Friday, November 26, 2010

How Can I Say Thanks?

As I was thinking about and writing out the things I was thankful for, I decided it was hopeless to try to put on paper even a few of them! If I should write out all the blessings of God and what He's done for me, not even the seas or the skies would be able to contain them.

This beautiful song speaks the language of my heart so well.

How can I say thanks for the things
You have done for me?
Things so undeserved, yet You gave
To prove Your love for me;
The voices of a million Angels
Could not express my gratitude.
All that I am, and ever hope to be;
I owe it all to Thee.

To God be the glory, to God be the glory,
To God be the glory for the things he has done.
With his blood He has saved me;
With his power He has raised me;
To God be the glory for the things He has done.
Just let me live my life;
Let it be pleasing Lord to Thee.
And if I gain any praise, let it go to Calvary.
With His blood He has saved me;
With His power He has raised me;
To God be the glory for the things He has done.
~ Andrae Crouch

I am thankful for all that God has brought me through. God has been so good to me and I can see His hand at work in every circumstance of my life. Through sunshine, joy and peace, and through rain, sadness and pain, He has always been there for me!

Thank you is so inadequate, but I don't know what else I can say, so I will say it from the bottom of my heart and may my life show my love and gratitude for my good and Almighty God.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving day draws nearer, I find my excitement mounting! It is a special day.

Thanksgiving means mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and all the other thanksgiving delicacies.

It means family and friends and traditions.

It is a day to remember the story behind thanksgiving and to be grateful for what our forefathers endured to make America.

It is a special day to count our many blessings, naming them one by one and seeing what the Lord hath done.

It is a day to spend some time "smelling the roses", being still, knowing that He is God.

It is a day to set our priorities straight if they aren't already, to do the best things first and the good things second.

It is a day to put the worries and stresses of life away and just reflect, relax and enjoy.

And so much more!

As a special treat, the 1789 Thanksgiving Proclomation by one of my favorite Presidents of the United States of America, President George Washington!
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
~October 1789

May you each one have a most wonderful Thanksgiving day! After thanksgiving, I'll do a post on some of the things that I am thankful for this year.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Pulse

"One, two, three, four, five, six," my piano teacher clapped in time. She stopped, waiting for me to repeat the phrase correctly on the piano.
I was flustered. It wasn't happening. It was simply wrong timing.
She noticed the crest-fallen look. "Don't you feel the pulse?"
I shook my head sadly. How could I ever dream of being a piano teacher if I didn't nderstand timing?!

Months later I was again sitting on that stool beside my teacher. I'd been away visiting my big sister for a few months. Daily practice and regular lessons. It paid off. I was back. I played the now-mastered pieces.
"You feel the pulse!" there was excitement in her voice.
I nodded. Now, I really could!

Head on my pillow, relaxed, I began daydreaming. Only, it was night and I was awake. I shut my eyes and I see heaven. Jesus is there holding the dazzling golden gate, wide open. I see Him clearly in the distance. He's greeting all the saved. Finally, I'm almost there. The excitement explodes. I can't wait. He bends down and I throw my arms around His strong neck.
With overwhelming love in His voice He whispers loudly.
"I've waited so long for you, Christella! You made it!" He twirls me around. We laugh with pure joy. I release my grip as He puts me down gently.
A songs escapes my lips. And the realization floods me. The hard desicions on this earth - every one of them were worth it, for just this moment.
I find myself in a huge crowd inside the gate. Jesus is with us. Oh, how I want to spend some time with just him. For Him to tell me how His plan in my life. His workings. How He felt. But the others! What about them? They must all want the same.

How will He do it, I can only imagine.

The days - so beautiful. Words can't express it. I climb the two trees that are really one. Lions lick my hands. I go for a horse ride to visit a friend. Then one day it happens.
My bright guardian angel comes with a message. He knows me well. "Christella! King Jesus wants to see you! Come with me, He's waiting for you!"


We're on the walk. Jesus and I. There are others too. He's talked to one of the others. Now it's my turn. My heart thrills with every word of the amazing story He's telling. We all to get to have what we so wanted. Together. And it's perfect.

The pulse of heaven. There is no wrong timing.

The curtain drops. I fall asleep.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Glorious Sunsets & Eternity

I am thankful for glorious sunsets!

They remind me that God is real, and that He is alive for who could paint such beauty on clouds and skies and hills but God and God alone?

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives."
~ Bill & Gloria Gaither

They remind me that we are living in the sunset hours of earths history and that is leading to the dawn of eternity. Eternity! Which eternity are you striving for? Oh, how I pray you will strive with me for eternity with God!

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalms 84:11)

“..Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

There's the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.
~ George Beverly Shea

Never give up, it will be worth it all and He will never ever forsake you!

Friday, November 12, 2010

That Which Will Endure Forever

The pleasure of self-indulgence will perish as stubble, while the gold of steadfast principle, maintained at any cost, will endure forever. - RH, Dec 11, 1900

Friday, November 5, 2010

Matchless Love

I may not understand or be able to empathize with you in your trials and you may not be able to do that for me but there is one who can.

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5)

Those verses really spoke to my heart this evening, not only because it tells me that Jesus understands me and can empathize with me in my trials when no one else can, but oh the matchless love! It cuts my heart to think that it was my sins that He had to go through so much and it breaks my heart to think of the times when I have hid my face from Him, despised His will for me, doubted Him and wounded Him. Oh! How could I have done it? How could I have been so cruel to someone who only has showed me love?!

Thinking about the matchless love of Jesus and what He went through for me, has touched my heart and put things in perspective. I want the sufferings and love of Jesus to be forever ingrained in my heart that I will ever only desire to please and serve Him and in a tiny way repay Him for what He has done. I want to be His now and for eternity, do you?
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