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I Timothy 4:1 "The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they've lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They'll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God's Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy." The Message

Tonight after ironing all the clothes for tomorrow, packing for co-horts Ft. Lauderdale, cleaning out my briefcase, having dinner with the fam, and a myriad of other things, I went out to sit in the jacuzzi for a while. I noticed with joy that in addition to the sprinklers being on on the golf course, (which I love), some of the houses across the lake are now decorated with lights. It brings me happiness just to sit there and soak and look across the lake. Sometimes very simplistic things make me very happy. I truly never lose sight of my blessings. Or at least I try not to. 

I Timothy 4 tells us to enjoy things. Not to let "liars" talk us out of the joys God wants to bring us in life such as being married, and various foods. God says, "enjoy it with thanksgiving." Isn't it amazing how many people come up with reasons to not fully experience all the blessings of marriage (why it's unwise or even unbiblical?) And how many people come up with food rules rather than just teaching health and moderation? Just a thought. 

The Word tell us to not sneer at any blessing no matter how small. I don't overlook the fact of everyday blessings God has given me... 

Sitting on my patio... 

Eating a dove chocolate... (had 2 little pieces today - sugar free!)

Walking hand in hand with Larry...enjoying that and all the other blessings :-) of marriage. Yippee!

Getting a sweet little kiss from Savanna... (we have a thing between us, whenever she asks me for something, I always say, "it'll cost you!" and she knows that means I want a kiss.)

Looking at Christmas lights...

Drinking a cup of tea...

Going Christmas shopping and having lunch by myself today. (I love being with myself! I think that's a mark of a very secure person, when they enjoy just being alone sometimes and don't feel awkward to go places by themself...)

My boys love the Lord and aren't afraid to let people know it...

Somebody just gave me some vanilla soap and lotion yesterday. This and many other things make me very grateful. I am so blessed.

Thank you Lord for the Christmas lights across the lake. Those people don't even know it but you had them put them there in their back yard JUST FOR ME.


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