Friday, November 19, 2010


I have had a busy week and how grateful I am just for that ~ the ability to be busy. With these knees it is soo hard sometimes to have a busy day with many things that need to be accomplished, and no idea just how far I might get before these knees just can’t do anymore. I have been keeping a list of thanks on my sidebar this month and it has turned into a real blessing in and of itself. To set your mind on the good things, the positive thing, the things of God is a Biblical principle that we can count on. These verses in Philippians have just always been my very favorite.

Phil 4:8 – 9 Finally, brethren whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, meditate on these things.

And here comes the promise

The things which you have leaned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

So much of the Christian walk comes down to the mind. Romans 12:2 speaks of the essential place of being transformed by the renewing of your mind, and 2 Corinthians 10:5 speaks of the importance of casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. What we “choose” to meditate on matters very much. What Paul describes here in these verses is a very practical way to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Paul had the integrity to present himself as an example of all of these things to the Philippians. He really could say, “follow me as I follow Jesus.” If the Philippians did as Paul had instructed, not only would they have had the peace of God, but the God of peace would have also been with them. It is of course very true for us as well. I have honestly found that when I find myself getting down or overwhelmed or feeling like I just can’t make it, I need only to fix my mind on and meditate on God and His many, many blessings, and my spirits are lifted and His peace will wash over my heart and spirit. There are just some things that are true, or are Biblical principles that just can’t be gotten away from NO MATTER WHAT and this is one of them. I don’t know about you but I praise God for this. My emotions can be all over the place, but by meditating on God and His peace, and His goodness, and His mercy and His grace, and His many different blessings as well, my mind can be renewed bringing with it His peace which transcends all understanding. Just doesn’t get any better.

Next week is of course Thanksgiving and it really has always been my favorite holiday. And not just because I love the gathering of family and friends over a very yummy meal, (which I certainly do of course!) but because it does cause me to focus on the goodness of God and the many things He has blessed me with over the year. It makes my heart fill with His joy, and His peace, and makes what I tell my grandchildren every chance I get so very true…”A thankful heart IS a happy heart.”

Today, Friday Nov. 19th is my grand niece’s very first birthday. What a joy and delight she is to all of us, but especially to her parents and my sister Diane and her husband. We will help celebrate her birthday on Sunday and how I am looking forward to that. Happy birthday sweet Miss Priscilla Jane and may the Lord bless you, and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you, now and always…

To join the other Spiritual Sunday posts, click HERE. How it always blesses my heart when I do.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself..


  1. I love your post...every word is true!! Thanks so much for sharing.
    I also love that you are busy...I just read this morning that busy people are happy people...I am sure there is a balance...but boredom can really bring you down.
    The picture is just can't help but smile with her.

  2. Hi Debbie,
    What a cutie-pie your grand niece is! Little ones just make your heart swell with joy, don't they? I so enjoyed your post, Debbie! Wonderful scriptures and you know that Philippians 4:8 is my favourite too! When I'm going through a difficult time, that verse always keeps my head in the right place. I like seeing your "List of Thankfulness" on your sidebar too. What a wonderful idea! Have a lovely weekend my friend and I pray your Thanksgiving is filled with many blessings.

    Blessings and hugs,

  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful post, Debbie, and the adorable, precious picture!

  4. Your little grand-niece is so adorable!! What a great photo! And I've had that verse memorized for years as a child but never really thought about what it meant. Just recited it. A few years ago it finally hit me. Love it!!

  5. Hi sweetie, She is just so adorable. One of my grands has her first birthday next Friday. The year went fast! I agree with you in the more we give thanks the more we realize how blessed we are.
    Thanking our Lord for you today.
    Love, Noreen

  6. I need to hear what you had shared here today sister Debbie. I love the reminder Phil. 4:8,9 gave me. Happy Birthday to your pretty grand niece. And what a happy baby!!!

    May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and God bless you richly!

  7. What a wonderful post! I love all of your thankfulness!
    God is sooo good ♥

    Your grand-niece is absolutely PRECIOUS!

    Have a blessed weekend my dear friend

  8. Beautiful Debbie, and you have quoted one of my most favorite scriptures.
    It is His Word that keeps me in check and keeps my emotions from over taking me, by meditating on Him and allowing Him to renew my mind,. Trust me it is an up and down thing, for me. Thanks for this reminder.

    Your niece is adorable, and I wish her a very happy birthday, and many more blessed days.

    May your Thanksgiving be filled with many blessings
    as you gather around your table with loved ones.

  9. Wow!!! Is all I can say! That last bit was right on! I can't wait to share the day with you on the fifth Debbie!

    And can I just say..those eyes!! They are absolutely gorgeous! Happy, happy to that sweet little girl!

  10. What a beautiful post filled with thankfulness words...And
    Happy Birthday to your grand-niece, she is absolutely adorable.
    Much Blessings,

  11. your niece is the cutest...her eyes, her smile pulled me to her. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. One of my favorite verses. What a wonderful thanksgiving side bar and good way to remember to be thankful.

  13. I had to write down that little poem at the end on an index card and left it right where everyone in my family can see it. Something we all need to remember.

  14. Your grand-niece is such a cutie! I know she brings great joy to everyone.

    I love the poem at the end of your post.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.


  15. You have found the secret, which isn't really a secret at all, but still it is so sad that so many do not recognize where true joy comes from. I agree with you totally about Thanksgiving. Happy Birthday to your darling little grand niece.
    Blessings for a very happy Thanksgiving.

  16. Beautiful post. I love that gorgeous cutie pie but my favorite part was that last paragraph, especially the last line--"Count on God instead of yourself." Perfectly true.

    Love the aprons too. To you and yours, a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

  17. Beautiful post...those verses are so important to remember..Love the photo :) and your signiture too with the cross......Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. That niece of your is a Beauty! Happy Birthday to her and God bless all of your family this Thanksgiving.

  19. Being thankful is a choice, isn't it? I love your blessings list and all your pretty fall aprons!:)

  20. What a precious picture~~ I love this poem,thank-you.
    God Bless,

  21. Good thoughts to renew our spirit of Thanksgiving and to renew our minds.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  22. G'day Debbie ~ Beautiful write ... love that little pink princess beauty.

    Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  23. She has the sweetest smile and I so appreciate your sharing with us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.


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