Thankful for my Husband

I’m thankful for Mr. Brandon Moore. I’m thankful that God created marriage. Marriage is good. Being married to the right person is better. I won’t try to be overly lovey dovey about marriage right now. I’ll keep it at a minimum, or save it for another post (see the relationship posts lol). Nonetheless, I am thankful for my lovely husband, and our anniversary is coming up so he can have a special shout out.

I’m thankful that he is seeking God in his work, in our marriage, and in his life period. I trust his decisions because he seeks God. Let me tell you, when you marry a godly man there is so much that you don’t worry about.

Hear me clearly on this though. Marriage is certainly not without its challenges just because you’re a Christian. Marriage has its challenges. But it’s nice to know that you can be married and agree on decisions that honor God. It’s nice to be married and know your husband consults God daily to make sure he’s honoring Him. It’s nice to be married to a Christian.

So all in all, I’m thankful for Brandon. More than that, I’m thankful that he is a Christian.

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Thankful for My Life

I’m grateful for my life. I enjoy my life. Life has its challenges, and last year I can honestly say I wasn’t in a good place. Thinking of the place that I feel I am my best at, I know I can say I wasn’t close to that self.
Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, I just wasn’t well. I wasn’t hospitalized, I wasn’t in a corner crying hysterically, but I know I wasn’t doing well. I wasn’t positive, I was sick off and on consistently. I didn’t have joy, and I didn’t even possess happiness.

So, yes, I’m thankful for life. I know that joy is never meant to be circumstantial, yet I treated it like it was. I’m thankful that even in my moping around, I was still able to know that God had a purpose, and a perfect time for it to be revealed. I’m also grateful that God, in His grace and mercy, allowed me to see another day, even if it was just to apologize for how I had misused the previous one.
I am thankful for my life. I don’t get everything I want. However, I have everything I need. I am thankful for everyday life, here and now. But you know what I’m really thankful for? Life in eternity.

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The Gift of Forgiveness

I’m thankful for forgiveness. It’s an amazing gift. Usually, undeserved, but an ever present reminder of the Love of God. Here’s an idea I had from the story of Joseph:

People with impure motives will always question your pure motives. It seems to me that Joseph’s brothers thought he was going to turn on them once their father died. Their hearts might have changed after the years they were apart, but they still might not have understood the purity of another’s motives. Maybe the idea of forgiveness was still foreign to them.  

Their motives in the past were impure and I think they might have assumed Joseph’s might be as well. This is strictly assumption on my part, because this is not stating in scripture that they didn’t trust Joseph. But it’s quite interesting to me that they had a fear of what might happen to them once their father passed. 

When others have done wrong, it’s hard for them to believe that someone else would be willing to do right by them still. It’s surprising that people can forgive such wrongdoing. But, whether they choose to believe it or not, through Jesus Christ, forgiveness is very possible.  

Today, be that surprise to someone. Shock those who have wronged you by having pure motives and loving them and forgiving them, just as Christ forgave you. In the end, you’ll be better and hopefully so will they. 

Genesis 50:14-21

After burying Jacob, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had accompanied him to his father’s burial. But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said.

So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said.

But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

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The Present

I always want to be grateful. I think gratitude challenges are wonderful. We see them the most in November. I know they annoy some people, but the meaning behind them is good. The meaning is to take a break and think about what you have in your life to be grateful for.

Should gratitude be an everyday thing? Absolutely. Do we spend most days at a pause thinking about what we are grateful for? Probably not.

However, I think that November is a great time to think of how thankful we really should be every day. People aren’t going to change just because of this, but hopefully people will see the reality of how necessary it is to be grateful everyday of life.

Every day should be the gratitude challenge. My life is significantly better when my focus is on the things I am grateful for, big and small.

This is the thing, if I’m busy focusing on everything I’m grateful for, I hardly have time to focus on what I don’t have. And hopefully I won’t make time to focus on what I don’t have either.

Be grateful today. Be grateful for today. Be grateful every day, because every day is a gift sent our way. How do you choose to unwrap it?

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Is it You?

Why are we so surprised by wrongdoing? I don’t mean that as a literal question. I myself am often surprised at how wrong people can treat others and think it’s OK. So maybe surprised isn’t the word, maybe I’m just dumbfounded by it.

People who mistreat people, who desire to do that, are living in darkness. There is bitterness and unhappiness that stirs a desire to mistreat people. Many people live in this bitterness, so we really shouldn’t be so surprised by it when we witness. It’s what they know at this point.

Most importantly, the Bible gives us a heads up about it all. The Bible actually tells us that some of these people who are living in darkness actually think that they’re living in light. There are actually people who think that some of the wrongs they commit are actually right. It’s crazy, right?

Here’s the real question though. Is that you? Because the thing is, you might have read this and thought of someone who fits this description. However, the main thing is that that someone isn’t able to read this, and think of you.

Matthew 6:23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

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As a Nation

In Genesis, God said Abel’s blood cries out to Me from the land (Genesis 4:10) when Cain acted like he didn’t know where Abel was. Think about that. “His blood cries out to Me.” What a powerful statement, right? Blood crying out leads to a question I have in reference to that verse.

My question is, as a nation, do we not think the blood of those who were enslaved and killed, forced off of their land, etc. cries out to God? Is there anything we can do about the past? No, there’s not, but I believe we can learn from it. Are we learning?

If Abel’s blood cried out to God, does innocent blood not continue to cry out to Him? We must take a look around. The innocent lives that are being taken at an alarming rate is saddening.Do we not think their blood cries out? As a nation, what matters most to us these days? As a nation, what should matter most to us? Do we know?

Most importantly, as a Christian, what matters most to you these days? Do you know anymore? Do you care anymore? 

Genesis 4:10 The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

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You Don’t Understand

We don’t understand what God is up to. And you know what? It frustrates us. OK, maybe I’m looping everyone into the same category. I won’t do that. I’ll speak only for myself, as I should.

I don’t always understand what God is up to, and it frustrates me. I just want to know. I’m planned. I don’t like surprises. I plan spontaneity. A plan makes me happy. It makes me feel safe.

But the funny thing about all of that is the fact that we really can’t know everything God is up to. Even if God let me in on the plan, I can’t fully understand it. And on this side of eternity, I won’t fully understand it.

So, slowly but surely, God is teaching me that I don’t need to understand it all the time. All I need to do is trust Him all of the time. How am I getting to this point? Well, God called me out.

One morning before work, God called me out. I was doing my morning routine, praying for Him to be with me. And He stopped me. He said, Chanel, why do you pray for Me to be with you, if you won’t trust Me when I’m there? You’re mine, I’m always with you, but if you don’t trust Me, it doesn’t do much good now does it?

So, I’m trusting God. I’m trusting that I don’t have to understand it all all the time, and I’m trusting the fact that He understands why He does what He does. Because let’s face it, if I don’t trust Him, do I prove that I really need Him?

John 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

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