Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell

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Hope yours is blessed too!

     Our holiday this year is the semi-quiet (everybody's coughing) stay-at-home kind, especially seeing we are all still dealing with a rotten bug (possibly pertussis as its going around in our area). Most of us were actually much worse last week, so we are getting better! We stuck with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for brunch. We recorded and later watched the usual Macy's Thanksgiving parade when we felt up to it, which is actually an improvement as we can skip the commercials we don't like. Dinner is lasagna. Maybe we'll do the apple pie afterward. Its not a bad way to spend the day, though not very exciting. We had hoped to go out and see a movie but we're not up to that yet either. So we'll just make our Thanksgiving a multi-day event and celebrate it as it works for us. The turkey and pumpkin pie can wait a couple of days.

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It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. ~W.J. Cameron

O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long? ~Rebecca Harding Davis

     We really do feel grateful to God today (and most every day.) It may not seem like it to others who see us coughing right now or dealing with other trials but God has been blessing our lives right along. He bent last week's schedule around so that it worked even with all of us ill and unable to go anywhere. The biggest miracle looks across from me every evening. I lost track of the number of times God kept Tom alive and better than medical science expected after all the damage he's had inside. Every hour we have with him is a new gift. God paid for the care too, getting us the help to come through when it was most needed. In fact God has upheld, protected, and provided for us all these years despite some very  major malice that has been directed our way. Some people just thank God when they get unexpected help and/or their natural provision takes a hit or fails, but we've been in that position more often than not. God's provision for us has not failed in all the years we've had to depend so hard on Him. Glory to His name!  We've got this feeling there are other blessings too that are just about to come into view. Praise God He is Our Salvation!

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~Cicero

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~Johannes A. Gaertner

Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. ~A.W. Tozer

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

You Gotta Be...

One of the last songs that was a favorite with me when I was in college in the 90's was Des'ree's "You Gotta Be." (When I quit receiving any support to finish, I also quit listening to the radio much.)

 Just another one of those songs that meant (and still mean) a lot to me, so  I thought I'd share. If that seems like an odd choice, its because you probably aren't translating the lyrics the way I am. I do believe that we gotta tough, kind, fair, bold (courageous), wise, etc as we can...and we will still need Love (God) to save the day.

Yep. Its another lost personal treasure rediscovered. Somehow I thought it was Sade who sang it on the radio...which explains why I hadn't run across it before now. (Argh!)

I hadn't realized until now - but I think Michelle Obama looks (a little) like Des'ree. Maybe that's one of the reasons I liked her even before her obvious concern for her family and down-to-earth approach became well-known. I think everyone was rooting for her when she decided on growing her own organic gardens (and sharing them with local schoolchildren).  I can't support many of her husband's policies, but she seems like good people to me.