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Thanksgiving Week

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"O give thanks to the God of heaven,  for His mercy endureth forever."  Psalm 136:26 
Not only do we give thanks when things go well for us, we are to give thanks always, based on God's love and mercy and faithfulness. I find joy and contentment are multiplied when I begin to give thanks. It is to be the lifestyle of a Christian!
I think we have started a tradition since our move to Ohio three years ago, and I love it! One or more of Dale's siblings come for Thanksgiving, and twice we've had his parents here. This year it was Leon and his children along with Mom and Dad. 
The beginning of the week was a flurry of cleaning, baking, and the usual preparations for guests. It was coming along well and we got most of the baking completed.

A new recipe Jacki tried...Apple cake. It was a hit with most of us, but she didn't like it. It tastes like gingerbread, but there is no ginger in it. Figure that one out!


Why is it that the mixer bowl and whisks break at a time like th…

Abandoned Devotion

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"...the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20




Following is a quote from Oswald Chambers, a very direct command to me in regards to my emotions, feelings, and thoughts on where I stand with Christ...

"We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. He can present us faultless before the throne of God, inexpressibly pure, absolutely righteous, and profoundly justified." 

In my recent readings about martyrs for Christ and those persecuted severely for their faith, I've wondered how they view us, the American version of Christians? Are they ashamed to call us their brothers and sisters?

It breaks my heart to think that Jesus, or even persecuted saints who have gone before us, might be ashamed to be associated with me because I am so self-centered, weak, carnal, and pleasure-seeking in comparison to them…

In The Third Year

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"This year you will eat only what grows up by itself and the next year you will eat what springs up from that. But in the third year you will plant crops and harvest them; you will tend vineyards and eat their fruit. And you who are left in Judah, who have escaped the ravages of the siege, will put down roots in your own soil and will grow up and flourish." 2 Kings 19:29,30
Have you ever had a promise from God but waited weeks, months, even years for the fulfillment? That is what I am writing about today. A promise, three years of waiting, and the fulfillment thereof.



And that is reason to rejoice and celebrate this great, amazing, kind, gracious, and loving Father of mine! He has proved Himself faithful once again, and I am humbled at His care and provision for our family. He really is true to His Word. Those verses in 2 Kings speak of God's promise to Israel during a time of great need and in answer to Hezekiah's plea for deliverance, but one day in 2013, they became a clear …