Daily Blessings

From Ephesians 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

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Accepting life’s ongoing gifts

Filling wonder, never adrift

 

Marveling at heavens above

Inspiring vastness of God’s love

 

Walking in righteousness with God

Comforted by His love, unflawed

 

Looking ahead, with peace and hope

Holding tightly to God’s firm rope

 

Treating others with words which say

Sharing compassion’s rich bouquet

 

Gathering strength for life’s travels

Trusting God, nothing unravels

 

Listening to deepest feelings

Surveying each moment’s meaning

 

Receiving mid-course corrections

Hearing God’s faithful directions

 

Sailing in darkness, never cursed

Navigating by God, headfirst

 

Achieving goals, each passing day

Tasting our Lord’s hope-filled buffet

 

Tackling challenges without fear

Taking risks, with God set to steer

 

Stepping forward beyond life’s dreams

Following each path as God deems

 

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From 1 Corinthians 10:16:  “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?  The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?”

Keep Breathing

With the start of a new year with fresh beginnings, an opportunity arrives to discover the light pointing us in a new direction.  May we appreciate the smallest blessings each and every day as our lives restart.  One of my goals for the year is to write a note each day . . . there is something to be thankful for.

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Year’s flame extinguished

Darkness fills this void

Life’s sad shortcomings

Past times to avoid

 

Life’s heavy anchor

Blackest thoughts surround

Pulling soul beneath

Surging waves abound

 

Eternal goodness

Light pointing ashore

There’s always something

To be thankful for

 

Life says, “Keep breathing”

Understand always

Smallest of blessings

Cuts through foggy haze

 

Share blessed moments

Smiles fill empty heart

Cup remains half full

Color life’s restart 

 

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Thanksgiving at Home

From 1 Chronicles 16:34:  “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

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Another Thanksgiving

Patiently waits on deck

Staying safely at home

Asking for a rain check

 

Missing our family

Sending our blessed love

Watching over our home

Holy God, high above

 

Remember gatherings

From numerous years past

Memories still linger

Let us not be downcast

 

Past months filled with darkness

Yet, family stands strong

Boosting one another

Faith in God, sings along

 

Chairs around our table

May look empty this year

But, God’s blessings offer

Love, filled with grace sincere

 

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While my wife and I will be celebrating the blessings of Thanksgiving at a table for two, we will still be thinking of our family in both Ohio and Montana.  We have much to be grateful for.

Thanksgiving Blessings

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English author, Charles Dickens

Reflect upon your present blessings–of which every many has many–not on past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

 

German-born poet and theologian, Johannes A. Gaertner

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

 

American poet and humorist, Wilbur D. Nesbit

Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.

 

Life’s Blessed Gifts (Haiku Series #106)

Welcoming Sound

Hearing little feet

Lasting gifts of family—

Blessed grandchildren

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Maturity

Impatient in youth

Tempered by life’s long journey—

With age comes patience

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Blessing 

Quiet morning hour

Quality productive time—

Confidence and peace

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Billy Graham Quote

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Think of the blessings we so easily take for granted:  Life itself; preservation from danger; every bit of healthy we enjoy; every hour of liberty; the ability to see, to hear, to speak, to think, and to imagine all this comes from the hand of God.

From 2 Corinthians 9:7:  “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Countless Blessings

Psalm 106:1:  “Praise the Lord!  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

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Life’s journey hurries along

Blessed with joy and a song

 

We forget who blesses us each day

Our mighty God molds us like clay

 

God crafts His creation with love

Offering His blessings from above

 

Rising from a cold, darkened tomb

Christ restores light to every room

 

Christ extends the bread of life

Filled with Spirit, no more strife

 

The Enemy hides, ready to harm and take

Christ’s way conquers, with love He makes

 

The Son of Man submits to our Holy Lord

Christ pays the ransom, so climb aboard

 

Be gracious with everything we have

God, family, home, and love—be glad

 

Life’s possessions are meager, they are

For God’s blessings will carry us, truly far

 

Pause and consider, take a knee and bow

Praise God for infinite blessings, do it now

Psalm 29:11:  May the Lord give strength to His people!  May the Lord bless His people with peace.”

Running in Life’s Marathon

 

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Some equate dealing with this life to running a race

Of course, sometimes we pause and turnabout face

Wise people say, “Persistent and steady wins the race”

Better than hurrying to eat dinner without saying grace

Others encourage with, “Hurry up and build it now”

Oh my!  Can’t one stop to relax and take a bow?

Another calls out, “Experience it today works best”

What about using tomorrow—no worries one jests!

All of the above wisdom may be honest and true

But God will wait patiently until we are all through

We are all imperfections in God’s all-seeing eyes

Life will bring new challenges as each year flies

There is always another hill to climb so we can see

The greener grass sometimes turns brown for thee

Life throws “stuff” along our way, not always good

Sometimes we lack courage to go when we should

It is time to finish the big race and succeed

Anything less sells us short of our final deed

All should count their blessings—so many

God fills us up with much joy for all and any

Life’s journey seems like a marathon run

Take it one day at a time, enjoy the fun!