Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 11-21 of Thanksgiving... A visit

So obviously while I was visiting Nebraska for the last 10 days I fell off the bandwagon of sharing my thankfulnes!!
To clarify, Just because I haven't posted doesn't mean I am not thankful I just have missed doing the challenge... So to sum up what I have been thankful for and to share a bit of my visit I thought I would group it all together...... so here you go!! 

11) First time plane rides....

This was my first experience and I am glad I got to share it with my daughter! To set the record straight for all those around I annoyed greatly with my anxiety... I actually LOVED FLYING!!! :)

12) The tickets were a blessing to us.

I am thankful for the generosity of caring people who are willing to step in other lives to fill a grandparent role. I am extremely thankful for the tickets. Words can't express my gratitude but I will be forever thankful and humble by those who are willing to make a difference!! 

13) My daughter turned 15!!!

I am so thankful for her. She is my miracle baby in more ways than one. I am over joyed to have a beautiful daughter who is sugar and spice and everything nice. I love her more than words can ever express. I look at her and see the lady she is becoming and thank God for giving me a chance at raising her!!

14) Scrap book retreats...

One of the many perks of working at camp is partcipating in their retreats. When we moved away I was bummed that I wouldn't get to go to the craft retreat.... (that and family camp are my personal favorites) So when I found out I was going back during that time I was super excited & thankful. It is an amazing opportunity to do those projects you have been putting off for the year... a way to fellowship with other women... eat awesome food and just be away from all responsibilities for the weekend!!

15) Amazing friendships....

I am Thankful for the many friendships God has put in my path. I cherish each of my friends and value the beauty that it comes with. I am blessed beyond measure when it comes to those who share life with me near or far.

16) Pastor Carl & Janet....
I am Thankful for my Nebraska pastor and his wife. They are mentors to me. They not only preach the love of Jesus but they act like the love of Jesus. They simply don't live it on Sunday they live it through out their whole lives. To see the eyes of the Father through their eyes is a love I am very thankful for. I am blessed to have been under his leadership & their counsel!!!

17) Special Days....

I am thankful that others will be giving of their time that they put aside special days to spend with you. We shared in a coffee social while we were back (of which I am thankful for)  and a girls shopping trip. Now those who know me know I am not particularly keen on shopping but I love the time that is spent together. I would have to say Lyvvie was really spoiled during this shopping trip!! :) 

18) Scooters.....

Scooters is a coffee place that I am thankful for. It isn't so much about the place but the tradition of meeting a few good friends there to enjoy coffee and comrade!! My visit back couldn't go without the tradition of meeting at scooters with a precious friend of mine. I was bummed that our mutal friend couldn't make it but I do know I am loved by her...

19) Sharing birthdays with friends... 

So my birthday is Christmas eve and a dear friend of mine her birthday is the day after Christmas.Growing up our birthdays may or may not have been forgotten.. let's face it, it is hard to compete with Jesus' birthday (haha)   We have had the tradition of going out for our birthdays, giving each other birthday gifts in either birthday wrapping paper or bags NOT CHRISTMAS or holiday wrapping paper and just remembering each other. So I am thankful for our little breakfast together and a chance to remember each other for our December birthdays!! 

20) Hospitality.....

 I can not go this whole trip with out being Thankful for the hospitality others show!! From a couple who opened up their home for both me & my daughter while visiting, from my daughters' friend families opening their homes on quick, short notices, from the camp allowing us to come back nightly to finish scrapbooking to friends who open their homes just for an hour and have coffee ready....I am thankful for hospitality both in large and small doses...One of My love languages are acts of service so I am shown love by these simple yet priceless acts of kindness!! 

21)  And finally Experiences.....

I am thankful for experiences. For it is that which shapes the mind that will hold lastly the memories that are created for such a time.... The experiences we have are what turns to memories later. Although the time comes when we no longer experience the experiences we forever hold on to the memories for which it was created!! 

^^^^^ ok.. I am not sure this makes sense but I felt like a poet so I am keeping it!!! Hahahaha~

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day 10 of Thanksgiving... Fieldtrips

Day 10... I am Thankful that my kids and I got to go to the Wildnerness of the Smokies for a few days for a home school field trip.

We always do something special the start of each school year. It has become a tradition since I have been homeschooling (5 years already!!) This year we had moved in June so I wasn't sure we would get to do something. The co-op we are involved with had information about this trip for discounted price for home school days in Sevierville. So instead of doing something the start of school year we waited until now! I kind of like this better so we get a fall break!! We spent two days @ the Wilderness  and then went to the Titanic Museum. What a fun tour! After John Jocelyn gave a presentation we then were given a boarding pass of a person who was on this ship. Once in character we then went on a self guided tour with a radio speaker sort of thing that explained different facts at each station. By the end of the tour, at the Memorial Wall, we found out if our character survived or perished. All five of our characters survived!!! Our tour took three hours!!! What a memorable field trip. I think our best one yet!  #welovehomeschooling #fieldtrip #blessings

Monday, November 9, 2015

Day 8 & 9 of Thanksgiving... Opportunities & Chances

Day 8: Opportunities

   ~On day 8 I am thankful for opportunities...
Everyday opportunities  that otherwise would get overlooked as blessings if we didn't take the time to reflect on them.  I am talking about..
The opportunity to spend TIME with my kids
The opportunity to SHARE life with my family
The opportunity to WALK boldly out of your comfort zone
The opportunity to BUILD relationships with others
The opportunity to ENJOY family....
Life can be hard at times. As we pass through times when the road is harder, we can take the opportunity to TRUST in those we love around us to help us walk through it.  We can take the opportunity to EXCEPT the blessings our loved ones give to us.  When times are easy and life is easier we have the opportunity to CHERISH those around us. We can take the opportunity to serve & be a BLESSING as well.
We also can take the opportunity to SHARE our struggles, trials, pains, hurts, joys, & happiness;  as our testimony can help show love to others. We can take the opportunity to SHOW the love of Christ & reflect His image. Lastly, we can take the opportunity to BUILD MEMORIES as the moments can & will pass us by!!

Day 9: Chances to Serve
Today I'm thankful for the many chances to serve.  Todays chance in particular i sthe chance to serve my kids. God has blessed me with three amazing children..They help me out a lot. I love when I get the chance to surprise them and serve them. Going beyond what they expect... after all our Heavenly Father does that for us!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Day 6 & 7 of Thanksgiving.. TOOLS & P.O.P.

 Day 6 of Thanksgiving is on TOOLS: 
~On day 6 I am thankful for tools. The tools I speak of are not the ones we use daily to build things or fix things; but to either provide for us or to ease the pain during the trials we go through.  Currently I asked for prayers for my back.  I was overwhelmed with the response and love all of you for taking the time to lift me up in your prayers.   God revealed to me that he is the ultimate physician, however, as I wait for his timing He will provide tools for me to ease the pain.   A few things I am trying and all of these things I am using collectively is making a difference and allowing me to have some comfort.
*Ten Units
*Essential Oils 
~God also gives us tools to help us battle these trials that we go through.. I found a great website that says it best.. (BELOW)
2 Thessalonians 1:2-12 MSG
"2 Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you're to be. 
3 You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it's a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it's only right that we give thanks. 
4 We're so proud of you; you're so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. We tell everyone we meet in the churches all about you. 
5 All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You're suffering now, 
6 but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he'll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time.
7 His coming will be the break we've been waiting for. 
8 Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they've done. 
9 Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. 
10But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe - and all because you believed what we told you. 
11 Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time - pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. 
12 If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely."   
"There are five basic tools that God has given us to cope with difficulty situations: prayer, Bible study, fasting, meditation and fellowship. All these tools can be used in a constructive manner toward success. The following are just some of the ways that these tools can be applied in your life"
Tool #1: prayer
God sees all and knows what’s going on in our life. We don’t pray to Him to let Him know what’s going on in our lives, but to build a relationship with Him. It’s also important to remember that God wants us to ask Him for the things we need in life. In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus encourages, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Tool #2: Bible study
Perhaps the reason we’re going through a certain trial is because there’s something God wants us to learn or something we need to change in our lives.
Tool #3: fasting
Some trials can’t be solved by prayer alone, but require a greater sacrifice on our part.  The attitude necessary for effective fasting is explained by God in Isaiah 58:3-12. If our focus is on others instead of ourselves, “then you shall call, and the LORD will answer” (verse 9).
Tool #4: meditation
Often during a trial we become so stressed and worried about the situation that we forget to just stop, take a deep breath and a good look at the situation. When we meditate on God’s Word and apply it to our situation, many times we can find the answer is right in front of our nose.
Tool #5: fellowship
Iron sharpens iron, so why not talk with your close fellow brethren about an issue they may have insight on? Hebrews 10:24-25 emphasizes the necessity of spending time with the rest of God’s people. Perhaps they have advice for you; or perhaps they can pray, maybe even fast, for you. Simply being around other members can take a load off your shoulders.
So you see, trials are beneficial, whether we feel it when going through one or not. Trials will help us grow in godly character if we learn to use the tools our Father has provided us to have successful lives. We go through trials because God loves us. He wants us to come to Him and put our trust and problems in His hands.

Day 7 of Thanksgiving is P.O.P........................
~I am Thankful for the Power of Prayer.  It has gotten me through such tough times.  It has helped me when I have been on "mountain tops". It has helped me when I have been "in the valley". It has shown me how to shut up and not speak in certain situations. It has fight battles for me that I couldn't have imagined fighting on my own.  It has reconciled our marriage. It has helped transformed my mind. It is powerful & effective......  
"The Word of God is full of accounts describing the power of prayer in various situations. The power of prayer has overcome enemies (Psalm 6:9-10), conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing (James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James 1:5). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe! Daniel 4:35 proclaims, "All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'"


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Day 4 & 5 of Thanksgiving...answered & unanswered prayers

  Day 4: Unanswered Prayers... I am so glad that God is in control of my life and knows what is best for it!!!  I am a child of the King and he delights over us.  It isn't that the prayer went  unanswered it just may have been that God simply said no... Or that it wasn't best for me.   "We may pray for God to change our circumstances, but we need to be able to face the fact that He wants to change US" Joyce Meyer~

Unanswered yet? Nay, do not say ungranted;
Perhaps your part is not yet wholly done;
The work began when first your prayer was uttered,
And God will finish what He has begun.
Though years have passed since then, do not despair;
His glory you shall see, sometime, somewhere.
- Ophelia Adams
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 Day 5: Answered Prayers.....
     I am not only Thankful for the unanswered prayers but those God chooses to answer as well.....