A Spirit of Thanks is Contagious

My husband wrote a sweet surprise note thanking me for all I did today and placed it on my night stand. Because he did that, it made me think to write a note to him and each of my kids to thank them for something.

And because my son saw the note, it made him want to write notes to his sisters about why he’s thankful for them.

Then my daughter did the same. A spirit of thanks is contagious.

As Thanksgiving approaches, who in your home can you write a surprise note of thanks too? Take a quick second and do that now- you might make their week.

Along with writing the notes this week, share this story from Luke 17 with your kids to show how giving thanks is close to the heart of Jesus:

On Jesus’ way to Jerusalem, there were ten really sick men who no one would come close to. They stood at a distance and loudly asked Jesus to heal them. Jesus walked right up to them and healed every one of them. 

When ONE of the men saw he was healed, he praised God loudly, threw himself at Jesus’ feet, and thanked him. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to the man, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Let’s be the one who also “comes back” to give thanks to the Lord and to give thanks for one another. Happy early Thanksgiving! 

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6

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The book, “The Hiding Place”, written by Corrie ten Boom, a famous evangelist during the Holocaust, is one of my favorites.

I’m in awe of Corrie and her family’s bravery in hiding and saving so many Jews. I think of the angst they must have felt as bombs exploded overhead and soldiers marched the streets.
I’m amazed at how Corrie and her sister, Betsie, still gave thanks and shared the love of Jesus in the barracks of the concentration camp, despite their circumstances.

I shared the story to my kids of Paul praising God in prison. I am in awe of his strength while in chains.

I am inspired by those who draw on the Lord for their strength and hope as their child, parent, or they themselves, fight cancer or another sickness.

I think of those of us who have lost loved ones in this season, and how difficult it is, yet how we can still find hope in Jesus through it all.

I also think about how in the midst of all the changes here and now, what doesn’t change, and will never change, is the Lord. 

How He is bigger than anything we will face, how he offers hope right now, today, in this moment – and how the Lord loves us so very much.

I think of the upcoming holidays and how they will look so different. And, I wonder, how can we bring glory to God in the midst of heartache and difficult circumstances?

And, my mind moves to God’s Word to, “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Everything doesn’t always turn out how we think it will, but one moment at a time, we can choose to give thanks, so we can experience God’s kingdom here, bring God glory, and remember that our greatest hope is not in the here and now, but in the Lord. 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving full of giving thanks. 

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The Problem with not Wanting to “Bother” a Grieving Friend

It can be quite easy when a close friend is grieving to say to yourself, “I don’t want to bother her.” To send flowers or drop a meal off without seeing her.

But, what if everyone does that because no one wants to bother her? Then, who is sitting with her in her grief? Who is giving her space to talk about the one she has loved for so long but lost?

To keep the person alive in her heart, it helps to talk about him.

To not feel alone.

To know people loved him dearly, and love her also.

To know that they care.

Not all people will want someone there, and I’m not saying to overstay your welcome. But, I think it can be helpful and comforting to give your friend a hug, to talk about how much you loved the person and to simply ask if they’d like you to stay or want some time alone.

She might want to be alone or she might want to talk with you or share stories or sit quietly with you for a while.

Everyone is so different, so we need to find out what they want – the best way to do that? To ask them.

It might help her to spend some time with you so she doesn’t feel alone in her grief.

Even if it’s just a few minutes – the hug of someone close to you makes you feel like you’re walking this road with friends who love you and it just makes the burden a bit lighter.

If you’re not sure if you should call or text because you don’t want to bother the person – call or text. Just telling them you love them and are thinking about them or praying for them. If they don’t want to be bothered, they won’t answer the phone.

But, they will know that someone cared so much for them because they reached out. ❤

Lord, help us love one another deeply by considering their interests. Give us the wisdom to know how to be there for those we love who are hurting so they know we are with them and that you are with them also. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

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Mama, the mess won’t last forever

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Beautiful Hearted Women of the Bible

My Mother-Daughter Devotional launches October 5th!

I’m really excited to do some questions/prayers in the coming weeks about these beautiful hearted women to help us focus more on the Lord and draw our hearts close to Jesus.

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Martha is one of my favorite women in the Bible. When her brother died, do you know what she did?

She didn’t hide her pain from Jesus, she didn’t pretend to have it all together, she didn’t reject Jesus. Mary shared her honest thoughts with him.

Standing right there in front of Jesus, the King of the world, God incarnate, she opened her heart of confusion and pain to him.

John 11 tells us, “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’

Not only did she share her pain and confusion with Jesus, but she still believed. What a courageous, faithful woman. She still believed. After all that heartache and confusion. She made a choice to believe. Isn’t that beautiful?

“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

’Martha, grieving her brother, answered him. ‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.’

Wow. She believed in the midst of her heartache.

While Jesus said he would heal Lazarus, she hadn’t seen it yet, and she still was grieving her brother, with Jesus having wept right by her side.

Yet, she chose to believe. Beautiful.

Let it be said of us, that in our pain, heartache, confusion, we say, ‘Yes, Jesus. We believe.”

Just like Martha did.