Fifteen Reasons to Be Thankful

Here are 15 reasons to be thankful, no matter what you are going through:

1. It is God’s will.

2. God commanded it in the Bible.

3. We are breathing and alive.

4. We have the Bible/truth to read.

5. We have 24/7 access to the powerful Creator God of the universe via humble prayer.

6. You live in a house/shelter. So nice to be out of the rain.

7. There is potential in every day to learn, grow, teach, read, serve, try something new.

8. Family is a bond. There is someone good in your family to connect with.

9. Friends are available to make and have and love.

10. We are able to meet with other believers and encourage each other in faith.

11. Music.

12. There is transportation available to get places.

13. I am able to write a blog and thus journal and share my thoughts and ideas with a friend like you.

14. We have clothes to keep warm.

15. There are hundreds of blessings from God on a given day and therefore I could list many many more reasons to be thankful.❤

Goodbye to Facebook

I have been on Facebook for years, sometimes actively and sometimes scarcely. Now, I am deleting my accounts. The reason is private but I will tell you that part of it is a focus on family time and part of it is our security. Twitter is fairly safe so I will conti n ue on Twitter. However, more and more eyes and hackers are on Facebook than ever before and this world is less and less interested in the morality. So to be on the safe side and have fewer distractions for my kids and family and bands, I am deleting my Facebook account and focusing on family. All may contact me on my cell or on Twitter and I will continue my blog here, but Facebook will no longer be part of the mix. I hope you all understand. I will miss the encouragement and pictures and laughs most and definitely the interaction with those I love as well as that tolerate me. Keep my n umber and call or text anytime. I love you all dearly. May God bless you and your families!! 🙂 ❤ 

Seventy Times Seven

Forgiveness is an amazing thing. To forgive when it is not asked does several things for you. It breaks down a wall between you and the other person. It breaks down a wall between you and God because unforgiveness is disobedience. It demonstrates God’s generosity to the world, especially the forgiven one. It frees you from having the stress of hanging on to the crime and continued sin of unforgiveness. And lastly, it heaps burning coals onto the person’s head who wronged you because God can intervene and repay or punish them for their sin. You see, when you forgive, you are being generous of spirit as Jesus taught and are obeying as He said to forgive up to 490 times. The idea is the truth that we are forgiven of all our sins when we ask God’s forgiveness. So, we must return that gift of forgiveness to those who need forgiveness of us. We are not above them. We are not better than them. We are saved/forgiven by God’s amazing grace. So when someone needs forgiveness, even when not even sorry or requesting it, we would be ignorant and short sighted to ignore such a high calling. Those who are forgiven should forgive. So, we must forgive. We must continue to do this. We answer to a higher power and look forward to a future heaven. We will someday live in heaven, where no one offends or sins against us or God, where peace is our normal and love is our captain. We must call out the best in us in looking forward to beyond our vision to our future, which may be close or may be far. God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit in us to help strengthen us for the task of forgiveness, and we must forgive with His help.

Why Write?

Questions are excellent thought guiders. So, I ask myself why I write. What is the importance of the written word? What does one person’s thoughts matter in the scheme of billions of people leading their own thoughts and busy lives? And the answer that pulls ahead is that written word is the power to touch a life that may not be touched any other way. Among this main reason of my own are many other reasons I would still continue writing and why I encourage others, maybe even you, to write. 1. Writing coordinates and administrates your thoughts. Many ideas are a jumbled mess in my head but when I sit to write them down, they line up and organize very neatly for me to help me understand better. 2. Evil dictators and rulers always attempt to restrict or ban the unauthorized written word. If for no other reason, we must write just for that alone. Ignorance and conformity are the power of the ruthless tyrant. We must never bow to that blatant misuse of power and authority. 3. Written word communicates other peoples’ ideas and thus opens the mind a little wider to exercise parts of the brain unrehearsed and unknown and each book read is that much more brain function to enjoy. 4. The Bible is the truth. What greater inspiration is there for a writer than the amazing and undeniably true and historic Word of God? There isn’t. It is inspiring and hopeful that it has withstood much time and persecution and lives today accessible to millions. Wow. 5. We are told to sing a new song to the Lord and writing down your thoughts and words is much akin to writing anew song. Writing something new to you and hopefully others honors God. When we create a document or manuscript or article, we honor the Creator and His image we are made in. 6. We are to generous with the gifts we are given and thoughts and ideas are gifts. There are not many things more treasured than a gift unwrapped of a story or thought or look into the life and sharing of the life of another person. 7. We grow and mature through experiences of reading and thus writing. When we write, we focus more on what is important and what is extraneous, the benchmark of maturity. I love that. 8. Las but not least (at least the last I could think of at this moment) is that writing allows us to convey to our future (children, grandchildren, next generation, etc) what we are responsible with passing down to them our knowledge and experiences. I am sure there are more, but these are enough to assist in motivating good writers to write more and new writers to write at all. Keep the faith and the pen!

Teaching Children Manners

The important task of teaching your children manners falls on the parents. It matters not if they are taught as a side note by a teacher at school or Sunday School. The first thing we need to remember is that good manners will not stick unless they are being modeled by the parent(s). Parents with bad manners produce children with bad or worse manners. So, children seem to pick manners up from example rather than instruction per say. Also, children with good manners generally have, if not a direct love and belief in God, at least a healthy respect for His creation. Good manners shows respect for people… there is a morality exhibited, a way to treat people. So parents must pass that along as well. In addition, good manners need to be reinforced. Until it becomes a habit of considering other people’s feelings, we tend to only consider our own and so the creating of good manner habits must push the individual against the current of me me me and that sometimes takes reinforcement with punishments. Next on the list is work ethic, a dying-but-I-wish-it-wasn’t thing in culture now. Having good manners requires some level of energy and the willingness to do work well. It also, in a similar vein, requires some self-sacrifice. Standing up while an elderly lady accepts your seat is a self sacrificing thing to do, a good deed, no heroic thing nowadays. You then have the follow up of standing until another seat becomes available or the duration of your wait. Horrors! However, along with the requirements and expectations of good manners, and reinforcement of it, there is also a fabulous twist you can bank on with your children. You can tell them with all honesty that they will always be rewarded for good manners and respectful treating of others. This is a true Biblical concept repeated in Scripture. When you do good things with no expectations in return, you will feel good but also will have a reward, either here on Earth or later in Heaven. And it is even better if your works are unappreciated because God blesses you more for those. These wonderful rewards and blessings promised for us are worth some discussions with our children about them. Sometimes the smile and thank you received will bless your heart or the job you get because you had such good manners in the interview will bless your pocket book, but regardless of those things, you make society better, uplift morale and make Jesus smile down from Heaven at you. Please, for all our sakes, take the time to model and teach good manners to your children. Your efforts are worth their weight in gold, literally in Heaven. 🙂