Day 15 – Thankful


November is a month when many people – me included – tend to be more aware of our blessings. In this age of “cyber-communication and social networking” we choose to share cyber messages of something that we are thankful for each day.

This year as I have sought to post a single entry each day on Facebook, I have struggled. It’s not that I am not thankful or blessed — for I am. I am blessed beyond measure — love of family, good friends, health, emotional gifts, monetary and material gifts and daily needs met consistently. My list of specific items goes on and on. Yet at the end of the day I have wrestled with choosing just one area of gratitude.

Everything I have pales in the shadow of the love of a triune God. Everything begins and ends with God. Everything I have comes from Him. Without Him I would not exist. Without His Son, Jesus Christ, choosing to die for me on The Cross, I would not know the greatest love of all time and my life would be void of hope. Without the Holy Spirit who lives in me and walks with me, who guides me, comforts me each day, how would I face the daily struggles, life’s heartaches and the trials of this world?

So today – Day 15 of November, 2013 – I am thankful for all things, all circumstances and most of all that I know the love Almighty God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Alpha and Omega, the creator and giver of all things.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.   (Revelations 1:8 KJV)

Always give thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Ephesians 5:20)

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A Man Named Bob


Today I am thankful that I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know ‘Bob’. Bob is a 67 yr old widower, we has had back surgery, 2 knee replacements and lives in an Assisted Living Center in a small, remote community. Bob is one of the most outgoing, giving men. Although faced with many challenges in his life, Bob volunteers every other weekend at a local museum, voluntarily preaches to a small congregation at little country church every Sunday and Wednesday (although he is not an ordained minister), and actively participates in the activities at the Assisted Living Center.

This morning I attended a Bible Study that Bob was leading on the 4th chapter of Acts. As he read the chapter, discussing each verse, his passion, knowledge and love of Jesus rang in the emotion of his words as he shared with us one of his favorite chapter of scripture. Not one note. His entire lesson was from his heart as he shared Luke’s words and the personal insights that God had laid on his own heart.

Bob, a humble, simple man who loves Jesus with all his heart and soul; a man who has found joy and peace in the challenges of his life; a man whose greatest desire is to serve Jesus and share the gospel in both word and deed — made an impression on my life today as he challenged me to be BOLD in my faith, to speak out in BOLDNESS and to share with others — Thanks to Bob, I will never ‘simply read’ Acts 4 and especially verse 12, again. Each time I read and study this scripture in the future I will remember Jesus’ servant, Bob, the sacrifice of the disciples and the gift of salvation offered only through Jesus.

Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else (but Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Thank you Lord for crossing my path with Bob’s. May you bless Bob and may he continue to serve you all his days and may I serve you, too, with the passion and love exemplified so clearly by this simple man named Bob.