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I Am Grateful: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life


I recently celebrated my 61st birthday, and I'm grateful to God for another year of life. I spent my time with loved ones on my special day by going out to eat and listening to jazz. My celebration continued as my mother treated me to lunch today, and tomorrow, I have another outing planned.

 

As I reflected on my birthday, I thought about my friends and family who are my age and have lost one or both of their parents. I am thankful my mother is alive and in good health. She is independent, driving, active at 85, and soon to be 86 in April if it's the Lord's will. I am so thankful to be able to spend another year with her. It's the best gift ever.


It's also great to spend time with family and friends. It's a blessing to have friends who willingly give their time to celebrate with me. I am thrilled about the play that is happening tomorrow, and I'm eagerly looking forward to it. I was able to express my sincere appreciation for all the birthday cards and wishes that I received. It has been a fantastic year and a remarkable start to a new year.


Thank you, Lord, for granting me another year and for showing me that there is so much more in me that I didn’t realize was there. My prayer for this year is to demonstrate more of Christ's character in my life, and to obey His calling and follow His directions and guidance.


  • Always give thanks. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" Ephesians 5:20

  • Be grateful. "But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you." 1 Samuel 12:24

  • Commit your life to the Lord. "But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." Matthew 13:16

By reading and practicing the above scriptures…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.


Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.


So… what’s this book about?


“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.





So… what’s this book about?


Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.

My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.

This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4



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