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Weekly Prayer: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a special and blessed day with loved ones. We shared this beautiful prayer last Thanksgiving:

Prayer of Thanksgiving by Vienna Cobb Anderson

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life,
for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty that the eye can see,
for the joy that the ear may hear,
for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families who nurture our becoming,
for friends who love us by choice,
for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding,
for children who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day:
for life and one more day to love,
for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved,
for your grace and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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Weekly Song: Thank You

There are so many reasons to be thankful! This season I am thankful for my family, my home, warmth, my church family, good health, and God’s blessings. Let us especially be thankful for Jesus who came into this world for us and who died for us!

Thank you by JJ Heller

For painted purple skies
For never telling lies
For giving all you had away
For crying when I cry
Ooh thank you…

For changing autumn leaves
The salty ocean breeze
For coming down from heaven to save a wretch like me
Ooh thank you…

I can’t understand why you left your throne
But I know that you came and you saved my soul…

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Ooh, thank you

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Give Thanks to God

Thanksgiving is a special day to spend with family and friends and to reflect on all the blessings that God gives us.

Jenn, from The Purposeful Mom blog, shared lovely scripture art about thanksgiving to God, and so I thought to share.

Give Thanks Scripture Free Printable for Thanksgiving:

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Weekly Song: Cristofori’s Dream

Usually I post a song that has lyrics, but this week I wanted to post an instrumental song. Hearing beautiful piano, cello, or orchestra music makes me feel relaxed and at peace. Some are so inspirational and heartwarming. What do you love about instrumental music?

God gave these musicians talent to share to others, and today I’m sharing one that I love. Here is David Lanz playing Cristofori’s Dream.

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Ellen’s Compassion

I love watching The Ellen Show, and last week she celebrated her 2,000th show! Ellen is so compassionate and supportive, and she spreads so much joy and love to others. This video shows some of the many people that she has helped over the years and their appreciation and gratitude for Ellen’s generosity and love. 

We need to be more compassionate, positive, supportive, and generous like Ellen!

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Weekly Prayer: For the Deceased

Today is the funeral for a church member that passed away last week, so I thought to share a prayer for the deceased.

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


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Weekly Song: Back to Home

I was intrigued by the meaning of the words in Back to Home, by Tristan Prettyman. The words are deep, meaningful, and powerful, and could be interpreted in different ways.

For me, I think it’s about being in a difficult moment but realizing that it’s “all gonna change”, and that you’ll go “back to home” and “make a new start”. There’s a “sundown” and a “sunrise” for every day, a chance to start new and “turn the page”. If you need to forgive, then forgive, and let go whatever is troubling you. God is guiding you in darkness, bringing you back to the light and back to where you should be.

Back To Home

Holding my breath and I’m making a wish
You brace yourself for the moment, when its all gonna flip
We couldn’t stop if we tried
Stuck in a space but its all gonna change
So there’s no reason to be scared of turning the page
We couldn’t stall if we tried
Sundown. Sunrise.

We won’t be lost in the dark
Between our head and our hearts
All of these roads lead us back
Back to home

La la la la ‘s

Get what you give, and ya give what you get
The hardest part is letting go, so just do your best
There’s no need to wonder why
Out of your head and into your heart
Strick a match and watch it burn
Make a new start
We are the architects of light

These aren’t the walls that hold us in
Sometimes it’s just easier to forgive
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home

La la la la ‘s

These aren’t the walls that hold us in
Sometimes it’s just easier to forgive
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home

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God is Mighty and Doing Great Things

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ “ – Job 37:5-6
God is doing great things in your life, often in ways that we don’t expect or know about. God is supporting you in the big things and the small things, the happy things and the sad things, and the easy things and the difficult things. But just think – God is watching over you and caring for you in the most marvelous ways. So give your life fully to Him and trust Him through every moment. He is mighty and marvelous.
I know He has purpose ...and it's better than anything I could ever imagine for myself!:
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Weekly Prayer (Recycled): Traveling

This post comes from August 28th, and I wanted to share it again because my husband and I are traveling today to visit family.

Both of us feel uncomfortable with flying and traveling, so I thought to share a prayer for travelers.

God, you have given us feet to move, and a mind to imagine new things and places and people. You have made us to travel and explore your wonderful world. Thank you for this gift.

Still, this world over which we move is wrought with dangers and threats. When we travel, we are vulnerable. Please protect our steps. Protect us on the road, and in the air. Send an angel of protection to accompany us. Shield us from evil and the Evil One who would use this opportunity to bring destruction. Bring us safely there and back home again.

And while we’re gone, protect those we leave behind. Keep the peace and secure the boundaries of our home. Assign an angel of protection to stand guard over our property and our loved ones, our children, and our friends and family.

Keep us healthy and guard us from sickness, injury, accident and violence. Give wisdom to those flying the airplane and driving the vehicles, and keep the machinery working properly. Moderate the weather on our travels.

And even now, begin to prepare us and the places we will visit, so that we can meet you there. In fact, Lord, come with us. Join us on this journey and be our companion and guide and protector and provider. In Jesus we pray, Amen.

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Weekly Song: Just Be Held

I love this song, Just Be Held, by Casting Crowns. Whatever storms you are facing, let it go to God, who will hold you in his arms.

Just Be Held

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on
And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will
And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands


Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who wont let go



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Heartlight Daily Verse: May Your Heart Be Enlightened

I receive the daily verse from, and I thought to share yesterday’s, which personally caught my eye. Even though there may be struggles in your life and you may feel like your prayers aren’t answered, God is there for you. May your heart be enlightened to continue to seek God for comfort and security.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
Thoughts on today’s verse
Heaven is something we see with our heart. When we are discouraged, doubtful, and depressed, we need to have the eyes of our hearts “enlightened.” The dawn needs to rise in our darkness, and then we will see the dawn of hope and the riches of our inheritance. But when things look bad, the only way to remember these things is to sing them, pray them, and read God’s promises of them.
O God, you are my Hope. I trust in you and your promises. But I admit that at times, like even right now, I struggle with the confidence that you will act in response to my prayers and do what I’ve trusted you with my life to do. Please fill me with your Spirit, comfort my doubts, and kindle my passion so that I may serve you with boldness and share your grace with others. Through my Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.
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Weekly Prayer: For a Safe Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween, and I always think of the children at night, hoping that they are safe and that they just have a good time. This prayer is to ask God for their safety.

Prayer for Halloween:

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