Thankfulness Through All

We should give thanks to God for everything.
“Give thanks in all circumstances.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

By giving thanks to God for everything it shows me how much I have been through and has shown me how much God brought in my life because of all the thing I have thanked him for.

By going through my moms divorce I can give thanks to God for showing me how much strength a child needs, or a family needs during such a horrible event. It has shown me how much it takes of a child, how much the child has to grow up, not because of being alone, but having to be there for the parent.

A divorce is more than just the husband and wife. A divorce is something that affects everyone. Now-a-days people take a marriage for granted and if it is not “meant to be” then they just trash it and get another one. Going through such a horrible event I, myself, have seen how much it tears people apart even though they don’t talk about it.
Friends can try to be there for one another, but if a friend has never been through the situation then one can not “relate”.

Going through this event has opened my eyes to what is real and what is not. Giving thanks that I was in that situation that I can help others overcome, and be that listening ear for once I was in their shoes wishing for someone to hear me.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, wish thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
– Philippians 4:6

Be thankful for the rain as it brings out the flowers and makes everything so green.

Starting your day by being thankful can help lighten the load on your heart.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe

Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary in Toronto, Canada, a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. Greg is a former carpenter, a father of four and married to Maggie. He is also an author of two other books: The Twenty-Piece Shuffle and God in the Alley.

Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul points out how our God should be viewed as our Father, a parent himself, as we are His Children. Greg breaks down the verses from the Bible and also tells of stories that have happened in his life, which allowed him to get closer to God intimately; but not in a sexually way but with a deep feeling that we should all be with God.

Greg also helps us understand how God is here for us when we need him, through good and bad. He also provides Notes and a Reader’s Guide at the end of the book.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. Everybody reads a book and takes it in differently. I personally enjoyed the book and I hope you do to, if you decide to read Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Grace of God

The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

I newly received The Grace of God by Andy Stanley in the mail. The book is very insightful and uplifting. It speaks to you about how God created the Earth just for us. God knew it would be good for us, which He done out of grace.

Stanley walks us through the stories of Joseph, Moses, Jonah, all the way to the New Testament of where Jesus was on Earth. Stanley points out where grace seems to be hiding in all these books in the Bible.

Stanley mentions that through God’s grace, which we all need. God gives us something that we do not deserve. We all need God’s grace, but not everyone will receive it, and we may feel this is unfair, but sometimes we do not want what we deserve.

Stanley states, “Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that we get precisely what we don’t deserve.”

I would recommend this book to Bible Study groups. We could all learn about God’s grace and it would be a great discussion topic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thankful Thursday

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My mom for helping me at the Doctor’s office.
My hubby
New Clothes
More Bark for the flower beds
Living room makeover
Friends
Cell Phone
Daughter for the smiles and giggles and of course the random hugs.
Roof over my head
K-Love radio station that I listen to online
Water Aerobics
3-Day free pass to my moms gym

We all have things to be thankful for from the shoes on your feet, clothes on your back, the water you drink, the house you live in, the car that drives you to where you want to go, and more… We have a billion things to be thankful for, can you think of one?

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
– John 7:37-38

Streams of water;  living water for dying hopes, cool water for scorched hearts, refreshing water for those tired and weary. This is, of course, much more than a liquid we can drink with our lips. This is the ultimate water of the soul that God longs to give to us, his children. Let’s spend the month refreshing ourselves with the promises of Jesus and trusting that, as we draw close to him, the Spirit will restore our soul.

My Prayer…

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save me and the Holy Spirit to provide and renew me. Please bless me as I draw closer to you and restore my soul with the refreshing living water of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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Me & Hubby

I have currently been in a relationship with my hubby! We have been together since April 11, 2004. Yes, I remember the date. I know a typical woman, haha!! We started living together since May 2004, right after I graduated high school. I had my car packed and ready to go. We lived with his friends til August then we moved into my moms house. We have been in and out of different houses since, but not because we wanted to. When we had to move it was due to us needing to be closer to his work, or the house was falling apart, or something cheaper… gotta love it, eh? We got married Oct 15, 2005  I love him!! We had our daughter in 2007.

Don’t get me wrong, every marriage has its battles, but if you can get through them, you can get through anything! If you are wanting it to work, you will dig deep enough for your roots to grow. You have to stand your ground and know what you want before jumping in, otherwise you never know how deep the water is til you hit the rock on your tailbone.

My husband is my rock. He is our provider, care giver, our source maker.. and mine! He does everything he can to make us happy and I truly do love him without a doubt. He will always be where I need him to be, even if he thinks its fishing, ha! Jk.

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