I haven’t written this week. I’ve been sulking and mourning the loss of my friend and coworker. My days of sorrow have now ended, much thanks to the beautiful “homecoming ceremony” I attended yesterday for Tammy. We were reminded by her Pastor of Tammy’s infectious smile and told that each smile we receive or give is a blessing from God. It brings happiness to both the giver and the recipient. Tammy had one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen and that’s exactly how I’ll remember her.
I was blessed to know Tammy for a few minutes in this lifetime. I’ve become more aware this week of the other friendships I’ve been blessed with since I started my job in September. God truly does put the right people in your life right when you need them. The women I work with are all very strong in their faith, which helps me stay strong in my own faith when I have difficult days. I have been blessed with friendships based on the love of God, a shared faith that He will provide exactly what we need when we need it, and a respect for the blessing of discernment.
My family has expanded since I married my husband last year. I have been blessed with new cousins on his side of the family, one in particular. We share the same name (I like to call us “Team Lisa”) and we share the same belief in the Power of God in our lives. We are blessed to share the same church family as well as our married family. We even got hired with the same company at the same time. God has shown me on more than one occasion that He put Lisa in my life for a reason. We support each other and love each other, not because we have to due to church, work, or familial obligations, but because it’s just natural. I know that God put us together, just like He put my husband and me together, at just the right time. He made my family bigger and stronger, through our faith in Him.
Today I am thankful for my friendships, each and every one of them. I have many; I am blessed in that way. I am thankful for God giving me discernment so I will know a true Christian from a false witness. I am thankful for the blessing that is God’s love through friendship and family.
If you have someone in your life that has touched your heart in a way that you know could only happen through God, let them know how much you appreciate them. We aren’t promised a tomorrow, but we’re blessed with today. Take a minute today to thank the people in your life for their love and kindness, give them a smile… a blessing in turn for being a blessing to you.
I pray today that we all have a minute to acknowledge the love and favor God has blessed us with. I pray for my friends and family that we all can appreciate each other and give credit where credit is due: to God. I pray that He keeps us all in his grace and favor and that He strengthens our bonds, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Thankful. Thank Full. Hmm. Yes, I’m Thank Full this morning. As Thanksgiving approaches we’re reminded of the meals we look forward to preparing, time to share with our loved ones, the Christmas sales that are taking over the TV ads to be just as annoying as the campaign ads that just ended.
I’ve watched the announcements of major retail chains starting their sales on Thanksgiving night so people can get a head start on their shopping. Honestly, I don’t see where that will help our economy; people are going to spend the same amount of money whether they do it Thanksgiving night or the next morning. Quite frankly, you won’t catch me near these sales or stores, I prefer not to get trampled or subject myself to such greedy people. When I see the mad rush of people grabbing electronics, piles of clothes, things that aren’t completely necessary to life, all I can see is greed… grab all you can before anyone else can. But do you NEED these things? (I’m trying to understand it better, so if you can shed some light, feel free to comment)
I think we lose the true value of these holidays. I’m not thankful for the sales because material things can be taken from us just as easily as they’re acquired. I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a meal with my parents, my husband, and hopefully some additional loved ones. I am thankful to have the food to prepare and share. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the heat that keeps us warm. I am thankful that I am loved.
During the upcoming weeks, please stop to be full of thanks (Thank FULL) for the everyday things we’re blessed with. Be thankful for the smile you give someone else that brightens their day. Be thankful for the bed you sleep in. Be thankful for the small things, the works of God, the blessings in your life, whatever form they come in. I am also thankful that I’ve been given the opportunity to type this to you and that you’ve read it. See, I’ve already prayed for you today, that you’d read this, that it would have a positive impact on you and that I’ll reach even more people today with these prayers of blessing and thanks.
Take time today to be full of thanks for the blessing of life, for another day to strengthen your faith in the miracles God gives us, for time to prepare for the amazing works in the holiday season approaching. Be thankful not only at Thanksgiving, but everyday, and you will be given favor in the eyes of God. Giving prayers of thanks shows God that your faith in Him is strong and He will continue to give you reasons to give thanks.
May peace be with you as you go about your day, knowing I’ve said a prayer of thanks for YOU (yes, you)! In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!