Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

23. the empty tomb . . .

. . . Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

photo: taken at Holy Land Experience, Orlando, Florida

Saturday, March 22, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

20. Being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:8

21. family time we had reflecting on Christ on the cross . . . daughter snuggled in Daddy's arms as he read Matthew 27:11-54

22. Easter Conference on Good Friday- a good day hearing messages from God's Word

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

14. stealing glimpses of sister and brother playing make-believe picnic together

15. young boy eyes brighten as we wait for the train to pass

16. coming home to supper all prepared by husband

17. a visit from friends, seven children playing and laughing together

18. brief call from my mom, letting us know all is well

19. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace,
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
(Ephesians 1:7-8)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

2. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

3. the gift of my family

4. a day that husband can spend with daughter on the ski hill

5. a phone call home to say all is well and all are having a good time

6. a day to spend alone with my toddler son

7. two tired skiers arriving home safely, although hungry and tired

8 warm, fresh, homemade pizza ready for the skiers' hungry tummies

9. friends to spend a short quiet evening with, studying God's Word

10. phone call in morning to connect with my sister

11. phone call with sister-in-law in which we can discuss some of God's great truths

12. daughter wanting to teach younger brother his numbers

13. safe arrival of friend's newborn baby

Monday, March 17, 2008

In Everything Give Thanks

In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

How often I fail to give thanks! I am taking on this challenge to write down and give thanks for all that I have been given. It seems a daunting task . . . one thousand gifts . . . can I open my eyes and heart enough to see that I have in fact been given even more than one thousand gifts.

It is now the time of year that many are celebrating Easter. At time when we reflect on what Christ did for us. As I begin my list, I start with . . .

1. I am so thankful that we do not have to wait until the calendar tells us to celebrate this special occasion. While so many only stop to think about the crucifixion and resurrection but once a year, I am able to give thanks each day for what Christ has done; for this work He accomplished has been made real in my life . . .

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20)

He gave himself for me . . . He lives in me . . .

I give thanks.

I was inspired to start a Thousand Gifts List by reading this post.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Snowed In

A snow storm wreaked havoc on our plans this past weekend. We were to be helping at a Youth Missions Retreat, but it was postponed due to the menacing snow storm that seemed to never end.

We took advantage of the change and enjoyed our day at home.

We ended up having a fun food day. We had smoothies in the mid afternoon after some came in from shoveling all the snow. It brought a little 'summer' to the winter storm.

I decided to make make your own pizza for dinner and the kids (and parents) had a lot of fun. All but Dad had a hand in the kneading . . .

. . . we all put on our own toppings . . .

. . . and we had three different pizzas in the end . . . all very tasty!

After settling the children for the night, we were able to work off some the calories by shoveling more snow!

A snow storm I actually enjoyed!
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