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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him…overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2: 6-7

Today I feel overwhelmed by the love of God and thankful that he never gives up on us but keeps us keeping on.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

I am also grateful to Bette who tagged me; this has been beneficial to my soul, so thanks!

Wow, it was busy in town today.. and I am thankful that we got everything we needed done in the food/other-supermarket-stuff dept this afternoon. I’m avoiding going in again till there is nothing left…hopefully way into next week.

Karen  and the boys came to decorate gingerbread houses this morning. I am thankful for friends and lively ones at that!

The houses: the boys’ during production and ours (Elizabeth decorated, I did the gingerbread!) Fun? Yes!

Just a reminder: this is a meme where I’ve been asked to post each day for eight days about why I am thankful.

Well, today I want to praise God that we belong to a church which believes in the authority of the Bible. And for men who honestly preach the truth. Tonight Peter preached on the cost of discipleship and the price of disobeying God. (Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer is the book I am currently reading and I’ve been wanting to post some quotes but have been just too busy…will do soon I hope)

Here’s one quote Peter mentioned in his sermon: The scandal of the church is that the Christ event is no longer life-changing, it has become life-enhancing. Archbishop John Sentamu. Another: When Christ calls a man He bids him come and die. Bonhoeffer

Help us Lord to become disciples willing to lay aside all for you and follow your call whatever and where ever that means.

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5: 18

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father… James 1:17

Today is Saturday. It is a day to be thankful to God for showing me the truth of the three verses above. We live in the reconciliation of Christ. He allows us to put aside anxiety and resentment, trust him and enjoy the good gifts he gives us. Here are some snippets from my day:

– Earlyish in the day anxiety threatened to overtake someone I love. It led said person to snap and snarl. The reaction of other person was to react in like manner. Through the grace of God and prayer anxiety was diffused, restoring peace and preserving relationships.

– Today I made a double spread scrapbook layout (for Fran’s Armidale album) and I LIKE IT!

– Frances came home with us last night and is staying THE WHOLE weekend!

– Bette, Fran and I sat at my new (thanks Anna) desk and talked and crafted for ages. If  you know how infrequently we do anything like this, you’ll know how special it was.

– All six of us went off to Cory and Rob’s annual Christmas get together which is always fun and funny. Alan did a great concert item which worked! Cory’s Christmas enthusiasm always switches me into Christmas mode and tomorrow we will go for a walk to get a tree, put out our decorations and make gingerbread in preparation for Monday, when Karen and the boys are coming over to make gingerbread houses.

– Phil and Fiona had a great engagement party too 🙂

I am very thankful to be home.

Ok. Day 3 of being thankful. Here I am in Sydney in the noise and the heat and the hussle and the bussle. This is what I am thankful for:

– I am thankful because this morning I realised that being thankful is something I can choose to do. Now that sounds ridiculously glib but bear me out…I woke with many reasons to be grumpy; it was way too early, very noisy, it was HOT and I had a very severe headache which I’d had for days, then when I finally drifted off to sleep again, Alan rang to say hi. (as I said, I’m in Sydney and by myself) Again, you may say ‘glib, just get over it’ but for months now it seems sadness, negativity and blah have been my constant friends/enemies.  So as I lay there fully realising I could be grumpy or choose not to be, I suddenly *knew* I could do it. Somehow, I’d got into the mindset that to be thankful I had to be happy about everything. But this is wrong. And I became thankful, though nothing changed.

Just so you know some of the other things about my day…I will tell you. These made me happy (and thankful)

– I watched as my big boy changed his little girl. When she squawked I heard him tell her firmly but lovingly that he was the daddy and there’ll be some things he does because he knows best, that she mightn’t like it, but well, he knows best. Now that is a sensible dad if you ask me. And he’s only been in the job for 3 months!

– I went to a doctor whom I liked and I think will be helpful to me.

– Carly took Diane and me to Newtown. We went to a button shop. Now I’m not mad, like some, about crafty/arty stuff but this place was inspiring…and I bought some buttons and beads and things…

– Diane and I sat in a cafe in Newtown [get this: no kids, no husbands, just Diane and me] for 2 hours. We had a delicious dinner and talked about everything and were, well, just happy.

– Carly is making Christmas cookies while we’ve been discussing deep, probing and serious theological and philosophical questions. Nothing merely hypothetical but real questions arising from some of the more sobering experiences we have shared…because (I’ve just realised) we’ve known each other long enough now to have shared real life. We aren’t strangers who are ‘just related’ anymore. I love my daughter-in-law.

the second thing which made me happy/thankful is quite serious.

– God showed me (travelling to sydney on a train)  in a surreal kind of way how much I should appreciate our strong, christ-centred marriage.

Bette tagged me to do this meme…so I am

The rules: For 8 days you have to post something/s that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same.

Elizabeth, you tagged most of the people whom I could have tagged. Oh well. I’m going to try it with facebook friends. When I post on my blog now a note gets sent to facebook, so my 101 friends there can read this too. I pick…Charlotte, Louis, Catherine, Zander, Sharon Smith, Joyce, Danika and maybe…Annelise Morrow! Go for it.

Things that made me happy today:

– holding Alan’s hand walking down to the cows.

– watching our heifers, with their growing tummies and enlarged udders, chewing their cud.

– reading Elizabeth’s blog post.

That girl knows just how hard thinking happy thoughts has been for me lately so one *every day for eight days* will be a good challenge. Job 9 sums up my view of life at the moment. It is with resignation mixed with relief that I can say I *know* verses 33 and 34 are true and there is Someone. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God. (Phil 1:11)

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