PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24Hold your family members tight while you have them!  A day can change your life forever, but enjoy the time you have with family now.  There are certainly going to be issues and differences of opinion – there are those things in every family – but remember that they are your family and it matters.

Let’s say a prayer for families sitting around the table this Thanksgiving:prayer-poem-for-thanksgiving

The family is a haven in a heartless world.  – Attributed to Christopher Lasch

mismatched-chairsHow thankful are you for ENOUGH?  There’s room for everyone – and a lot of people, mostly family.  Some people will spend Thanksgiving alone and some don’t even have a place to call home.  If you can think of other places you’d rather be than with your family, while you’re entertaining those thoughts, keep in mind that some people would love to be in your situation.

I wish for you…  you guessed it…  ENOUGH.  Enough room, enough food, enough tolerance for your family members.  I wish for you enough of whatever you need.  God knows what that is – and it’s different for each of us.  Whisper a prayer to Him and He will see to it that you get just enough.  I know He will do that for you because He has done that for me.  🙂

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FREE SPEECH WEEK

TL 10-19 - 25 IS FREE SPEECH WEEK

Free Speech Week is a yearly even to raise awareness of the importance of free speech in the United States.  So far our government has not over-reached to the point where they tell me I can’t talk about God, Jesus, the Bible and Christian faith.  I wouldn’t say that’s something I take for granted, because I still read articles about the Ten Commandments being removed from the wall of a courthouse in Oklahoma – or Wichita State University removing all the Christian religious symbols in the chapel to make it more Muslim-friendly.  So, I would be mistaken to say my religious freedom and freedom of speech will never be threatened.  In my opinion, it has been threatened.  I don’t like it – go figure…  duh!  I’m offended because the core of Christianity is the death of Christ Jesus on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection is what my faith is all about – yeah – removing the crosses and pews in the chapel really chaps my hide!

Do you agree?
Do you agree?

While all people should be equal no matter what, to infringe on other’s religious rights is not fair – I’m free to say that…  and just did.

As freedom of speech is a right all American’s share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/education/article38035449.html

This is more like it
Pretty much

I’m not using my freedom of speech to unite – sorry.  I’m tired of being pushed around because I am a Christian.

There must be middle ground.  Why do Muslims have to be so offended when they see something that does not line up with their beliefs?  I mean, I have to drive past a Muslim place of worship practically every day – and yes, they drive past several churches.  But to remove the crosses and pews from the chapel at WSU to make Muslim students more comfortable???  Why can’t the Muslim students just deal with it – they are in a country that is predominately Christian.  Those crosses and pews will not jump out and hurt them.  They need to be just as TOLERANT of my Christian belief as I am of their Muslim faith.  I drive by their place of worship – I’m not going to say it offends me and demand that it be torn down.  I won’t go inside, but I understand they have a RIGHT to worship as they please – in their own place of worship.  Leave my Christian chapel alone.

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Why can’t WSU build a separate little place to pray JUST FOR THE MUSLIM STUDENTS instead of taking away all of the things the remind me of the sacrifice that my Jesus made for all the world?  If the Muslim outrage is so overwhelming – get the money from the Muslims to build it.  If we are offending them so much – give in – but don’t desecrate my Christian chapel to make it more user-friendly for Muslims!  I’m not trying to be ugly – I’m just disappointed in WSU because once again my faith is being squashed on campus.  Do Christian students not matter to WSU anymore?  We used to matter.  Maybe it’s about money.  I don’t know.  I’ll bet if I went to their homeland – they would not make such changes if I felt uncomfortable.  What is wrong with us, people???  Do we as Christians not have a backbone?  Are we just going to sit back and let this stuff keep happening?  I’m thankful that in America there is a week when I can let my opinions be known.  I’m so thankful for my FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

No true Christian wants to offend anyone on purpose.  Most of us try to walk humbly with our God and just get along with those around us – and we usually bend over backwards to make things better.  All we want is for others to let us be – leave the pews in the chapel and put the crosses back up on the walls.  If it’s a chapel for Christians – then those things are appropriate in there!  I don’t expect everyone to believe just like I do, but Christians – we need to find our voice or we’re gonna get run over!  It happened on our university campus – it can happen anywhere – trust me.  Don’t we care?

Well, I’ve had my say because I’m celebrating Free Speech Week.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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When I get up in the morning, I don’t think about all the things that are going to happen, whether it’s good or bad.  I say to myself, “This is going to be the best day of my life.  – Tao Porchon-Lynch

DROWNING IN ABUNDANCE

Today I felt fat.  Some of you know what I’m talking about.  None of my clothes fit quite right and when I looked in the full-length mirror, I looked fat.

On the up side, I had an extremely good hair day.  When the cashier at my favorite restaurant complimented my hair style today, I can’t even begin to tell you how much that lifted my spirits – but I digress…

When you have a “fat day”, it affects your mental health, your mannerisms, your attitude toward others and you are literally your own worst enemy.  Am I right?  Yes, I am – thank you.

I spent the entire morning telling God how I wished I was in someone else’s body – anyone else’s body!  I complained about being too short and suggested that if He had made me taller, this weight issue would no longer be – well – an issue.  Have you ever made such suggestions to the creator of the universe?

Let me tell you – when you gripe and complain to God, you may think that He just listens without any reply.  I guess He knew that I needed a major attitude adjustment today – and He gave it to me.

After I finished breakfast and left the restaurant, I headed home as usual.  It was a nice day, so hubby and I decided to drive around and go to a few estate sales.

I love vintage clothing and if I find my size at estate sales I buy it.  At the first sale, I found size 5x.  Well…  I asked the lady in charge if there were any smaller sizes and she told me that these were the clothes that she used to wear – and she is in a 2x now.  It was as if God was asking, “Linda, are you paying attention?”  I walked into one of the bedrooms where there were no other people – looked up and said, “Yes, Lord – I’m paying attention.”

Estate sale number two.  God had softened my heart and got my attention – but He was far from finished.  This house was in a completely different part of town, but there were some beautiful clothes for sale.  A pretty pink dress caught my eye.  I looked at the size – you guessed it – it was a 4x.  Again I inquired about the clothing.  I heard about another successful weight loss.  That lady is now wearing a size 18.

God seemed to impress upon me that if women wearing those sizes could lose weight, I can too.  Again, I found a quiet place where I was alone – I looked up – raised my hands and thanked God for encouraging me as only He can.

We moved on to the third and final sale.  I couldn’t wait to see what lesson was waiting there.  I was grinning from ear to ear as I walked back to the bedroom to look in the closet.  It was as though I knew what I would find!  I was not disappointed because God doesn’t leave any lesson unfinished.  Once He starts to teach you a lesson – He teaches it to the end!  You may as well just hang on and enjoy the class!

I was almost laughing by the time I reached the clothes closet.  The clothing wasn’t funny but the lesson was cracking me up!  God was showing me what HE can do if I will just ask…  how do I know that???

At the third sale, not only were the clothes size 5x, but on a table beside the closet was a collection of books.  One of them was a book I’m quite familiar with called “The Weigh Down Diet”.  Written by Gwen Shamblin, it’s a book that reminds us that God provides us with more than enough, but it’s up to us to make a conscious decision about how much is enough and how much is too much.  She encourages us to eat only the most choice bites and leave the rest.  She reminds us that it’s not a bad thing to feel hunger before eating.  We are supposed to feel true hunger before we eat.  The first few bites always taste the best – when it doesn’t taste as good, it’s probably because we are no longer hungry and it’s time to stop eating.

God seemed to say, “Now you understand, don’t you?”

I said, “Yes, Lord – I sure do.” 

I forgot that His provision of food for me is so abundant – and it’s up to me to know when I’m consuming too much.  It isn’t God’s fault for making me too short – but my fault for not knowing when to stop eating.  From this moment on, I only want what I need.  I no longer need what I want.  I know the difference – now I remember. 

Thank You, God, for Your lessons.  🙂