Of Our Youth

 I have been thinking about teenagers, youth, early 20 yr olds,
the younger side of life.
Although I still feel that age, I am often reminded that I most assuredly am not!
But I do vividly remember being that age.
The fun times, socializing, energy, late nights, laughs, and people who know you.
The questions, the hard times, wondering, trying to figure out where you are in life,
what you want, where you want to go, who you are…
With the help of parents, church and stable people,
life evened out and a lot of those questions were answered for me.

Today I am blessed to be part of a church with a wonderful group of young people.
We were privileged to spend the last year with them
and I am so thankful for this gang.
They have spirit, they love life, and most of all, they love Jesus.

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(Calmly handling a bus breakdown and then burning energy climbing!)

Planning activities, spending time with them, working, playing,
socializing, volleyball, softball, Bible study, long trips, and much more.
Watching them grow, change, mature, become someone better.

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I saw their fun side when they laughed and played games.
There was a serious side when we sat down to study God’s word.
There was the the ever enduring good nature when we packed
40 people on a hot bus for long trip.
They kicked in and worked hard when we hosted youth meetings
this summer for 200+.

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They were there and willing to help when we had a work night for someone.
Their friendly spirit came out when we hosted another youth group for a day of fun.
When younger ones started coming along, older ones
were there to welcome them.
They put up with our kids, played with them, teased them and loved them.

Thank you for being someone my kids can look up too, for being a good example.
Thank you for leading the way for the younger ones coming on.
Thank you for putting your heart into your youth group,
these will be your people for the rest of your life.
No one can replace the memories you make with this gang.

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You are unique!
There are the teasers, the jokers, the pranksters.
The serious and mature, prim and proper ones.
There are lovable blondes, and beside them the cool, calm and collected ones.
We have some that laugh, long and loud and some that just smile.
We have actors and characters and quiet demur ones.
The happy-go-lucky and those that have known hard times.
We have steady, dependable, always there.
There is the critical pessimist and the encourager, side by side.
This makes a youth group, you need them all.
Who would you be with out each one?
You are unique!

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We love you guys and are so thankful for each of you!
Laugh. Have fun. Pray together. Seek His face.
Keep chasing Jesus. Grow. Love each other.
And most of all, enjoy this time of your life.
You only get it once!

Remind me, Lord

Lord, help me to remember…

 That my children are only young once.
I will never get today again.
My baby is over half way through her first year
and I’ll never get this year with her again.
Help me to forget my work when she wants to be held.

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My big girls will never be 10 and 8 again.
Help me to listen to them, to care for their hearts.
My son will only be 3 a few more days…
may I read to him with care instead of rushing
and answer every question he asks.
again. and again. and again.

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Hug them. Hold them. Love them.

Help me to remember to slow down, to not rush everything,
to enjoy the moment, to close my eyes and relax.
I want to look at the leaves, smell the flowers, and sing with the birds.
Help me to stop and listen for your still small voice.
I miss it so many time because I hurry away.

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Remind me of the beauty of marriage,
to see the little moments and make the most of them.
To take the time to love.
To enjoy being together even when we are surround by little people.
To love the good and the bad, like the berries below,
help me see that there are more good times then bad.

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Help me Lord, to be grateful,
to thank you for all the blessings you give me.
For all the things I have and use every day that I never thank you for.
(That is, until I don’t have them)
Remind me when I want to grumble,
and I’m tired of how things are,
that we are gifted with these things only because of you.
Set a watch over this pessimistic mouth.

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Help me remember what you have done for me.
Without you, I would be like this leaf,
ugly and brown, full of holes, and dieing.
Thank you for Salvation, for coming just for me.

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And most of all, let me never forget
that your mercies are new every morning,
your love and your faithfulness are without end.
Thank you Jesus, for loving me.

Remind me, Lord!
Tap me on the shoulder.
Get my attention and never let me forget
that I am blessed and I need to enjoy it.

Fall Thankfulness

chilly mornings
coffee
pumpkin cookies
leaves floating down

laundry flapping in the slight breeze
my house finally warmed up to 65*
the smell of pumpkin in the air…
(thanks to a candle, not my cooking)

yellow mustard bouquets on my table
a little boy riding bike on the porch dressed in pajamas, a jacket and cowboy boots
hot chocolate for little girls before school
sunshine coming in the window
music
time with family and friends

blue skies
good books
comfy chairs on a front porch with a blanket
changing of the leaves
love

a house hidden by leaves for just a little longer
forgiveness
healthy children
a hard working husband

a little girl “laying out” in the chilly air yesterday
chats with friends
family time coming up
a sneaky little boy who hides with the “hi-pod”
a God who is good!

What’s on your thankful list today?

Thankfulness

Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all His praise?” Psalm 106:1-2

Thankfulness is on all of our minds right now.
What am I thankful for?
What all have I been blessed with?
The list is huge.

I’m glad people are thinking about this right now, it’s natural to do so at Thanksgiving.
But what about the rest of the year?
Do we practice the “Attitude of Gratitude” then to?

Look for the positives instead of the negatives.
(I am the queen of negative so that statement needs to be hammered in for me!)
I have an “Attitude of Gratitude” journal but it gets neglected far too often.
It’s far more easy to see things that I “want and need” and all that instead of my blessings.
I want to work on a year round attitude of thankfulness, not just during this season.

Do you know how much better you feel when you are thankful instead of ungrateful?
Try it and see.

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thess 5:16-18

It’s easy to feel thankful when things are going our way, flowing smoothly and there are no glitches in our easy life. I can write a list of thanksgivings a mile long during those times.
But what about when your daily routine is met with unexpected challenges.
You don’t know how on earth you can feel grateful in the middle of those overwhelming circumstances.
What is my attitude then?
Am I feeling gratitude toward the one who gave me all things?
Or are the negatives back and everything around me looking much worse then it actually is?
There is a positive in every negative situation.
Sometimes we can’t see it. Maybe we never will here on earth, but God can create something beautiful out of something we think is a nightmare.
He is the Creator of Blessings!

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 Some quotes I’ve read recently:

 It’s not the happy people who are thankful, it’s the thankful people who are happy.

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.

Dear God, I want to take a minute, not to ask for anything, but to thank you for all I have.


What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?


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Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness… Ps 107:8-9

God is good. We are blessed beyond measure!

What are some things YOU are thankful for?


One thing I am very thankful for is family.
My family was all here last weekend and I was just reminded again how much I love them.
There is also Eric’s side of the family that I’m thankful for to, just don’t have a picture of them. 🙂

I’m thankful for:
A grumpy little boy- because what if I wouldn’t have him.
A cluttered house – that means I have more then I need.
Dirty dishes – I have food to eat.
Jesus – Salvation.
My husband and girls.
Friendships.
Grace. Mercy. Love. Peace. Faithfulness.
Sticky hugs and kisses.
Music.
 fuzzy blankets. coffee. cool days.
….
the list just won’t end.

Tell me some of your blessings.