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Enjoying Life

I just returned from a four-day trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia. We went to the mountains to see all the fall colors. While there, we enjoyed staying in a log cabin with the latest state-of-art appliances. I grew up in a generation where you had to wait twenty minutes for the coffee to brew. Now you can have a cup in under a minute. It used to take the black and white tv time to warm up, and if you were lucky, you might get three channels. That is if you could adjust the rabbit-ear antenna with tin foil in the right direction. Now its 1,000 channels, all in high-definition color, 24/7. If you can find something worthwhile to watch.

What changes have taken place in my short sixty-six years of living. We had made reservations to ride a scenic railroad through the mountains. The fall colors were so beautiful. The tracks ran along a river on one side and the mountains on the other. I was taken back in time. Growing up, I used to ride the passenger train to visit my grandparents.

I had a deep touching spiritual experience while in the mountains. Saturday morning I walked out onto the back deck, a cup of coffee in hand. As I was enjoying it, things were quiet. Nothing distracted me from fully enjoying the moment. I began looking out onto the mountains. I was thanking God for His beautiful creation. The vibrant leaves were washed in the early morning sun light.

Some scriptures from Psalms came to mind:  “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy works. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” ~ Psalms 19:1-3

The Lord was speaking His love to me. Allowing me another day on earth. Blessing me with life, health, eye sight, and a mind to enjoy His creation. We serve a glorious Heavenly Father, who loves us more than we will ever understand. He desires an intimate relationship with each of us. He has sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for our redemption. Blessed be His Holy Name forever. Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. ~ 1 Timothy 6:17

~ Ricky Robinson

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The Appointment

It had been one of those weeks. It seemed as if I had more to do than I could possibly get done. An adorable grandchild was coming to visit for two days. I had things I needed to do in the outreach at church. I was getting ready for an appointment with my chiropractor. The phone rang. It was the dentist office reminding me that I was to go have my teeth cleaned.

Adding to my stress was the fact that I could tell I was coming down with something. I had gone into the bathroom to run my bath. That is when things began to change. I started out complaining to The Lord about how pitiful I was. I stopped myself, began singing praises to God, and proclaiming His greatness. I began thanking him for His love and mercy. His presence filled that little room. God’s love poured over me. His peace took away all of my stress.

I began to thank Him for my precious grandchildren. I let Him know how grateful I am that I have the means to go to a chiropractor and dentist. I was humbled when reminded what an honor it is to serve Him in ministry. We have too much to be thankful for to wait for a special day in November to remember all He has done for us and continues to do. We should always take time to praise Him, no matter what else is going on in our lives.

That is an appointment I never want to miss.

~Connie Robinson

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The New Thankful

My family and I have already started discussing what we are going to do for Thanksgiving this year. People everywhere will come together. This is a special time of enjoying a feast and catching up. It is about  a lot more than the meal. Some will meet new additions to the family for the first time. Others will experience sadness because a loved one will be missing this year.We are facing new challenges in the world today. Things are changing all around us. There is an uncertainty.

As I grow older, the things  I am most thankful for have changed. Things that I took for granted in my younger years are now at the top of the list. I have learned a lot about how some others live. My husband and I are involved in an outeach from our church. It is called Oasis. I have witnessed many heartbreaking problems. No one is turned away. I have seen many spiritual, natural, and physical  needs met. Some come with a need for a miracle of healing. For others, the miracle for them is just knowing that someone cares. I have seen countless lives transformed. Some of the transformation has been in me. That is something to really give thanks for.

Some of the seemingly small things I have taken for granted are huge in the lives of others. I am thankful for my health. I have been blessed with a husband for forty three years. My grandchildren are all well and happy. The most important of all is that I have Jesus Christ as my Lord. I have the promise of eternal life with him. We all have things that we wish for. I think this is the perfect time of year to focus on the things that really matter. Are these the same things that we have taken for granted? Use this opportunity to teach your children to see the blessings all around them. Take time to talk with those older than yourself. They can share wonderful stories of simpler times. They have wisdom that only comes from living a long life. Watch a small child discover something new. The wonder in their eyes is an amazing thing to see. The most important things in life cannot be bought. Too many of our blessings are overlooked. A lot of them will be sitting beside you at the table. Look around you. You may realize how rich you really are.

~Connie Robinson

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