THANKSGIVING DAY

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(11) HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE STEEPLE

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  – Psalm 95:2

What is Mel thankful for?  Well, God healed him of terminal leukemia in 1998, so it’s obvious that he is very thankful for life.  He’s also thankful for the Holy Ghost.  He’s thankful for another day to praise God for His goodness!

How many ways can we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us?

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  – Meister Eckhart

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.  – Psalm 50:14

Thanks be to God for all the miraculous deeds He has done in my life.  I don’t know why He is so good to me, but I’m sure glad He is!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”  – William A. Ward

What would Thanksgiving be without Charlie Brown.  Put on your jammies and fuzzy socks.  Grab your favorite snack and watch this cute cartoon with me.

 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  –  Psalm 26:7

This day and every day I will lift my hands to the heavens and praise the Lord for all the many blessings He has bestowed on me.

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.   – Terri Guillemets

This is a cute little song –  you’ll be singing this all day!  You’re welcome.  😉

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  – Psalm 69:30

Shine Your everlasting light in my perpetual darkness, heavenly Father.  May everything I do be for Your honor and Your glory, for there is no other reason to do anything I do.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve made Monkey Bread in the past, but this Apple Monkey Bread looks so delicious!  I’m always thankful for the food on Thanksgiving Day – aren’t you?

I’m thankful for food, shelter, love of friends and family and Charlie Brown cartoons around the holidays.  All of these things bring to mind happy times of the past and provide hope for the future.  I hope you will take some time today to let your friends and family know how much you love them.  Take time to let God know you love Him too.  ❤

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The Apostle Paul… I look forward to meeting him one day in heaven! He is the one who wrote the great word pictures in the Bible. The life of a Christian is like a race, and there is a prize at the finish line. It almost makes me want to go out and try to run. Hey, I said almost!

It’s my guess that Paul was a fit person. I imagine he must have been a runner. He certainly knew how to get people excited and enthused about Christianity. He knew how to be a leader with diplomacy and tact. Even when he had to clamp down on some of the churches, he did so with the love of Christ in his heart. Every letter included Christian compassion and brotherly watch care.

We are encouraged to look ahead and leave our sorted past where it belongs – in the past. If we try to drag the past around with us it can only do one thing – weigh us down. We need to give the past to God. He knows what to do with it. He will throw it into the sea of forgetfulness and never remember it again. I wish I could forget my past as completely, don’t you?

If I could forgive and forget as well as God does, wouldn’t that be wonderful? How much faster would I run without the extra weight? How much further could I run if I didn’t get winded as easily? Would I be a better witness for Christ if I was free of the weight?

I’m encouraged by what Paul says and I will try to leave the past in the past and run with a renewed strength and purpose from my heavenly Father. Then one day, I can say along with Paul:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
– 2 Timothy 4:7

That’s really what it’s all about.  🙂

LUCKY PENNY DAY

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When people refer to ‘Back in the Day,’ it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you.   – Dane Cook

Today is LUCKY PENNY DAY!!! I remember being taught about lucky pennies when I was a little girl. There was a little rhyme that we used to say. Maybe you remember hearing this in the movie “Grease”:

Find a penny, pick it up – all day long you’ll have good luck!

Simple pleasures like finding a penny on the sidewalk are slowly fading away. As I get older, it gets easier for me to write about the past because there is increasingly more of it to write about!  While life goes on today, as it must, my mind can’t help but go back in time when life was not so difficult.

Kids today will never know the simplicity I knew as a child – and while that is alright, part of me thinks that perhaps they are missing out on an opportunity to use imagination and creativity.  Today we buy kids games and there is nothing left to the imagination and all the kids need to really know how to do is press buttons to make things happen.

When I was growing up we had to be self-starters and create our own play environment.  I once built a pretend house in my back yard using hammer and nails, with leftover scrap lumber from my daddy’s construction job.  It was horrible, of course, and did not stand for a very long time – but it was my concept and the idea was completely my own.

The ability to let your mind wander about and create something from nothing is a great talent.  Back in the day kids did not have much choice.  Of course, in the early 1970’s, something called “Atari” flooded the market and my generation got hooked on Pong.

So goes the beginning of the end of personal creativity as we knew it.  I’m sad and I grieve the loss.

The activities that children take part in now will be the attributes they carry with them into adulthood. There is definitely something wonderful about raising a child with creativity and imagination. Einstein said that imagination will take you further than knowledge. I want to challenge parents to think about that. The next time you think you need to buy your child the next big toy or gadget, stop and think about how that will either encourage or discourage your child’s imagination.

My folks used to take me to the local TG&Y store and let me look around for the whole day!  I got to choose one new toy and it was the most important decision of my life, or so I thought at the time.  It was never two toys – just one.  Narrowing that down to one – wow, it was tough.

I had a Slinky!  It met with an untimely demise one day when it got a little twisted up.  It’s a painful memory and I’d rather not talk about it.  LOL!!!  My Chatty Cathy doll was the blonde one. She talked just fine until one day the string came out and refused to go back in.  When I was a kid there were games that sparked the imagination like Operation and Chinese Checkers. I had an Easy Bake Oven and cooked Incredible Edibles. There were toys that kept us active like the hula hoop and the tire swing hanging from the tree in the back yard. An old-fashioned bicycle is still the best toy for my money.  Helmet?  We don’t need no stinking helmet!  LOL!!!   🙂