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It is so easy to be worried about all kinds of things in our economy:

Will I lose my job?

Will I be able to provide for my family?

Will I have enough money to buy presents this Christmas?

Will I have health care?

Will my investment portfolio recover?

Will I be able to retire?

Instead of worrying about what you don’t know, be thankful for what you have. I am thankful that I have a risen savior who told this to his disciples:

Luke 12

Do Not Worry

22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Why should we be thankful? Because God loves us and his love lasts forever.

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

My boss had the job of delivering notices of deaths for the Marine Corps.

I like it when I see some creative use of junk. Here is an item using old tires:


I love purses. Unfortunately, I can’t afford this one. I’ve put myself on  a budget. No new purses for me for a while.

If you can afford it, check out this website: English Retreads

I’ve had a chance to learn English Country Dancing and I am writing a historical romance(I read them too), so when I saw this music video on TV, I had to post.

Post update: I’m a little disappointed Taylor didn’t win Female Vocalist of the year. I like Carrie Underwood too, but Taylor writes her own music and that impresses me as a writer.

A portion of Psalm 111 from the Message Bible:

Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love.

I read this and the full chapter this morning and I wanted to share it. Read the rest of it here.

God’s first choice to lead the Israelites out of bondage was not the news anchor/politician type person. In fact, the person he chose was slow of speech and tongue. How do we merge that with today’s method of choosing leadership?

If it were up to some in the Christian media industry, only the “movie star” type would be chosen to deliver the message of God. Moses would not have been chosen.

God uses weakness. God uses our inabilities to show his mighty power.

If you think your work is not good enough to be used by God, remember Moses. God can use ANYTHING. And when he does, I will rejoice.

Exodus 4:10 – 14 (NIV)

10 Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

14 Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.”

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10

7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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