How Thankful are You?

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are heading our way–in a rapid fashion, I might add. That’s okay for me because I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!!! Not sure if being born on a holiday naturally put that love in me; nevertheless, I do love them.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, literally–it’s tomorrow! When one thinks about Thanksgiving what normally comes to mind? Maybe it is the turkey and dressing and all the fix-in’s, maybe it is the eager anticipation of getting the newspaper to start planning out your Black Friday excursion, or maybe it is the football on TV that makes Thanksgiving for you. Not one of these things in and of themselves is wrong, in fact they can all be very good things. Good food…Good Deals… Good Football! I feel as if these things, though, can take our mind off of what Thanksgiving should truly be about.

Thanksgiving is just that, a time of “thanks” and “giving”. This post isn’t meant to be incredibly theological, it is meant to make us (you and I) think! How long has it been since I have taken 5 minutes out of my day just to be thankful? Have I actually approached someone personally and told them that I was thankful for their influence on my life, or that I was encouraged by something kind that they did for me? We live in a thankless generation, and sadly, I feel as if it has rubbed off on you and me. What is the solution to this? It is simple—be more thankful! Take some extra time this Thanksgiving and holiday season to notice the little things that people do for you.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 118:29

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy!” ~Unknown

 

“No Friend like a Sister…”

For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands. ~Christina Rossetti

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I cannot begin to tell  you how many times I have read this quote. Like I have mentioned in previous posts, I just love quotes. More than that though, I love quotes that have meaning to them, and not just meaning, but personal meaning to me! This quote happens to have that.  

As you might can tell from my previous post, friends mean a great deal to me. I honestly do not know where I would be without the friends that God has sent my way. I can tell you this, He has sent me the best. I have one friend, in particular, that came to mind while I was reading and meditating on the quote above. She has been one who, no matter the circumstance, has lived out Rossetti’s quote–cheered me, fetched me, lifted me, and most definitely strengthened me!

We met each other in our church’s youth group when I was in junior high school. Through summer camps, youth activities, and much else, we began to build a lasting friendship. I can not even begin tell you the number of times this girl has stood beside me, through thick and thin, I could count on her friendship. There were times she told me things that I didn’t want to hear, but most desperately needed to. There were times she was a listening ear when I just needed to talk. There were times when she would say an encouraging word when I needed it most. There were times when all she could do was make me laugh without even trying. This girl is more than my friend, she is my sister!

Hollie, I could go on and on about how much you mean to me. The Lord continues to strengthen our friendship and that amazes me. When we met, several years ago, I never thought that we would be as close as we are today. I am so blessed to have you in my life and to be able to call you my sister! I hope that in the many years to come, I am able to do what you have done for me these last 8 years! I love you!

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A Forgiving Thought

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you!” ~C.S. Lewis

I do not know what it is about me and quotes, but I can tell you this.. I love them, and plan on sharing more of them with you!! I was just rummaging through some old quotes and came across this one, and what a quote it is! When I think about the abundant forgiveness that God has given me, I am overwhelmed. Almighty God has forgiven me and not just forgiven me but forgiven the inexcusable in me! I pray that I never take that for granted.

When I let my mind meditate on this quote, that God has forgiven the inexcusable in me. Conviction arises from all the times I have held a grudge toward someone for the smallest offense. Sure, there have been times when hurt was experienced even for something major, but, Oh, how forgiveness was hard to find in my life. Friend, God gave his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our SINS, for our forgiveness. All the sins we have ever committed past, present, and future are under the blood, if we only ask Him.  Yet, we cannot forgive those who have wronged us in the smallest of ways. We are called to a lifestyle to be more like God; therefore, we need MORE forgiveness in our life. I have found that the more apt I am to forgive, the stronger my relationship with God tends to be. Friends, I pray that this will help and encourage you today! 

Your Real Self

“The almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self-all your wishes and precautions-to Christ… Until you have given up yourself to Him you will not have a real self.” ~C.S. Lewis

I came across this quote in a book that I have been reading. For a minute, I did not really understand what it was saying. After having read it a few times, the Lord used this thought provoking quote to challenge me… I will never have the “real deal” until my whole being, thoughts, emotions, actions etc. are whole-heartedly handed over to Christ. As the beginning of the quote states, “The almost impossible thing…,” this being so true. It isn’t going to necessarily be easy to hand our whole self over, but that is what He requires of us. By doing so we are going to have the most fulfilling life that there is. I pray that as we all “hand” ourself over to God, we won’t think of it as a duty, but as a pleasing gift to Almighty God, and in return we will have that “real self” we all desire.