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    The Psalmist wrote:  "I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  (Ps. 122:1)
    It is great to be able to start the new week off rejoicing.  We were able to go to church twice and it is truly a privilege.  Yesterday we had a great service - followed by a time of fellowship over food, a time to rejoice with others.  A time to pray with and for others.  It was great to start the week off in the house of the Lord. 
   It is great to start the day off with devotions, reading a passage from God's Word and then praying.
   May you-all have a blessed week -  

Complaining or Thanksgiving?

     What is your attitude when something bad happens to you?  In Romans 1:21 we read "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him."  And in Philippians 4:6 we read:  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." 
     Let me give a personal example.  For Christmas vacation, our family drove from Norfolk, VA to Pennsylvania to see my mother and father-in-law, and then we drove to New Jersey to see my mom.  We drove into NYC on the 23rd of December and then on the 24th we drove to Michigan to see my daughter and her family.  On the 30th of December we drove back from Michigan so my son could fly to South Africa on the 31st.  On the 4th of January our car would not start.  We had it towed to our mechanic, and he discovered that we had a bad fuel pump and that our radiator was split and was leaking coolant.  The gas tank had to be lowered, the fuel pump replaced, and we needed a new radiator.  All in all it cost us many, many dollars. 
    So what is our attitude?  Are we complainers?  I could have used the money to pay off some debts, but now I am further in debt.   Looking back I had to give thanks to God.  We could have had the fuel pump go out on Friday 30 December on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  To get Philip home in time for his flight, we would have had to get towed to a garage and on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the exits are often 30 miles apart.  Then we would have had to rent a car and where could we have found a rental car agency in the western part of Pennsylvania that would have been open on Friday night?  Then we would have had to drive home - 8 hours away, and Philip still had to unpack from the Christmas trip and pack for South Africa.  Then turn around later in the week and drive back and pick the van up.  Or we might have had the breakdown in NYC on Friday the 23th.  Then we would have had a towing to a garage, repair and thus we would have missed celebrating Christmas with my wife (who was already in Michigan) and my daughter and her family. 
     So I was and am very thankful that the van broke down at home, and not on the PA Turnpike or in NYC.  I am thankful that it broke down after my son had caught his international flight.  I am thankful that it broke down in our driveway, vice failing when my son was driving 70 MPH going up a hill with concrete barriers on one side, and heavy truck traffic.  I am thankful that I could get in fixed by my mechanic, whom I trust, and not by some other person.  I am thankful that I could get zero percent financing for the next six months.  So here is just one example of how to live with an attitude of thankfulness, and not whining, puleing, or complaining.
    The challenge is to always live a life of thanksgiving, even if it costs you money.

New Year's Resolutions and God's Faithfulness

     One of my New Year's Resolutions was that I would faithfully write the blog every Sunday.  And here it is, three Sundays into the New Year, and not a single blog has been written.  I have failed.  Instead of three blogs posted, I have zero.  I had all the best intentions to write - I have had time off from work so there is no excuse.  Even this past weekend I had time.  I had three days of no work, and yet I failed to write a single word. So here it is Tuesday morning, and only now am I beginning to write - 17 days late.  And the New Year has just begun.  So first of all I want to apologize to my dear reader.
     Second, I want to say what a comfort we can draw that we know that while man is unfaithful, God is faithful.  We often read in the Old Testament about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  God is saying that He was faithful to those great saints, and He is going to be faithful to their descendents.  So let us rest in His arms, knowing that God is faithful.