Just for Today (A Poem of Thanksgiving)




Today I offer a few words I wrote back in 2011 when I started blogging and sharing my thoughts online. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, going through…may these words be words that edify, and multiply thanksgivings in your soul.



The Gift of Laughter

The whimsical artwork of Mary Engelbreit-another favorite artist of mine!
 A cheerful heart is good medicine, 

   but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

Last night I had the most wonderful time of laughter with my daughter.
My hubby was working until late as he often does, which meant it was a girl’s night.
No school the next day for my sweet girl, so some fun was definitely in order. 
I was grateful for the fact that we were able to laugh so hard together.
I had tears in my eyes. It was just complete abandon to the moment. 
A really random comment after two rounds of the game Trouble set it off. 
Our dog Banjo and we two girls
 were sprawled out on our King sized bed. That’s when it happened, Banjo was gnawing on various parts of his body as dogs sometimes will do. Not unusual but somehow, tonight that seemed funny. I am sure we bordered on what could only be described as mild “potty humor”; but our funny bones had been tickled and there was no turning back. When we were calm again after the fits of laughter and silly comments, we just lay together quietly smiling and snuggling. She said, 
“We haven’t laughed that hard in a long time”. 
“You’re right”, I replied, enjoying the closeness. Our beloved Banjo is none the wiser. At the end of the night, my tween girl, snuggled into her own bed and held out her arms, “Can I have a hug?”. 
As if there should ever be such a question. 
So today with a cheerful heart, I give thanks to God for the gift of laughter.

How it heals, binds up and brings closeness.
I am sure my Jesus did not hold back from laughing with children and adults.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Let’s Hear it For The Boys!

Giving thanks for some men that have made a difference in my life,
past and present.

     I have been considering how grateful I am for the men that God has allowed to be a blessing in some way in my life. So often, we as woman enjoy the company of other women and that is good and as it should be; however we all are greatly impacted and influenced by men who touch our lives. I am thankful today for the “Few Good Men” God has given me to challenge, inspire and lead in my life and want to dedicate this post to them!

     I was always a tomboy. I always loved hanging out with the boys more than the girls and this was great until puberty. I remember the day I went to play neighborhood touch football…6th grade. The boys seemed different and mischievous. We were growing up. I started receiving a few “tackles” when I was not receiving the ball. Not to mention it was “touch” football. It was so sad, although we laughed, it was as if we all knew we were growing and changing and somehow the boys would be boys and I was now not going to be on the inside anymore. I sullenly found the only girl in my neighborhood to hang with…I hated it. I wanted to run with the boys, but they were onto other things and acting a little more secretive…as if all of a sudden over the Summer we had developed different languages. We had. We understood. No more would I get to be one of them. They knew it, I knew it. It made me a little mad…at them, at God, at life.

     Time went on. I grew up. Kinda. I found my way back into the boys club. It was mostly good. Competitive Bodybuilding and Powerlifting leads you to places where there is clashing of metal, grunting and loud groans of pain. I loved it! The guys I trained with treated me like a sister in the club because I was willing to endure it all. I earned their respect because I was able to do well in these realms. Yet at the same time, I could not deny, I was a woman, now. Sometimes that meant I would interject my input. Sometimes I would correct them, or they would correct themselves as not to offend. Sometimes they preferred I was not around. They were unguarded and relaxed, yet aware. The prevailing attitude seemed to be, we accept you, but you are still not one of “us”. Real men always remain sensitive to the presence of a woman. Even if we do get ourselves into their clubs. It’s in their God given make-up. Even if we want to believe otherwise. But the time was valuable to me in helping me understand and gain insight into men, women, and myself…the differences between us and the similarities we share- as well as accept God’s plans and design for my life.

     So without further adieu, I shall give recognition to those men who have left their imprint on my life. To the glory of God and for His good purposes.
I am thankful for
each of them.
1. My God, Father, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ- No list would be complete without Him, He is my beginning and end, my portion and passion.
2. My husband- He is the bravest man I know, after all – He was courageous enough not to be scared off by me and all my stuff! He is my faithful friend and companion.
We belong to each other, for better AND worse!
3. My Dad- I did not meet my Dad until I was 38 years old as my parents divorced when I was still a baby! How great God has been to bring us together again and give us a wonderful relationship which I now treasure. The verse comes to my mind from my Bible: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…” Joel 2:25.
4. My fellow bodybuilding friend, Joe – who shared the Lord and spent time encouraging me in truth.
In reality he is my spiritual father.That is funny. He would get a kick out of that one! However his early informal discipleship and wisdom shaped me and always brought me closer to the Lord.
I am eternally grateful for him.
5. My Powerlifting coach, Dave – God used Him to remind me of how He is able to take us places, we did not want to go, or believe we could go and do amazing things as we submit and trust Him completely. It was under Dave’s specific guidance, instruction, leadership, coaching and belief I was able to set a record at my first Powerlifting competition. The reality is God used Dave to teach me more about myself and His character through this endeavor and this man.
6. Pastor John – I am grateful for each of the pastors God has given me in season. But without a doubt, I am most grateful for the pastor who now teaches myself and my family. I have a future Post this month dedicated to him and his wife so I want to hold back here. I will only say He is the clearest example and model of true, humble, servant leadership in this role I have seen and experienced.Grateful for the teaching and the teacher, God has led us to in this season of our lives.
7. The godly writing and wisdom of Chambers, Spurgeon, Powell and Lewis.
There are many more but I will say these men’s writings have influenced my faith and spirituality in significant ways. Thankful for the gifts God has bestowed upon them and that they did not withhold sharing them.
This list would also be incomplete if I did not recognize a A Few Good Men from the blogosphere who have been a blessing to me by sharing their unique views, gifts and talents in the bloggy world. Thank you, gentlemen!

1. Dakota over at A Look at Life from a Deerstand

2. Ben at Life (General and Specific)

3. Stephen P. Porter at Manifest Blog

Today I give thanks for the men who have shaped my views both from near and faraway, both personally and professionally, by their lives, examples, gifts and talents. May God continue to bless, protect and lead each one them.

My Dad

My Hub
Dave, my Powerlifting Coach and his lovely wife
Me and the boys! Some of the traing crew from my Gym Rat days.
Here at the last Powerlifting meet I attended.


Mask or Armour?

Official UN- Invite to my Pity Party!
Please don’t come, but I am accepting gifts of PRAYER!
I will not pretend it has been a good day. I will not lie or wear happy face mask.
Today has been one of those days where you know the enemy is working overtime.
By the time I realize his handiwork I have already walked
into a few of his discouragement traps!
Have you ever found yourself ill prepared for the day?
Ever get sucker punched by Satan?
Well this chick fights back!
I will not have a pity party. I will not give into guilt.
I will stand on the Rock,
I will trust and wait upon the Lord. 
I will Armour UP!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God,

so that when the day of evil comes,
you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything,
to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

~Ephesians 6: 10-20

I’m Still Standing!
Oh, and guess what? I am giving thanks today in these YUCKY circumstances and am here to say-
even on my worst day I am still GRATEFUL to belong to the King of Kings!
He is faithful EVEN on the yucky days!
Special thank you to Cecelia at Following My King today for the sweet Bloggy award.
Pop on over and visit her site to check it out!
Wasn’t God thoughtful to lay it on her heart to give me my first Blog award on a YUCKY day?
That disqualifies it somewhat from being a completely YUCKY day!
Is yucky an actual word?
Have an UN-YUCKY day Friends!
The joy of the Lord is our strength,
Armour up and Fight With Me!

Contentment:The Gift of a Grateful Heart

“He who is not contented with what he has,
would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

Do you know the condition of your heart?
Have you ever considered it?
I am not talking about the physical health of your heart,
for we know that our lives
consist of more than the physical.
But I ask you to consider your heart.
Do you think you are able to judge the heart of another?
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.
 Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

Are you aware of the reality that your heart is not to be trusted;
 or do you believe the words whispered from the world with it’s empty promises?
I did.
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

 “I the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward a man according to his conduct,
according to what his deeds deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:9 & 10
When you are alone, can you be still and at peace?
Jesus said:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
John 14:1
Do you know that your heart needs to be guarded?
Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23 
What is the condition of your heart?
What do your words reveal about the condition of it?
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45
Do you think that there is something better “out there”, around the corner, in your neighbors house?
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
and we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
1 Timothy 6:6-7
Content: satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting anything else.
Grateful: warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful.
When we find our contentment in the Lord, we discover we have a grateful heart.
If you did not receive ONE more thing from God, one more blessing,
gift, provision, answered prayer-
Could you be satisfied?
Are you satisfied with Him?
I pray your answer is Yes.
He is enough.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
Psalm 23:1
‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
Numbers 6:24-26
Jesus and the Lamb by Katherine Brown
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.”
                     *Last minute spontaneous Link-up for the first time over
at “my daily walk in his grace*

                                                     Thanks to a visit to Denise at Refine Me

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