Give thanks to the Lord

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This may be a little early for Thanksgiving, but it is good to thank the Lord every day for all He has graciously allowed us to have. Sometimes I even thank Him for what He has not allowed in my life because what I want may not be the best for me. And God always, always, always wants the best for us!

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AnnaSmile…..

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Don’t Give Up

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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.

A man reaps what he sows.

Whoever sows to please their flesh,

from the flesh will reap destruction;

whoever sows to please the Spirit,

from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 

Let us not become weary in doing good,

for at the proper time we will reap a harvest

if we do not give up. 

Therefore, as we have opportunity,

let us do good to all people,

especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

—Galatians 6:7-10

AnnaSmile

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Ever Follow Good

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See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, KJV)

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, NIV)

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My Comfort in Suffering

This is my current desktop photo and I wanted to share it with you. I love the brilliant fall colors, which serve to accent this comforting and wonderful passage from Psalms.

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Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
—Psalm 119:49-50

The LORD Bless You

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I know it’s autumn and tulips are spring flowers, but if you know me at all, I really love me some pink tulips!

My good friend, Donna, shared this passage with me the other day and as it truly warmed my heart, I knew I needed to share it with you. I think this image illustrates it in a wonderfully beautiful way!

ThankfulForYouI also want to thank all of you who have stuck with me when I’ve not been around much lately, and have taken the time to leave the sweetest comments for me. I have read them all, and rather than reply to each one, I thought it better—and more time- and energy-saving for me to respond with a big THANK YOU right here!

I am doing much better and have actually had some energy to do a bit of cleaning and seasonal decorating around my home. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I was unable to do much of anything during an entire summer of constant monsoon migraines followed by weeks of dealing with the triple whammy of a sinus infection/strep throat/shingles outbreak. If I managed to get dinner on the table and a load of laundry done once in a while, that was huge for me!

I have thanked God many times over for a wonderfully understanding hubby who is content to eat frozen entrees when I can’t cook much, and who doesn’t notice all the dust around the house. In fact, he’s the one who made up the phrase, “If you don’t move anything [on the surface of whatever piece of furniture], you won’t notice the dust.” How I love my man!

I have been really wanting to get back to my blog, but I still need to be careful of my energy levels. So since it is autumn, and since I’m still in recovery mode, I decided to compose some easy, seasonal images over the next few weeks, which will take us into Thanksgiving.

Enjoy, Beloved. I hope to be back in full force before long!

AnnaSmile…..

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All Things Possible

AllThingsArePossible--Matt19-26As I’ve shared with you recently, life has been rough for me these days. I often feel like this is a new, never-ending season.

Lately I have often felt like I don’t have much to smile about. Those of you who have lived with a shingles breakout know what I mean. So many sleepless nights, or nights when I can only get a 1/2 hour to an hour’s sleep at a time. And that’s just the night! Days … hours … minutes … of seemingly relentless pain, but not “just” pain—we’re talking about pain accompanied by burning and stabbing sensations, and feeling like bugs are crawling on you. Since one of my big problem areas involves my left ear, inside and out, this kind of stuff repeatedly wakes me up from a sound sleep!

Well, I think I’ve made it through the roughest part of this outbreak. My case involves my trigeminal nerve area on the left sidetrigeminal-nerve of my face. If you look at me now, you can barely tell what’s going on inside of me. The blisters/lesions have almost completely disappeared, but there is still a lot happening to my nerves that can’t be seen. I started a steroid regimen yesterday that I hope will help get rid of the remaining pain and perhaps even keep me from having a recurrence in the future, as is common with shingles.

And yet, although I am not very good at smiling through the pain, God has filled me with such joy lately that I can’t help but smile. Take last night for example. I kept waking up with that nerve pain and itching, and had trouble getting back to sleep. The chorus of a wonderful praise song kept running through my mind, something that is short and sweet and easy for me to remember:

I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship you, Oh my soul rejoice!
Take joy, my King, in what you hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear…

I often silently sing myself to sleep with this chorus, but last night I was trying hard to remember the chorus to a different song I’ve been enjoying lately and just couldn’t remember it. I drifted off to sleep again for maybe 1/2 hour, and when I awoke there was that other chorus playing loud and sweetly in my head. I absolutely had to smile because God is so faithful and knew I wanted to remember the song so I could sing that one to Him too.

The song I tried so hard to remember and that the Lord blessed me with is “All Things Possible” by Mark Schultz. Here’s the chorus (technically the bridge, but it’s all the same to me):

My God is strong and mighty
My God is faithful
My hope is in the Lord
For He is able

Beloved, I am here today to remind you that our God is absolutely faithful and will provide exactly what we need exactly when we need it. All we need to do is hold on tight and trust that He is strong, mighty, faithful, able… and a host of other awesome adjectives!

Here’s the video of the Mark Schultz song, “All Things Possible”:

In case you have trouble viewing this video, here are the complete song lyrics:

All Things Possible

By Mark Schultz, from his latest album All Things Possible

I will call on Your name
For there’s always a way
When You lead me
And when life knocks me down
I am not counted out
For You’re with me
And You’re with me

Chorus:
Even when it feels like the light is fading
And I’ve lost my way
Still I’m holding on to the One who’s making
All things possible

Even when it feels like my heart is breaking
Hold on, there is strength
Knowing I belong to the One who’s making
All things possible

I know mountains can move
I’ve seen what You can do
In my weakness
So my heart will believe
If I wait I will see
My God doing, what only He can do

Bridge:
My God is strong and mighty
My God is faithful
My hope is in the Lord
For He is able

Smile, Beloved! I’m singing this for all of us today!

AnnaSmile…..

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