Sunday, November 2, 2008

Giving Thanks Challenge

This post will be different from my usual Sunday offering — a more personal note.

Yesterday Leah @ South Breeze Farm reminded me about the Giving Thanks Challenge...the button will be in my sidebar all this month. Perhaps you will join us, if you haven't already; I do hope so!

Since I am starting a day late, I think that I can get away with doing two. Now it's a given that I am grateful to be a child of the Living God. I would be nowhere without Him and without His Son who gave Himself for me and Who is most especially fond of me. This year has been a steady moving forward with Him...so many of you have mentioned that you see a difference. I feel a difference. I've known the Lord since I was ten years old; I went to a Christian college; I married a Christian man; I taught in a Christian school; I raised two children in the faith. All of this, but I still did not understand the depth of His love for me. I was very busy trying to be "good enough" not realizing that everything had already been done by Christ on the cross. There is nothing that I can do to add a single thing to what He has already done. Now my goal is to walk with Him, talk with Him, listen for His voice, and to relax in His love. This makes all the difference. So first of all I am grateful for finally recognizing my life in Christ.

Second of all, I am beyond grateful for the man whom God has sent to share my life. He is so thoughtful and caring, kind and giving, funny and handsome and, for some crazy reason, he thinks I'm top shelf. As I was looking over the photos I had taken Friday night, I came to this one and it made me gasp. *Gasp* I tell you.
I saw the love beaming from my daughter's face toward my little grandson and I saw the expression on the little grand's face as he savored his candy and then I saw John's face directed toward me...such love there. Ahhh, yes, I am profoundly grateful for this gift of God.

That catches me up. For the remainder of the month, I'll be adding to my list in my sidebar where I hope not to be this schmoopy all month long.

God bless your Sunday!

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Vee. You are so blessed. I am so happy for you. You are also right - we can do nothing except relax in His love. He did it all for us.

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  2. Vee...such a lovely post!!! I didn't know about the gratitute challenge...I will go check that out.
    HUGS to you,
    Debbie

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  3. You be just as schmoopy as you want all month...I like schmoopy!

    Very nice post, Vee. It's so hard to quit doing...and just start 'being'. It's something I have to learn again & again!

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  4. Beautiful...and yes you are blessed.

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  5. Beautiful Vee, you are indeed a blessed woman.
    PS. . .I love shmoopy.

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  6. It is wonderful to know Jesus and have him in your life. To share your life with a wonderful man just about makes things perfect. I am happy for you!!
    I also just want to say how much I like getting comments from you. Thank you for all of them!

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  7. Vee,
    This so touched me,what an awesome testimony. May God continue to pour out His blessings on you and yours.

    Blessings
    Sue

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  8. What a special post Vee, I can see all the love in your room :). I signed up for the month of thanks....thank you! :)

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Kathi :)

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  9. Sweet Vee, you have captured the essence of what it means to have found true freedom in Christ... and what it means to be surrounded by love of family. This one made me tear up right away. I am so happy that you are so happy.

    Christi

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  10. Ah this is so wionderful Vee! I will join in too in my next post....I have a dentist appointment tomorrow so I'll need to dwell on good things adfterward :-)

    That photo does tell a story ... you are so blessed!

    Walking with the Lord is the only way to live life.

    HUgs, Pat

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  11. Awesome post and the pictures do truly show what you said!!! Have a great week..m..

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  12. I am thankful too for all that you have been blessed with this year...rejoicing with you my dear friend.

    I will go check out the challenge.

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  13. This brought tears to my eyes Vee...I see it, too..that love John has for you...GOD did indeed bless you...7fold
    hugs
    Sandi

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  14. Hi Vee!
    Yes and the greatest of these is LOVE! Great post!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs,Sherry

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  15. How beautiful. I do see all that love around the room in your photo! May God continue to bless you.

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  16. You are right, that photo speaks volumes about the love your family has for you and one another.

    Thanks for posting this...
    Linda

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  17. Vee, you are blessed indeed! This is the first I have heard of this challenge. I am off to check it out. I count you as one of my blessings dear friend!

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  18. You are a blessed woman, Vee! I enjoyed my blog visit this morning --- thank you for always being an inspiration --- and SO creative!

    Blessings to you!
    LaTeaDah

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  19. Love your blog. I found you through Leah's challenge and have been having such a good time going around and seeing all the comments on blessings and gratitude.

    Thank you for sharing both.

    A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart!

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  20. Oh yes Dear, I have been afraid for my freedoms! Since reading things like this artice, on how Obama's Supporters seem determined to shut disenters up.

    And more recently, how Obama shoved off of campaign plane, reporters from newspapers which did not endorse him.

    Please read down on my last link, to where you and I could have our freedom of the Net, impinged. I knew that reinstituting the Fairness doctrine {which Democrats love} will hurt Conservative Talk Radio.

    But I never knew that this could force internet sites hostile to his policies, to counter each critical article with a supportive one.

    That's you and me, folks! If we are not supportive of Obama's policies, on our Internet sites. How does that grab you?!?!?!

    Miss Mari-Nanci

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  21. Thank you Dear Vee. You inspired me to make my own Election Eve entry.

    Courage!

    Miss Mari-Nanci

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  22. Vee,
    I just had to comment on your post about election eve.

    You have said it all, I am proud to stand beside you as an American. May God bless you.

    Blessings,
    Sue

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  23. Thank you for the link to "my" poem!!!

    Courage!

    Miss Mari-Nanci
    "Shoot if you must, this old gray head..."
    {From the poem 'Barbra Frietchie' by John Greenleaf Whittier}

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  24. Coming by with a hug of gratitude for you!

    I see your discouragement over the event this week and understand your feelings. xoxo

    Melissa

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