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Sales Clerks

22 shopping bagsHave you been out shopping lately? Of course you have, it’s Christmas time! It’s crazy out there! Last weekend, I made the mistake of going to a mall on a Sunday afternoon. All I had to do was return something. I thought it would be a quick in and out. Wow, was I wrong!

First, we circled the parking lot, for what felt like forever. When I was about to give up and head home, someone pulled out in front of me. Of course I was on the far side of the mall, needing to walk, what felt like miles, to enter. The store we had a return in was on the other side of the mall, so we had to slowly squeeze our way through the crowds of people. I think Disneyland would have been less busy.

We finally made it into the store and immediately got in line. There were two lines leading to four cashiers. I watched as each customer made it to the cashier and the interaction they had with them. It seemed that no matter what the customer’s demands, they always had a smile on their face and bent over backwards to meet their demands. Yes, I do realize this is the way a cashier should be, but the attitude and expectations of some of the customers was a little much.

22 Luke 6-35

I’m thankful for the sales clerks who remain helpful and friendly, regardless of what crazy things I might need. I hope these sales clerks know they help make my holiday merry and bright. The kindness they show me fills me with the desire to help another.

22 Proverbs 3-3

Doesn’t it make you feel good when a cashier tells you to have a nice day? It always brings a smile to my face. Unfortunately, I don’t always respond to their kindness the way I should, which is “thanks, I hope you have a nice day too!” My mind gets stuck on the next errand or thing I need to do and I miss out on the opportunity to bring a smile to their face. How do you respond when a sales clerk says something nice to you? If they don’t tell you to have a nice day, do you tell them to?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the kindness you offer us through your Son, Jesus. I pray we would, under all circumstances, offer kindness to those we encounter throughout our days, Amen.

Restaurants

19 restaurantToday, Amy and I had the pleasure of visiting with Ashley and her boyfriend Scott during lunch. Going out to eat is an extra special treat because I don’t have to cook the meal (like usual) or clean up after it.

I’m embarrassed to say, I found myself getting irritated while at the restaurant. We had to wait to be seated, even though there were many tables and booths available. Then, they took too long to take our order after we asked for a few extra minutes to look over the menu. I even decided it was taking them way to long to fix the meal, as if I have any idea how long it would take to prepare any meal.

I’m ashamed to have let myself be so critical. I should have been focusing on the company I was with, not on judging those serving me. I have no right to judge them. Even though I was their customer, I’m not the center of their world. I don’t know the circumstances of the server’s life, or what may be going on in the kitchen or with other customers.

As I grew up, my parents owned a few restaurants. I never worked in any of them, but I do know it’s hard work and the pay isn’t all that great either. I’m thankful for those who give their all and do their best, even when dealing with annoying, over demanding people. I’m thankful for those who keep a smile on their face and let the ignorant comments slide off their back as they bend over backwards to satisfy the unsatisfiable customers. I’m thankful for having the choice where to go out to eat and the funds to do so. I’m thankful for those who prepare the food, serve the food and then clean up after it.

19 John6-35

I find myself continuously surrounded by food. We seem to have become a society that has the need to feel full. When we start to feel hungry, we over exaggerate by saying “I’m starving!” If we focus on the one thing that can truly fill us, Jesus, we won’t feel the need to constantly gorge on other things, for He is the bread of life.

19 revelation 3-20

Are you feeling empty?  Can you hear Jesus knocking?Have you opened the door to your heart and invited Jesus into your life? He desires to come into your life and fill you with His love, grace and mercy. Let Jesus, the only One who knows how to fill you, feed you.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the many ways Your Son, Jesus, fulfills our needs. I pray we seek to be filled eternally by Jesus, not temporarily by the world, Amen.

Social Media

18 Social MediaIn January of 2010, I first ventured out into the world of social media to help promote a district wide campaign to raise funds for schools. I think the ‘world wide web’ is a great tool to get people’s needs known by others. It gives others the opportunity to help, if they desire. Sometimes we just need to know how to help. The needs of others can be met more efficiently when there’s a greater number of people aware of the help needed.

18 Proverbs 16-28

Unfortunately, the ‘world wide web’ isn’t always used for a positive purpose. Often it’s used to be hurtful and bring shame or embarrassment to others. People use it to glorify themselves as they judge and tare down others. When you see someone talking disrespectfully about another, beware. They may talk that way about you when you’re not around. It does tell us in Proverbs 16:28 that someone who speaks falsely of others becomes isolated from friends.

18 John 15-12

The greatest commandment is to love God and the second is to love one another. This doesn’t mean ‘only when we are face to face’. We are to love everyone, always, in all ways, even when on social media. Everything you post on social media should be truthful and done in a loving kind way. There is no reason, ever, to do or say anything in a hurtful or disrespectful way. Are you using social media in a loving, kind way? How can you be a positive influence on your social media sites?

I’m thankful for those who offer kind and encouraging words, to inspire and uplift, through social media. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share what’s in my heart, to possibly help another through a tough time. I’m thankful I can connect with people all over the world. I’m thankful for the many smiles and laughter I experienced from other social media sites all over the world. I’m thankful for those who share their silly, crazy moments in life to bring laughter and comfort to others.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the Holy Spirit, which offers us encouragement and comfort. I pray we would be more aware of the words we chose to speak and write. May our words always be helpful, not hurtful, Amen.

High Maintenance

17 NailsYears ago, while on a camping trip, I was told I was high maintenance. My response was, if having my hair done and wearing makeup means I’m high maintenance, then yes I am. This was even before I started getting my nails done.

 

I’m thankful for those who work in salons to help make us beautiful on the outside. I’m thankful for the whining and complaining they put up with day in and day out. They always make those they’re with feel special. I’m especially thankful for the beautiful ladies, on the inside and out, who take care of me each month.

17 1Thes 5-11

I’m very blessed to have friends who take care of my beauty needs. One puts up with my indecisiveness regarding what color my hair should be each month. Dark with a touch of red, no forget the red, not to dark, but not to light. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure those annoying sparkles (grays) are covered! Another friend takes wonderful care of my nails. We chat and catch each other up on what’s been going on in our worlds. It’s like friends meeting for coffee, but not. I’m thankful for the way they make me feel, loved and beautiful on the inside.

I’m thankful for the time I have to get my hair and nails done each month. I’m thankful to have the money to spend on such a luxury. I’m thankful for the husband who’s okay with my beauty needs. I’m thankful for the familiar faces I run into while at the salon and the new friends I sometimes make.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the wonderful and unique ways we are each made. I pray we would see each other as beautiful talented gifts, with a special purpose for You, Amen.

 

 

Friends Who Bake

15 holiday treatsA few days ago when I arrived at Bible study, I was greeted by a delicious bag of goodies. A few days later, I was tempted by a counter filled with scrumptious holiday cookies in the lobby at church (I did give in to this temptation), and moments ago, I was pleasantly surprised by one of Santa’s helpers dropping off mouth watering homemade sweet treats. (Pause as I lick my fingers and wipe crumbs from my face)

16 Heb 13-16

 

I’m thankful for those who have been gifted with the ability and desire to bake. I’m thankful for those who share what they bake with those not gifted with the ability or desire to bake. That would most definitely be me. (the no ability or desire!)

I’m thankful for those who spend many hours and lots of money to make delightful holidays treats to be shared with friends and family.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the many gifts and talents You have given to us. I pray we would use them for the good of others, Amen.

 

Home

15 pillowsTo me, a home is a place where you feel comfortable and safe. A place to gather with family and friends. A place to keep your stuff. A place where you can just be yourself.

I like to be cozy when I’m in my home. As soon as I get home from a day out and about, doing this and that, I like to get my PJ’s on, even if it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

I’m thankful for the home God has allowed me to live in. I’m thankful for the many wonderful ways God provides for us to be here. I’m thankful for the family He allows me to live in the home with. I’m thankful for the floors to scrub, toilets to clean and windows to wash.

15 John 14-2-3

Have you ever tried to picture what the room Jesus is preparing for you in Heaven will look like? The room you will have in God’s house?! It blows my mind to think I will someday live eternally with God in His home! I think my room will be filled with kitties and squirrels with a rainbow across the ceiling and a heater (turned up high) hanging down in the center of the room. There will definitely be a lot of pillows and blankets to cuddle up with when I take my mid-afternoon naps too. What do you imagine your room will look like?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the eternal room in heaven being prepared for all believers. I pray all believers would recognize the urgency in spreading Your word those who do not know or believe, so they too may have a room with You one day, Amen.

 

Music

14 Music notesAs I mentioned in an earlier post, the worship part of Sunday service is my favorite. Why you ask? Because music makes me smile. Music can make me cry and get depressed too (yes, I’m a very emotional person if you haven’t figured that out yet). I prefer to listen to fun inspiring music because I would rather smile than cry. I love to dance. I can’t dance, but I love how music can make you want to get up and move. I love to sing along to the songs, but I can’t sing either. That’s why my favorite place to sit at church is up front on the side near a big speaker.

14 Psalm 98-4

I’m thankful for the ways music warms my heart and gets me moving. I’m thankful for those who God has gifted with the ability to sing. I often wish I could sing, but know that if I could, I would never want to stop.

I’m thankful for those who desire to share their hearts with the world through music. Those who spend hours upon hours learning how to sing, write a song or play a musical instrument. What’s your favorite kind of music? What song touches your heart? What song makes you want to jump and dance?

This song from Jamie Grace makes me smile and giggle and helps me laugh at myself. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the creation of music and those You have placed this blessing upon. I pray we would be open to the ways music touches our heart and moves us physically, emotionally and spiritually, Amen.

 

Holy Spirit

13 courageI’m thankful for the Holy Spirit. God is so amazing! He knows I have a difficult time remembering what it is I’m suppose to do, so I have the Holy Spirit to help me out. All believers in Christ have received the Holy Spirit! I’m thankful the Holy Spirit not only helps me, it teaches me. It speaks to me, like a gentle soft loving voice deep within.

13 John 14-26

To me, the Holy Spirit is like a warm fuzzy blanket I get to carry around with me on the inside, where know one can disturb the comfort it brings me. How would you describe the Holy Spirit within you?

Just as it says in Romans 15:13, the Holy Spirit brings us hope. When we listen to the wisdom and guidance given by the Holy Spirit within, we will receive joy and peace, which leads to hope. Hope that all things will work out just as God plans and all He plans is good.

I’m thankful for the strength, courage and confidence I’ve received from the Holy Spirit. How has the Holy Spirit helped you this holiday season?

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My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for sending each who believes in Your Son, Jesus, a helper, the Holy Spirit. Lord I pray we would always look within for it’s guidance and wisdom, Amen.

Friends

12 friends necklaceI’m thankful for the friends God has placed in my life.

A friend…

 

 

  • is someone who loves you for who you are
  • loves you through your craziness
  • offers advice when requested
  • supports you, even when you don’t take their advice
  • prays for you when you ask
  • prays for you even when you don’t ask
  • is someone to laugh with
  • is someone to cry with
  • is someone to enjoy life with
  • can see through a fake smile
  • stands by you, always
  • stands the test of time & distance
  • offers sympathy & comfort
  • can never lose a place in your heart
  • is someone to share your thoughts with, without judgement
  • is a gift from God

12 Proverbs 17-17

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the friends you place in our lives. I pray we would draw closer to them as we draw closer to You, Amen.

Prayer

10 torn curtainI’m thankful for the gift of prayer that was given to us when the veil, that kept us from a direct relationship with God, was torn.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. ~ Matthew 27:51

The more I pray, for myself and others, the calmer and more joyous I feel. You would think this would cause me to pray everyday all the time, but I have to confess, it doesn’t. I let myself get caught up in the circumstance and forget to invite God into it.

10 Colossians 4-2

I’m thankful God never leaves me, even when I forget to include Him. He’s always there waiting for me to speak, pray, to him. Because He desires me to be in constant fellowship with Him.

God doesn’t want us to pray, as if it’s just another thing to do in our day. We’re also to be watchful; be aware of how He answers our prayer, because He will. We’re to be thankful; be grateful and give God praise for the way He does answer our prayers. We are to shout to the world how awesome, holy and loving He is! How do you see God answering your prayers?

My prayer for us today ~ Lord Jesus, we thank you for tearing the veil that allowed us to be in constant fellowship with God the Father. I pray we would have the desire to be in constant communication with Him, Amen.

 

 

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