“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Our family is thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ. How does one adequately express their feelings to the One Who gave His life for ours to save us from hell? His sacrifice is a gift, and it’s offered to those who will receive Him. Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
After four years of each person sharing things they were grateful for on Thanksgiving, I decided to change things. Using a random drawing, I paired people up. Now you’ll hear what they’re grateful for about another family member.
All pictures haven’t previously been seen on the blog and were taken in Colorado this August.
Dad (by John)
- I am grateful for Dad’s business knowledge. Not only has he tremendously helped my business, but he has also coached many other business owners—helping them to be very successful.
- I am thankful Dad is my dad. He is generous, loving, encouraging, and patient. He loves the Lord and always puts his family first.
Mom (by Mary)
- I am so thankful for who Mom is in my life. She is always ready to listen, give a hug, or offer a word of encouragement.
- She has a very big heart for the Lord. Although I often hear her talking about what the Lord has been doing in her life, she also shows it with her heart to serve, memorize Scripture, and pray.
Sarah (by Jesse)
- I’m grateful for Sarah’s willingness to help out whenever she sees a need. She recognizes opportunities and is quick to jump in and assist with whatever may be going on.
- I’m thankful that Sarah takes so many great pictures. I think she does a great job posting some of them and saving them all for memories. She has learned a lot about how cameras work and takes some wonderful pictures.
John (by Sarah)
- I’m grateful for John’s genuine servant’s heart. Even if he’s busy, he’ll notice a need and cheerfully jump right in to meet it, regardless of the inconvenience to him personally.
- I’m grateful for John’s love of little children. He values them and enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews.
Anna (by Mom)
- I am very grateful for Anna’s beautiful servant’s spirit. She is always willing to help, and sometimes that means sacrificing what she would most like to do.
- I am also grateful for Anna’s joyful yet steady, levelheaded personality that allows her to remain calm and encouraging even in difficult situations.
Jesse (by Dad)
I’m encouraged and grateful for Jesse’s love for and quick understanding of Scripture. He’s a delightful participant in our family Bible time.
I’m grateful Jesse has a love and concern for the unborn and unloved which is reflective of our Lord’s heart.
Mary (by Anna)
I’m grateful for Mary’s love. Whether it’s a kind word, positive outlook, lending a cheerful hand, or just sharing Jesus—Mary has a very soft spot of love that touches everyone she’s around.
I’m thankful for Mary’s diligence and commitment. She determinedly jumps into opportunities whether difficult, tedious, easy, or enjoyable with her whole heart.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful.”
It’s with great joy and anticipation that our Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes are filled and will be taken to our local drop point this morning!
Today is the last day to drop the boxes off, so check for a location near you if you’ve forgotten to do so.
Although we don’t have a final cost per box yet, it is a lot less than other years. It’s like the miracle of the loaves and fishes!
Anna and Mary shopped throughout the year for sales. For example, after Resurrection Sunday (Easter), they bought candy (not chocolate) and stuffed animals for heavily discounted prices. They found knit stocking caps for $.10 earlier in the spring. At the end of the summer, they bought flipflops on clearance. At back to school time, they purchased notebooks and pencils for a great sale. In between holidays and events, they checked the clearance aisle at Wal-Mart, along with keeping an eye on Amazon for special deals. Anna also bought yarn from Joann’s when she received a $5 off coupon, again making it hardly any cost. So if you receive a $5 off coupon to a store, think again before you decide it’s not worth buying something!
Then, last week, we girls went shopping to round out the boxes. Since boys 10-14 are probably less-purchased for, and our desire is for them to have items that would be useful in a life skill, Anna and Mary bought tools at Harbor Freight.
So make it a family project, and start collecting for next year! Most of all, pray for those who will receive your gift and hear the good news of the Gospel!
As I finished this post, I couldn’t help but add this picture of Melanie and her kiddos yesterday afternoon before they dropped off their boxes. The joy of giving continues!
“For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth;
the poor also, and him that hath no helper.”
“… because that for this thing the LORD thy God
shall bless thee in all thy works …” (Deuteronomy 15:10).
Getting an extended family picture takes a lot of work and coordination with twenty-one people and lots of energetic little ones.
A few days prior, Anna and Mary found our general location, and Mary coordinated what colors we could choose outfits from. Then, the evening of, Joseph worked hard to set up lights. That’s right. We didn’t just arrive at the location and snap lots of pictures. Joseph’s lights made for an incredible picture.
We also moved our set up several times, as the first two spots either had sun or not a great backdrop. Thankfully we’d started early enough that it worked out fine time wise.
“… The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.”
“Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”