Gratitude for the little big things

So it’s Thanksgiving and nothing went as we had hoped: our trip to Texas to be with my hubby’s family got cancelled after my recent ER visit with severe back pain, alternate plans never materialized, and we had to cancel dinner reservations for tonight due to seizure spikes for most of the afternoon. Today is our wedding anniversary too. When I apologized for wreaking havoc on my hubby’s holiday, his response was, “well we’re saving money left and right!” And now you see who I am so thankful for this holiday.

I love you Steve.  Happy anniversary!

And Godspeed Gentle Readerfb_img_1480031316027. :J

This one is for you

Dearest Gentle Reader:

In the words of the apostle, Paul, I humbly express my gratitude for your readership, support, prayers, and friendship as we journey together in this thingy called, “life.”  You make a difference in my life and for you I am grateful.  Thank you!  Just Julie

Ephesians 1:15-21New International Version (NIV)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.


Somewhere in the World

Perhaps I have written on this before and perhaps not.  This is still my reality so I will make it a most delicious read for you today!

“It’s dinnertime somewhere in the world,” was the reply of my husband’s sweet daughter, Christina.  Between her and her sister, Rebekah, they have travelled to all of the continents of the world.  They know better than anyone that at any given hour there is someone having dinner.  So when we have dinner after 11:00 p.m., as we do often, her kind words are most reassuring that we would be in good company if seated at a table beyond the borders of the United States of America!

Thursday was Thanksgiving Day and I wasn’t able to start working on the turkey until after 5:00 p.m.  What followed was a whirlwind to make 12 items before I crashed with a full, happy belly!  We had our salad, homemade cranberry relish, rolls, and fixings around 7:30 p.m. then Christina crashed on the couch for a good while (still recovering from a medical procedure the day before).  This allowed me plenty of time to whip together everything needed to finish our meal with Steve on duty to wash-and-rewash the numerous batches of dishes utilized to carry out the tasks at hand.  Thankfully, the Lord added His increase to my weary bones!

The first part of the day had not fared so well.  Read the last blog for a status report of what I am talking about.  Let’s just say that I experienced the same story on this holiday much like any other day.  Sickness rarely takes a day off!  Dang.  Friday was similar except for all of the cooking.  Actually, not much of anything got done on Black Friday and it wasn’t because of a shopping hangover either.  At least I got to spend all of these days with my most favorite person in the world:  my beloved Steve.  We celebrated our anniversary on Tuesday as well, in sickness and in health.  He gets it right!

Thanksgiving 2015
Just Julie’s first homemade pie and pastry from scratch in a long time was a hit!

So if your own day doesn’t go as you would like and you end up baking a pumpkin pie and pastries at 11:00 in the evening hoping to enjoy your dessert before the last few seconds of a holiday, don’t fret.  It’s a sunny morning somewhere in the world and your pie will be cooled enough for your salivating guests just in the nick of time.  True pie lovers require that their drug of choice gets served before the food coma sets in!  As long as it comes with ice cream or whipped cream served on top, we will all give thanks now won’t we?


Indubitably, my friend.  Please pass me a fork right now!  JJ

Giving Thanks

be gratefulThanksgiving is just around the corner in the United States:  Thursday, November 28th.  I’m getting into the mindset a little early this year, to help keep my mind and heart in the right place.  What better place to learn about gratitude than from The Word itself.  Reflect along with me, won’t you?

1 Thessalonians 5:18

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18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 3:16

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16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Psalm 106:1

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Praise the Lord.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Corinthians 15:57

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57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

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18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 11:17

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17“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come,

Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

1 Chronicles 29:13

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13 “Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.

2 Corinthians 4:15

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15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

Philippians 4:6

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Colossians 3:17

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17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

1 Chronicles 29:13

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13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

And from me to you, Gentle Reader:

Philippians 1:3

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I thank my God every time I remember you.

grateful for

Good News!

LeteverythingthathasbreathpraisetheLordPsalm150_6The seizure attacks have diminished from 3-4 per day for up to 4 hours each (and all night long every 10 days) to 1-2 per day.  This is huge!  Praise the Lord everyone out there!  Praise the Lord!