Bless and Holiday Greetings from our family at Anchored In Him. As we begin the start of the most
festive time of the
year let us give thanks to God for what He has given
us. Many times we do not thank God for all the blessings that He
has bestowed upon us and our great nation. We must remember to pray for the leaders
of our communities America daily. Just a little over one year ago
nation was shocked from an attack by terrorist. Remember to pray for our Armed Forces as they
defend our freedoms guaranteed
by our constitution. Many of our Service Members are
serving overseas and let us all send them a thank you card for their sacrifices.
As we start the Holidays let us remember to share with those
are less fortunate. Listen to the words of the song Most Richly
friends we are truly blessed, give thanks to God for your blessings and
trails, He is there with you through all the time.
Again God Bless you and your families,
we hope to see you in church! Remember, bring your family and
a friend . . .
We come to this table today, O Lord, humble and thankful and glad.
We thank Thee first for the great miracle of life, for the exaltation of being human, for the capacity of love.
We thank Thee for joys both great and simple - -
For wonder, dreams and hope;
For the newness of each day;
For laughter and song and a merry heart;
For compassion waiting within to be kindled;
For the forbearance of friends and the smile of a stranger;
For the arching of the earth and trees and heavens and the fruit of all three;
For the wisdom of the old;
For the courage of the young;
For the promise of the child;
For the strength that comes when needed;
For this family united here today.
Of those to whom much is given, much is required.
May we and our children remember this.
In Jesus name, Amen.
everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Blessed is the nation whose GOD is the Lord
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks
unto the LORD; for he is good: for
his mercy endureth forever.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Please take time to read, you just might miss a piece of your own
One day a young woman was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that she had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.
A large crowd gathered and they all admired her heart for it was perfect.
There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen.
The young woman was very proud and boasted more loudly about her beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old woman appeared at the front of the crowd and said,
why, your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine. "The crowd and the young woman looked at the old woman's heart.
It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn't fit quite right and there were several jagged edges.
In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.
The people stared . . . How can she say her heart is more beautiful, they thought?
The young woman looked at the old woman's heart and saw its
state and laughed.
"You must be joking," she said. "Compare your heart with mine.
Mine is perfect and yours is a mass of scars and tears."
"Yes," said the old woman, "yours is perfect looking but I could never trade with you.
You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love.
I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a
piece of their heart, which fits into the empty place in my heart. But because the pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because
they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn't returned a piece of their heart to me.
These are the empty gouges . . . giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?"
The young woman stood silently with tears running down her cheeks.
She walked up to the old woman, reached into her perfect young and beautiful
heart, and ripped a piece out. She offered it to the old woman with trembling hands.
The old woman took her offering, placed it in her heart and then took a piece from her old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young woman's heart.
It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young woman looked at her heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old woman's heart flowed into hers.
They embraced and walked away side by side.
Let everyone know each day how much they mean to you, they may be gone tomorrow.
I am thankful that I don't have a perfect heart. Just think of all the love I would have missed.
Remember; don't be afraid to show your love to those people who matter to you.
It's what life is all about! We all miss too many opportunities and have too many regrets, so take this opportunity to share this with someone you love!
Without God's love think where mankind would be!