Giving Thanks Challenge, Day 30

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It’s Day 30 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am thankful that, after 30 days, I haven’t run out of things to be thankful for. 😀

Here are a few more:

Being able to be a homemaker since my children came along

Running water, indoor plumbing, hot water heaters (I’ve visited places with none of those luxuries!)

Games

Art, crafts, hobbies

The ability to walk. I was without it for a few short months, and I think maybe that makes me appreciate it a little more.

Decaf Diet Pepsi and Mugs Root Beer

Pellet ice

…and so much more, in major spiritual blessings and little everyday ones.

Thanks to the Giver of all:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. I Timothy 6:17

I’ll leave my list in my sidebar for a few days; otherwise you can find the other posts in the Giving Thanks Challenge here.

Thank you, Leah, for encouraging us to name something we are thankful for every day this month. It has been a good exercise.

Giving Thanks Challenge, Day 29

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It’s Day 29 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am thankful for medicine, doctors, nurses, hospitals, dentists, and the level of health care we have in this country. I’ve been blessed with wonderful doctors and nurses along the way. I have friends and loved ones who would have died without medical help. The health care system is flawed in many ways, there are ethical issues that new medical technology raises, there are cures that are worse than the illness, there are questionable treatments that call for discernment, but still, all told, I’d hate to go back to the days of leeches and a lack of knowledge of basic health practices that we take for granted now and higher mortality rates. Ultimately it is God who heals, as one former pastor used to say, with medicine, without medicine, or in spite of medicine, but I think He has gifted and used many in the health industry.

The Church’s One Foundation

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It’s Day 28 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am thankful for church. No church is perfect, but God ordained the church, cleansed it, gave gifts to it, and somehow uses it to show His wisdom to creatures in the heavenlies.

I’m working on a post titled “Why go to church?” and hope to have it up in the next week or two.

But for now this hymn has come to my mind often today. More stanzas to it are here.

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

She is from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won,
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee.

~ Samuel J. Stone, 1866

Giving Thanks Challenge, Day 27

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It’s Day 27 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am thankful for answered prayer — even when answer has been “No.” I am so thankful God hasn’t given me things that I thought at the time I wanted or needed, and that He gives grace when He allows trials.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. II Corinthians 12:8-10.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoying the lull between getting the turkey in the oven and getting everything else done, thankful for a daughter-in-law to share meal responsibilities with this year, for family togetherness, for anticipation of all the good food to come, for the blessing of having a Thanksgiving feast, looking forward to a nap and Toy Story 3.

On this 25th day of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm. I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day and all its blessings and for the reminder to cultivate a thankful spirit all year.

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Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. II Corinthians 9:10-11.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Giving Thanks Challenge, Day 23

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It’s Day 23 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am thankful for the wonderful gift of music,

from great hymns of the faith

to more modern worship songs

to classical

to “show tunes”

to folk songs

to silly songs

and more.

I am so thankful God gave us the gift of music!

Giving Thanks Challenge, Day 22

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It’s Day 22 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am VERY thankful that my mother-in-law’s hearing aid came in today! It was lost a few weeks ago, and a new one was supposed to be ready last Thursday — but wasn’t. They said if it didn’t come in by Friday it would be after Thanksgiving before they could set up an appointment. It didn’t — but they called today, said it had come in, and asked if we could have her there by 4:30. We could and did! I am so grateful she got it before Thanksgiving — she would get so much more out of the day here with it. Not to mention everyday life!

Giving Thanks Challenge, Day 21

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It’s Day 21 (already!) of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

I am thankful for the “peace that passes understanding.”

The Lord is at hand.Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 5b-7