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Happy New Years

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Today marked the first day of 2015.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I considered writing earlier, but decided against it.

Today has been a slightly ‘unusual’ day, if that makes sense.  I’ve been in a kind of nostalgic mood for part of the day.  My parents are heading off on a Caribbean cruise, which leaves me slightly jealous.  I was looking through some old pictures of friends, and missing people.  But then I began to think on my day!

The family slept in this morning, after a late night yesterday with church friends.  After church we all stayed and had pizza and ice cream.  Then a group of us stayed and brought in the New Year playing games and having a good time of fellowship.  Today, the family lounged in pajamas most of the day, and had frozen pizza for a late lunch.  This evening, I made cookies, and then Amber and I and the kids played games on the living room floor and ate cookies.  This evening we went out for a late dinner at Chinese Palace (the only place open late) and enjoyed visiting as a family.

To bring a point to these ramblings…

#1 – Focus on what you HAVE, not what you feel is missing!

It is easy to think about what you wish you were doing, or those who you don’t see every day.  But when you begin to think about what you have, you realize how truly you are blessed!  I have a warm home and food on the table!  I have a great church and a great church family!  We gather together and have some of the best services one can imagine!

As the old song says:

My God’s been good to me
He’s been so good to me
More than this world could be
He’s so good to me
He dried all my tears away
Turned my midnights into day
So I’ll just say thank you Lord
And I won’t complain

#2 – Appreciate your family!

God has truly blessed me!  He gave me a wife that puts up with WAY MORE than anyone will ever know!  If I am truly honest with myself, I would probably never put up with what she puts up with!  (I’ll deny I said that though!)  She loves me unconditionally, she supports me even when I make crazy decisions, she encourages me every step of the way.  When I get up and preach an awful message and make a fool of myself, she still thinks I’m general conference material!

We have three wonderful, smart, funny children who love their mom and dad, and love God.  They think we are perfect, they love spending time with their parents, and they have sacrificed so we can be where we are, doing what we do!

Spending New Years Day with my family…I can’t think of a better way to spend it!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I posted yesterday in preparation for Thanksgiving, and yet I sit here feeling the ‘urge’ to post yet again!  The house is full this morning with my cousin and his wife, and seven children, along with the noise that comes with children.  My parents are on the road and should be arriving here within the hour.  My wife and I and my cousin Doug got up this morning and swept out the garage and set up tables and chairs.  The turkey and ham are in the roasters, the rolls are rising, the pumpkin pies and the apple pie are made and cooling in the fridge.  We are preparing to start peeling potatoes and soon the kitchen will be bustling with the final preparations of the Thanksgiving dinner.

With all the hustle and bustle that goes into a Thanksgiving celebration…and with all the joy that we feel with family near, let’s not forget to give credit where it is due!

How richly God has blessed my life!  I am so grateful for all His blessings…a warm home, the delicious food we will be enjoying, the peace brought by His presence, all my needs supplied, and more than I could begin to type!

Take time out today and give thanks to the Lord!

Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends!

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Thanksgiving

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The old song says:

I am blessed, I am blessed
Every day that I live I am blessed
When I wake up in the morning, till I lay my head to rest
I am blessed, I am blessed

This could very well be the theme song for my life!  I am definitely blessed!

With Thanksgiving coming in just a couple short days…this past Sunday being our Thanksgiving service at church…tomorrow’s (Wednesday) service being our Praise & Testimony Service…family coming to celebrate…my mind has been on Thanksgiving lately.  Or more the subject of thanks rather than the holiday itself!

Scripture speaks on the subject:

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Psalm 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

I spoke on Sunday on being thankful…human nature causes us to focus on what we don’t have, rather than taking notice of what we do have!  We need to overcome the fleshly desire of negativity and take note of the abundant blessing in our lives!

Taking from my message this past Sunday:

This Thanksgiving, what do I have to give thanks for?

I’m not rich…but I have a warm home and food on my table!

I’m not well known…but I have friends and I have family!

My family is not near…but I have a wonderful church family!

I have a wonderful wife and three healthy children!

I have not one, but two great churches!

The Lord has blessed me with both ministry and opportunities that I never would have dreamed in my wildest dreams!

And mostly…I have a God who clothed Himself in flesh and walked this earth and died on a cross for my sins, and came into my life and filled me with His presence!

Today, this week, this year…I am thankful!

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