1 Thess. 5:16-18a
Let godly thinking shape your attitudes.
“16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances…”
With the right attitudes, we can be young at heart no matter what our chronological age may be.
“12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.
Let those who love Your salvation say evermore,
“God is great!”
Each day has its own personality.
There will be happy and sad days.
Some will be quiet and restful,
while others will be filled with activity.
Some will be brimming with health,
others will find you facing unexpected challenges.
But, whatever the circumstance,
you can find moments of delight –
and you can thrive as you see the
blessings hidden – even in the worst of times.
This week I learned that my friend, Paul,
who was scheduled to replace our wood floor
(while we are gone next month on a trip to Europe)
fell off a ladder and broke some ribs.
In addition to the body aches, he was suffering
massive headaches. So, the doctor took x-rays.
The x-rays revealed that Paul had a brain tumor!
If he had not fallen off that ladder, there might not
have been the x-rays to reveal the tumor.
He had brain surgery yesterday morning.
The report came that “all is well.”
I don’t know if that means the tumor was benign,
or if it means they got it all and he will be fine.
Maybe it means all three!
But, I know Who has the answers…
and I know He hears my prayers.
I know everything happens for a reason…
and I know God is in charge.
I am so grateful the tumor was discovered!
So, I can EMBRACE GOOD CHEER!
I am grateful for the faith I have that allows me to
behold life through the eyes of hope and positivity.
Colors are brighter,
laughter comes easier,
and the joy of simply being alive
sets the tone for daily celebration
of life’s infinite possibilities.
On this day of remembrance (9-11),
may you – with love and reverence –
embrace the good cheer of memories
that cherish the family members,
friends, co-workers, and tireless volunteers
who have made a mark upon your life.
May those memories inspire you
to live with such
that one day
the memory of you
will bring good cheer
to all who know you.
Be in prayer for those who are hurting.
Be in prayer for all who are in danger.
Be in prayer for all who live in fear.
Be in prayer for those who need
happiness to knock on their door today.
You’re in my prayers.
God bless you with good cheer!
Love and hugs,