Sunday Encouragement-Thanksgiving Thoughts

It’s Thanksgiving week. Yes, we get to eat some turkey and stuffing. But that’s not all. This week comes with all kinds of emotions for each of us.

It’s a time to look at our life. We look at the blessings but we also look at the difficult seasons. It’s knowing through all of it Jesus was with us and that’s what we’re thankful for.

Sunday Encouragement-Thanksgiving Thoughts

I remember my first Thanksgiving without my Mom. It was hard and I wanted to get through it quickly.

Right before Thanksgiving week we sang, Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redmon, in church. The words were hard to sing…

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord
Blessed be Your name, Lord

Those words pierced me. Jesus gives and he takes away but I will choose to say Blessed Be Your Name. For the first time I understood those words.

Let’s be honest, none of us like the “taking away” part. Loss is never easy.

I’m learning more and more that thankfulness doesn’t mean that life is easy. But thankfulness is a choice. No matter what the journey brings, I want to choose to say, Lord Blessed Be Your Name.

I know many of you have lost loved ones this year and Thanksgiving is going to be different. There’s one less seat around the table.

Please know that I’m praying for you! I may not know your name but Jesus does. Trust Him. He is always faithful.

Of course, I’m going to share, Blessed Be the Name Of The Lord. Maybe listen to it today with a different perspective. It’s easy to praise Him on the good days but can we praise Him during the difficult days?

 

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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Sunday Encouragement-Jesus Loves Us

I’ve recently mentioned to you all about how I’m missing my Mom a little more than usual lately. I know partly it has to do with the upcoming holidays.

I think it also has to do with all the changes. This past year has been one of the most difficult for our family. I shared last year about God’s Faithfulness in our Struggles. The consequences of sin and mistakes still linger. I’ve needed her guidance. Mom always knew what to say and of course she’d be praying.

I also wish she could see her grandkids. They have all grown up so much! She would be so proud of each one of them.

She also has a great grandchild. Goodness gracious, how did that happen?? That makes me a grandmother. What??? Not possible!

Sunday Encouragement-He Love Us

Anyway, one of Mom’s prayers that she wrote over and over in prayer journals and in her Bibles was about Jonathan. Jonathan is my sister’s oldest son. She has 4 boys. Yep, that’s right 4 and they’re precious.

Jonathan has moderate hearing loss in both ears and wears hearing aids in both ears. I think it’s moderate to severe hearing loss. Oh how Mom worried over Jonathan. She begged God to heal him.

I know it’s not the worst thing in the world but Mom was afraid he wouldn’t talk. She worried he’d be made fun of and the list goes on.

Jonathan is able to talk and more than that, he has a beautiful singing voice and most importantly a heart for Jesus.

Mom knew before she passed away that Jonathan had a gift for singing, which we all feel is a miracle. Every time he sang anywhere Mom and Dad were there.

Jonathan even sang at Mom’s funeral. He was 10 and it was beautiful.

Today, I wanted to share this video that Jonathan recently did all by himself. Traci tried to tell me how he did it. Basically, he recorded himself singing outside four different times. He recorded himself singing on the computer and he downloaded the music.

Let’s just say it was A LOT of work. It’s really good for a 15 year old doing it all by himself. He’s singing Chris Tomlin’s song, Jesus, He loves me.

 

Let me end by saying what Mom would want me to say. Jesus loves us and he wants us to know Him!

Sunday Encouragement-He Love Us

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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Sunday Encouragement-Choose Today

Many of you know I lost my Mom to gastric cancer in 2009. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. I have this blog because Mom introduced me to blogging.

This time of the year I especially think of her and all the things we would be planning. We’d be talking about Thanksgiving, and what we wanted to fix this year.

We’d be going to some Christmas open houses at some of our favorite stores. She’d be telling me all the things she’d like us to do before Christmas gets here. Mom made the holidays special.

One thing for sure, all of our activities and family get togethers would be centered around Christ. Mom was passionate about her relationship with Christ and if you were around her for very long, you would know that.

This is a snapshot of Mom’s devotional book. (Mom was a writer at heart and we have hundreds of books that Mom has written in. She also wrote for Home Life Magazine and in our local newspaper.)

Sunday Encouragement-Choose Today

I love that she wrote out, “I’m taking a definite stand.” It makes me smile because she didn’t have to write that for me to know she was taking a stand for the Lord. Her life showed it.

Oh how I love and miss her!! But how blessed I am to have the assurance that she is with Jesus.

I guess it’s appropriate to ask whom do you serve? As we prepare for the all the festivities over the next two months will it be evident to those around you, whom you serve?

Sunday Encouragement-Choose Today

I know it’s early for Christmas music but I can’t help but think of this song. Maybe you’ve lost someone this year and you’re wondering what Christmas in Heaven is like.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Winter Is Necessary

The weather has turned cold this week. The leaves are starting to fall and many of the trees are now bare.

Bare trees make me sad. I miss the autumn colors. But winter is needed for the trees to flourish.

Richard Foster says, “Winter preserves and strengthens a tree. Rather than expending its strength on the exterior surface, its sap is forced deeper and deeper into its interior depth. In winter, a tougher, more resilient life is firmly established. Winter is necessary for the tree to survive and flourish.”

Although I don’t love winter, I think I need winter. It’s a great time for me to dig deep into scripture and let my faith grow.

Sunday Encouragement-Winter Is Necessary
Winter prepares me for the year ahead. I want my faith to be strong and my roots to grow deep and that can only be done by spending time in His word.

How deep are your roots? Are you preparing for the year ahead?

This song could not say it any better! Start a fire in us so that others see Christ.

 
Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 19)

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 19)

This month, I’ve committed to 31 days of fall fashion. It’s been fun to trying to style different outfits and you all have been more than kind.

The hashtag we are all using during this month is #write31days. Everyone who’s taking part in this is posting for 31 days straight about all kinds of different topics. I tell you this because today I’m going to write but if you don’t mind, I’m not going to share a picture.

I’ll share what I wore to church with you tomorrow but today, I want to shine light on Christ.

The song I’m sharing today is amazing. I believe with all my heart someone reading this today needs to hear it.

One of the comments you all often leave is how much you appreciate my “beauty for the heart.” Many times you say that Christ shines through me.

You have no idea how much that means to me. I want more than anything for Christ to shine through this blog.

The title of my blog has grace in it for a reason. Why? Because I’ve been given much grace!

Luke 7:47 says, “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”

I love Christ much because I’ve been forgiven much. I don’t take that lightly.

I think someone today needs to know that there’s grace for them. You haven’t committed that one sin, that God can’t forgive.

You see we’re all guilty, we’ve all felt shame but Christ can and will forgive and he will plead for you. He loves you and he wants you to be free. Free from sin, free from guilt.

My prayer for you today, is you will let Christ shine through you. Let go and give everything to Christ.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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31 Days Of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

So thankful to know that Christ is greater and whatever we face in this world, we can live victoriously with Him.

31 Days Of Fall Fashion (Day 12

This is such a great song by Mercy Me. When I hear a song I like, I immediately write it down (or I tell it to Siri and have her remind me to write it down) .

When I listened to this song again, I imagined it this way.

  • Bring your tired, check
  • Bring your shame, check
  • Bring your guilt, check
  • Bring your pain, check check

But it doesn’t end there……grace. Christ has won the war. He’s greater and I’m redeemed, forgiven and free.

 

Now for Day 12 of my 31 Days of Fall Fashion. I styled this Leopard print blouse from Loft, back in September, this way.

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

Today I styled it a little differently. I wore black skinny jeans and black heels. I also added a dressy necklace.

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

31 Days of Fall Fashion (Day 12)

Leopard print blouse-Loft//Necklace-Loft//Mavi Black skinny pants-Stitch Fix//Black shoes-Rack Room Shoes

Have a blessed day!

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