November 20, 2018

The Thanksgiving Flu and Homemade Chicken Soup

I hope you will enjoy a nostalgic family story in the middle of this holiday week. Several years ago this story was posted on Roy Lessin's Meet Me in the Meadow blog as part of a Thanksgiving Series and I won a signed copy of his book, Meet Me in the Meadow. I hope you will enjoy that story here today!

I will never forget the year our family of four came down with the flu at the end of a Thanksgiving trip to Grandma’s house. My mother-in-law came down with the flu the day after Thanksgiving and when we piled in our car to make the nine hour drive home we began to succumb to the sickness like falling dominoes. 

Our two daughters were ages four and six and they were sick first with the fever and chills and aches and stuck in the car feeling horrible for the duration of the long ride. Randy and I succumbed shortly after arriving home and soon we were all so miserable that we just pulled out the queen-sized sofa bed in the living room and suffered together.

We had been out of town for almost a week and there was nothing to eat in the refrigerator and we certainly weren’t stocked with the expected items you would want to have on hand when you come down with the flu.

We called the pastor of our small church and in less than 24 hours someone from the church had brought us all the groceries and medicine we needed including homemade chicken soup. They placed our supplies on the porch and yelled for us to not open the door since we were contagious. But after they left we quickly brought in our food and medicine. The pot of chicken soup was huge and I was very touched that someone took the time to make it for us.

The lady who made and brought the soup later shared with us that she loved to be able to help families by taking them food when there was a need.  We were thankful she chose to bless us when our entire family had the flu at the same time. Her bountiful provision of homemade chicken soup nursed us back to health.

The queen-sized sofa bed gradually and thankfully emptied as each member of our family recovered from the flu. Never again did our entire family have the flu at the same time. Thank goodness!

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November 17, 2018

Give Thanks to the Lord

Wherever table you sit at this Thanksgiving,
May you be blessed in the abundant
And overflowing riches of God’s goodness, 
His grace and mercy that never ends,
His love that forever endures.

Psalm 118:1 
Oh, give thanks to the Lord
for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

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

Hebrews 13:15
Therefore by Him let us continually
Offer the sacrifice of praise to God,
That is, the fruit of our lips,
Giving thanks to His name.

Psalm 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Psalm 107:8-9
Oh, that men would give thanks
To the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works 
To the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Let us give thanks to the Lord
On this Thanksgiving Day!

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November 11, 2018

Faith Observations

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6

I would like to share a few thoughts on the Christian faith walk as I have observed, learned, stumbled, learned again, and continue to live out my own walk of faith.

A Faith That Takes Me Through: I am thankful for faith that takes me through and pushes past all my self-doubt, worry, and uncertainty. Faith does not mean we don’t experience all of these, it means we choose to believe in spite of them. It means we choose to endure, because we have faith in God and what He can do. We have God working for us!

What then shall we say to these things? 
If God is for us, who can be against us?  ~ Romans 8:31

A Faith That Holds: God holds everything in His hands, answers, plans, details, direction … I hold faith in my hands … faith in Him.

A Faith That Lifts and Sees: Faith lifts us beyond ourselves and our human strength and into God’s strength and into His will for us! Faith opens our eyes and allows us to see the invisible … faith allows us to see what God can make possible.

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”  ~ Luke 1:37

A Faith Walk: If there is anything I have learned for certain— it is faith is not a walk of knowing! Faith is not a knowing journey! Faith is knowing God. Faith is not knowing what the future holds—but knowing Who holds the future—knowing He is God and that He is sovereign!

A Faith Race: Faith strengthens us and allows us to run our race with endurance. Yes, our faith enables us to do that!

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

Walk by faith, and you will run the race well!

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