The pace is slow today, though I should press hard to loose weight, and try to tone up, but my thoughts are a quickly running creek. Pouring out images and thoughts of this morning’s devotion and a blog from a friend. I have so much to be thankful for, thankful that I have so much food that I need to burn some of it off.
I think of the friends I have met online who are working with Compassion International in Ecuador this week. Her words are so gentle, her pictures are so haunting; The eyes are so beautiful and deep in one so young, and yet she has known little more than the small hut and lack of food.
“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God, and Father, to visit orphans and widow in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27 NAS
Sometimes I think about religion. Sometimes I think we have lost some of our focus. Focus such as, “Why we were placed here?”. The age old question is, “Why am I here, and what does God want me to do?” There are probably many answers. I use to think it was to teach Bible studies and minister to to others, and point to Him is all things. I still think that is my goal given by the Lover of my soul, but how that happens is beginning to look different in my heart. The thing God requires most of me He wrote to me long before I was a dream in my parents heart.
“He has told you, O man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 NAS
I’m seeking His instruction about how to best achieve this in the few years that pass as quickly as grass in the field.
November is our month of giving thanks for all that we have. Let us begin our list of thanks, and remember those who go without food, clothing, or running water. Perhaps this is the year we can include, as part of our celebration, a gift to those without. Shalom
We give thanks to you, Lord God, for all of your many benefits. ~Amen
15. Gifts to give
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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.
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