This picture was taken on Thanksgiving Day. It is not a very good picture but you can see the whole bunch. We had such a good time on TG even if the power went out for two hours and delayed the turkey, the ham was ready to eat and we had ham and all the fixings. After two hours and about an hour more the turkey was done and we had turkey too! After the lights came back on the grandkids asked "Can we turn the lights back off?"
My heart overflows with thankfulness this morning.
I am thankful to Jesus Christ for the full life He keeps filling. The spiritual life that blooms in my heart today is only because of His Love for me. I am nothing without Him. My life would be depression - unending sadness - without the HOPE that He has put into my thoughts and into my heart. This hope fills me now and will remain with me past my last fleshly breath.
I woke up on Sunday morning troubled. We, as Mom's will do that won't we when we are troubled about one of our children? Most of our hardships come from an unwillingness (or rebelliousness) to learn about and know Jesus Christ. An unwillingness to give up selfish pursuits. Chasing after the fleeting FUN of this world.
I also have been duped into doing that too. I will long for the STUFF this world has to offer only to find even a stronger discontent when I have what I wanted in my grasp. The most complete joy I've experienced has been had when I've been basking in the sunshine of what Jesus Christ's sacrifice accomplished for me. If only I could take what I've learned and just stick it into my loved ones hearts, but I can't, only God can do that. So I wait and pray. Prayer is my heart-tugging-rope that goes directly to my Savior's interceding heart.
Yesterday, I spent the whole day with my sister Millie! It was a good day. We read Psalms together. We listened to Christmas music. We put on smelly lotions. I picked up a pair of earrings that I am sure she would have picked out for herself if she were with me and stuck them on her ears. I tried to find burgundy (her favorite) but all those colors were not cool. We called our sister Kotya. Millie moved her hand up towards her ear as if she wanted to move the phone to a better spot over her ear.
Millie did a lot of yawning yesterday, and according to Adam (her husband) the Elders asked him if she was doing that yet because they believe when someone like Millie who has been sleeping and sleeping will be getting up soon after they begin yawning. She did a lot of yawning yesterday!
I went in to visit her the day before yesterday too and she had two pigtails on! This is not any hairdo she would have been seen in public with. It made me smile and I told her "Mil, you better wake up girl, somebody is dressing you up kindda funny!"
A Psalm Millie and I enjoyed together:
LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. Psalm 15. (NKJV)
A nearby verse that caught my attention is in Psalm 12.
The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men. (NIV)
Isn't that the whole truth and nothing but the truth... so help USA - God.
After visiting with Millie my husband and I went to Anchorage Native New Life Fellowship meeting and enjoyed all the singing. If you have never been there, go! A great place to go for an evening of singing and testimonies, every Monday night at 1145 'C' Street. Sometimes you can even hear gospel singing in the Native tongue. My brother Don, who led the singing, reminded us all that we have a spot in our heart that is God-shaped and can only be filled by God. That is the TRUTH! We all need God - our all-powerful, always present and all-knowing Creator. Without Him in our lives - life is hopeless, with Him in it, our lives are filled with overflowing thankfulness and joy and living that satisfies!