Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Thanksliving!, and A Speech from My Christmas Soapbox

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
I Thessalonians 5:18
(KJV)


~ Thanksliving ~
living a life of continual giving of thanks to God for our many blessings...
not just on the 4th Thursday of November each year,
but every, single day we are given to live.

Thanksliving is not always easy to do.
Hard times will come.
Days will sometimes be long.
Nights even longer.
But, regardless, God is still God, and He is good, in spite of trials that He allows to come our way.

How I love this time of year!
The other morning, I took some pictures, and then, the other day, as we were driving down the interstate, Zach took pictures from the car of the amazing beauty of the mountains all clad with colors that only our amazing God could create.
I wanted to share some of them with you, along with some Bible verses that support a life of continual Thanksliving!
These verses would make great additions to your Massive Scriptural Arsenal.
Feel free to pin away or print them out to memorize and remind you to live thankfully every, single moment of life...not just on Thanksgiving Day each year!








Every year, at about this time, I step up on to my little soapbox about something that is very important to me...the American Family Association's Naughty or Nice List they post before every Christmas on their website.
We were so happy to see that it was posted today!
In our quest to live minimal, more eternity-focused lives we have scaled waaaaay back on not only our Christmas shopping, but our purchasing, period....but we are thrilled to see that the two places we do most of our shopping are both on the "nice" list!
Otherwise, we would have had to make other arrangements, because we refuse to patronize stores who refuse to acknowledge why they see such an increase in their sales every November and December.
Jesus is the reason for the season, and I know there are those of you who contend that Jesus has nothing in the world to do with the madness of this time of year.
I agree with you that the chaos and stress that accompanies Christmas couldn't be more polar opposite to that quiet, peace-filled night so long ago in Bethlehem.
BUT, if you are going to shop and make purchases at this time of year,
wouldn't it line up more with your Christian values to only shop in stores who recognize Christ,
who use the name "Christmas" in their advertising and public displays,
and who are not against His mission?
And, at the risk of offending some of you who are loyal to Target, I will mention one more thing....while I am still up on my little soapbox. ☺
I must express my family's and my extreme disdain for them and our continued resolve to BOYCOTT TARGET.
If you would like to know why, this article will fully explain and will also give you an opportunity to sign a pledge and take a stand for what is right.
How can we, as Christians, hand our hard-earned dollars over to a company who continues to promote such filthy, vile behavior?
The answer is, we can't, and, here in the Smith household, we don't, and we won't!
We are far from being fanatics, but enough is enough!
There are sooooo many competitor stores who do not condone such perversion, and there are plenty of other places to buy our necessaries.
We would do without before we would give Target a cent,
and that is my two-cents' worth.  ☺
Just sayin'...and steppin' off my soapbox now.

Thanks for still loving me and for hearing my heart.
I say everything I say here from a heart filled-to-the-brim-with-love...for God, for His Word and cause, for my family, for my country,
and for you, dear readers.

As you gather together and count your blessings with your loved ones on Thursday,
don't forget to say a special prayer for the brave souls who sacrifice and put their lives on hold day after day, so you and I can live in this beautiful land of the free.
Pray for our President and Vice President,
our dedicated military men and women who are away from their families for our sake,
and our amazing police officers who risk their lives to keep us safe.

We are so very, very blessed...every, single one of us,
and we have so much to thank God for!
May He grant all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!

Please, if you will, continue to pray for my brother-in-law, LD, who is in the throes of battling stage 4 lung cancer.
My family and I appreciate your prayers SO very much!

30 comments:

  1. Praying for LD and you, Cheryl.

    Last year at this time I was at a Food Lion. The cashier said Merry Christmas. I was delighted and surprised to hear it, so I said Merry Christmas. Then the bagger said it. It was like a defiant cry of people tired of “happy non-specific winter festivity!” :-)

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    1. That is wonderful, Sandi! I say "Merry Christmas" every chance I get, too. :) I think most people are sick and tired of the ridiculousness of calling Christmas by something other than its real name. Thank you for stopping by, and you will never know how much my family and I appreciate your prayers!

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  2. Good Morning Cheryl! I agree with you 100% about Target and I'm amazed that so many continue to shop there. We even have Christian friends that work there. I don't understand. We are told to take a stand and be separate and I appreciate you standing firm in your beliefs.
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving, even in the midst of the trials your family is going through. Remember that blessed baby and his Mama that we prayed for so very long. Thankful indeed!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Dear, sweet Betsy...it always means so much when you stop by. Your kind words and encouragement are just precious to me. I know exactly what you mean...we ARE to take a stand and be separate, and Jesus said if we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us before His Father. Can you imagine? I love the work the American Family Association does and how they are so firm to stand for God and the right. God help us all to be faithful at our individual posts of duty. Jesus never said it would be easy...His life was beyond difficult, but He overcame, and we can, too. You will never know how much we appreciate your faithful prayers, encouragement, and suppor. YES, I surely remember how God brought dear Kristen and little Eli through...he is growing like you wouldn't believe, and I still marvel at God and His amazing power, and I will never forget how you helped to pray them through that awful ordeal. I love and appreciate you dearly, sweet friend. :)

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  3. Isn't it amazing that we are so unaccustomed to hearing "Merry Christmas" that when we DO hear it we are shocked? I shop at Big Lots a lot (lol) and there is a very sweet young man (boy do I sound old!) who always says, "thank you and God bless" after ringing up your order. I can't believe he gets away with it but I'm so glad he does!

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    1. Isn't that so sad that we are shocked when we hear "Merry Christmas"? You are so right. :) I am proud of that sweet young man who has the boldness to stand up for what he believes in! God bless him! We need more young people like him, that's for sure. Thanks for your sweet visit and kind words! God bless you with a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  4. Sweet friend, I am so thankful for you and your precious blog. I always enjoy reading your posts and the wise words you share.

    I hope you and your loved ones have a beautiful Thanksgiving. Much love to you!

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet Stephanie! Your encouraging words always mean so much! May God bless you and your husband and son with a wonderful Thanksgiving, too! Sending much love back to you! :)

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  5. Dear Cheryl,
    Oh thank you for the beautiful photos and Scriptures! They stirred my heart to keep looking up, and seeing the many ways that HE stirs praise from deep within us. I am praying for you this Thanksgiving, and for all of your family too. Our Lord has been so faithful to us, hasn't He? We owe Him so much thankfulness!! Blessings, love, and hugs to you!

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    1. Yes, dear friend! It is hard to hold back the praises, when I think of all He has done. In spite of all of life's trials, He is there, and SO worthy of our praise! Yes, He surely is a faithful God. Happy Thanksgiving to you, and may God abundantly bless you and your family. Much love to you!

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Cheryl! I agree that we should practice gratitude every day.

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Margie! God bless you. :)

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  7. Dear Cheryl, it is so true that thanksLIVING is really how we should be living, each day and every day! We are so very blessed in every way, each and every day, and how wonderful a thing it is to ponder the grace, mercy and love of our Lord towards us. When I think of the prayers He has answered just this year - thinking of sweet Eli and Kristen especially, I am reminded again of just how FAITHFUL He is to us, and how grateful I am for His great lovingkindness in every measure to us. And just as surely as He carried us through this year, HE will be with us through whatever may come next year. I am keeping your situation as well as LD's health in our prayers. Your dear sweet family is always in our thoughts and prayers, we are praying and believing the Lord for mighty things in your lives! Blessings and hugs to you today!

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    1. Oh, my, we surely are so very blessed! Yes, I think often of how God came on the scene for Kristen and little Eli, and I will never be able to thank God enough. So thankful for your prayers, support, and friendship, dear friend. Happy Thanksgiving to you and many hugs and blessings!

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  8. I do try to remember to thank GOD for the days blessings.

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you, BJ! God bless you. :)

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  9. I don't do a lot of shopping, either, and we don't have a Target, ... (actually, my "town" is only around 1,000 and we don't have ANY stores, ha, ha)... so I've never shopped there, but I've read about their new policies. :( We order from christianbook, mostly. It's really hard because it seems like EVERYONE accepts things now, so weeding them out and sticking true to the Word is getting harder and harder.

    I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving. :)

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    1. May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Thanksgiving, too, Ang. So thankful for you and your stand for what is right. Praying for you and so thankful to know you are feeling some better! God is SO good!!

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  10. I am not a Target shopper simply because I personally don't care for the store and it was not very close to where I live so when I started hearing these things about them, it was actually not a problem at all for me to NOT go there...lol! I also say Merry Christmas as often as I can! I hope your family has a most blessed Thanksgiving, Cheryl!

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    1. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, Debby! God has so many amazing things in store for you in your new home! So exciting to see what He is doing for you. Sending hugs and many blessings your way!

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  11. Awesome pictures! It's so wonderful that you see the world through a heavenly perspective. That makes it that much more beautiful.

    With you on making it count on where we spend what belongs to our Father anyway.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you so much, Floyd! I trust you were blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. So thankful for your support and kind heart. God bless you, brother!

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  12. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Cheryl. You continually enlighten me. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I'm continuing to pray for LD.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers, Kitty. God bless you for your faithfulness and support and encouragement. You are such a blessing. I trust your Thanksgiving Day was abundantly blessed, my friend. :)

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  13. Thank you for sharing the lovely verses on Thanksgiving! I hope you had a very happy one with your family!

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    1. It was so blessed, Bethany! I am most grateful to God for all of His blessings. I truly hope you and your family had a very happy Thanksgiving, also! God bless you always! :)

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  14. Dear Cheryl, You always write your blog posts with such humility and from your precious heart. I always appreciate your thoughts, wisdom and insights. I know the Lord is very pleased because you bring Him all the glory.

    Your pictures are beautiful and the accompanying Scripture verses comforting and encouraging.

    Continuing to pray for your brother-in-law and his family and for all of you. May the Lord keep you close and may His presence and comfort wash over you with waves of peace.

    Sending you much love,

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    1. Oh, sweet friend! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your precious words of encouragement and understanding and support. And, you will never know how much we appreciate your continued prayers. Sending much love and many hugs and blessings to you today! Praying for you!!!

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  15. Hello Cheryl, God Blessed us with a wonderful year. Hope and pray this coming year gives you great Blessings..

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    1. Praise the Lord, Renee! I am so thankful all is well with you, and yes, let's pray much that this new year gives us all great blessings! Whew, as I look back over this year, there has been much heartache, but hopefully, the new year will be better. Thank you for your sweet visit. :) Have a wonderful Christmas season!

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