Wednesday, November 22, 2017

it takes all kinds

"Sing and make music in your heart to the LORD, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20
Turkeys come is all shapes and sizes... so do our blessings from God.
Thank You, Father, for them all.

we are loved and chosen by God,

may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

beyond the feathers

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

It's not hard remembering this is Thanksgiving week.  Everywhere i look at school, i am surrounded by turkeys. I have probably heated up at least 93 turkeys at school this week... through the laminator, that is.  Teachers use this time to encourage students  to share and remember why they are thankful.
While our thankful lists may vary, the foundation of our grateful hearts spring from the same Root, Jesus Christ.  His blessings flow freely and abundantly to all His children...


unconditional love
forgiveness
healing
eternal salvation
peace
discernment
joy



But His Word tells us to give thanks in all circumstances.  Do you think He means for us to give thanks beyond the feathers... beyond the obvious... beyond the good times?  I believe He can produce good in all circumstances.
Father, Thank You too for times of  --
stupidity... as i learned the immense power of words and patience
accidents... as i learned to trust You at all times 
mistakes... as i learned You work all things to the good
anger... as i learned the importance of forgiveness
sickness... as i learned the joy of celebrating the moment
pride... as i learn humbleness


Thank You for these times, as they build my relationship with You.  I lean on You for strength, comfort and guidance.  Gratefully, i experience Your unconditional love for me.  How thankful i am to know you are always there for me and with me.  Thank You, Father. 

It's been a turkey of a week... and i am thankful for it.

we are loved and chosen by God,

may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Monday, November 20, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ change

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name." Psalm 100:4

Happy Thanksgiving Week, Friends!

For most of us, this week brings a welcome CHANGE, so it seems most appropriate for that to be our Weekly Word to Live By. This week typically kicks off the traditional feast season followed closely by Christmas decorating and shopping, all of which create change in our routines.  

Maybe we have a few extra days off from work or perhaps the sweet pleasure of extra time with friends and family.  These kinds of change are welcome.  

But for those dealing with a change in health or a change in wealth, or perhaps even a change in the number of family members who will be present at our Thanksgiving table, CHANGE may be difficult to accept.
Whatever change you are facing, may you know without a doubt that the God of Hope will help you cope. 

Please post your CHANGE challenge or celebration on the Weekly Words to Live By  Facebook page  (https://www.facebook.com/weeklywordstoliveby/) and find encouragement in the CHANGE chapter (pages 49-54) of Words to Live By. 

Most of all, take a few minutes to thank the Lord for His love which does not change. 

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Friday, November 17, 2017

the ultimate hovercraft

"and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." Genesis 1:2

"...hide me in the shadow of your wings as you hover over me." Psalm 17:8 (The Living Bible)



Fifth graders at our school experienced a unique opportunity this week.  Through a special grant, they built, rode and drove hovercrafts.  It was a real life-like work environment.  Ultimately, the completion and success of the project rested on the students' team work ability.


It was an exciting venture for everyone.  The building was fun, but the ride was best. Watching them hovering over the floor was like watching magic happen, with some magic flowing smoother, faster than others.


Father, You are the Creator of everything.  Even the notion of hovering first came from You. In the stillness of the night or the demands of the day, You hover over us... never leaving, never faltering, never stalling.  With us and over us, You protect, love, guide and care for our every need.  Thank You, Father.  The hum of Your Presence is the strength of my heart.
we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Thursday, November 16, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ sweet

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jeremiah 31:3
There is nothing sweeter than the love of God for His children... nothing.

Taste and see that the LORD is good!

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

they are watching you...

"In everything set them an example by doing what is good." Titus 2:7

Teachers pack a POWERFUL punch. Proof is found abundantly in and out of the classroom.  During one elementary summer break, my daughter was playing school.  I caught her "yelling" directions at her students. Later when i asked her why, she explained that was how Ms. Shoutout, her favorite teacher, did it.   
Her genuine response still swirls around in my head, reflecting the fact, teachers are dazzling, mesmerizing, captivating... their sphere of influence tremendous.  The children are watching... watching and learning from everything we say and do.  This lesson of old stirs up a question i ask myself everyday, "from God's eyes, how am i looking?"

Father, help me stay aware of my tongue and action.  May i feel Your presence beside me and within me as i interact with others, in the fishbowl-of-life. I pray to not cause them to stumble or stray, but instead guide them in looking up where our truest help and direction comes... You.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

this road goes where?

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm youplans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

At times the path in our life appears to be in utter shambles with continuous dead-ends, twists, mountains, valleys...

But, even when we can't see it, we must believe this...
God is in control, and He knows exactly what He is doing and where He's going with us.

His plans are good and will not be thwarted.

Thank You, Father.  Where you lead, i will go.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal