November 27, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I asked you in my Monday blog to tell us some things you were thankful for. (BTW, thanks to all of you that have replied so far). I also told you that I would share a few things of my own in this blog. I thought about this a bunch and finally landed on a couple of big things and then a couple of smaller ones. Here goes. First, and most importantly, I am thankful that I have a personal relationship with Christ. I've been a Christian for a lot of years and I don't want to overlook this incredible gift from God. Next, I'm so thankful for my husband, Jeff. He's my best friend and my number one supporter. Also an awesome gift from the Lord. Ok, those were my two big ones and now here are a couple smaller ones. I am thankful that God gave me a singing voice and a love for music. I absolutely love all things music and especially singing. I lead worship at my church and sing whenever the opportunity arises. It is truly a joy for me. Lastly, I am thankful for the last few days at my house. This week I've had the privilege of having my sister and her husband and their two sons at my house for Thanksgiving week. It has been awesome. I rarely get to see any of them because they all live in different states and in my sister's case in a different country (Africa). So this week has been a special and sweet time for all of us.

I leave you with this: God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. That's true you know. So if you haven't thought about God's goodness for a while, now would be a great time. And I'd still like to know what you're thankful for. Send me a blog!

Tami W.

P.S. We're starting Amos today (Thursday) in our readings. If you want a little overview/preview of the book, check out my video blog. Talk with you again on Monday.

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Hi Tami, I barley started with your powerd by 4 (one week) It Is realy encouraging, you right I dont think I have ever read out of the book of amos . Thank you for your faithfulness to God.

Hi Tami,

I was discussing with a friend of mine today how most people seem to refer to the New Testament and not bother with the Old Testament. I love the OT and am grateful to study Amos, not a book we go to very often, for sure!

Today, being the US Thanksgiving, I am still being thankful here in Canada! I am most grateful to God for reviving my marriage. I am here today because God did not want me where I had gone and brought me home. Yes, he did discipline me, but then he restored me. My life is so changed and so good. I am thankful for a loving and forgiving husband and family. I am thankful for God's Word which is my manual for right living. I am thankful that I serve a loving and caring God, in whom I can trust and rely on, no matter the situation. I, too, am thankful that I can sing His praises. Finally, I am thankful that I am known as nurturer and an encourager by my friends and my church family. I like to be there to help people, years ago, God told me to step out of my comfort zone and there would be blessings galore - He was right and I'm thankful.

Tami, would it be alright if tomorrow I blog a poem that God gave me a few years ago when I truly felt He had forgiven me from my sin of the horrid, but thankfully short-lived affair? It just came to me and I quickly grabbed a pen and paper and wrote it down. It might help others to see what God can do with a wayward Christian.

I am thankful for P4! I am also thankful my 2 older kids (16 and 13) are returning today from a week in Tijuana on a mission. They are so awesome and I can't wait to hear about their experience. I am thankful for the quiet week we have had here with only 4 of us in the house and I am thankful for our parents coming to dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving with us tonight. They were flexible and adaptable to celebrate "a day later" to be with all of us. I am thankful for my husband who is a doll, and I am thankful to Jesus for healing me and for loving me! Have a great weekend.

Hi Tami,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blogs. You always provide me with additional spiritual encouragement. I am glad you had time to spend with your family this holiday. And if Jeff is anything like Uncle Dean, (Jeff's Father) he is indeed a special person. May God be with you and your family this Thanksgiving weekend.

Gary

This isn't a blog as such, just want to know if you rec'd my blog yesterday? Was there something wrong with it that you couldn't print it? Thanks, Mary

Hi Tami,

The reading in Amos 2: 4 - 16 does show God's love for his people. He is giving them plenty of warning of their wrong-doings and of their punishment to come. He wants them to know and to have time to repent and change their ways. God, as a disciplinarian, is showing his love even to us today. We live in a fallen world where all the things mentioned in these verses are happening today in one form or another. As society accepts more and more of what was once deemed immoral or wrong, the norm changes and society accepts as normal and ok things that God says are wrong. If God didn't care about His people He wouldn't have bothered to warn them, or us today. God's Word throughout the Old Testament gives His warnings through all the Prophets. Yet, just like us today, His people kept turning away and turning back, turning away and turning back. We are only human, but when will we ever learn that God's way is the only way. His discipline leads to peace, joy and freedom. Without it, we live in slavery to Satan all over again.

Hi, Tami. I have been born again for about two years. It took some time for all this to really sink in. You want to know what I am thankful for? I am thankful that I turned my life over to God. It just recently sank in that, once in God's Hands, He will always have a grip on me. He will not let me go, no matter how bad I mess up. WOW, what a Blessing!!! I am thankful for my family, of course and for you, since joining this group, I have learned more about the word than ever. Keep doing God's work and I will pray for you. God Bless.

My wife and I learned many years ago that thankfulness (Phil. 4) seems to be the key through which the Lord operates in our lives to unlock many new opportunities for growth (see the whole of Romans 7-8, II Cor. 1-5, James 1, Hebrews 11-12).

This is especially true when we are able to respond with thankfulness in the midst of trials and struggles.

Not necessarily thankful for the incident or situation, but that the Lord can use any situation for growth in our lives if we will trust Him, look to Him for direction, and continue to walk in a trusting and faithful way.

I think of Joseph's life in Genesis. I think of Peter's life, and Paul's life, and James' life, etc.

It seems that we are all like cheap clay pots with a powerful treasure inside - and it is the cracks that allow the Lord to reveal His love and power and activity.

Too bad we cover up the cracks and therefore cover up His glory.

And it is through cracked pots that He has decided to make His appeal to the world - through our weaknesses and His strength.

This is where thankfulness comes in - since thankfulness is seeking His perspective in tough situations so that He can open up the new potentials in the different situations.

So, as Jesus' brother states, we can consider it all joy when we encounter trials. Or agree with Paul that God is able to work everything to good when we walk with Him is trials and struggles.

Here I must refer to the wonderful example in suffering of Greg Laurie and his family and church.

In a way, thankfulness is the opposite of worry (worry = anti-prayer or pseudoprayer) and thankfulness the core of our dialogue with our heavenly daddy (see Luke 11).

So, be thankful in all things and and all times as an act of sacrifice - yeah, I know it is hard and I fail much -- but do it anyway and watch the Lord do incredible things.

In Jesus,

Tom R.

Hi Mary,

Sorry I didn't respond sooner to your Thanksgiving blog but our offices were closed and so there wasn't anyone to post things. Anyway, you mentioned sending us a poem you wrote. Please send it. I'd love to read it and I'm sure others would too.

Tami W.

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