Monthly archive for November 2008

Thankfulness Top Ten List

Is it just me or is time really flying by as fast as it feels? Here we are almost at the end of 2008, and it seems like the year just began a few weeks ago. So much has happened this year. We have a brand new First Place 4 Health program. We had a record number of FP4H leaders at our annual Leadership Summit the end of July. Hurricane Ike hit on September 13, destroying our home on Galveston Bay. I cannot believe it has been seven weeks since the storm and we are still at “square one” in our recovery efforts. As I have thought about how quickly our lives fly by, I am acutely aware that we all need to make every minute of every day count. We all have so much to be thankful for so let me share my Thankfulness Top Ten list with you.

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With Thanksgiving

The holiday season is coming. The days leading to Thanksgiving mark the start of a hectic time of the year. We are urged to give thanks. Paul states to rejoice not just once, but again he says rejoice. But always? To pretend that bad things are not bad invites for some sick thinking. But to realize that true joy is not so tied to events and circumstance as much as is it is to the certainty that through all things our God is with us. Taking time to look back and recognize those things where we were not alone in troubled times creates a heart of gratitude and also builds confidence for future trials that will come. To be mentally healthy does require that we be honest about our feelings and the difficulties that come our way. To ignore painful feelings will cause them to be expressed in hurtful and

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Why don’t we do what we know to do? – Part 3

his is the third in a series that explores the many reasons why we do not have as much success in the Christian life as we think we should. As long as we have the great host of ‘ordinary people’ who know who they are and are not caught up in the temptation to become what they are not, we can take comfort that God is yet at work bringing blessedness to coming generations. [Myron D Madden, Blessing: Giving the Gift of Power, p, 185] “Ordinary people who know who they are…” Our understanding of who we are is at the core of a healthy self-esteem. There are many books and theories about how to help our children grow up feeling good about themselves, but too often they are based on personal self worth and not a healthy self-understanding and respect. An overemphasis on how worthy we are as individuals

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My Thankfulness Top Ten

Since I already strive to emulate Vicki Heath in so many other ways, I figured it wouldn’t be unusual to follow her lead with regards to her newsletter article topic this month. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, is it not? What a great idea to create a thankfulness top ten list – something I think I should do way more often! Be sure to read her and Carole’s articles – you will be inspired to create a list of your own! . Coming in at number 10… 10. I’m thankful for morning sickness. That’s right, I’m pregnant! If it sounds like a paradox to be thankful for nausea, extreme fatigue and food aversions, believe me that I understand the irony all to well! However, the early symptoms of pregnancy are wonderful signs that God is doing a major work inside me and creating a “fearfully and wonderfully made”

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A Thankful Heart

For the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name… – Luke 1:40 My book, A Thankful Heart, came to be because of the lessons I learned through times of great loss. My husband, Johnny and I have experienced financial losses, Johnny’s cancer and the death of our daughter Shari. We have survived a fire in our home, which necessitated moving out for three months. We woke up one morning to a flooded house, when our washer got stuck on the fill cycle and water poured in all night. As I thought of all these losses and challenges of the last 25 years, I realized that through it all and in it all, God has done great things for us. Every single event has been a time we learned more about God and His will for our lives. He has done great things for us, because we

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