Sun/Nov23~ 3 Gifts Only in Christ: 1) Peace with God--"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" Romans 5:1
2) Through Christ and His salvation are we a sweet savour unto God --"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:"
2 Corinthians 2:15
2 Corinthians 2:15
3) An ever present Mediator/Advocate between God and men-- "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" I Timothy 2:5
Mon/Nov24~ 3 Gifts Humble: 1) This: "I am sorry. Will you forgive me?" 2) Theacts of kindness from others on my behalf 3) Humble carpenter born in a stable with nowhere to lay his head, yet God and King
Tues/Nov25~ 3 Gifts Ugly-Beautiful: 1) The Ugly: Brown, dry, backyard grass; The Beautiful?: We had grass this year! And it was lush and green. When we moved in 2 years ago, the yard was all rocks and sand. Our grass invited birds to come play and kept our dog, Zap, cool in the hot summer months. 2) The Ugly: Stains on indoor carpet; The Beautiful?: People I love live here, their feet carrying them from room to room (Carpet cleaner is my friend!) 3) The Ugly: The Trying of Faith --It's messy, filled with tears and frustrations; The Beautiful?: It 'worketh patience'.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." James 1: 2-6
Wed/Nov26~ 3 Gifts Preparing: 1) While we are to give thanks every day, today we are preparing our hearts for that extra special day when we set aside everything in honor of Giving Thanks. 2) Savory smells of beef stew and homemade bread preparing the family for a hearty dinner 3) Jonathan in the kitchen preparing homemade pumpkin pie-- His Great Grandfather Gilbreath was an amazing cook. His pies just flat out knocked your socks off. Jonathan loves to hear stories about him and hopes he can cook as well as the family legend.
His pie turned out GREAT!
Thurs/Nov27~ a Gift Handmade, Held, Happy: Handmade potholders used today given to me by my mother in law years ago. They are tattered and well used; they remind me of her every time I use them. Held-- Pretty drinking glasses used today with my beautiful China dishes. I don't bring them out often and it was a nice change. Happy--Deviled Eggs. Yes. Deviled eggs brings happiness to my guys. Every.single.time.
Fri/Nov28~ 3 Gifts in Community: 1) Community of Facebook --being able to keep in touch with family and 'long lost friends' is great. So many times, a prayer request goes out or great news is posted and it knits us together as do updated photos. We come together in times of sorrow and in times of joy. 2) Community of Church Family -- Our church family cares about each other. They actively seek ways to spend more time at church by making burritos for everyone or bringing donuts for after church. With the weather being cooler and it's time for hot chocolate and coffee, we stick around a bit longer with nowhere to go in a hurry. 3) Community of Neighbors --During our walk this evening, so many families were out together decorating for Christmas. Men on roofs carefully placing pretty lights, children and moms decorating a tree in the front yard..All working to make the neighborhood look festive for the holidays. It was fun to see what everyone was doing with their yards. I took a picture of Jonathan and Zap in front of a house just for fun.
Well, and here's another picture of my kid (sorry, young adult now) and his sweet pup
Sat/Nov29~ 3 Gifts Red: 1) Autumn dish towels John bought me years ago. They are my favorites and I use them all year 'round 2) Tattered red quilt keeping us warm at night 3) Red Yankee Candle burning -- purchased with Cracker Barrel gift certificate given by a sweet friend.
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