Thursday, November 26, 2009
First we all piled in and David read Psalm 100. And then each of our girls read Psalm 100 from their different versions of the Bible. Even our youngest... with a little help from Mom.
It was so beautiful.
Next, instead of waiting for the big dinner to do kernels of corn and say five things we're thankful for, we each took sheets of paper and listed lots and lots of things from this past year we're thankful for.
Before I share our lists, an idea hit me. What if we took these lists and found ways to make them come true for others in 2010?
So that's our plan for 2010. Want to join us?
First make a list. Then choose as a family which things you're thankful for to make happen for someone else.
I'd love it if you could share some ideas here. We just might inspire each other and others to make 2010 an incredible year of blessings.
Here's my thankful list:
Jesus being real and powerful in my life
My husband and amazing daughters
Anchor church and participating in the Children's Ministry through drama
WORD~ Writer's of Remarkable Design
Tao Hsieh Wu Shu and the amazing believers we've met there
Writing a new book that I'm loving
The encouragement from readers and fellow authors who have become friends~ you all make my life so much richer!
Lizzy~ a young lady I'm mentoring in writing
Chip MacGregor~ my awesome agent who keeps me striving higher and working happier
Best friends~ Jen, Sharon, Elizabeth, and Carrie. I love praying with these ladies, laughing, and being nudged to keep growing and loving well
Beauty Secrets of the Bible book~ it's made us rethink our definitions of beauty and see ourselves as beautiful
Beach trips with friends~ Stewarts and Medlins. You guys make it soooo much more fun!
A comfortable bed
Health~ being in better health this year because of martial arts
Our Compassion Children
David's list included many of the above plus:
The gift of a car we couldn't afford
Men's Bible study
Growth in our relationships
Our girls has these things to add:
Pictures of fun times
Clothes and PJs
Food and treats
Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
Snuggle sessions and devotions
Right away, my mind zeroed in on fresh air, clean water, Bibles, and other things we can be part of bringing to people around the world.
Also, church ministries. What are your gifts and how can you use them in your local body?
How about special times with loved ones and welcoming someone without that into your home and heart?
The possibilities are endless. So what will you do all through 2010? Please share your ideas!
And have a Thanksgiving filled with special, heart-filling moments of love!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Now that many thoughts are turning to turkey and all the fixings, I'm gonna share a red-faced Thanksgiving moment.
This holiday humor is inspired by my dear friend Sharon Hinck as we traded Thanksgiving foibles today.
First you should know that two years ago I was diagnosed with gluten allergies as well as an allergy to eggs and dairy. Sort of shoots Thanksgiving recipes out of the water, huh? Yep.
So this year we're getting creative with all new recipes we pray retain the taste.
So far we've tried cranberry chutney which turned out pretty well. And I baked a from-scratch pumpkin pie.
That's my offering for today's holiday chuckle.
To begin with, I made this pumpkin pie for the first time to take to our church's Thanksgiving meal.
But all went well the entire adventure. My kids looked on with awe as I masterfully pretended to know all about these weird flours and other stuff the recipe required.
A little over two hours later, the pie turned out looking great and smelling great. I even put a cute pumpkin cut out of crust on the top of the pie.
Then we loaded up our food offerings and proceeded to church.
The meal was wonderful. The company awesome.
But at the end of the evening I found the dessert table still held my almost intact pie.
Apparently, the thick pie crust was hard to cut.
As in try cutting a brick.
So it's back to the drawing board for me... I'm still working on allergy free and tasty... minus the bricks.
And I'll try it out on my family first. ;-)
Monday, November 23, 2009
One last thing I learned... martial artist have pretty good taste in books. Don't ya think? ;-)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Until the first part of November, that is.
Friday, November 06, 2009
We love words when we’re understood and hate it when we’re not.
We love crafting the right response to a sticky subject, sharing a word fitly spoken, and cheering up a friend. But at the same time, we hate when those things we call words fail us.
Aren’t you glad we can pray without words? (Romans 8:26)
This weekend, and into the holiday season, I encourage you to listen closely to your words. Are they saying what you want them to say?
Or are they getting you into trouble?
Either way, God is there with infinite patience and understanding and wisdom to help. After all, He spoke the world into being and is called the Author of our faith.
Talk to Him. If necessary, use words.