Happy New Year!
Ken has talked me into starting a blog for the church web site. I have always enjoyed journaling and now that I have a little more time in my days of "blissful retirement", I thought I would try to write more. I intend to share these thoughts and devotionals with our friends who support Open Door in the hope that you might find a thought or two that encourages you.
I think we will start by including the devotionals that I have been writing about our 30 Days of Gratitude challenge. This was started right after Thanksgiving and I had every intention of writing every day until the end of December. But I got a little busy with decorating, traveling, cooking and the children coming home, so I did not have time to write every day. So here we are in the middle of January and we are still not through with our "30 Days of Gratitude." I have decided that really 30 days are simply not enough time to express gratitude. So I think we will just keep going and when we have completed the list from the suggested "30 Days of Gratitude Challenge", I am sure we can find some other things to talk about. I hope to be able to add some pictures to accompany these thoughts.
The first entry was written on Dec.1, 2016.
Thank God for our Salvation
Today I start a journal of my Journey to 30 Days of Gratitude. This time which bridges the Thanksgiving Holiday with Christmas and New Years Day is an excellent time to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for.
Ken found a devotional online that will serve as a guide for this exercise.
Today the devotional encourages us to focus on being grateful for our salvation.
Certainly the fact that we can be free from the burden of carrying our sins is the most important fact for which to be thankful.
I was raised in a Christian home, with very devout parents. Thus, I did not have an opportunity to get into too much trouble (for which I am very grateful), but I still knew in my heart that I was a sinner and needed to be forgiven for the wrongs I had done. That happened when I was 13 years old in a revival service in Mobile, Alabama. It would have been thought in our modern times to be an old fashioned way of doing things, but I responded to a preacher's invitation to come forward and kneel at an altar and ask Christ to forgive my sins.
To this day I remember the joy and relief that came into my spirit after praying that prayer. As I exited that church that night, it seemed as even the air was clearer and the sky brighter. Certainly, my heart was lighter.
It is an incredible blessing to know that Christ carried the burden of our sins to the cross and that when he ask Him, he will never remember those against us anymore.
I am indeed grateful for that time as a 13 year old girl that I received the gift of salvation. I am also grateful to my parents who brought me to that revival meeting and for the evangelist whose name, I believe was David Denton who delivered the challenging sermon that spoke to my heart.
In our 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge, we were also asked to find some person to thank each day.
Today that person was a server named Ms. Hattie. Ken and I like to go out for breakfast once in a while and today was one of those days. The elderly server was kind, helpful and gracious. Ken and I both complimented her and thanked her and Ken ( as is his habit) asked for her manager and told her what a good server Ms. Hattie was. Ms. Hattie said this "made her day."
Servers have a difficult job waiting on what is often an ungrateful public. They have long hours on their feet and work for very low wages.
When we are kind to server by saying a kind word, or leaving a nice tip, I wonder if the words that Jesus spoke applies to this, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me."