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Thankful Times

Sorry about not posting in a while, it’s been busy with family and the fall season. I thought to re-share our post from Thanksgiving in 2013, about taking time to reflect on the good things in life that you are thankful for.

Overflowing with Thankfulness

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” -Colossians 2:6-7

Another reflection on Colossians 2:6-7! As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, I want to focus on its special meaning.

Thanksgiving means gratitude. Time to slow down and reflect on all the good things in life. Time to spend with family and friends. Time to  laugh, smile, and carry on conversations with good people. Time to pray and praise God. And it starts the time of giving.

What do you enjoy about Thanksgiving? I love the time Thanksgiving brings to relax, take a day off from work,  listen to Christmas music, eat homemade food with family, play games, and have fun. I love how much warmth and love Thanksgiving brings.

What are you most grateful for? I’m blessed to have a funny, loving, and supportive husband, a loveable cutie son, and a wonderful close extended family, a safe and warm home, my pets, my neighborhood, and my church. Most importantly I am thankful for God, His love, His strength, and His forgiveness. The list can go on! So go make a list for yourself and see all the good in your life.

Remember that God gave you your life and blessed you with all the wonderful people in it. As Colossians says, “live your lives in Him” always. He is the source of your joy and hope.

So, I pray that you may be filled with thankfulness. Let your heart overflow with love and gratitude for Him.

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Weekly Thought: Blessed

This week’s Weekly Thought is:

“I am blessed. There is so much to be thankful for.”

God’s blessings are overflowing! What are you thankful for? What are you blessed with this day? Try to focus on that, and your mood will be uplifted!

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Update on this blog

We just wanted to let you know that we will be posting only periodically when we feel inspired, rather than the multiple times in the week that we have been doing. Our lives are just getting busier with baby and baby on the way. We hope you will continue to follow us, as well as read past posts. Thank you for following along with us.

God bless,

Lisa & Krista

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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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Turn your complaints into thoughts of gratitude

I saw this reflection and really liked how they turned around complaints into things to be grateful for.

It takes effort to constantly turn things around from a negative point of view to a positive. 

As I gear toward labor and giving birth to my first child, I am feeling the aches and pains of pregnancy coupled with the worry about handling a newborn and being a good mom. I have to stop this negative thinking! Today, I’m telling myself that I’m thankful for the chance to bring a life into the world. I’m grateful for every kick from baby, because I know she’s alive and well. I’m thankful for the time she has spent in the womb growing. I’m grateful that God has blessed me with the chance to learn how to be a good mom, how to teach, how to nurture, how to love more.

We make sacrifices every day that turn into blessings. Remember everything, every situation is a blessing. God has a purpose for it all.

Choose to see your blessings in the midst of burdens.

May we see the good in everything and turn our complaints into thoughts of joy and gratitude!

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God’s Gift of Marriage

Marriage is a wonderful and challenging thing. God has blessed us with the sanctity of marriage; He gave us our life partner to teach us about love and sacrifice, intimacy, and communication, among other things.

I admit that marriage is challenging at the same time beautiful. Marriage makes me less selfish and teaches me to let go and focus on loving my husband fully. I am learning to openly share my thoughts with my husband, to communicate effectively, to overcome my introversion and habits of overthinking, and to not be afraid to show my love through actions. My husband teaches me every day to give and take, share, and sacrifice. He teaches me to be a better me, letting go of pride, learning to resolve conflicts maturely, learning to be fully exposed and open with him, learning to listen and be patient, learning to trust and forgive.

Some marriages struggle with one aspect, while others struggle with another. Don’t compare your marriage to another. Focus on your own marriage and how to be a better partner. Remember that marriage is a gift from God! God wants you to constantly strive to be better, and He gives you your significant other out of love. I’m so blessed that God found me my husband. I pray that my husband continues to know how much I love him. I pray that I may always be a better wife each day and work on my weaknesses.

What are some strengths and weaknesses in your marriage? 

What are some things you can do to make your marriage better?

Some ideas:

  • Make regular date nights, but keep it varied, spark the romance.
  • Touch, hug, kiss, and show your husband you are devoted to him.
  • Set time out to talk and communicate each day about what’s going on and on how you’re feeling.
  • Offer to help with something, do a chore, or do something nice unexpectedly.
  • Workout or take a walk together, and make good health a priority together.
  • In conflict, don’t let your pride or anger get in the way; rather, take a breath and hear your partner’s side, be willing to understand, and be kind.
  • Express an interest in their hobbies and ask questions, even if you don’t care for the hobby yourself.
  • Make sure you make time for yourself or your friends; give your spouse space to do their own thing and spend time with their own friends. 
  • Support each other and don’t talk bad about your partner to others. Don’t try to change them – love them for who they are.
  • Encourage, compliment, and make your spouse feel desired and appreciated. Don’t forget to tell them often that you love them.

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Let Freedom Ring

Happy Fourth of July! We hope you have a safe, fun, and memorable day, celebrating your freedom and the life you live in America! Remember to be grateful everyday, for your freedom and the rights that you have here in the United States!

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Weekly Prayer: My Freedom

For the Fourth of July this Saturday, may you reflect on the freedoms you have in this country and the freedom and guidance you have through God.

Dear Lord,

There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience this freedom from sin and death that you have provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this I am very thankful.

On this Independence Day I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted. May I always remember that my freedom was purchased with a very high price. My freedom cost others their very lives.

Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and bounty meet their needs and watch over their families.

Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, Lord. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone else’s life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Christ.

Amen.

From christianity.about.com

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Recycled Post: Be rooted

This post come from November 2013:

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7

God tells us to be rooted in Him. If we have faith in Him and live our lives in Him, then we will we grow and be filled with joy and love.

When we are rooted in Him, we are like the tree in the ground that is rooted in the ground.

The tree is strong, stable, and healthy. It is nourished by the water and nutrients in the ground, and it thrives. The sun shines down on the tree and gives it complete strength. The branches reach out to the sky.

So too, our we. We are strong, stable, and healthy being rooted in God. We are nourished completely and we thrive in Him. We reach out to God in praise and thus He gives us complete strength and happiness.

Just think, your life is stable only through God. Be rooted and nourished in Him and give thanks!

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Recycled Post: Happy Mother’s Day

This post comes from May 12, 2013. Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms and grandmas!

I found a really nice prayer giving honor to mothers! I love my mom so much – I love spending time with her, talking with her, traveling with her, and learning from her. She truly is a gift from God! I also am thankful for my grandmothers who have both made a difference in my life, giving me compassion and teaching me in my life. Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. 

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged. 

Most of all, Lord, on this Mother’s Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever.

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