Archive | November, 2011

Thankfulness is Something to Practice — Life As Mom

8 Nov

Thankfulness is Something to Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2011

When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.”

Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.)

Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt embarrassed and awkward to voice aloud something that someone else might think was dumb or corny. Know-it-alls do not like to be perceived as dumb or corny. And I was most definitely a know-it-all.

Nowadays, I also realize that I just wasn’t a very thankful kid.

I always wanted something more. What we had certainly wasn’t as nice as what someone else had. I was the one crouching down in the backseat of the car when my mom stopped at garage sales or hiding in the racks at Kmart if I saw a kid from school.

Forget the fact that they were in Kmart, too! I perceived my parents’ frugality as a sign that we lacked something.

In reality, I didn’t know how good we had it.

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Seeds of the Miraculous

5 Nov

God is purposeful and all-powerful. He has a plan for the history of the universe, and in executing it he governs and controls all created realities. Without violating the nature of things, and without at any stage infringing upon human free will, God acts in, with, and through his creatures to do everything that he wishes to do exactly as he wishes to do it. By this sovereign, overruling action he achieves his goals.

– J.I.Packer – Great Power

Click here to read “Seeds of the Miraculous”, a devotional post by Diane M. Hale at Mentoring Moments for Christian Women

“It is not happy people who are thankful…” :: Money Saving Mom®

5 Nov

“It is not happy people who are thankful…”

by CRYSTAL on NOVEMBER 4, 2011

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Will Faith Be Enough Today? | True Woman

1 Nov

Will Faith Be Enough Today?

Posted on 10.19.11 by Elyse Fitzpatrick

I woke up this morning troubled by yesterday’s failures. In fact, I spent most of the night last night trying to drown out the voice of my inner slave driver who incessantly told me that I’m still the same and that I might as well give it up. More confessions: The truth is that I wasn’t primarily troubled this morning about my sin before God. Yes, of course, there was that, but I was mostly concerned about my reputation before others. The question, “Why did I say that?” led as it always does to, “I might as well give up.” It was this refrain that repeated in my head all night long: “Nothing ever changes. Everything will always be the same. You’re no different now then you were decades ago. Just give up.”

Of course, I knew that the ways I had sinned by not loving my neighbor, by trying to impress others, was ultimately tied to the gospel, but I was having trouble getting there.

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