An Attitude of Gratitude-November Devotion

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths.  At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.  ~J. Robert Moskin

Greetings Family!
 
Parades. Family. Turkey. Feast. Football.
 
These are the traditions that most Americans partake of on that fourth Thursday of November every year. The interesting history of Thanksgiving, shrouded in a little bit of controversy, started in Europe with the Puritans or even before that with the Greeks. For centuries, there has been a Feast or Festival of Thanksgiving to God or gods prior to Pres. Lincoln making it an official holiday in America. But, word is, today Thanksgiving has lost a lot of it religious aspects while maintaining the aforementioned traditions. While I do not agree in buying Christmas decorations on All Saints Day, I do find myself preparing for this special time of the year and holiday season starting with Thanksgiving, moving into Advent, and celebrating Jesus Christ and Christmas. As Christians, we must be careful to remember to give thanks to God on Thanksgiving and everyday. Meister Eckhart, a German theologian, may have said it best when he said, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”  So this month, let us work on these three things:

  1. Remember Him: Acknowledge God and recognize that His hand is in everything. 
  2. Give Thanksgiving in Prayer: You should start off your prayer, not with what you want or need but with thanks on your heart and lips for all God has done in, through, and around your life.
  3. Have an Attitude of Gratitude: In your service to others and in their service to you. Be mindful to say thank you and show your appreciation. To your pastor(s). To the sales clerk. To the stranger who reached to get that item off the top shelf when he saw you struggling. To your family members including friends, the ones we often take for granted.

 
This month’s scripture comes from 1 Chronicles 29:10b-14 (NKJV).

“ Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
      The power and the glory,
      The victory and the majesty;
      For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
      Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
      And You are exalted as head over all.  
12 Both riches and honor come from You,
      And You reign over all.
      In Your hand is power and might;
      In Your hand it is to make great
      And to give strength to all.  
13 “Now therefore, our God,
      We thank You
      And praise Your glorious name.
 14 But who am I, and who are my people,
      That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
      For all things come from You,
      And of Your own we have given You.

Amen!

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And today I’m fat…

Yesterday I was too.  The only thing I have going for me that is a definite right now is when the Lord wakes me up tomorrow… I’ll still be fat. My friend likes to say “don’t think of it that way.” Of course, she’s lost a kabillion pounds with 5 to go. I think that is awesome. But really, what way other than this honest way is there for me to consider my current state of fatness. Maybe if I make the word different, I will look in the mirror differently. Fat. Fatt. Phat. Phaat. Phatt. Big. Large. Big Bone. Chubby. Thick. Meaty.

No matter how you look at it, fat by any other name is just that. For instance…

“Hey, I want you to meet a friend of mine. She’s cute, funny, smart.”

“Really. But how is she shaped? “

And why is this a question people ask? I’m not sure. But, it is what many ask.

“She’s thick.”

“Thick? Ok. Are you saying she’s fat?”

It’s crazy. To be honest, I do excercise. Probably not as much I should but more than I did a month ago. I’m not as fat as I was a month ago. I do tend to watch what I eat; moreso now than before. So the issue currently is trying to come up with the best idea on how to con myself into watching what I eat and excercising at the same time on a consistent basis. Because I do get bored with the same thing over and over again. And I don’t have some large family where I am fixing a different menu everyday. This means I will have to enjoy leftovers. I need to make just enough, though, so I won’t have leftovers for days. And for some reason I like to cook the recipe that yields four servings.

Servings… figuring that out too. I just finished a box of cereal. I actually got 12 servings out of this box of cereal on 12 different days. That’s what General Mills said on the nutrition panel. I even used the scoop to measure each bowl. A serving of cereal is not large. Who decided how much was in a serving of cereal? Were they sitting there, watching someone pour, held the hand up and said “Stop, that’s enough. Measure that right there because that is a serving.”  Or did someone pour a cup of cereal to look at it and say “that’s too much. Maybe it should be 3/4 of a cup.” Is it really scientific or a guessing game in which we the people are pawns in the grand scheme of things. …that a serving should be that small. This is Cheerios not even Frosted Flakes. Twenty-four Mini Frosted Wheat thingys is a serving. That’s it. 240 calories with skim milk. This is what my new mind is trying to wrap around as I attempt to “be healthier.” Let’s be real… attempt to lose weight.

But, let’s face it, food is good. Even organic food is good. Fried or baked food is good. Meat is nice. Fish is great. Vegetables are wonderful. Fruit is fabulous. And don’t get me talking about sugar… That is the crux of the problem.

So, today, I’m fat. Yesterday, I was too. And, tomorrow, I’m sure I will be.

 Peace

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Fall into God… October Devotion

“Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of more complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in Autumn.” – B.C. Forbes
 
I pray this e-devotion finds you blessed and highly favored in the Lord knowing that He is in full control. I had this devotion mapped out to talk about health, physical health, since we all know this is Breast Cancer awareness month. My spirit is lead to talk to you about complete health: physical, mental, spiritual and financial.  Last night, I had a lesson in God being in control. What’s going on with me… I started Weight Watchers because if I get another bad report at the doctor they may “recommend” a plan (physical). I’m feeling good so far. If I get a little more sleep, I will be feeling great. I wrote down my budget and am capturing receipts. As it stands right now, this month looks to have a $9 surplus at the end (financial). YES! Two things down and two to go. And because life happens, I am busy and sometimes I’m busy doing nothing. Those other things, spiritual and mental, when weighed come up lacking. This can happen to the best of us. We have work/school (or lack of work), family (immediate and others), and self… and then there’s God. I’m learning to not let everything else get in the way of me hearing from God.  When I forget this, I have Cascade, friends, and family, who remind me to get back on God’s schedule. What a wonderful position to be in; surrounded by those who love you enough to pray for you even when you can not voice what you need. How is your health report? Is anything lacking? What do you need? And, where is God in your “busy”?
 
Scriptures for October:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20 NIV

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thes 5:16-18 KJV

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 NKJV

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Psa 35:27 NKJV

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psa 24:1 KJV

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Hello world!

Welcome to the world of my mind. Sometimes things are very coherent and at other times things are absolutely chaotic. I’ll right things as it comes to mind: venting, releasing, questioning, understanding, offering, and simply sharing. My thoughts may be organized and at other times errant. Don’t be surprised if I write the way the thought appears in my head. It depends on the day and the time of the post.

Sometimes you will have a crazy day and need some sanity or maybe to find out someone out there is having a crazier day. I’ll take comments. I’ll comment on your comments. I’ll delete comments if they are to far out there.

Don’t take this blog to personal. If sounds like you, it may be you. But how would you know if I know you? So, again I say, don’t take this blog too personal.

Most often, I hope I can say things that will make you laugh or me laugh when I look back over the blog and go “Really? WTH was I thinking when I wrote this?”

Stay Blessed. Enjoy Life. Honor God. Love Family. Appreciate Friends. Have Fun.

Peace 

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