study for busy moms by Lisa Whelchel; the book “Love and Respect,” the movie “The Nativity Story”; a mug by “Mugs of Truth” and a CD by a new artist, “Becky Knight“. The giveaway runs from December 24th – January 1st. The winner will be announced on January 2nd. Head over there and enter! If you don’t mind…please post a link on your blog : )
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God bless you!

A Thankful Heart

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart. Luke 2:19

What joy must have coursed through the heart of Mary and Joseph as they examined their newborn Son! What thankful hearts they must have had!

I am so thankful today for the blessings of heaven that has flooded my life, my husband, my children, my grandchildren, my parents, my grandparents my siblings and their families…and many more family members and friends that are so dear.

I am thankful that my family will gather together at my house for Christmas this year.

I am thankful that even though things seems tough at Tiffany’s house this year….praying for an unsaved spouse is making it so….God is working. I am thankful for the little ones that have blessed our home through Tiffany and Jared. Her three and his two! Ahem…five is what that is….

I am thankful that Tiffany made Christ the Lord of her life in September of this year.

I am thankful for Lynn and Dineen who took my child on their hearts and cried out to God on her behalf. They did not know her….but they didn’t have to. God knew exactly where she was and how to reach her heart.

I am thankful that April and David are happy and healthy and working for the Lord in their church. I am thankful that little Cy is a growing, happy active little man!

I am thankful that God is Lord of my life and keeps close watch over me.

I am thankful for His mercies, for they are new every morning!

I am thankful for the coming 2008. Who knows what is in store….just keep your hand in God’s hand….you will feel His strength and love as He guides us through to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

I am thankful for Laced with Grace …..and what each writer has written on the pages of my heart this year.

I am thankful for Christian Women Online Magazine…for the love and encouragement of Darlene….the love of new friends I have met….if I start naming names I will forget someone dear to my heart….so just know that each of you have touched my heart in an amazing way.

To be blessed by more Thankful Thursday posts, head over to Lynn and Dineen’s place at Spiritually Unequal Marriage….it will definitely bless your day!

The Strong Woman

My post for Sunday is dedicated to my mother and in memory of my grandmother (“Mamo”), two very strong women in Christ. It is the topic I shared with our church “girls ministry~Missionette group”. I am definitely not a speaker, but enjoyed sharing my heart about the blessings of my heritage.

I am honored to be a part of an awesome group of women at CWO’s Internet Cafe! Please join me over there on Sunday! Grab a cup of coffee and visit there daily—I promise you will be so blessed—these women are following hard after the heart of Christ! Join us!

(Click on the button Grandbuddy)

P.S. If you have not read about the “feeling loved”…please read on down. God bless you!

If You Don’t Feel Loved…..

There are days…probably for most all of us….when we feel a bit “down and out”. I remember when our girls were growing up there would be days when they would be so pitiful and say with such passion, “nobody loves me”. Haven’t we all felt that way. We know in our deepest heart that we are loved, but somehow the pressures or stress of life so overwhelms us that we start sinking into ourselves and the enemy can cause us to believe that we are nothing special….not lovable….not desirable….completely forgettable. But sweet friend…that is not so at all.

Last week, I had one of those weeks. Not that I didn’t feel loved….but that I was completely overwhelmed with the “stuff” of life. Pain has kept me from going 90 miles an hour (as is my usual pace this time of year)….my work is a bit behind right now, due to being out with back problems…the usual Christmas parties have been happening, but I have none of the gusto I normally have. I have been in that “frustrated” mode of attitude since Thanksgiving (yeah, I know), and have been talking to the Lord, partly out loud when I’m alone, and partly in my heart/head. Most of it has been self-pity…since I can’t do all the “Christmassy” things I want to do!

A few days ago I had a conversation with my Father that went something like this:

“This is so aggravating!” I fumed—out loud—as I hung up the phone rather sharply after the one-thousandth phone call of the day. Why don’t they stop calling and let me get something done!”

“They have needs.”

“So do I!—Helllloooo—-remember my need? I am hurting here! This is just too much!”

Then the call came. At exactly 3:16 p.m. From a man named John. Can’t give you his last name…client confidentiality and all that…but that’s not the point….the call came from John at 3:16. And the Lord’s message to my heart came through LOUD and CLEAR.

“Angie, I do love you, and I care about every detail of your life. But I need you to focus on Me. For I loved you so much….I gave My All. So that you would have ever lasting life. With Me. Do you understand child?”

You may think I made this up…but sorry. I’m not that clever. You see John calls our office frequently. As does Beth, Ricky, Bruce, Miss Mary, my girls, my co-workers family members, amidst tons of clients. So why did John call at exactly 3:16? Why not 3:17? Or 3:15? Because my Father had a message. For me. Since it is my custom to take down the exact time and date of each and every call…God knew I’d notice. Since we use duplicate message books, I have a copy of the message I took to prove this call came. When the call came, His love flooded my heart. Not the love from the caller….but the love from the Caller. My Father.

Allow me now to back up to a few weeks ago. When sitting in a doctors office waiting to meet with the “one” that supposedly has the answers for my pain. The Lord showed me exactly Who has the answers to not only my pain, but the healing as well. Not only the healing, but He has the answer to the questions in my heart. No, the answers may not come when we ask. Sometimes the answers come after a time of trial. So that we can see. See with eyes of the heart (spiritual), and not just eyes of the head (physical).

If you are wondering how the picture comes into play here….allow me to share. My thought was spurred on by a handmade cross and real nail sitting on the desk. I was thinking of all the things I should be doing rather than “wasting time” in a doctors office. If you know me at all….you know that going to the doctor for me is the ultimate last resort. When I have exhausted every home remedy known to mankind, then I will go to the doctor….Do we treat our “soul needs” the same way. When we have exhausted every effort in trying to “fix” whatever the problem is our self…then we go to the Father….When you are feeling unloved, in pain, left out, alone, scared, depressed, heartsick, burdened with something you can’t seem to put a name to, place your hand on the nail. Feel the love—it came with the pain of everything we could possibly endure today….and more. For He loved us enough to die for all the sins we would ever commit. Not just you and I. But for every single human being in this entire world. Living, dead or yet to be born. All of us.

I wish I had read Max Lucado’s book 3:16. I could probably do a better job writing this. But since it is still sitting on my shelf “waiting” for it’s time…it is still unread. But the message I am sharing today is the message He had for me. I am loved. You are loved. God proved it in a manger. In a stinky musty barn. Alone with just His earthly parents. The onlookers that were in His “waiting room” were just some farm animals. No calls were made by humans. But the Lord of Hosts sent His message out by special messenger.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shown round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’.” (Luke 2:9-14 KJV)

And so, as God proved His love for us on the day Christ became one of us….that love was proven again on Calvary….when God gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believed in Him, would not perish, but would have everlasting life….with Him. That same love is proven time and time again. To each one of us. So precious friend…if you are feeling unloved….put your hand on the nail. The sharp end. Feel the love.

A special thank you goes to my friend Joe, the photographer (in my opinion) of all photographers. He sees with his heart. The Lord’s beauty comes through clear in his photographs. When I had this devotion begin to form in my head, I e-mailed Joe with the request of a picture. He came through! Thank you Joe, the picture is perfect.

God bless you all this most blessed of seasons!


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Blessed be His Name!

I am thankful for my friends and family, both near and far that are incredible blessings in my life from the Lord! I am thankful for my precious sweet girls and their families. I am thankful for my mother and grandbuddy, my sisters and brother and their families. I am thankful that the Lord of Hosts surrounds me in such an indescribable way! I am thankful for His Word…that became flesh and dwelt among us….and continues to dwell in our hearts and lives….

Blessed be the name of the Lord! I cannot imagine what must have been going on in the hearts and minds of the earthly parents of Jesus….nor of Simeon, when he first beheld the face of Christ. But I am thankful, truly thankful that God loved us enough…and continues to love us today.

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present [him] to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this [child] is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:22-40

May each of you be filled with a thankful, joyfilled heart during this most precious of seasons!

Join us in sharing our thankfulness over at Laurel’s place!

I Can’t Believe How Thankful I am!

You have no idea how much I missed Thankful Thursday….it broke my heart that I was not well enough to participate! My back hurt so bad I could not sit up…and it is most difficult to type lying down….(I tried). Laurel…thank you….in case I haven’t thanked you before now—for keeping this going! This is the highlight of my week. I so look forward to the encouragement I find when I travel out to California and Arizona, up to Connecticut, or Idaho, or down South Florida…or Texas….Canada…all around the world! It amazes me when I think what God is doing in broadening my scope and His plan for my life!

I am thankful that I am not flat on my back this week. Although I am still in some pain…it is NOT like last week. I am managing. With the help and grace of God it will continue to get better!

I am thankful for my sweet man and the sweet birthday cards I got from him this week and the new running shoes (like I run—humph)…but they look good with the new exercise pants, top and matching jacket he also got me—(no, I don’t “exercise”—but it looks good with my new running shoes!) I was alive to turn a glorious 46 years old! I had a wonderful lunch with my mother and grandbuddy and they allowed me to vent all through lunch about the things that were bugging me—-that I can’t vent to anyone else!—Of COURSE—we are PRAYING about all those things….so the individuals involved—-buck up—-it’s gonna be a bumpy ride until you give it up to Jesus!!! (Can you tell I am feeling better—gettin’ my old spunk back.) Actually, I told my sister the nurse, today that being slightly incapacitated had sure made me “short tempered”…..(no, I really wasn’t before)….but the past few days, when something irked me, I would be (almost) like, “come within arms reach of me and say that again”! Well, I’ve not hit anyone—and have prayed about my “short attitude” on the way home.

I am thankful that tomorrow will be better!

I am thankful for great co-workers that have pitched in and helped me get through this busiest of times with the end of the year things in our office—so much was going on while I was out last week….they were great! I love them all so very much. Thank you girls! You are a blessing from my Father—whether you know it or not!!!

I am thankful for what the Lord has been sharing with me—things I will be sharing with you. I am thankful for my photographer buddy Joe—who is always willing to share his gift of capturing God’s beauty with others. I e-mailed him today about a certain photo I needed for an upcoming devotion…and he got right to work! He sent me pictures that he took today after my description of what I needed. God hit me square in the heart with a devotion yesterday while at the doctors office…not only for me but for you too. I am working on it in my mind—and soon the thoughts will flow to my keyboard and then out to you! I am thankful that God does stuff like that. Speaks to us wherever we are.

I am thankful that I am covered. My coverage is full—best in all the world. It was paid for at Calvary. By God’s only Son….who loved me (and you) enough to leave the glorious throne in heaven and give His Life’s blood for me (and you). I deserve none of it….but He loved me that much. You too.

I heard this song just a while ago and it fits the past couple of weeks of my life…..

“On Christ the solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand……all other ground is sinking sand.”

Lord, as I look forward to the day of Your return, help me to live a holy and godly life. I am totally incapable of holiness without You. (2Peter 3:11)

Thanks for listening to my ramblings…I am so glad to be counted among the living! God bless you—-hop on over to Laurel’s place and be blessed!

Blessings of Christmas

Sorry about my absence. I have been down in my back.

Thank you April for decorating my Christmas tree! That is a huge load off. Tiffany came over and set up the Nativity scene. Jeff has been cooking….and laundry….and I have been “resting”. Do you know how much I dislike “laying around”? If you know me at all….you know that I must be active—-all—-the—-time. Tonight, I am laying here…with my laptop propped up on my legs….it is not comfortable and I can only do this for short intervals. I tried checking e-mail. Only could read two and answered one. Sorry. I have to change positions frequently. Keep praying….I appreciate it and love your encouraging e-mails.

Be blessed!