Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Watch What You Ask For

As November closes her doors I reflect back on how the Lord answered my prayers.  Like praying for patience and then having every occasion to learn patience, well November was a month for learning another dimension of thankfulness.  The Lord heard my prayer for a deeper level of gratitude and this month gave me more than enough reasons to offer thanks or to become frustrated and bitter.  As I close the page on this month I believe I walked through to a new level of learning "giving thanks in all things".  My excitement over what God is doing in my heart and circumstances is beyond words.
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1) Our 3rd Son was rushed to the hospital because of a seizure - thanks for more understanding on the cause and questions were answered, someone was there when he turned blue, he is fine and was able to continue in college - wonderful doctors
2) Cast boy had his cast removed - healing well, brace will be off the middle of December
3)  Job provision was very low - got a bonus to pay back rent
4) Son and Daughter-in-law turned 27!!!
5) Son and Daughter-in-law healing from miscarriage - God's faithfulness and promises for the future
6) Our fourth son went through oral surgery and did well - provision given for this expense 
7)  I prepared Thanksgiving Lunch and Dessert Party by myself and more than survived - His grace and strength were wonderfully abundant - my first brine turkey turned out great!
8) My mother-in-law, age 95, traveled with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law to celebrate with us
9) We had new and old friends come for dessert, what a joy!
10) No one was hurt and there was a lot of fun at the Thanksgiving football game played by the kids and dads
11) My husband took off two days before returning to his six day a week schedule at work
12) Financial Provision was given that would pay for our Thanksgiving and take care of many future needs - this answer to pray was the most humbling and  planted deep truth in my heart - again how beautiful the Body of Christ and to feel God loves you through His body
I was able to attend the Homestead Heritage Thanksgiving Festival the day after Thanksgiving.  This is one of my joys and is so refreshing after all the company and preparation of Thanksgiving.  I love going back to the old arts and seeing how cheese, bread, candles, soap, brooms, etc. are made and how I could do some of the same. I am going to try to do cheese and soap this next year.  The craftsmanship is amazing and the animals are so enjoyable.  My son was so delighted to experience all of it.

Thank you Lord for walking me through this month.  You have more than answered my prayers for a heart of gratitude. I Thes. 5:18 - "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."  Now I move into the month where I focus on His birth!

21 Joining in with more words:

Theresa said...

What an encouraging post Janette. Thanks for sharing your heart!

Anonymous said...

A beautiful post about gratitude. I enjoyed the joyful photos so much. Have a blessed Sunday.

Debbie said...

You really did have a lot packed into this month, but still managed to find MUCH to be thankful for. Priase God. Don't you just love it when the Lord blesses you when you least expect it and shows you over and over again that He WILL meet our every need? His love for us is something I still struggle to get my head around. I didn't hear about your son having a seizure. Soo glad that all turned out alright. And cast boy is nearing the end of his ordeal. I also didn't realize you had a son in his late 20's. You have quite the spread in age, haha...I am soo grateful for you, and so glad to have met you here in blogland. Hope you have a wonderful day. HUGS, Debbie

Sandy said...

Wow,that was a great month of
gratitude! Many things to be
grateful for. So encouraging
to see how the Lord did indeed
walk you all through everything
that the enemy planned for evil,
and turned it all around for good
and His glory. And you were
made stronger as a result!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Your pictures are great! Looks like a home filled with love! What do you do about Christmas gifts? Do you buy for everyone? Yikes, maybe I'm getting too personal! Have a fun week. Thanks for posting all of the pictures! I love seeing family celebrations!

Farm Girl said...

Thank you for sharing all that God has done in your life for November. When you write it like that it looks so amazing and sort of blow my socks off great.
I can only say that I praise our Father in Heaven who in all things kept your family safe, provided your needs, strengthened your faith. He kept you under His wings and He drew you closer to Him. I feel like when I was reading your post, I was on Holy Ground for all of the many gifts God gave you.

Thank you for sharing. I hope your December is... quieter. :)
Blessings today and I will keep your family in prayer.

Carol said...

What a wonderful testimony to God's faithfulness. It's true, a grateful heart keeps one's eyes fixed on good things, and His Word tells us to meditate on good things.
Our sermon this weekend was about the blessings of having a grateful heart!

Sonja said...

What a beautiful collage of thanks! nd to thinnk, you are just right up the road! We are going to meet one of these days!! :)

Blessings as we all begin December, may we be as grateful as we were for Thanksgiving! We have so much to thank God for!!

myletterstoemily said...

dear janette,

i loved this post so much and am grateful
for it. your depth of Spirit and transparency
is always an inspiration.

it makes me happy to hear all the ways He
watches over you . . . and me.

i look forward to your movie reviews!


Sue said...

What a beautiful thankful post, I clicked on the photos and was so blessed by them. They told the story of faith, family and fun times together. Not having our children with us this holiday has caused me to value the times we do have.You have a beautiful family, and I pray God's continued blessings on your family. I was so blessed by reading of how you have handled the adversities that have happened, and have such a thankful heart, just so inspiring.
Much love,

JillAileenJones said...

So glad that you had such a blessed Thanksgiving. I loved looking at your photos too.
I would love that thing you went to where they made the bread and stuff-that sounded so neat-that is why I like Fredericksburg so much-that neat feeling of almost going back in time-I really enjoy things like that.
We had a quiet Thanksgiving here with my father in law and our little family-I made a ton of food-which all turned out good this year-for which I was very thankful and we tried to take Christmas card photos-that went ok-I always want to take a ton so I know that we will get at least one or two that I like-they all get frustrated with me and we end up stopping before I want so then I am frustrated-oh well-there is one that is useable I guess.
I am thankful for being able to call you friend and for getting to know you better every time I read your posts-when we finally do get to meet I will feel like I have known you for years. lol
Happy Sunday Friend.

Anne said...

Love your post. I too have been learning to Thank the Lord for all His blessings. He has definitely provided in many ways.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. ~ God Bless

Anne @ http://lessonsthruife.com

Sydney said...

Thank you for allowing us into your home for Thanksgiving! My daughter and i enjoyed viewing the pictures.

The Lord has blessed you with a lovely family:)

I noticed a piano in one of the pictures. Do you play?

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a wonderful post.... God is soooo faithful, isn't He? So much to be grateful for.


Trisha said...

What a beautiful testimony to God's goodness and mercy! Your children will be so thankful you have written these praises down, and one day they'll recount His faithfulness to generations to come. Hugs, sweet friend!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

You really know how to count your blessings Janette :-) I loved reading this.

partialemptynester said...

WOW! SO much to give thanks for! I love all the pictures! Cute turkey cookies, too...I'm going to have to look back at the post about them, too fun!

e-Mom said...

So many beautiful photos... and what a lively mix of generations! God is faithful to provide... and that's a lot of people to cook for! I'd like to hear more about your experience with brining...

I've been thinking about giving thanks to God for WHO HE IS. He is worthy of our praise for his love and provision, and also for his holiness and beauty. When life comes crashing down around me on earth, if I remember His utter gorgeousness, then I can easily give thanks that somewhere in heaven, perfect Love and Truth dwell.

myletterstoemily said...

i just realized that i haven't been following
you. can't imagine how i missed that. it
always says i'm "shelby rice," my daughter.
how strange is that?

have a lovely day . . . and don't do anything
i wouldn't do! :)

Vee said...

This post just lifted my spirit. Thank you for filling me/us in on all the ways that the Lord provided in one could well be described a potentially unnerving month. God is good.

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing all about your Thanksgiving and your thankful heart. You are such a blessing to me Janette and I thank God for you. I pray for your daughter-in-law and son as they grieve for this baby. It takes time and often holidays can be hard. I see God's hand at work in your life. And we both know about all of those important lessons to learn.

I for one, have to admit that I learn most in the hardships. It's when I cling to Him the most. I pray that I will learn to cling to Him in the good times too.

I loved each one of the photos and clicked to enlarge so I could see it all. You have a beautiful family! I hadn't realized that your son had that seizure; will add him to my prayer list too.

As you can see, I'm trying to catch up on my favorite blogs today. I am so glad I am able to read each one of your posts as it is a joy for me.

Love you,

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