TODAY IS A GOOD DAY

Hey friends, how are you today? I love the sounds of the birds and the squirrels in the early mornings. Who gets more space near the window is always a battle fought between Jazz and me.  She rarely leaves any space for my coffee cup when she decides to stretch her entire body across the sill; I think she does it deliberately, perhaps she thinks I will eventually give up and leave the space to her.  Hopefully, she knows better than that! After all, I have been told that I can be quite stubborn at times. Do you have any pets? 

It’s another beautiful day in my neighborhood. Although the clouds are quite thick and heavy, because rain is in the forecast, pops of the blue-sky filters through to offer beautiful skylines through the thinning trees.  I do love days like these; it is still warm for October. We began the day with 66° this morning and our high will be a wonderful 77°.  Thank You, Lord! Even for the rain, I will be thankful today.  

I have found I am more thankful and more grateful when I intentionally choose to be.  Today I choose to appreciate the fact that this time of the year, our average temperature is 62°, but today, the Lord has blessed us with a beautiful, rainy 77°. 

As a child, I always found it difficult to list the things for which I was grateful.  Until recently, I found that I either lived in the future or what I term the ‘wait mode’ (waiting for prayers to be answered) or I continuously relived the past.  Most of which I was thankful for, occurred so far back that I had to ask myself, “has the Lord not done anything for you, since then?”  Uhhh Lord do forgive me.

I have since learnt that the Lord gave His life for me, so I that I can have ‘abundant life’. Abundant life is a life lived one day at a time.  Pray for the desires, needs, wants, and appreciate the past, but live in the present.  Live in this moment and this moment is best lived with a heart that is grateful for today.  Grateful for the colors of the leaves during this time of the year, grateful for the above average temperatures, grateful for sounds of the birds and the squirrels. Grateful for my family, for my wonderful, amazing, handsome husband and beautiful daughters.  Grateful that my mom could visit after an absence of over six years.  Grateful that I’m still here to be grateful. 

A grateful heart puts the disasters into perspective.  It allows me to ‘see’ the strength and might and power of my God.  I am reminded that He is more than able to conquer my fears, to subdue all that may cause me to be frightened.  I know He is good when I proclaim how thankful I am for His today’s blessings. 

How are you today? What are you thankful for today? 

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  1. ‘Live in the moment, live in the present!!’ This is something I need to work on…I sometimes get too caught up in whining/regretting my past or I’ll complain that time is going too quick and my babies are almost all teenagers now…ugh, the ‘need’ to be grateful for the ‘present blessings’ is so important.❤️

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  2. I know they say that hindsight is 20/20, but I think the further we are from the past, the more we romanticize it. Living in the past or future is totally a tool Satan will use against us to keep us from living in the present, which keeps us off of God in this moment. Actually looking at the moment reminds us that God is here with us in the now, and that is something in itself to be grateful for.

    Thanks you for this reminder to remember that God is here with me in this moment, too. I pray today is also a good day for you.❤️

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  3. I am thankful that Jesus loves me, and I am in His church, one day Jesus will return for His church and take us with Him. “And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His word” One day I will be in His presence to praise, praise, praise Him, I am thankful. Jesus said to Martha, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her”. Mary, chose to sit at Jesus feet and hear the Words of Jesus. I am thankful for this day, for the beautiful, beautiful fall season!

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  4. Thank you for asking how I am doing today, Brenda. I can always count on you to do that! My wife and I have two little dogs. Both of them are getting up in years. I love them both, but Cooper, our Schnauzer, is my bestie. He was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago, and I give him insulin shots twice a day. I’ve become quite a good shot-giver, and he is a good shot-taker. Perhaps that’s a metaphor for life? We have shot-givers and shot-takers. You are a shot-giver, Brenda. Every post of yours is like a little pep talk! Blessings.

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  5. Just beautiful Brenda,
    You had me engaged from the very beginning. You are one of those people that I would just have been automatically friends with in real life. I love your openness. Yes, we have so many things to be grateful for. Today I am grateful for your post. Thank You Jesus for Your beautiful daughter’s candidness.
    Have a great day. Hugs.

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  6. I am thankful for-how much space do I have? Just kidding. I’m thankful for God’s peace in my life no matter the chaos in the world. I’m thankful for a living sure hope.
    And no, I don’t have any pets. Our house was once a zoo with all the critters my husband and three kids brought in. But now I am pet free which is ok too. Hope you continue to enjoy God’s blessings throughout the weekend.

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  7. Being grateful is a choice God gives us. This morning I read through Hababkkuk. I was amazed at his complete trust in His God Almighty. Throughout his book, he speaks to a personal God: “O LORD my God, mine Holy One.” He had a conversation with God. He was lamenting the voracious sin of God’s people in Judah, and God revealed what their near future would be, with devastation and captivity by the Chaldeans. Habakkuk gulped and wondered if this wasn’t too harsh for God’s precious chosen people. But then Habakkuk ended with this psalm of praise in Chapter 3:
    17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
    18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
    19The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

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      1. I’m reading through the minor prophets. It’s a bit scary at times, how they seem to be speaking of America, the world, really. But God’s justice and love shine through each one.

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