Friday, November 30, 2012

Crowned by the King: Wear & Share God's Love

"You will be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord" Isaiah 62:3

I'm so excited to tell you about this wonderful ministry called "Crowned By the King". A beautiful crown necklace is used as a tool to share God's love in a unique, creative way. When you give away a necklace to a girl or woman, also known as a "Crowned Moment", you send her a message of hope and worth at the same time. She will be reminded of her true identity in Christ. Check out how the ministry works here.

There are three kinds of "Crowned Moment" opportunities: the Compliment Crowned Moment, the Need Crowned Moment, and the Gift Crowned Moment. I really like the idea of the Compliment Crowned Moment so I prayed and asked God to show me whom I should give a necklace to. While I was praying, a specific young lady came to my mind so I thought if nobody compliments on the necklace, I would just give it to this lady (the Gift Crowned Moment). However, this evening, at a gathering with some international students (we are part of an outreach that ministers to international students who attend our local university), that lady (whom God placed on my heart/mind to share the necklace with) was the first and only person who complimented my necklace. Happily, I gave her the necklace (with the pouch and brochure). I shared with her the meaning of the necklace, the ministry concept, and about my prayer. I told her that she is God's princess--a daughter of the King of kings and that she is loved, cherished, and beautiful. She is a Chinese student who received Jesus as her Lord and Savior last year. She was so touched by the necklace that she quickly went to show it to her friends and then asked her boyfriend to put it around her neck. I know she felt very blessed! That made not only her day but also my day :)!

Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/crownedbytheking! They have giveaways from time to time.

Thankful Heart: Day 30

I Thank God for My Home

When sunrise lights the morning skies
Over our village paradise
And roosters crow their "wake-up" call
For us to hear, both one and all,
I thank God for my home.
It's not a palace for a king;
It's just a country cottage, small,
But, oh, the joys it ever brings,
Joys nestled there within its walls.
Here family lives with God as Guide;
Here love for one another reigns.
All things are taken in their stride;
Concern for each one never wanes.
The windowsills hold flowers, bright,
That shed a ray of welcome here
And beckon to the flowers outside,
The gardens with their floral cheer.
When sunup fills the earthen floor
And touches on each village door
And folks begin their work each day
In their same good old-fashioned way,
I thank God for my home.

~Loise Pinkerton Fritz

"A thankful heart is not only a happy heart, but also a healthy and beautiful heart!" ~Me

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."
Colossians 3:16

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 29

I Offer Thanks

I offer thanks for friends so dear,
For every word of joy and cheer,
The quiet moments I so love
And blue skies there so high above,
The special dreams that are my own
And every beauty I have known.

I offer thanks for Springtime days
And happiness on country ways,
The precious laughter of a child
And tiny violets growing wild,
The brook that murmurs as it flows,
The magic of a Junetime rose.

For sun and rain and gentle earth
The miracle of Spring's rebirth,
Each Autumn color bright and bold,
For snowflakes soft and Winter's cold,
The sea that rushes to its banks,
For God and love--I offer thanks.

~Garnett Ann Schultz


"Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever." Psalm 136:3-4

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 28

Sing with Thanksgiving!

Keep a happy song in your heart
Wherever you may go--
And sing it out in praise to God,
Then feel the blessings flow!

Our God is pleased when we sing praise
And offer Him our love--
So He will bless our hearts with joy,
And comfort from above.

Think of the peace He offers you
Through the privilege of prayer--
And how He's always near to you
To show how much He cares.

Consider the world He's given us
With plants and birds and trees--
There's so much to be thankful for!
We should be on our knees...

So sing with thanksgiving in your heart
For all that God has done--
And thank Him most especially...
For Jesus Christ, His Son!

~Denise A. DeWald

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song."
Psalm 28:7

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 27

Thank God for Little Things

Thank You, God, for little things
that often come our way,
The things we take for granted
but don't mention when we pray,
The unexpected courtesy,
the thoughtful, kindly deed,
A hand reached out to help us
in the time of sudden need--
Oh make us more aware, dear God,
of little daily graces
That come to us with "sweet surprise"
from never-dreamed-of places.

~Helen Steiner Rice

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 4:15

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 26

Thank You

I thank You, God
For little things,
Happiness that
Children bring...
Fuzzy kittens,
Soft to touch,
Frisky puppies,
Birds and such.

Clouds suspended
In the sky
Raindrops on the
Meadow, dry...
Freshened grasses
Shrubs and trees,
Flowers kissed
By honey-bees.

Frozen droplets
Cycled ice...
Snowflakes on my
Nose...oh, nice!
I thank You, God,
Each little thing
Tells Your love,
Makes my heart sing!

~Anna Lee Edwards McAlpin

"I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your Name forever." Psalm 86:12

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 25

Lord, I Thank You

Lord, I watched the dawn this morning
As the sunlight filtered through,
And I thought about how Your love
Streams from heaven and warms me, too.

Then I heard the birds sweet chorus
And I thought about Your care.
For I know You watch the sparrow--
When one falls You are aware.

As I gazed upon the flowers,
Lord, I found Your peace was there.
Little flowers do not worry--
They just rest within Your care.

Lord, I thank You for the beauty
As I greeted this new day,
And especially for the lessons
That You taught in Your own way;

For the sun and birds and flowers
Are reminders of Your care,
And of promise for provision
To Your children everywhere.

~Beverly J. Andreson


"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of you Father. And event the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31

"We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, for Your Name is near; men tell of Your wonderful deeds." Psalm 75:1

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 24

I Thank Thee, God

I thank Thee God, Thou Father mine,
For all that Thou hast made;
For having sent down Thy dear Son,
Who succors, seeks, and saves!

I thank Thee God, Creator mine,
For all the lovely things;
Such as the bird in joyous flight,
Which makes one's cares take wing!

For Autumn leaves in varied hues,
So pleasing to the eye;
And even Winter's stormy blasts,
When snow descends from sky!

Especially, oh Thou Father mine,
For tender warmth of Spring;
When budding leaves and flowers in bloom,
Make saddened hearts to sing!

For Spring's not only pleasing be,
For seeing flowers in bloom;
But most of all symbolic be,
of Christ, Who rose from tomb!

And even Summer, oft times hot,
Means walks along the shore;
Where seagulls in their joyous flight,
Can make the spirit soar!

But most important thing of all,
My Father God above;
Is joy through which we scale the heights,
 And depth of Thy great Love!

~Sancie Earman King


"Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:26

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 23

Thanksgiving Day Everyday

Oh precious Father, as we bow
Before Thy throne today,
We count the many blessings
Thou hast showered upon our way.

The comfort of our humble homes
Our health and happiness,
The strength provided for each day
To meet the strain and stress.

We thank Thee for Thy precious Son
Who brought salvation free,
And for this mighty land of ours,
A land of liberty!

So, Lord, help us to give Thee thanks
For all that we hold dear,
Not only on Thanksgiving Day
But each day of the year.

~Unknown


"As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.
My mouth will tell of Your righteousness, of Your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim Your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord;
I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone
.
" Psalm 71:14-16

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 22

Our Prayer of Thanks

We humbly bow before You, Lord
On this Thanksgiving Day,
To lift our prayers of gratitude
For all Your caring ways.
As You have blessed our harvest, Lord,
Let us remember, too,
That we should share with those in need
As You would have us do.
Around this festive board today
Are those we hold most dear,
And in our midst Your presence, Lord,
Seems so very near.
We're thankful for this land we love,
For sod and sky and tree,
For pilgrims who braved unknown seas
That all may worship free.
We're thankful for each blessing, Lord,
You send along our way;
But may our greater "thanks" be shown
In serving You each day.

~Kay Hoffman


"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him....joyfully giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light." Colossians 3:17, 1:12

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 21

We Thank Thee

We thank Thee, Lord, for ev'ry blessing
Flowing from Thy bountiful hand--
Golden field and orchard laden,
Harvest rich throughout our land;
All Thy beauty of creation,
Foaming sea and silver strand,
Verdant vale 'neath purple mountain,
Forest green and shining sand.

We thank Thee, Lord, for friends and loved ones,
And sweet joy and love they give
Through blest fellowship and kindness,
Making rich this life we live;
For our homes where love abideth,
Where those weary may receive
Rest and comfort by our fireside,
Where tired spirits may revive.

We thank Thee, Lord, for Thy salvation
Given through Thy wonderful Son,
Through His sacrifice at Calv'ry
On the cross--the vict'ry won!
When we climb the heights to Heaven,
After work on earth is done,
We shall thank Thee, Lord, forever,
For Thy greatest Gift--Thy Son.

~Kathryn Thorne Bowsher

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 20

In Thanksgiving

With a heart of thanksgiving
And a heart filled with love,
Gracious Father, we thank You
For Your gifts from above...

For Your manifold blessings
You bestow day by day,
For Your love and Your guidance
As we travel life's way.

Lord, we thank You for good times,
For unhappy times, too,
Because often in trials
We draw closer to You.

Blessed Father, we're grateful
We are safe in Your care,
With no fear of tomorrow
Knowing You will be there.

For Your greatness and goodness,
And Your excellent ways--
In thanksgiving we offer
You our love and our praise.

~Beverly J. Anderson

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name." Psalm 100:4

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 19

Be Thankful

For smiling faces--helping hands
A friend who always understands,
The very greatest of all lands
Be thankful!

For golden sun up in the sky
A cloud of white that's sailing by,
A mountain that is climbing high
Be thankful!

For joys so rich--each shining dawn
The dewdrops on a summer lawn,
And sunset when the day is gone
Be thankful!

A God of love--a whispered prayer
A hope when life would send a care,
A liberty and freedom rare
Be thankful!

~Garnett Ann Schultz

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." Hebrews 12:28

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 18

Every Day's Thanksgiving

A sunrise every morning,
The moon and stars at night,
A garden in the springtime
Ablaze with colors bright...
A cottage filled with laughter,
A field of golden grain,
A picnic with your loved ones,
A rainbow after rain...
A sunset in the meadow,
Twilight on the sea,
The majesty of autumn,
Each day a memory...
A bride and groom in summer,
A mother's lullaby,
A snowfall in December,
The smell of pumpkin pie...
These little things remind me
My God, how great Thou art!
And every day's Thanksgiving
Within my humble heart.

~Clay Harrison
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 17

Things To Be Thankful For

The good, green earth beneath our feet,
The air we breathe, the food we eat,
Some work to do, a goal to win,
A hidden longing deep within
That spurs us on to bigger things
And helps us meet what each day brings,
All these things and many more
Are things we should be thankful for...
And most of all our thankful prayers
Should rise to God because He cares!

~Helen Steiner Rice

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
Colossians 4:2

Friday, November 16, 2012

FIRST Wild Card Tour: Still, I Will Praise by Renee Bondi

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!



Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

CLC Publications (August 24, 2012)

***Special thanks to Blythe Daniel for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Renée Bondi is a popular speaker and recording artist who has shared the stage with Sandi Patty, Larry King and Point of Grace. She has been featured in magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman and Woman’s World and on shows, including “The 700 Club,” “Hour of Power,” and TBN. Renée is the founder of Bondi Ministries. Among her many awards and honors is Woman of the Year from the California State Senate and recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community from the U.S. House of Representatives. She lives with her husband and son in Southern California.

At age 29, Renée s future was incredibly bright. She was engaged and had a beautiful singing voice, a thriving career as a music teacher, and a loving family. But then one night a bizarre accident left her a quadriplegic. Renée lost not only all use of her arms and legs, but also her singing voice she could barely speak above a whisper. Through even this, Renée remained hopeful and held tight to her faith. Her unbroken spirit and amazing physical progress baffled the medical field and even surprised those close to her. She miraculously began to sing again and went on to live more fully than she ever dreamed. Whether performing or sharing her victorious story Renée are uplifted and mesmerized by her angelic voice, music and messages. Most importantly, all who hear Renée are encouraged to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Praising God hasn’t come easy for Bondi. She shares, “For most of us, praising God in difficult times doesn't come naturally. We praise God on the mountaintop, not in the valley. After becoming paralyzed, I found when I chose to lift my eyes and heart in praise to Christ, I experienced a much deeper peace and strength I didn’t have before. Praising God changes my focus, which changes my mind and then my heart and ultimately my attitude.”

Her book is filled with personal stories that emphasize how important worship has become in her life and brings to life some well-known and more obscure Bible characters who praised God in the good times and also in the tough times.





Product Details:
List Price: $18.99
Hardcover: 175 pages
Publisher: CLC Publications (August 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619580136
ISBN-13: 978-1619580138



AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Please go HERE and press the "Look Inside" button on Amazon to read the first chapter of this amazing book.

Thankful Heart: Day 16

A Prayer of Thanks

Thank You, God, for everything
I've experienced here on earth
Thank You for protecting me
from the moment of my birth
And thank You for the beauty
around me everywhere,
The gentle rain and glistening dew,
the sunshine and the air,
The joyous gift of "feeling"
the soul's soft, whispering voice
That speaks to me from deep within
and makes my heart rejoice
Oh, God, no words are great enough
to thank You for just living,
And that is why every day
is a day for real Thanksgiving.

~Helen Steiner Rice

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice." Psalm 105:1-3

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 15

I Thank Thee, Lord

I thank Thee, Lord, for all You do
To help me make my dreams come true
I thank You for the sun that shines,
Good health and for my peace of mind.

When things go well I oft forget
That I am always in Your debt.
I ask for help when times are tough
And when the going is hard and rough

But oft forget to thank Thee when
All things go well and right again.
So thank Thee, Lord, for all You do
To help me make my dreams come true.

~Dolores Karides 

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 14

God's Wondrous Blessings

We are grateful for bountiful harvests,
Blessed in golden fruit and grain.
We are grateful for richly fertile fields,
Blessed in showers of falling rain.
We are grateful for a steadfast family,
Blessed in unity's loving touch.
We are grateful for bonds of friendship,
Blessed with smiles that mean so much.
We are grateful to go to churches where
Blessed in faith, we bow our heads in prayer.
We are grateful to have God's gifts divine,
Blessed in wonders of His love and care.

~Elisabeth Weaver Winstead

"I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations...The heavens praise Your wonders, O Lord, Your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones." Psalm 89:1, 5

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 13

Thank You, Lord

Thank You, Lord,
for all You've done
To make this day
a pleasant one
And for Your love
and gentle care
That catered to my needs
and fare;
And thank You, too,
for guiding me
Around the falls
I could not see--
And for each choice 
You helped me make
On many roads 
I had to take.

It's been a very happy day--
Because You walked, with me, today--
But I would be, twice blessed, anew--
If we could walk tomorrow, too.

~Michael Dubina


"I will give You thanks, for You answered me; You have become my salvation." Psalm 118:21

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 12

God's Blessings

I thank God for the blessings
That He bestows on me,
I know I am not worthy
And cannot hope to be.

He always has inclined His ear
When I seek Him in prayer,
And when I need a helping hand
I always find Him there.

I kneel to Him each new born morn
And, too, at close of day,
And offer my most grateful thanks
In my own humble way.

Without His countless blessings
So void my life would be.
He has enriched it every way
By blessings given me.

~Harold F. Mohn

"I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live...I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving." Psalm 116:1-2, 17a

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 11

For the Blessings of the Year

For each beauty that I know,
For the gifts Thou dost bestow:
Clothing, home, and family dear,
For my friends both far and near;
Thank You, Lord, You giveth me
Every blessing full and free.

Thank You, Lord, for snows that fall,
Summer rains, and birds that call;
Thank You, Lord, for food we eat;
Fruit and grain; and seasons sweet.
Thank You, Lord, You marked by hand
Every bounty of the land.

Thank You, Lord, for healing sure,
Goodly moments, calm and pure;
For Thy guidance, peace and cheer,
For each blessing of the year...
Lord, these words I lift to Thee
Knowing well Thou lovest me.

~Roxie Lusk Smith

"O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever." Psalm 30:12b

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 10

Praise the Lord!

If you can smile when your heart is broken
and laugh in sorrow's face...
If you can ignore the harsh word spoken
with humility and grace,
Praise the Lord!

If you can resist the next temptation
and rebound when you fail...
If you can sing through tribulation
and pray when fears assail,
Praise the Lord!

If you can finish the race you started
knowing the race is won...
If you can sail the course you charted
through storm and setting sun,
Praise the Lord!

If you can forgive the sins of others
who brought you pain today...
If you can respect all men as brothers
and always earn your pay,
Praise the Lord!

If you can befriend the lost and friendless
with kindness from your cup...
If you can prevail when doubts seem endless
refusing to give up,
Praise the Lord!

~Clay Harrison

"I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips." Psalm 34:1



Friday, November 9, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 9

Thoughts of Thankfulness

For happy times of joy and mirth,
for harvest riches from the earth,
for challenges that test our worth--
we thank You, Lord, for all of these.

For nursery songs a mother sings,
for fireflies and bluebirds' wings,
for all life's gentle, little things--
we thank You, Lord, for such as these.

For peace that sheathes the warrior's sword,
for noble deed and kindly word,
for lands where freedom's voice is heard--
we thank You, Lord, grant these increase!

For home and hearth where we can rest
among the dear ones we know best,
for all good things whereby we're blessed--
we thank You, Lord, for gifts like these.

For every church and holy place 
where we may come to seek Your grace
and know that no one's rank or race
will cause Your love for us to cease.

We thank You, Lord, and pray that we
may closer grow in harmony
till goodwill clothes humanity
in robes of brotherhood and peace!

~John C. Bonser
"Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 8

Let Us Take Time

Let us take time every morning
To turn to our God and say
Thanks for another restful night
And the dawn of a brand-new day.

Thank You for the blessings and gifts
You've given us all these years,
And for the times You helped us through
Life's many heartaches and tears.

Thank You for this beautiful world--
For the flowers, the birds, and the trees,
And for so many precious children.
We thank You for all of these.

Your blessings and gifts outnumber, by far,
The stars that shine above,
But the one we treasure the most of all
Is Your overwhelming love!

~Doris A. Orth

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 7

Oh God, how great is Thy handiwork
Of nature's mighty works on display,
For miles of breathtaking beauty,
No pen of man could portray.
Such splendor is given to Thy landscapes,
To places both high and low,
So that great or small might behold it,
We know that our Lord planned it so.
I thank God for eyes to behold such splendor
And for a heart attuned to His own,
So I can appreciate the wonders of autumn
Long after it has come and gone.
I thank You, God, for each season
Whichever it may be,
For I know there is beauty to be found
If only our eyes will see.
Let me not take for granted this great universe
You've given for us to enjoy and share,
We know from Your Word, eye has not seen or ear heard
The joys You've prepared for us there.

~Thelma Grace Ide

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge."
Psalm 19:1-2

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
1 Corinthians 2:9

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 6

Blessings Counted...

...For sunshine, for quenching rain,
For relief of our pain.
...For green leaves on trees so tall.
For winter, spring, summer, and fall.
...For midnight, for afternoon,
For starlight and for the moon.
...For laughter,
For children's smiles,
For walking with us across the miles.
...For tears of joy, for hearts that care.
For the ability to love,
For the ability to share.
For gentle guidance,
For constant love,
We owe our thanks to God above.

~Marsha Smith Meigs

"I will bless them...there will be showers of blessing." Ezekiel 34:26
"Blessings crown the head of the righteous."
Proverbs 10:6a

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 5

Father, We Thank Thee

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee;
For tender grass so fresh and sweet,
Father, we thank Thee;
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.
For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee;
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee;
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 4

Thank You, Lord

I marvel at the splendor that surrounds me,
The beauty that expands from sky to sea.
Oh God...how can I ever start to thank You...
For all the wondrous things You've given me?

I thank You, Lord, for trees that grace the woodlands
For every growing thing that's bright and fair,
For mountains high and every golden meadow
For wherever there is beauty...You are there.

I see the stars...I feel the sun
Your majesty spreads far and wide.
I've seen the light...I feel Your love
I am safe because I know You're at my side.

I thank You, Lord, for many countless blessings
For promises and answers to my prayer.
I never want, or fear...because You love me.
Dearest Lord...because I know You truly care.

Thank You, Lord...for loving me
and being there.

~Patience Allison Hartbauer

"Sing to Him, sing His praise, proclaim all His wondrous deeds." 1 Chronicles 16:9

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 3

Thankfulness

My God, I thank Thee Who hast made
The earth so bright;
So full of splendor and of joy,
Beauty and light;
So many glorious things are here,
Noble and right!
I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made
Joy to abound;
So many gentle thoughts and deeds
Circling us round,
That in the darkest spot of earth
Some love is found.
I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast kept
The best in store;
We have enough, yet not too much
To long for more:
A yearning for a deeper peace,
Not known before.
I thank Thee, Lord, that here our souls,
Though amply blest,
Can never find, although they seek,
A perfect rest,
Nor ever shall, until they lean
On Jesus' breast!

~Adelaide Anne Procter

"Thou hast made us, O Lord, for Thyself and our heart shall find no rest till it rests in Thee." ~St. Augustine

Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: The Sparkle Box

Author Bio
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.  The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace.  Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.  

Illustrator Bio
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life.  After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

  Website: http://www.idealsbooks.com/The-Sparkle-Box-Jill-Hardie/dp/0824956478

My Review:
I was surprised to find that this book talks about a Christmas tradition that our family has been doing for years! I read the book to my kids and they laughed because they already knew about the plot :). Every year after Thanksgiving, my kids start preparing their gifts for Jesus. Christmas is the time when we celebrate our Savior’s birth. We want to give Him gifts (though we do things for Jesus all year through). The Sparkle Box is a delightful book with a wonderful message. The boy in the story looks forward to opening a mysterious box on Christmas morning and what he finds in the box helps him realize what the true meaning of Christmas is. Beautiful, vivid illustrations...warm and inviting! I only wish they didn't include the wise men in the nativity scene (they were not there when Jesus was born). The book includes one sparkle box and a note from the author at the end of the book.

"It is more blessed to give than to receive." ~Jesus


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Thankful Heart: Day 2

Thank You, Lord

Thank You, Lord, for all You do,
For all Your love both warm and true,
For Your caring, loving heart,
For all graces You impart.

Thank You, Lord, for blessings
You've given me each day,
My cup is overflowing, Lord,
You hear me when I pray.

I thank Thee, Lord, for all the years,
That You've watched over me,
You've moved my every mountain,
And calmed my every sea.

My Lord, my God, Thou art to me,
After a storm, tranquility,
The heavenly brightness of Your light,
Helps me through the darkest night.

My head is filled with words of love,
Words of joy and praise for Thee,
In everything I do You share
With Your tender loving care.

Heavenly Father, hear my prayer,
Keep me always in Thy care,
Jesus, Son of God and man,
Gentle Jesus, hold my hand.

Walk with me throughout each day,
Be with me whene're I pray,
Cover me with Thy protective light,
Through each day and through the night.

O Lord, my God, I give Thee thanks,
For all the things you do,
You are the stronghold of my life,
You're merciful and true

~Elaine R. Angier

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful Heart: Day 1

Unexpected Blessings

Thank You, God, for little things
that come unexpectedly--
To brighten up a dreary day
that dawned so dismally--
Thank You, God, for sending
a happy thought my way
to blot out my depression
on a disappointing day--
Thank You, God, for brushing
the dark clouds from my mind--
And leaving only sunshine
and joy of heart behind.
Oh, God, the list is endless
of things to thank You for
But I take them all for granted 
and unconsciously ignore
that everything I think or do,
each movement that I make,
each measured rhythmic heartbeat,
each breath of life I take
Is something You have given me
for which there is no way
for me in all my smallness
to in any way repay.

~Helen Steiner Rice

"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song."
Psalm 95:1-2