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Working Toward Something Good and Beautiful

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It’s been more than three weeks since I’ve written or posted anything. During that time, my pain medication has been elevated, due to a continued increase in the pain I suffer. The increased pain medication has made it nearly impossible for me to write, as I have been unable to stay awake long enough to read, write or think with any clarity. Then, when the pain meds wear off, the intense pain also renders me unable to write, as I struggle unsuccessfully, to get my mind off the pain and focus on something else.

Then, in the midst of this, my FaceBook account was hacked by someone pretending to be me. This imposter created a clone of my account, and began contacting some of my friends, trying to obtain personal financial information from them. Needless to say, I reported this to FaceBook, and I’ve closed my account for the time being…

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Landon Gilfillan

Meanwhile, for the last nine days, my husband and I have been visiting our daughter and son-in-law, and three of our nine grandchildren. This precious time with my family has given me great joy, despite the pain I’m in, and last night, before bed, my granddaughters asked me to share a bible story with them. This completely blessed me, for there is nothing I’d rather do than share God’s word with people, and especially with my beloved grandchildren…

Therefore, I shared Daniel 1 with them last night, and I will continue sharing the story of Daniel and his friends each night for the rest of our visit… So, after beginning to tell Daniel’s story to my grandchildren and preparing to share the next chapter with them tonight, I felt a stirring within me to write. This urge to write has been missing for the last few weeks, but now, I found myself wanting to share Daniel’s story with you…

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As you may already know, when King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian army invaded Judea, the Lord allowed Nebuchadnezzar to make Judea’s King Jehoiakim his prisoner and take him back to Babylon. The Lord also allowed his army to rob His holy Temple, carrying some of its sacred vessels back to fill the treasury of Babylon’s false gods. Among those captured in the invasion, were members of Judah’s royal family, and several members of nobility. It was from these members of royalty and nobility, that Nebuchadnezzar chose the brightest young men who were also the most handsome, to be trained to serve in his royal court.

Among those chosen to be trained to serve in Nebuchadnezzar’s court were four young men named, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Then, possibly in an attempt to make them forget their roots, one of the first things Nebuchadnezzar did, was to change the names of his captives. Thus, Daniel became Belteshazzar, Hananiah’s name was changed to Shadrach, Mishael’s name became Meshach and Azariah became Abed-nego.

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Minister to the Heart

To further enhance the change in the lives of Nebuchadnezzar’s captives, they were sent to live in his palace, where they would be trained in the Babylonian ways for three years. Daniel and his friends meekly went along with all of these changes, until they were presented with food from the king’s table. While these rations were very generous and were gratefully received by other prisoners, to be forced to partake of this food, would defile Daniel and his friends before the Lord, and they would rather die than be seen as unclean by their God. 

Therefore, carefully choosing his words, Daniel spoke for himself and his friends to the king’s chief eunuch, asking that he and his friends be served nothing but vegetables, grains and water. Ashpenaz, the chief eunuch, refused, but Daniel was persistent, and quietly spoke to the guard that the chief eunuch assigned to him and his compatriots…

12 “Please, do us a favor. Put us, your servants, to the test for the next 10 days. Give us a vegetarian diet and water. 13 When the time is up, you can see for yourself our condition and compare it to the condition of the other young men who are eating from the king’s table. Then, after you have seen what has happened, do whatever you think is best with us, your servants.”

14 So the guard agreed to do as Daniel requested. He tested them on a diet of only vegetables, grains, and water for 10 days. 15 When the 10 days were up, he looked them over and noticed that Daniel and his friends were better off than all the young men eating from the king’s best foods. They looked healthy and well nourished, 16 so the guard continued to hold back their royal rations and replaced them with a strictly vegetarian diet. 17 Through all of this, God conferred upon these 4 young men superior abilities in literature, language, and wisdom. God had given Daniel an additional gift, too: the ability to interpret visions and dreams. 18 When the 3-year period of training and conditioning, as set by the king, was over, the king sent for the candidates; the chief of the royal eunuchs himself escorted them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king interviewed all of them and found that none of the candidates were any better than Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; so they were each assigned an important place in the king’s court.  ~ Daniel 1:12-19  VOICE ~

As I think about this story, and I ponder my own situation, which seems so hopeless and untenable, I’m struck by the presence of God in Daniel’s life. Think about it. Daniel was a God-fearing Jewish boy, whose desire was to serve God faithfully in Judea, in the midst of God’s chosen people. Yet, instead of having his dream fulfilled, Daniel and his friends were cruelly snatched from the arms of their loved ones and deposited into the midst of heathens. Also, rather than serving the country they loved, in Jerusalem, home of God’s holy Temple, they were now forced to serve a pagan king, who served pagan gods. Nothing had gone the way it should have, and Daniel’s dreams of ministering had been snatched away from him… Or had they?

As I think about my own situation, it all seems so hopeless. I’m in so much constant pain, that I’m unable to stand and minister like I once did. My dreams of ministering for the Lord seem to be beyond my grasp right now. I’m no longer able to preach and minister in the prisons like I once did, and my dance ministry has also fallen to the wayside, for how can you dance, when merely standing, sitting, walking or laying cause excruciating pain?

Still, as I read about Daniel, I’m struck by the knowledge that God not only knew about Daniel’s situation, it seems that He orchestrated it, for His glory…

The Lord gave Nebuchadnezzar the victory and allowed him to take King Jehoiakim of Judah as his prisoner. At the same time, He permitted the Babylonian king to rob God’s temple of some of its sacred vessels and carry them away to Babylonia (called Shinar), which was the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, to fill the treasury of his own gods, Marduk and Nebo.

After the king returned home, he commanded Ashpenaz, chief of the royal eunuchs, to bring some of the Israelites who had been taken captive to the palace. These included members of Judah’s royal family and the nobility.  ~ Daniel 1:2-3 VOICE ~

Now, if God orchestrated the events in Daniel’s life, and in the lives of His chosen people, doesn’t it seem plausible that He would also orchestrate the events in my life and yours? To be kidnapped and taken to a country far away, seems like a horrific experience, and yet, when you realize that God was behind it, this dreadful event is miraculously changed into a reason for hope and even joy. 

Likewise, a life of constant chronic pain was not a part of the life I dreamed of having. I dreamed of preaching throughout the country, in prisons and churches and wherever else God sent me, but I now see that what I had once thought was God’s will for my life, was really only my own hopes and dreams for my life. They were my plans, not His. Furthermore, knowing that this chronic pain is not some tragic misfortune caused by the devil, unbeknownst to God, but rather, it is all a part of His plan for my life, makes my current circumstances worth rejoicing over…

28 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.  ~ Romans 8:28 VOICE ~

Now, as I look at Daniel, who was snatched from his home, never to return again, I can see that God orchestrated everything in his life, changing it into something beautiful and good. So, if God orchestrated Daniel’s painful events into something good and beautiful, don’t you think it’s possible (even likely) that since I love Him, He has been orchestrating everything in my life to work toward something good and beautiful?

What about you, beloved reader? Have your circumstances been difficult? Be of good cheer. For as long as you love Him and are called according to His purpose, God will orchestrate everything in your life to work toward something good and beautiful.

© 2014
Cheryl A. Showers

It’s Time for a Change

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I’m getting older now, and while at fifty-three, I’m not ancient, I’ve still lived long enough to witness and be a part of many changes. Also, while I’m not yet ready to die, (Lord willing), I have reached the place in life, when we begin to comprehend our own mortality. My body is not as strong as it once was, and for the last three years, I’ve been living with chronic pain, which often renders me immobile. Though I’m still able to walk, the pain of doing so is often so excruciating that I’m confined to my recliner. This same recliner once belonged to my mother, who suffered from the same disabling back and leg pain.

Frankly, this isn’t the way I thought I would be spending this part of my life. I had envisioned a life filled with ministry, as I continue d ministering in prison for many years to come, as well as ministering wherever the Lord would send me, preaching the gospel and worshiping Him in dance. But all of that changed, when the back pain that I had dealt with off and on since childhood, (I have scoliosis, and have dealt with back pain off and on ever since I can remember.) came to stay in 2011. As early as 2008 and 2009, I began to notice that my pain was occurring more and more frequently, though I was able to tolerate it, because I still had more good days than bad.

However, by 2011, the pain had become my constant tormentor, and I found myself struggling to get out of bed in the mornings for work. The job I had once loved, was now a chore, which steadily grew more and more difficult to continue, while still, the pain continued to increase like a cumbersome, misshapen burden, continually tormenting me. By 2012, the pain had become so torturous that I began praying as soon as I got out of my car, “God, please help me make it across this parking lot to my office. Please help me, Lord. O God, please help me get to the building. Help me walk to the time clock, Lord…” On and on my prayer continued, and after I clocked in, I prayed for God to help me walk from the time clock to my office…

I’ve worked since I was fifteen years old, and I have always been a very dependable employee. I could always be counted on to get to my job on time, every day that I was scheduled to work, however, I began calling out frequently due to the pain, and on the days I was able to come to work, I had to fight the pain in order to get up and get ready on time. Because I missed so much time from work, my boss told me that I had to apply for FMLA, in order to keep from losing my job. Therefore, on September 1, 2012, I was placed on FMLA for twelve weeks. At the end of the twelve weeks, my pain had only grown in its intensity, and I was unable to return to work. The pain affected not only my job, but also my hopes and dreams for ministry, and I was forced to resign from prison ministry as well as my job. 

A few months later, my mother passed away. I was devastated. A month after losing my mom, I was admitted to the hospital with C-diff, a serious and contagious intestinal virus. Most often contracted by the elderly, this viral infection can sometimes be deadly. Then, to top that off, a few weeks after I was released from the hospital, my daughter, her husband and their children, who had been living with my husband and me, packed up and moved more than eight hundred miles away from us.

All of this happened within a five month span, and after losing so much, so quickly, I fell into a deep depression that I’m still trying to climb out of. As the reality of my own mortality became evident to me, I found myself battling many demons I had thought were long gone, but now, in my weakened state,  they rose up against me, much stronger and more ferocious than ever. I faced demons of rejection, fear, and anxiety, as well many others. On top of this, I came to the realization that many of the things I had long dreamed of doing, would never come to pass, because of the constant pain I now lived with. 

I won’t lie. Though I am a born-again, spirit-filled believer in Christ, I lost hope, when the Lord didn’t answer my impassioned plea for healing. Instead, my pain grew worse and worse. In the process of losing my mother, I felt that I had failed both her and God, which caused me to question my salvation. I fearfully worried that when the time comes to meet my Maker, would He look at me and say,   “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”? I was afraid that He would, and as crazy as this might sound, coming from a woman, who was once certain of her Father’s love for her, I began to fear that I had somehow lost His love, because I was so unworthy.

Without His love, my hope was gone as well. For how can anyone ever hope for anything without His love? How is it even possible to live, apart from His love? I was miserable. I was afraid of dying, and yet my reason for living was gone. My ministry was over. My mother was gone, as were my daughter, son and my grandchildren. I shudder to think of what might have happened to me if not for my beloved husband.

For more than a year, I grieved, as my emotional and spiritual pain matched my physical pain. When I first realized the seriousness of my back pain and came to comprehend that this pain wasn’t merely temporary, but chronic, I prayed that God would heal me.  As I stood in the shower, crying aloud because the pain of simply standing to take a shower was now so intolerable, I would beg Him to heal me… 

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise.

~ Jeremiah 17:14  NKJV ~

I don’t know about you, but I hate pain, and I desperately wanted to believe that I would be healed from the many medical problems in my spine. Yet, no matter how much I wanted to believe this, something within me (I believe it was the Lord.) said that I would not be cured, and that I must go through this. That isn’t what I wanted to hear. 

So, how do you pray, when the pain is sometimes more than you can bear, yet you know this is God’s will for you?

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7  NKJV ~

O, how this verse speaks to me on so  many different levels! For those who are in the midst of constant pain as I am, whether it is physical, emotional, spiritual, or all of the above, just look at another translation of this verse, and let it wash over you. The Voice ™, a fairly new translation of the bible, released in 2012, is a beautiful translation of God’s word. In fact, today is the first time I’ve read from this translation. Let’s look at Philippians 4:6-7 in The Voice ™… 

Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. ~ Philippians 4:6-7  VOICE ~

This verse just speaks to me. I have been so anxious about so many things during the last year and a half, and the first thing thing I read in this scripture is, “Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray.” In all honesty, while in the midst of all my struggles, I haven’t spent a lot of time praying. Yet this scripture commands me to pray, instead of being anxious. Is it possible, I wonder, that if I had spent more time praying in the last year and a half, I might not have suffered from anxiety? Even though the pain of my spinal condition is something that I must live with, if I continually pray about it, I’m certain He’ll help me endure it. 

The next portion of this scripture has tripped me up, in this time of pain and suffering… He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come.” Wow. God commands us to be thankful for what has come, and I have been anything BUT thankful. While I haven’t been like Job’s wife, saying, “Curse God and die,” I haven’t been thankful for the pain that has come to my life, either. In fact, to tell you the truth, I’ve spent way too much time crying, whining and complaining, and it hasn’t made me feel any better. In fact, the truth of the matter is that I’ve been perfectly miserable. 

Therefore, I believe a change is in order…

Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. ~ Philippians 4:6-7  VOICE ~

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I’ve decided to do exactly as this scripture commands. Whenever I feel anxious about things, I will  pray. Not only that, but this scripture commands that I pray about everything, because God longs to hear my requests. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know? I’ve never even considered that before. Have you? Think about the magnitude of this…

… He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. ~ Philippians 4:6   VOICE ~

I don’t know why Almighty God would long to hear my request, but I feel blessed and encouraged that He does. Praise God! I wonder… is it possible that God has allowed all of the physical, emotional and spiritual pain to enter my life because He longed to hear my requests? When I think of my pain in this light, it becomes easier to thank God for what has come. 

Finally, in Philippians 4:7I discover yet another reason to give thanks to God for what has come…

And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. ~ Philippians 4:7  VOICE ~

When I pray about everything, I overcome those feelings of anxiety, and I am able to give the Lord what He longs for. How awesome is it to know that we are able to fulfill one of the Lord’s longings, simply by praying to Him about everything? When I give the Lord what He longs for, not only do I overcome my anxiety, I also receive the gift of having God’s peace watching over my heart and my mind in Jesus…

Yes, it is indeed time for a change in my life. How about you, beloved? Have you been dealing with pain and suffering in your  life? If so, how did you respond to the pain? Did you pray about everything, giving thanks for what has come into your life? Or were you anxious as I was, neglecting to pray and give thanks? If so, maybe it’s time for a change in your life too. Why don’t you join me in obeying this scripture, and let’s see if the peace of God that is promised descends on our lives, in Jesus’ name?

© 2014
Cheryl A. Showers

The Thankful Project

Before (or after) Thursday, come up with

a number of things to be

thankful for that is equal to the number of

Thanksgivings you have been

on the planet.

For me 51 – ouch!

I am thankful for (in no particular order, just as things pop in my head):

  1. http://www.layoutsparks.com/1/194827/the-lord-is-savior.html

    My Salvation – I have been saved by grace and I didn’t have to try to earn it

  2. My Redemption Jesus took my punishment, the sinless One paid for my sins
  3. My Peace – The chastisement for my peace was upon Him… thanks to Jesus, I have peace that passes understanding, even in the midst of storms…
  4. http://whatislistening.com/blog/the-quest-of-the-mustard-seed-and-sorrow.php

    My Sorrow – He bore my sorrows so that I wouldn’t have to… I only need to cast all my cares on Him because He cares for me

  5. My Husband – He is the love of my life and a good and patient man
  6. My Son – He is my firstborn, and he has a mighty anointing on his life… he is called by God to do great and mighty things for His glory, and to lead multitudes to Christ
  7. My Daughter – She is my baby, and she too, has a mighty anointing on her life… she has such a loving spirit, and great wisdom… she’s not just my daughter, she has become my friend as well.
  8. My Daughter-In-Law – She is not just a daughter-in-law, she is like another daughter to me. When my son was just a boy, I began praying for the woman that he would marry, and the first time I met her, I knew that she was the answer to my prayers for my son. 🙂
  9. My Son-In-Law – He is another son to me and I really do love this young man. How could I not? He loves my daughter and their children, and I think that he would do almost anything for them.
  10. My Grandchildren – I currently have 7, but am expecting numbers 8 & 9 in 2013
  11. God’s Love – I am so thankful that I finally understand that He loves me with an everlasting love, a love that is unquenchable, a love that is not based on how good I am (because I fall far too short of His glory), a passionate love (He doesn’t just love me a little bit – He longs for me)
  12. My Church Family – They love me and accept me just as I am, praise God!
  13. My Home – I am so blessed to have a roof over my head
  14. http://www.laportecountysheriff.com/jail/jaildiv.html

    Prison Ministry – I am so blessed and honored that God chose me to minister to female inmates

  15. Dance Ministry – Though I haven’t been able to do it for a long time because of my back, I still enjoy watching others minister in dance, and I am hopeful that I will one day get to dance before the Lord again (this side of heaven) 🙂
  16. Music – I love music – it’s funny, because my kids and I can come up with a song for just about every situation or topic in life
  17. Mr. & Mrs. White – church bus ministers in the 1970’s, who used to pick me up on the church bus and take me to church, and no matter how bad I was, they loved me and prayed for me, and it was thanks to the foundation they laid, that I came to know Jesus
  18. LaughterI love to laugh – what a great gift from God
  19. http://www.polyvore.com/put_my_tears_in_your/set?id=28309522

    Tears – for many years, I couldn’t cry, and I prayed for tears, and the Lord answered that prayer… tears are good, they are cleansing, and they are so precious to God that He keeps them in a bottle and has a written record of every tear I’ve cried

  20. Freedom – I’m thankful that I am free to write all of the things that I am thankful for, that I am free to sing, that I am free to preach the word of God, that I am free to go from one state to another, that I am free to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
  21. Dirty Dishes – I’m doing dishes (yuck), but there are many people who probably dream of having a home and dishes, so I’m thankful for mine
  22. Laundry – a never-ending chore, but praise God! I have clothing, linens, and towels, while there are many who don’t, and some who have clothing but are not able to afford to wash them…
  23. Washer and Dryer – I am so thankful that I don’t have to go to the laundromat and pay exorbitant prices to clean my laundry.
  24. Indoor Plumbing – This may not be something many people think of nowadays, but as a child, I remember visiting relatives who did not have indoor plumbing, and I was terrified of the outhouse… And sadly, those affected by disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, and those in third world countries have to survive without it.
  25. Hurricane Sandy – This devastating hurricane was supposed to take a direct hit on Delaware, but the Lord spared us… and while it was certainly devastating to NJ and NY, I am thankful that not many lives were lost, because it could have been so much worse, but for God’s mercy.
  26. Electricity – I am so thankful that I have electricity so that I can see at night, cook, and do so many things that would not be possible without electricity.
  27. Heat – I am thankful that I am able to keep warm when it is cold.
  28. Air Conditioning – I am thankful that God chose to let me be born in this day and age, where I can come into the air conditioning if I get overheated.
  29. Weight Loss – Hallelujah! By God’s grace, I’ve lost 21 lbs since August… and by His grace, I will continue to lose weight.
  30. My Sister – Though we often struggle in communicating with one another, she is a good and generous woman and I love her more than she knows.
  31. Sunny Days – I am so thankful when the sun is shining brightly, and the skies are brilliant blue, and when the sun’s rays spread forth through the clouds, I am always in awe of what an awesome and creative God I serve.
  32. Cloudy Days – I love cloudy, foggy days too, as the clouds envelop the earth in a grayish, mysterious haze.
  33. http://www.123rf.com/photo_11809737_children-on-rainy-days.html

    Rainy Days – I love the sound of raindrops as they bounce off windows and the roof, and I love to watch the rain watering the fields, crops, flowers, ground. How beautiful to see water falling from the sky in droplets or soaking downpours.

  34. Thunder – I love the sound of thunder as it rolls across the sky, sometimes rolling softly at first, then louder and louder, and sometimes crackling. I also especially love when it makes a loud crashing sound… ok – so I like noise. 🙂
  35. Lightning – I love watching the lightning… I love it when gently flashes, briefly lighting the sky from a distance… I love watching it streak in bolts across the sky, imagining that God is throwing His spear of lightning… and I love when it flashes brightly, lighting up a dark cloudy night sky and for an instant, making things as bright as day.
  36. Rainbows – I am so thankful when I see a rainbow, and sometimes, when I’m blessed to see a double rainbow, always remembering God’s promise to never again destroy the entire earth with floods…
  37. Covenant – I am thankful that God’s vows and promises to us will be fulfilled, and I am thankful for the covenant vows that He has already fulfilled…
  38. Moon – I love moonlit nights… I love the crescent moon, the half-moon, the full moon, and all the other stages in between… My grandchildren love to look at the moon too.
  39. Stars – I’m thankful for starlit nights with all of the constellations twinkling and shining, brightening our way.
  40. Good Times – I am so thankful for all of the good times I’ve had in my life… the day I got married… when our first child was born… when our second child was born… when my children graduated… when they married… when each grandchild was born… too many to list, but so many good times and memories – thank You Lord!
  41. Bad Times – I’m thankful for all of the bad times in my life… times of pain… times of anger… times of disappointment… the bad times helped to shape me and mold me into the woman I am today, and those bad times also help me to have a greater appreciation for the good times.
  42. Friends – Though I don’t have a lot of friends, the Lord has blessed me with a few very good friends who love me in good times and in bad times. I am thankful for every friend He has given me and I pray He blesses each one.
  43. Technology – I’m a geek at heart. I am so thankful for technology such as computers, cell phones, televisions… all those things which can and should be used for good, to enhance our lives and the lives of others.
  44. http://www.redletterchristians.org/where-is-god-when-im-hurting/hurt/

    Pain – I am thankful for the pain that I suffer, because it helps me to really appreciate the days when I don’t hurt… the pain helps me to empathize with others who are hurting, both physically and emotionally… the pain also reminds me that I am not paralyzed, and that I am indeed alive, and so, I am thankful for it.

  45. Transportation – I am thankful for planes, trains and automobiles… thankful that though my children are far away from me, we don’t live in the days of the horse and buggy, so we can drive, ride or fly to see them.
  46. Ice Cream – Ok – I haven’t had any in a long, long time, but it just popped into my head, and so I have to say, I really, really like ice cream, and I am thankful to those who first created it, and to God, who obviously gave them that brilliant idea… I wonder what ice cream will be like in the Kingdom of God?
  47. Guinea Pigs – We have two of them – Sparkle Cupcake and Flower – and who knew? Guinea Pigs have lots of personality and are lots of fun… They squeak when they hear or see you go to the refrigerator, to remind you that they are here and they are hungry (always)… When my husband comes in from the outside, they will often greet him with squeals of joy and excitement… And on a couple of occasions, they have actually sung like birds, quite beautifully. I even thought there was a bird in our chimney at first, till I looked and saw that it was Flower who was singing.
  48. Air – I am thankful for the air I breathe, and to God, who supplies each breath.
  49. Chocolate – yes, I am thankful for chocolate… the darker the chocolate, the better, although I also like milk chocolate… chocolate sauce, chocolate pie, chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate chips… yes, I am so thankful for chocolate.
  50. http://crossinthewilderness.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-bible-is-truth.html

    The Bible – I love reading a good book, poems, and blog posts, but I am especially thankful for the Bible, which is the God-breathed word of God. I am thankful for every book, word, and verse which comprises the Bible, which is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword… I am so thankful that when I read it, God speaks to me.

  51. The Thankful Project – I am thankful for this thankful project, which caused me to sit down and really think of all of the things that I am thankful for. Thank You Lord, for all that You have given me and blessed me with, and thank You for letting me pause and really take stock of all that I am thankful for.

Hallelujah! What are you thankful for?