Saturday, November 3, 2007

Giving Thanks!

I knew back in September, when I started the blog, that Thanksgiving would be something I wanted to focus on. I just wasn't sure in what fashion. I haven't finished percolating on it just in the mean time I came across this really sweet blog I have been wanting to check out, and found something to help us all focus on the mental and heart felt exercise of Giving Thanks. Anyone who wants to can participate. Just grab the button. Get the details here at Leah's blog, South Breeze Farm (doesn't that just make you want to go milk a cow? and feed the chickens?). Those of us who participate will post one thing each day during this month. It is never too late to start, right up until November is over. It can be in your side bar, or as a short post, whatever floats your boat! Since I am starting late (weekends are hectic around here) I want to post 3 things, just because I have so many, November just won't hold them all! I am not posting them in any order, just what is on my heart that particular day.

Usually I will be posting my giving thanks items on the side bar, as just a quick thought. But, to get things started, here is something a little more in depth. I hope something here encourages you or confirms what you have been thinking or experiencing.
  1. I will do a separate post soon on this topic. But for brevity I will say here that Thursday I was once again grateful for the power of fellowship between friends, especially between people who share a common faith. But even we who don't necessarily share a common faith, when we have common values and experiences, we are able to relate to and encourage each other.
  2. Friday, I was very grateful for my husband's raise and God's just ridiculous goodness to us. We had to replace our back door and do some unexpected things. I can remember the day when we would have been seriously set back to run go buy a new back door and all the little things that go with it. Don't get me wrong, we have lots of things in life still to do. It is just great to see progress!
  3. Today, I am very aware of my need for grace, in all areas of my life. I am grateful that God covers me with His grace. There is no area in my life where I don't look and see it.

Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for sharing this with me!


Karen said...

And I'm thankful that you stopped by my place and left a helpful message about how to do my sidebar! I will take a closer look at it and may still need to call in my son. Since I had my blog customized, I can't seem to make changes like I used to.

You have a nice place here! I'll be back:)

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I like this thankful thing that was started. I will probably do it eventually.

Leah in Iowa said...

So glad you joined in on the month-long challenge. I am SO looking forward to reading all the lists out there, getting longer by the day! What a way to encourage each other! =)

Happy November!

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!