Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give thanks 11/23/11

I give thanks for:
The Bible
Fun times
My mom and dad
My new phone
Iced tea
High heels
Hats, gloves, and scarfs

And all the stuff that I probably don't need, but I am thankful for it!

Thank You Father for all the blessings You have given me and the place and time that You have put me in.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Courageous the Movie

Did you know that the Courageous movie is coming out in about a month and a half???

Bring It Home...

Available on DVD & Blu-Ray

January 17, 2012

GIve Thanks - 11/22/11

I give thanks for a wood stove! I love the warmth that comes from them. It is so cozy. I am thankful that we can have a wood stove to heat our house. I am also thankful for the wood to keep the fire warm.

Give thanks 11/21/11

Again, I am thankful for people. But today I am especially thankful for the wonderful grandparents that I have been blessed with.

Three of my grandparents have went to be with Jesus. And I greatly miss them.  I give thanks for the time I was able to spend with them.

Today, I give thanks for my Grandpa. I am thankful I am still able to spend time with him. I love listening to his stories about his life.

Remember to cherish the time you have with your loved ones. Thanksgiving is coming, take the time to spend it with family and friends!

Give thanks - 11/20/11

I think that the biggest thing that I give thanks to God for everyday is the people that He has put in my life. They are so important to me and I am so blessed by them.

I am also thankful for another day, for life. God's blessings are great!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Verses from the sermon- 1 Thess. 5

These are the verses the pastor preached on in church yesterday. I really like verses 16-18.

Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

(16-18) Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.

(1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 NIV84)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Give Thanks- 11/19/11

I give thanks for a safe drive home. The drive home today took about an hours extra due to snow. We saw many cars on the side of the road. I pray that people will drive safely. And I am thankful we had a safe trip.

Give Thanks - 11/18/11

I am thankful that my family (about half) and I were able to spend time together yesterday. I also give thanks that we could stay in a hotel overnight and go swimming in the pool. I love to go swimming!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Give Thanks- 11/17/11

I give thanks for all the wonderful people on my life! I am able to be involved in some great groups with great people that share my values and beliefs. I am thankful for them and for their encouragement to me and their kind words.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. (Romans 1:8 ESV)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Give Thanks - two for one! 11/15-16/11

I give thanks for the little one that will get to wear this outfit and bib soon! This week, I became an auntie again for the 11th time!!! I give thanks for God blessing of this baby. And I am thankful for the health of this little one!

Psalm 127:3

English Standard Version (ESV)
 3Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
    the fruit of the womb a reward. 

Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

John 1:12

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
This verse reminds me that we all have the opportunity to be called children of God and God loves us! I pray this child will grow to love God and have a personal relationship with Him!

Yay!!! I am an auntie again!!!! (Just had to say that!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/14/11

I give thanks for warm water and a warm house. Sometimes, many times, we take these kinds of things for granted. But we need to remember to be thankful for the small everyday things!!!

Colossians 1:3
[ Thanksgiving and Prayer ] We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.

What are you thankful for???

Give Thanks - 11/13/11

Yesterday, Nov. 13, I was thankful for a sermon that spoke to my heart! The sermon was based on a chapter in John. John 12:12-25. The pastor talked about how we have a hard life as Christians, but he also talked about how God will reward us.

One of my favorite things that Pastor John Piper said was, "It is hard to be a Christian, but hard does not equal joylessness". We can have and find joy in the midst of a hard life. It means we do not have to be "woe is me, life is hard". Instead we can find joy in our relationship with Christ and what He is doing in our lives.

To listen to the sermon, click here!

Again, I am thankful that God used this sermon to tough my heart. Please take the time to listen to it!

Philippians 1:3
I thank my God every time I remember you.

River of Time Series

These are some books I really enjoyed and I hope you will too. For more info on the author, check out these link:
AUTHOR CONNECTIONS: (author web site) (the Bergrens’ travel web site)
Facebook: “Lisa Tawn Bergren” and “River of Time Series
Twitter: @LisaTBergren

Here is some info about the series:
My daughter was a reluctant reader. I tried book after book, but could not get her to willingly sit down and read a book to save my life—which is especially irritating when you’re an author! It wasn’t until I brought home Twilight that Olivia was hooked, reading way past bedtime, thinking about the characters all day, and eagerly returning home so she could read some more!
I read the series with her and we discussed them. But mostly I encouraged her to stay engaged…I was so glad to see her break through that fiction barrier and finally see what a good story was like. When we went to the first movie together, I looked around at all those girls who were so excited to be there, to see the tale turned into film, and I thought, “Man, I’d love to write for this audience too. Give them all the romance, and all the suspense, but skip the vampires.”
And that’s how the River of Time was born.
What surprised me most was how much fun I had writing them—I hope I get to keep writing for young adults. I love their enthusiasm and fresh perspective.

Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are the daughters of Etruscan archeologists. Stuck on a hot, dusty dig site for yet another long, dreary summer—far from the nearest boys—they go exploring. They enter a forbidden tomb and find two handprints among the frescoes. And when they touch them, together, they are catapulted back in time…and into the adventure of their lives.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/12/11

I give thanks for the 4, yes FOUR, college credits I earned yesterday!!! I was able to earn them through FEMA Independent Study Courses.

My college will accept some of these courses as college credit. I am not sure if other colleges do, but it may be worth checking into if you need electives.

So the 4 credits yesterday brings me a total of 9 credits earned through FEMA.

Credits still needed: 24

Earned credits that count towards my degree: 96


I am thankful I am one step closer to my goal!

Psalm 42:4
These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/11/11

Today, I give thanks to all the people who have served, fought for, and ultimately gave their lives for our country, Veterans.

This is a song for them!

Thank you, veterans, for serving!!!

I found this picture on Facebook:

Jonah 2:9
(Verses 1-2 for context. 1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 He said:)
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/10/11

I realized something yesterday. Up until now, I have been giving thanks for tangible things, for the most part. Things we can touch, feel, and see.

Today I give thanks for laughter, joy, and love! I give thanks for God's grace and forgiveness. I give thanks for seconded chances. I give thanks for faith.

I give thanks for life!

Revelation 4:8-9 (NIV1984)

8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
   “Holy, holy, holy
   is the Lord God Almighty,
   who was, and is, and is to come.”
 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/9/11

I am thankful for Sticky Notes!!!!

They are fun, useful, fun, handy, fun, etc...

1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/8/11

I am giving thanks for the internet. I use it almost everyday for school, communication, and research. The last two days I did not have access to it on my computer. I realized that I use it a lot for things, especially my school.

Here is a song to remind us to "give thanks"

1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Give Thanks 11/7/11

I give thanks to God for my family. He has blessed me with my family. I am thankful for each member in my family. I am also thankful that I am a child of God and that I am a part of His family!

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV84)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Give Thanks 11/6/11

I give thanks for blankets and quilts. I love to snuggle up in a nice warm blanket. Most of my blankets have special meanings to them. Many of the quilts were made by my grandmas. It is great to have these blankets and quilts as reminders of grandmothers. And they remind me I am loved. Not only by the people who made me the blankets. But by the One who made me. Jesus loves me and He loves you, too!!!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1-3, 26 ESV)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Give Thanks 11/5/11

I am thankful for an extra hour of sleep due to Day Lights Saving! I am off to bed, so  I can enjoy that extra hour!!!

Don't forget to set the clocks back one hour..."fall back"!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/4/11

I am thankful that I was able to go shopping with my mom and my little sister!!! It was a fun time. Even did some Christmas shopping. It was a fun day!

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Give Thanks- 11-3-11

I give thanks for my own bedroom. So many things we take for granted. We need to be thankful for the things that we consider to be small things and those things we take for granted.

What are you thankful for?

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
(Psalm 118:28 ESV)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Give Thanks - 11/2/11

I give thanks for many things today!

I give thanks for:

The CD I won on the radio!

For silly things!

For the grade I got on one of my final papers!

Chatting with friends!

Being able to have fun!


Having JOY!

One of my favorite new songs!!!
This is a beautiful song...we must praise God always!!! It is all about Him.

I am thankful I can Praise HIM!

1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

He makes everything beautiful!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

GIve Thanks - 11/1/11

I give thanks for...


I have many friends. Some are older than me, some are younger than me, some are my age. Some are from this group or that group. They are all from different walks of life and they all teach me different things. I am privileged to friends in my family and to have friends become a part of my family. Some of these people may not even call me their friend, but I am glad I can call them my friend! 

My greatest friend of all is Jesus. He laid down his life for me, and for you.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

I am thankful for all my friends and that Jesus, my friend, loved me enough to lay down His life.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Reformation Day

In honor of Reformation Day, 10/31/11, I am posting some pictures of Martin Luther that I took at the Creation Museum.

New JOY blog post!

This JOY Blog post, Give Thanks!, is talking about what I am doing here on my blog and how you can do it, too!

Make you check out next Monday for the article: Author Favorites - Websites!