The following is an email devotional I wrote for the ladies of our small group.
Only one week until Christmas – can you believe it?
I was thinking the other night about how whenever you are around people… family, friends, coworkers… it can sometimes cause stress. I love that Christmas is a time for family, but I know that sometimes there is a family member that just is harder to get along with than others. There are a few things I think that I think we all need to remember before the holidays.
This Thursday I am thankful for:
1. A safe drive home yesterday from TN to IL. It was free from snow storms, and rained only a little. Only for a few minutes did I drive through torrential rains… which is much better than my last few drives!
2. My books on cd. They make the drive go SOOOOO much faster. I have been listning to The Chronicles of Narnia recently. Yesterday I finished The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
3. Getting to see my sweet friend Anne and her two adorable boys! I am having lunch with them today and I always look forward to my time with them when I am home.
Starting today, I will be posting three things that I’m thankful for each Thursday because I have so much to be thankful for! God has blessed me so abundantly with so many good things. Psalm 69:30 says, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”
So how can I not try to express my thankfulness to God? So here we go!
1. I am thankful for my mom. She has a way of getting me going until we’re both laughing so hard that we are crying and can’t catch our breath.
Friday, July 16, 2010
What heirlooms are in your family? Maybe it’s a special family Bible, china dishes, a trunk, a child’s toy, or even a certain recipe. Sometimes those things even seem obscure… like a little jewelry box that is in the shape of a donkey (which is something that I remember sitting on my great-grandmother’s dresser, and now sits on mine). Those things that are special to just our family. We all love those things that remind us of our family and our childhoods. Of things that remind of us possibly “simpler” times. (more…)