Then we sang some more, paused and prayed….
our hearts full of thankfulness to Jesus for all He had done in our lives, for the relationships that have stood together through the storms of life, illnesses, deaths, births, marriages, job losses. As I looked around at the faces, I knew their stories….and yet each one chose to praise Jesus with their voices full, some through tears of pain and loss. I cried at the tenderness of how Jesus ministered through song. He softens our hearts with His music, His truth draws us into His presence. As we focused on His sacrifice for our sin in our time of communion He poured out healing mercies.
Beauty reigned that night…His beauty at work in our lives……. through the brokenness, the wounds, the pain, the joy…
God's grace poured out…
And we offered thanks for all He had done.
We shared communion….sang some more,
prayed….read more Scripture…..
The time was so sweet that when communion was over we had been singing and praying for two hours. It was glorious worship.
I'm so thankful to be a part of the body of Christ, thankful to have a home where people can come gather together and worship.
Well by the next afternoon after Ken had to go buy the new thermometer, my fever was 101.8 and I felt like knives were in my throat. I was sick!
But Lord, the beach trip!!
Sweet Ken met my sister at the family conference about mom, did the family lunch, bought the groceries for the "maybe" beach trip if there was a miracle healing for which Sherry and Suzanne and others prayed for, lessons were all canceled and I slept for almost 24 hours. Friday came and I wasn't going to the beach… I was going to the doctor!
Let me just say I'm grateful for my sweet, amazing husband, for doctors, for shots, and medicine and especially prayers.
Because on Saturday I felt well enough to go. Sherry had her own set of challenges and responsibilities before she could leave as well. Our four days turned into two, but Sherry and I finally drove up to an exquisite beach cottage Saturday evening, too late to catch the sunset, but we were determined to see the water and hear the waves. Suzanne greeted us with open arms and smiles and said, "There's no time to unpack. We have to hit the beach." You see a storm was coming any moment. 90% chance of thunderstorms were predicted through the night and the next day.
Really Lord, another storm to weather? We just finally got here!
So we didn't even unpack the car, but braved the wind and cold, brought our beach chairs and sat on the beach in the dark!
And it was cold and fun and fabulous!! And I was so thankful!!
We came back to the cottage and had hot soup and mexican cornbread and apple pie!! Yumm!!! Not your typical beach food, but perfect for the beach in a November storm. Sitting on my bed was a beautiful welcome gift from my friend with this beautiful ornament called Song of Joy and a sweet note of encouragement and beautiful Scriptures!
And my heart was full of thankfulness! Happy Tears!!
And my heart was full of thankfulness.
It was really ok that the sun only lasted about 30 minutes. We watched the rain come down the beach toward us a little too long and then had to make a run for it to the car - laughing and giggling all the way.
And I was so thankful because I was ready for a nap!
And I was ravished with wonder! And I was thankful that my God is so personal, so loving,
so powerful, so beautiful!
The Majesty and Glory of Your Name.
"When I gaze into the night skies
And see the work of Your fingers;
The moon and stars suspended in space.
Oh what is man that You are mindful of him?
You have given man a crown of glory and honor,
And have made him a little lower than the angels.
You have put him in charge of all creation:
The beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
The fish of the sea.
But what is man, oh, what is man that You are mindful of him?
O Lord, our God, the majesty and glory of Your name
Transcends the earth and fills the heavens.
O Lord, our God, little children praise You perfectly,
And so would we and so would we.
Alleluia, Alleluia, the majesty and glory of Your name.
Alleluia, Alleluia, the majesty and glory of Your name.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
(by Tom Fettke)
After a delicious dinner and several hours of conversation, we went back out to the beach one more time for some stargazing. They were out and speaking forth the glory of God! The winds had calmed down a bit and the sky was clear. Don't miss this when you're at the beach.
And the Lord put the same song on our hearts that we have sung together for so many years in choir. We started humming it and then just sang it out to the Father, for we are His beloved daughters. We "gazed into the night sky and saw the work of His fingers" and my heart was so thankful!
He blesses us through the storms of life.
And ravishes us with His wonder.
We have to wait on His timing, His perfect plan and look for the miracle that's found in a heart of thankfulness.
This Thanksgiving week I pray that you will look for the Father even if you are in a storm in your life. Often the holidays don't meet up to our expectations. But the Father is there is the midst of it all. You are part of His love story. Spend some time looking for people, circumstances and things for which you are thankful and then stop and tell the Father.
Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!
Resources: aholyexperience.com - A Thanks Giving Tree - free download of the Scripture leaves
The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp
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