Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sharing Girlfriends in God's Devotion

I would like to share this with you today from Girlfriends in God.  I hope you enjoy it.

November 25, 2011

The Trumpet Game
Gwen Smith

Today's Truth

"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)  Friend to Friend
My friend Brad has a little girl named Elizabeth. When Elizabeth was one year old, Brad and his wife taught her some sign language. For the word please, they chose to have her rub her chest. So, as Brad and Jamie taught Elizabeth to say please, they rubbed their own chests and said "please." Simple enough.

Elizabeth had a favorite toy. It's a plastic knobby toy that holds colorful rings. You know the one with the yellow pole and white base that, without the rings, loosely resembles a trumpet. (C'mon, use your imagination!) So, being the fun, creative parents that Brad and Jamie are, they would dump off the rings and playfully hold up Elizabeth's toy and make a trumpet sound. Elizabeth loved her parent's silliness. She laughed and clapped with delight. It became a favorite game in their household.

One day, when Brad and Elizabeth were playing the trumpet game, Elizabeth excitedly grabbed the toy and handed it back to him to do it again. Brad encouraged her to say "please" and reinforced the instruction by rubbing his chest. To his surprise, Elizabeth made her way over to him and started to rub his chest instead of her own.

Did this please her daddy? You bet it did!

Even though Elizabeth mixed up the signals, she communicated with her daddy. Brad was filled with love and joy by her effort. He was pleased that she came to him. Not because she did or didn't do something right, but just because she is his daughter and he loves her. He adores her.

God adores you too. Just because you are His child. His sweet daughter. "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1a).

Have you considered that perhaps God isn't longing for you to come to Him with perfect, polished prayers that have fifty-cent words and flowery language? Have you thought about the pleasure God experiences when you simply approach him just as you are, warts and all, because He loves you? He delights in your attention. He takes pleasure when you go to Him simply because you are His.

I love how the psalmist responded to God's love:

Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-

who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

(Psalm 103:1-5)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Freedom from Want or The Thanksgiving Pictures
is one of
Four Freedoms paintings
by Norman Rockwell
that were inspired by
United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt
in the State of the Union Address,
known as  Four Freedoms.

I sure hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for, please take a few minutes and count your blessings one by one and just see what God has done for you this year.   We would be surprise, think about health, children, out of state family members, your house, your church, and just the fact that you know God personally is a big thanks, because that means you realize there is a God and I hope you know about his Son, Jesus.  That is the most thankful gift you can have for yourself, your family and friends knowing Jesus as your personal Savior.   So I pray that you have a very Thankful Day realizing how wonderful life can be.  Have a blessed day. 

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hello from Gatehouse Street

Its been a while since I've posted, I'm not going to say I failed  at losing weight, I have had a few problems, I still want to lose but just had to take a breather.  I sure hope anyone that followed my blog about weight, that it helped you,  it did me until I pulled or hurt something in my leg.  I'm at a stand still right now, but I sure hope to get back to my water walking and more determined to lose weight again.  It's hard to fight these urges when you don't feel like moving and doing what you need to do.  So, hang in there and lets hope we will all do a better job, you younger ladies, I would suggest that you start trying to lose weight while your young and you still can move more and better. 

I have been watching Bonnie on Biggest Loser and she is doing really a good, I don't think I could have done what she has done.  I'm really impressed with this lady at her age, 63 and she is making a difference for all of us who are older.  I'm looking forward to getting back in the groove soon.
Thanks for keeping up with me and encouraging me to keep going. 

You see my great grandaughter, she is a cutey, and smart as a whip.  I sure hope everyone is doing good and I'm  wishing everyone happiness during this time of year.  Talk at you soon.  God Bless.

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