A Thankful Heart

ThankfulHeart

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. —Colossians 3:15-16

……

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. —A. A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thanks Giving

1Chron-16-9-sing-praise-thanksgiving…..

Last Thanksgiving, I shared “The God Without … A Thanksgiving Message” by Jack Kelley from Grace Thru Faith . It is so good that it bears a repeat performance. You can read it here.

I am thankful for so much, sometimes even for things that God is not allowing in my life. I know that sounds strange, but from past experience I have learned that when we pray for certain things and rush ahead of God’s timing on them, we might get what we pray for but it may not necessarily be God’s plan for us, therefore not good for us. That’s a hard place to be in!

I believe without a shadow of doubt that God desires His very best for each and every one of us. And sometimes that “best” is something so small and seemingly insignificant that it may escape our notice. Let’s try to remember to notice and “speak of all His wonders,” and share them others. We live in a fallen world and all of us sometimes forget those little things in our daily struggles.

Beloved, it is my prayer that each and every one of you enjoy a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

…..

AnnaSmile………

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for Crochet

thankful-600-x-600…..

As some of you may know if you’ve been around my blog even a teensy bit, I love to crochet. It is probably the one thing that I can do when I’m feeling my worst, and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something on days that to me feel wasted. Don’t get me wrong, I know that God uses everything—even seemingly wasted days—but seeing a ball or skein of yarn transform into an afghan or other item gives me a sense of accomplishment. Plus, I get the privilege of making these things for other people, which is especially gratifying.

Below is a mishmash of yarn and crochet photos. Some of these are items I have made. Others are yarn photos (some my own). One is a photo of my yarn closet when it is fully stocked. Those of you out there who are crocheters or knitters know that it is hard to pass up a good yarn sale!

CrochetMishmashIf you’d like to see more of what I have crocheted in the past, click on my Crochet tab, or go right to my Ministry Crochet Projects page and my Personal Crochet Projects page.

I recently finished some ear warmer headband hats for a friend to give as gifts, and have just started an ear flap hat for another friend. Then there is the shawl vest that I’ve almost completed for myself.

I also am getting ready to put together a couple of ministry afghans. I crocheted the squares during the summer and since it’s much cooler now, I’m ready to put them together. It is no fun for this hot flash gal to have a big blanket on her lap during the hot summer months!

How about you, Beloved? Do you have any crafty hobbies that give you a lot of enjoyment?

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for my Refuge and my Fortress

Ps91-2-Fall

Psalm 91

New International Version (NIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

1Thes5-15-18Fall-Thsgv

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.       —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for the Little Things

ThankfulThurs-Gratitude…..

This just happens to be a Thursday so I thought I’d celebrate that by sharing a “Thankful Thursday” post from almost two years ago, titled Thank You Challenge.” I love what the image above states about gratitude. It really ties into my blog tagline:

gratitude turns what we have into more than enough

How about you, Beloved? Look around you. Do you view even the tiniest of blessings with thankfulness and gratitude?

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for Everything

BeThankfulForEverything…..

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
—Author Unknown

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has.
—Epictetus

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.
—Naomi Williams

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
—William Blake

There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
—Ralph H. Blum

thankful

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for My Church Family

Ps100-1-5-Fall

Rick and I are part of a wonderful church family. There are many weeks that I am unable to attend worship services but I know without a doubt that many of my church family pray for me on a consistent basis. When I walk into church after not having been there for several weeks, it feels as if I haven’t been gone at all. I am so blessed by all those who seek me out for a hug and ask how I’ve been. I truly appreciate their love and prayers!

CVGraceCross

Stained glass cross at the front of our church

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. —Hebrews 10:24-25

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for the Written Word

I love to read. I used to get in trouble for this on a regular basis while I was growing up. I almost always had a book with me. I read at the table during meals—well, at least I tried to until Mom confiscated my book—and read in bed at night until Mom made me turn out the light. I regularly got lost in the stories so it was hard to but a book down and go to sleep. I wanted to see what happened next!

As I got older I loved reading big, thick books. And no, I didn’t read the last few pages first. I wanted to be surprised! Now I’m at the point where my mind doesn’t work as well as it used to, so those thick books would take too long to read.

The photos above are of my trusty old NAS Bible. To me, the Bible is God’s ultimate gift of the written Word. This Bible was given to me years ago for my birthday by a close friend. As you can see, it is filled with my scribbles and highlights, sticky notes and bookmarks. I’ve tried to use other Bibles over the years but keep coming back to this one, where I add even more notes and stickies.

BookStack…..

I used to be a regular at the library and couldn’t imagine reading anything but a “real” book. There was just something about turning those pages that made me think I could never like an e-reader. However, a few years ago I changed my mind and Rick gifted me with an e-reader. Now I have hundreds of books in one place. It’s like having my very own library!

…..

I am thankful today and everyday for being able to read the Bible and the myriad of other books available to us. How about you, Beloved?

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.

Thankful for God’s Color Palette

Four_seasons_in_the_woods…..

Nothing I say can do justice to the wonder of God’s creation in living color. I am so thankful He loves us enough to surround us with such beauty during each season!

FourSeasons

…..

AnnaSmile…..

…..

The advertising which may appear below is not placed by the author and is not to be considered as a part of this post or an expression of my views.