Can thankfulness really be commanded

I checked out the blog of my friend Sylvia Schroder. Her Thanksgiving post really spoke to my heart.

Her answer to the title question is that yes, thankfulness can be commanded because God does. The concept of being thankful is found more than 160 times in scripture.

I joined her in her dislike of seeing myself in the Israelites in the wilderness. God had done so many things for them, yet they complained.

Until I read her blog I didn’t think of my frustrations as complaining, but that’s exactly what they are. Bad things happen, and I focus on that instead of on gratitude for the good things that God has given me or done for me.

Last year was a difficult year for. We had a lot of sickness and lost several close friends and family members. Yet even in that, God was good! He miraculously saved my cousin (a story for another day). He showed me wonderful new beginnings even in the midst of the sadness.

Sylvia said that thankfulness comes from a trust in God. I think that gets to the heart of it for me. I found out in a Bible Study this fall that I really do have an issue with trusting God. When bad things happen, I want to trust myself instead of God. I have proven over and over that I’m untrustworthy, but God has continually proven trustworthy in my life.

Thankfulness is a command and a choice to trust God. Something that I’m going to start doing each day.

God I am thankful for all of the small and large things you do in my life!

Please check out Sylvia’s blog at Can Thankfulness Really Be Commanded?



Hanging On To Hope

This blog by my friend really spoke to me tonight. It made me think of my mom who persevered through her battle with ALS. It also made me think about that time as a caregiver when I kept on even though someitmes I din’t feel like I had hope. God always provided me the hope I needed.

This year has been a tough year for so many people. So many of our family and frineds have sufferred illness and death of loved ones. It’s been a hard year to live through, but God has continued to give us hope – through friends, through our granddaughter and through our children.

I pray that 2016 will be a blessed year for you, and that God will use this blog to bring hope to your life.

As the Kansas winter blustered through my yard, I noticed a unique snapshot of the season.leaf - hanging on

Although all the other leaves had already let loose and dropped to the ground, one leaf still hung on.

In spite of the wind, the calendar day and its length of life – a lone leaf clung tightly to the branch that had given it life.

It didn’t take long to wrap my heart around the analogy and honor thousands of saints who continue to cling tightly to their true source of life.

They persevere in spite of the calendar days that scream, “You should have given up already.”

They hang on in spite of the circumstances of life or the opinions of others or even of well-meaning friends who speak cruelty.

These are people who inspire me to persevere as well:

  • The single mom who drives her children to church even though she…

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Christmas traditions 

Each week on Thursday I am going to share a blog post that I’ve found. I will also give my thoughts  so here is my first Reblog Thursday. 

A friend shared this on Facebook, and I loved it. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Advent season. Mark days off of the calendar as you do something kind for someone each day. It’s a great idea to help all of us think less about what we’re getting for Christmas and to think more about others.