Thank You Jesus for good coffee, comfortable shoes, un-bunchy underwear and laughter.
Thank You Jesus for deep breaths, warm fuzzy blankets, hugs that mean something and good coffee.
Thank You Jesus for positive attitudes, good coffee, things that sparkle and color coordination.
Thank You Jesus for soft hands to hold, good deeds for no reason, caring coworkers and good coffee.
Today is a great day to be thankful.
I cannot stop saying thank You Jesus! He helps me, guides me and sustains me daily, but I don’t thank Him enough.
As I end my afternoon with a good cup of coffee plus two creamers from a place I usually don’t stop at but it was much less crowded than my usual favorite, I am overwhelmed by the constant happiness Jesus provides in my life. From a simple cup of coffee to the awesome blessing of song He gave me today… I THANK HIM!
I sang at a dear sweet lady’s funeral today. She was a constant at our church and she will be missed. Women like her are easy to love. Those are the kind of people we should definitely thank God for! It was very hard to hold back emotion through that funeral, but I had to in order to sing. The first song I sang was one I had never sung except the last couple of days in practice. I knew God would take care of my nerves and He sure did. I can’t even remember singing that song really, because I know it was Him doing it. Not me. That feeling is one I wish all can have. I hope that there is something in your life that you can do (or participate in) and experience that kind of power. It truly is something HUGE to be thankful for. Wow.
The coffee is almost gone, but my thankful heart will continue. I love that God grants us all these blessings! How can we not be thankful!?!?
It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are HAPPY.
What a weekend I’ve just had!
I was absolutely honored to be able to sing at a Women’s Retreat in Gatesville, Texas. THEN I got to sing in front of a group of lady’s at one of the Gatesville prisons. That was probably the best crowd I’ve ever had the opportunity to sing in front of. They sang along, clapped, AMEN’ed and praised with hands up and hearts open. It was truly and absolutely an evening I will never ever forget. This will be one of those things I put on my greatest times of my life list. God knows I want to be used by Him and this weekend, I believe I was truly working for Him.
My prayer is to continue this in my daily life no matter where I am, who I’m with or what is going on.
I was absolutely amazed at what God was doing in both places this weekend. The more I ask God to lessen me and make Himself greater and greater in all I do…the more I feel His mighty power. I know it’s always there, but when I humble myself, HE is more evident. He is my voice. He is the reason I sing. It is HIS gift that allows me to sing. When people hear my voice, I want them to hear HIM.
I’m still so pumped from the experience of this weekend! The women who were involved in both events blessed me so! Most of all, GOD BLESSED US ALL! I felt His constant presence and His absolute love.
I always enjoy working with my friend Tammy Whitehurst who made all this happen for me. We will be doing another event this coming Saturday as well–right here in my hometown. I am certain it will be an absolute blessing as well!
I’m truly blessed and honored to work for our Lord.
He ALWAYS shows us all (when we look…and we must keep looking) that BLESSINGS ABOUND!
I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)
#thankfulEVERYday for JESUS!
Perfection is our worse enemy. I’ve heard this, but never really thought about it in depth. I mean, I agreed with the statement, but never stopped to think about it means–exactly.
I know comparison can get ugly if we are trying to compare ourselves to others. You will never be something you aren’t. Your physical self is created by God. If you are obsessing about how it may not be “perfect,” you are messing with HIS creation. He made you! You want to argue with HIM? I know we do a lot of times, but ALWAYS remember, WE WILL NEVER WIN.
We can strive to be a better person and even have role models to look to, but if you so want to be that person that it gets in the way with what GOD has for you, that is some dangerous stuff!
I know God made me to be Awesome. He tells me in the Bible stuff like this:
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
EPHESIANS 2:8-10 NLT
HE had great stuff already planned for me to do! That blows my mind.
I’m so glad I chose and continue each day to choose JESUS.
I know He was perfect and I will try my best to be more and more like HIM…
But as I said up there:
I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)
#thankfulEVERYday for JESUS!
A friend/co-worker of mine shared this t-shirt on my FB page today. I LOVE IT! What I love most is when I read that it makes me get even MORE excited about this coming Monday. I *GET* to go back to work after summer vacation. I’m so blessed. I, of course, love my summer, but WOW, DO I LOVE MY JOB! I do! Some people think I’m nuts. I’m cool with that. I am nuts about the job God has given me.
Because…I truly believe in this verse right here:
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, -Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)
We are SUPPOSED to be excited about our work…
Enthusiastic about our daily jobs… here’s another version of the verse:
Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.
(International Standard Version)
I love that..WHOLEHEARTEDLY! Do it with all your heart. (BIG HUGE CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)
I have this saying hanging in my shop: Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.
Here’s another one: Make your vocation your vacation.
And let’s not forget to do this:
I thank God for my WONDERFUL job where I get to teach some AWESOME kiddos, work with some SASSY people AND they all love me even though I’m CRAZY!
Today at our awards assembly, so many of our students were recognized. It makes me so proud to see them all excel in one way or another.
I wish we could give them all an award–
NO, I’m not like one of those people who think everyone should get a 1st place trophy for just participating (besides t-ball, they should always get a trophy!) OR everyone should be the quarterback because they THINK that is their talent. I’m saying, I wish we could give every child in our school an award for doing something awesome. They all have an awesome ability. WE ALL have an awesome ability.
We have students who are… the best encouragers (and I’m not talking about the uniformed cheerleaders), have the best penmanship, always ready to help out when needed, the best at turning in their work on time, smile, laugh, story-tellers (fiction or non-fiction!), posture, serious faces, funny voices…
I think you get what I’m saying. WE ALL HAVE OUR *SOMETHING* THAT MAKES US …US!
Most of us have A LOT of somethings that make us …US!
We are all gifted with some talent/ability/awesomeness that makes us who we are.
WE ARE ALL GIFTED!
I totally finished that 5K today!!!
SOOO, I was pretty much last, but I did it. It’s ok that I and one other gal were the only two on the track. The rest of the group went the city course, but really, I didn’t want to hold up any traffic with my mad walking skills or awesome legs. haha!
All kidding aside, we had an awesome event which made some nice change for the Texas Oncology Foundation.
Here’s a pic of most of the group…
I loved doing this and am ready to tackle on another. Well, I’m not ready to be the main organizer of one yet…I’ll wait another year for that, but I’m ready to go walk one again. It was a lot of fun!
My whole family participated in it as well. This is how my 10 year old felt in the end…
BUT WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME FOR A GREAT CAUSE!
Today is a sad, sad day as well as wonderfully joyous one.
I’m so sad yet so happy.
This is the day that the Lord took one of His most good and faithful servants home. I’m so happy for her. I’m so happy that she is looking into the face of Jesus. She surely is in an awesome place.
Here, though, we grieve. We will miss her service, friendship and oh so cute smile. My children loved her like she belonged to them. She did. My daughter thought she was the most beautiful person ever. My little boy was what this awesome lady called, “my only boyfriend.”
I’ve known her since I was in grade school. My husband has known her since he was born. They both attended the same church. She held the position of church secretary for many decades and just resigned a few years ago AFTER she turned 90. She was always busy doing something great. Even at the age of 95 she was serving the Lord and others. I just received a card from her a couple of weeks ago where she had snipped an article out of the local newspaper that had my name in it. The words in that card blessed me so much and made my day. That is just what she did. She sent birthday cards to everyone and if you missed church, she sent you that week’s bulletin.
Her stories always made us think, appreciate life and sometimes giggle a bit. She was real. She was genuine. She was truly a sweet soul. I loved seeing her sit in church. I loved serving with her on our VBS staff–she was always the secretary and hand wrote every certificate for the event. She was a gem!
I have, as many have, used her life as a great example to go by. She was a cancer survivor. She was a mentor. She was faithful and true. She loved Jesus like we all should. She loved with CRAZY love.
I’m so thankful we were blessed with Mrs. Pearson and when I grow up, I want to be just like her.
I’m so sad she will not be in that exact spot in that same pew as usual come Sunday, but I’m SO happy, because I know she is reaping her reward now. PRAISE GOD!
What an awesome day.
A day of relationships.
A day of projects.
A day of giving.
A day of service.
Good intentions when put in action are so sweet to watch.
Little acts of service can turn into big mounds of wonderful.
Small gestures of kindness when added up can start a movement.
I hope that whatever you did today, it benefited someone else. Perhaps it helped others see that we are here to not just live, but to love and serve.
The group I was with today made my heart smile. They made me have hope in others. They made me proud to know them.
The group we visited made me remember that it’s not about me. They helped focus my perspective. They truly blessed me.
If you weren’t able to do some type of service today that lifted others up, I encourage you to take time to do it soon. It’s not for your own glory or for points you may receive …
It’s for THE GOOD and that is what we should all turn and focus on more…
After listening to the preacher’s sermon today, I started thinking about WORSHIP. Everyone has their idea of worship. What does worship mean to you?
My definition of worship:
LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!
That to me is true worship. Worship is not something you stop. It should be something that you are constantly doing. When I think of my God, I believe worship is love and love is worship.
We do not stop loving our children. God does not stop loving us. We should not stop loving him. It should be CONSTANT.
I know we are to get on our knees and go to the Lord in prayer daily. We are to tell others what He has done for us. Blessings are to be counted. Be still and know…and listen to God. Read the Bible. Study together with other believers. Feed yourself with the knowledge God reveals to you through others such as teachers and preachers. Most of us consider all of these acts of worship. I believe they are, but you know we are not doing all of these things all of the time. So, to worship is more than all of these. It’s something you don’t turn off. If you consider GOD first in all you do, worship will continue. And that is what we are supposed to do, right?
I’m not saying I’ve always felt this way. I thought going to church was what I needed to do to be a believer. I thought memorizing a few Bible verses is what I needed to do to be a believer. I thought being nice to others, being on my best behavior and carrying a Bible in my purse is what I needed to do as a believer.
All of those things are great, but to truly worship God, He has told me so much through the Bible.
…we need to take further steps…we have to do it as the Bible says—
You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. -Matthew 22:37
If we can do that,
we can WORSHIP like we are supposed to…ALL ..THE.. TIME.
As the tree came down today and the vacuum was on double duty, I got all caught up in the transformation of our living room. I love all the festive traditions. The tree, the lights, my Santa and snowman corners and especially the nativity scenes we have by the fireplace. Packing it up for another year was a chore, but also a blessing. I thank God for all the things He allows us to use. I thank Him for our spot. I am so thankful for the reminders I have everyday–not just at Christmas–but EVERYDAY that He loves us so very much.
As I sit here with my peppermint mocha coffee and my new historic television book I found today, listening to a college football game and the fire crackling… I especially thank God for the simple pleasures he affords us.
Our lives are such blessings!!!
From crazy fun family celebrations to sitting on my couch relaxing…
During this holiday break…
I thank Him for ALL.