Never Too Late For Thanks

EVERYDAY CHRISTIAN

Yes it is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and we thrive on that long weekend we enjoy here. We concentrate on our three days off as though it were the end-all and be-all of life. Sometimes we fill it with family, but ofttimes folks make that one last trip up a crowded highway to the cottage.

Does a day off make us pay more attention to a holiday? I don’t think so. To many, it is just another day to get away from work. Here are some thoughts on God’s idea of Thanksgiving.

Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. (Psalm 100:4, MSG)

On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. (Psalm 100:1-2, MSG)

You? Sleeping Beauty

 

Sleeping Beauty slept undisturbed for years and all you want to do is get one good night’s rest! Do you ever envy her?

Are you plagued with insomnia, a snoring partner, or a sleep apnea problem? What about leg cramps or restless leg syndrome? Do you have nightmares or maybe even walk in your sleep?

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2,  KJV)

God says he gives us sleep; so how do we get it? A few simple things include going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. That means no sleeping in, even on weekends, and no napping during the day.

Avoid screen time before bed—no not the window netting but all those electronic gadgets we are addicted to.

Exercise early in the day. Avoid caffeine and don’t drink too much liquid. Your mother was right when she limited your milk intake by 8 pm! Some people need a light snack; others find that causes indigestion. Do what works for you.

 

Measuring Up

 

In Acts 13:13, John Mark left the group for some reason.

That was that for Paul. Later Barnabas wanted John Mark to travel with them again but Paul would have none of it.

Has that ever happened to you? You failed your first time out and no one would give you a second chance? Thank God for the Barnabas folks of the world; the folks who are willing to give us a second chance.

I guess it worked out in the Lord , for now, there were two teams instead of one. Sadly though, it caused disruption in the faith.

Thank God for folks and God who both  give second chances. 

How do You Know?

 

When I deliver a message and no one responds to the Gospel, I feel quite let down.

My friend sent me this letter in response to my woes.
As for your last paragraph: What I say is that I am the farmer – I plant the seed – God brings the increase.

Not everybody shares what is going on in their mind after a meeting – you don’t know this side of heaven.

W

Can you guess What this is?

‘The white man wore a woman’s skirt made of funny colors. He grew whiskers out of his belt and carried a black swan with lots of legs and ribbons on it. He held the swan upside down, put the swan’s head in his mouth and bit hard. He also pinched its neck and squeezed its body until it screeched. (Unknown)

celebrate life

I was delighted to get the call with my friend’s chipper voice on the other end of the line. She didn’t even say hello. She just cried out,  “It’s time for cheesecake!” And my answer was quick and to the point. “Time and place please!”

It started years ago over lunch. We’d shared a nice sandwich and we weren’t truly hungry, but as women often do, we discussed the possibility of dessert. Then she began to tell me the story of her breast cancer scare.

“That does it,” I exclaimed. “It’s time for cheesecake!”  I rushed to the counter and brought back two large pieces. (People should never share a slice of cheesecake; but enjoy a full slice each!) Her story ended well, but still, every now and again, we eat cheesecake together.

What do you do to celebrate life?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)

I am convinced that Jesus loves cheesecake.

Prayer- Thanks, God, for special treats that celebrate your goodness.  Amen