Devotional: We’re ALWAYS On Our Father’s Mind

Hello, I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. As we inch ever closer to Thanksgiving, can’t you just feel the excitement in the air? A few of us will have family to share a celebration feast, others will just (hopefully) enjoy a day off work and still a few will eat, nap and prepare for an annual “Black Friday” dash. This is such a beautiful time of year.

Some have a hard time with the seasons upon us; either due to a death, memory of a lost loved one or friend. Although recently or years ago, the sights, smells and sounds of a busy kitchen, the flicker of candle light, may enhance the reality of absence. Let’s remember these when we thank the Lord for the many blessings in our own lives.

If this time of year is especially difficult for you, please accept my sincere condolences. I pray the Lord will bring peace and comfort as He makes Himself known to you in a special way this and each year.

DEVOTIONAL
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His Gates with thanksgiving, and into His Courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.

This Friday will mark the nine year anniversary for my mom’s Home-going. Needless to say, passing away right before Thanksgiving makes this holiday difficult.

Back in 2005, a week after mom’s departure and service, Jonathan, Brittney, Courtney, Charles and I. packed up and went to my sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving. As usual, she cooked a tremendous feast. Although somber, the entire Carter family was so loving to me and understanding. I simply could not have asked for more compassionate in-laws. I had space when needed, but never a lack of affection! They all loved my mom dearly and knew what an enormous void her death left.

The last few days I have been dragging around a bit. Today Jonathan called just to tell me he was sorry because he knew I’ve been sad. Now Mr. Carter has his times of sweetness, but I tell you what, that was a God moment! I blew my Lord a kiss and thanked Him from the bottom of my little cracked heart, for bringing me to my husband’s mind and drawing him to call me.

Sisters, how marvelous to know that we are ALWAYS on our Father’s mind!

Oh how I LOVE JESUS.. How about you!

Prayer

Most Glorious and Wonderful King
We come before You with praise and thanksgiving

We have nothing to offer, O God
And yet You love us

Father, please let us make You smile
Let us want to please You

Direct our hearts in the way of obedience

Lord, thank You for families and for those who will be able to spend the holidays with them
Let there be hours of close fellowship

For those struggling during this time, Father
We ask for Your peace, passing all understanding

Thank You for this land
For the bounty You provide
Let us not forget it is by Your Hand we are blessed
Not of our own strength, will or intellect

Let us set down our pride
For with it, there is no room for genuine appreciation

ALL praise, honor and glory to You
Holy One

In the Name of Jesus Christ,
AMEN

SONGS

“Oh How I Love JESUS” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihmePgaVcdg

**Below is the song we sang at church on Sunday in South Carolina after we returned from the funeral in Huntsville.

My God knows what brings peace and does not withhold comfort from His children. Through praise and pain, I choose to say, Blessed be His Name!

“Blessed Be Your Name” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du0il6d-DAk

“Thanksgiving Medley” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dXCL34aEA

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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