Thanksgiving

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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Thanksgiving

Our country created this holiday and it is one of my favorites. It is a time when the only expectation is to gather with family and friends and celebrate the bounteous blessings we have been given. Having been to a few third world countries, it is apparent that the vast majority of us in this country have tremendous wealth and plenty of food. Truly we have so much to be thankful for and we should be thankful every day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

Pride

2905515E-7704-41D4-8755-94CC544D9D7D“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Pride

In many ways, our culture has become very self-centered to the point of feeling proud of our own self-worth. Why do we praise pride? I believe it takes our focus off God who deserves all our focus and praise. We can feel joy for doing our best, but I believe pride merely tries to conceal something which we do not want others to discover—ultimately our own powerlessness without the power of God.

Redemption

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What an amazing story of redemption—the Virginia Cavaliers Men’s Basketball Team goes from worst to first. My deepest respect goes out to Coach Bennett for his character and composure. Today, on Mr. Jefferson’s Birthday, I salute all the hard work and praise God for guiding this team to its first National Championship! Wahoowa🏀

Glory

05B551DA-4CF4-47C2-990F-EA2C5538E30D“Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For his name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and the heavens.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭148:13‬ ‭ASV

GLORY
Today is a brilliant sunny and warm winter day—truly magnificent! There are many ways He displays His Glory every day, but too often I lack sufficient thankfulness. Not today, I am so thankful and full of joy!