Friday, December 25, 2015


When my children were small, and being the phlegmatic mom that I was, and in teaching them to not kill themselves or anybody else, I could only work on one behavior at a time. When the two year old insisted on running into the street it took a whack on the diapers to get the point across that this was dangerous.  When the crawling baby chewed on the wires attached to the stereo, misdirection worked on that risky activity.

Now in my own effort to change my own behavior and or attitudes I find I can only work on one thing at a time.  Last year, for the New Year, I made a list of refusals—things that I refused to do like being bitter or unforgiving.  This turned out to be a little overwhelming. 

So today, with the New Year right around the corner, it’s that time again—time to store away another used up year.  I’m ready to begin a shiny new one.   This moment in time instead of making resolutions, or coming up with some refusals, I decided to adopt the idea of a couple of other bloggers. They suggest you choose one word that you want God to help you achieve. Click here to read one blog  and click here to read the other one-- in case you want to check them out.

Because of my prayer several times a day—Lord have mercy, how long will you delay?  When will you come and set things right? —I decided I need to become more grateful for each blessing God provides me each day and enjoy the day. In choosing one word to describe what I want to work on this year I chose “thankful.”  I’m praying that God will help me to be more thankful for what He has supplied and to not take every good thing for granted.

Will you join me in choosing your word?

I Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to [a]God, even the Father;

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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