My Thanksgiving List

I am thankful for:

  1. My wife consistently pushes me and often thinks so differently-
    thankful someone truly cares and provides a different perspective
  2. My children often require my money, time and attention –
    thankful that God has allowed me to invest in these special people and all the laughs and hugs
  3. Exercise is hard and boring –
    thankful for good health and audible / youtube that help me learn and entertain while sweating
  4. My belly is bigger than it should –
    thankful for plenty of provision
  5. My dark hair is turning silver –
    thankful for having hair and the years of life
  6. Stress of being a business owner –
    thankful for interdependence and opportunity to build something good
  7. Constant frustration and violations of trust from people –
    thankful for the honest, loyal and caring souls who go the extra mile
  8. Customers who are never satisfied and expecting more for less –
    thankful for all those that get the win / win concept and appreciate our service
  9. Evil and negativeness that permeates just about everything –
    thankful for God who turns trash into treasure and made a way to overcome

God’s Voice vs. Devil’s Voice

My Pondering

The devil is sure sneaky and deceiving. He is not called out in the Bible as ‘the father of lies’ without just cause. Sometimes his voice is initially similar but if we listen intently, we’ll know the difference. If we lean into God’s word and prayer, the Spirit will guide us one way or the other, sooner or later. The closer we get to God, the better we sheep can hear our Shepherd’s voice.

That’s discernment to recognize the difference between the voices.

When it’s unclear and we don’t understand how it’s going to matter and make a positive difference, it takes faith that trusts Him.

Lastly, it takes discipling obedience to do what His voice beckons.

There is no other way to please God than simply doing our best to discern, trust and obey. Yes, we must trust and obey for there is no other way.

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

1 John 3:19-24

I would like to hear your take and experience regarding this matter. Please share in the comments.

Trust the process

My Pondering

Life is about contrast. Not everything goes our way but everything turn out God’s way, sooner or later, one way or another He will make all things new and all things right. Here is the ultimate example of that, of what Paul penned by Romans 8:28 :

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Psalm 23 – Sandy keepsake

My Pondering

The very day we took Audrey, my youngest daughter, to college we got word while on the road we lost Sandy, my wife’s mother. Today, we are celebrating and remembering her life.

She loved the Lord and in particular Psalm 23. It was no surprise when she had me set her alarm code to 2323.

As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving. Sandy embodied this classic American holiday to a T.

She was a generous person. She always gave; a piece of cake, paying for the thanksgiving meal, slipping cash to her grandkids, donating to a worthy cause. She was rich in heart.

She was grateful person. She always seemed happy with family and the LORD.

She was a thankful person. If she did said thanks once, she did a thousand times. She did so genuinely and repeatedly.

She gave thanks with a grateful heart!