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GRATITUDE ATTITUDE FOR 2011
the Lord, |
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation!
Thank you for
honoring me with your gift, card, posting or comment to me. As most of
you know my beautiful wife has probably sent you a birthday card every
year since you met her, and she regularly reminds me that I am sending it to you
Regretfully, I forget that, so I want to tell you now again I mean the same. The
two of us are one!
This year I am choosing to have a
thankful spirit EVERY DAY in this my 58th year God has graciously given
to me to start today December 29.
The scriptures teach us:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
And everything is a lot! If you begin each day
by recording a log of
blessings you're thankful for, we will all truly have joy and praise for
life. Praises enthrone our God:
Ps 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of
Please return here this year for some of the gifts I
will be sharing with those
having a Gratitude Attitude!
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Happy 2011 to you!
My Thanksgiving log for this year:
61:5 For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those
who fear Your name. I
have the blessed heritage of past family members who are godly !
God for His faithfulness to me in my business. He has helped me for over 22
12/31/10 Ecclesiastes 3:11 ¶ He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also
He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work
that God does from beginning to end. Thanking
God for His gift to me of TIME. As I get older, I'm reminded of its limits, but
it helps me define eternity, which I would have no other concept about
otherwise. God has put an ability to BEGIN to understand it by putting
'eternity' in my heart.
1/1/11 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old
things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
God for the supernatural event of Salvation "ONE DAY" (2Cor. 6:2) when He gave
the new heart that our own self-reformation was POWERLESS to change our sinful
1/2/11 Sun Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong
escapes from death. Ps
delivers us for Salvation of Soul through physical deliverances when we could
have died or suffered serious injury.
1/3/11 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Ps
makes us with absolute perfection. He is never guilty of unrighteousness, even
if He gives us a child with abnormalities, He will cause men and women to praise
Him with the end result of His marvelous work.
1/4/11 O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of
Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God! Ps
to God He is greater than the places we chose to worship Him. I like a great
building to worship which I have, but it cannot compare to Him!
Thank God for His Protection in many people's travels over many miles!
1/6/11 Thank God for a godly heritage of parents who feared the Lord and
brought , not just took
me to church!
1/7/11 Thank God for my children who both Love the Lord and want to serve
1/8/11 Thank God for my home, something I never knew I would have (a house
1/9/11Sun Thank God for answer to prayer about my son's Martial Arts
training. He now has a Martial Arts
Black belt Instructor, 4th Degree.
1/10/11 Thank God He uses David. David sang a solo at our Christmas
celebration this year with a church family. The song was a strong witness in a
family still needing more Christian focus.
1/11/11 Thankful for the God of numbers. Today's unique date illustrates
many ways that numbers communicate God's orderliness. Watch this!
1/12/11 Thank God for His wisdom in helping me find my vocation: Cleaning.
Ps. 19.9. It is my niche to clean, and it gives me great satisfaction!
1/13/11 Thank God for new things! 24" of snow in CT last night and today.
A record of snowfall in 24 hours for CT.
1/14/11 Thank God for strength to be able to clear the snow out of the
driveway. Many people having to move this much snow may end up losing their
life, as one woman did in New Haven this week died of exposure when she fell and
couldn't get up. So sad!
1/15/11 Thank God for help from people who love helping others. A
gentleman helped me by installing a brand new engine in my Truck-mounted Van for
business over the new year's week.
1/16/11Sun Thank God for our church choir. Both of my sons are in it and are
thrilled to sing each week. they sing beautiful pieces every time they sing!
1/17/11 Thank God for my family. All four siblings profess faith in Jesus
as Savior and have raised kids that most so far have done the same.
1/18/11 Thank God for my In-laws. They have a great family in Central
OHIO. I especially am proud of my sister-in-law who has done some incredible
work in the Fair Ministry. At one point having an influence in over half of all
Ohio State Fairs witnessing of Jesus Christ.
This is one fair we worked in recently, Morrow County Fair (Mt. Gilead), I
Even David enjoyed the experience. We actually set up a laptop with DVDs of
the "Torchlighter's" playing
great missionary biographies (get 8 for $80.00with this link, 2/17/11).
The thumbnail is of a laptop playing "The
Jim Elliott Story" We left the set for this church's Fairs use in upcoming
Missionaries live some of the most thrilling and satisfying of lives you can
My studies since July 20, 1977 have borne this out. Missionaries have been
responsible for some seeing entire tribes of people liberated to live the
blessed Christian life, if not significant conversions. Mark Zook in Papua New
Guinea; Eric Liddell of China; and a host of others: See a lot more at
David Brainerd | Cambridge Seven
Jonathan Goforth | George Grenfell
C. T. Studd
God for an excellent Mother-in Law! Many jokes about about the other kind of
mother-in-law's, but mine came right from Heaven!
1/20/11 Thank God for my excellent wife. She is God's gift to me on earth
see this poem I wrote back in 2002)
1/21/11 Thank God for Joseph Lanyon, Today he turns 18. He has quite a
testimony at our church. I am thankful he is sweet, kind and a social blessing
to everyone there!
1/22/11 Thank God for a ministry to nursing Homes. I currently go to two.
For 22 years now I have had a service monthly at a large nursing home in East
Hartford. And for 6 years next month (February, 2004) I have gone weekly to
another in Manchester.
1/23/11 Sun Thank God for the ability to write. Though I have never
written a book or otherwise been an author, I am really grateful for my "Prayer
Notebook." I do regret I haven't paid more attention to it since putting it into
print in 1980 on a daily basis. But the experience has been life transforming to
me especially in the "Life's Choices" Years of my life( 1977-1983).
1/24/11 Thank God for the education I have received. After two years of College
at a state university in CO I transferred to Christian schools thereafter:
BJU and Temple Baptist Seminary. At BJU I learned to live away from home through
the Dormitory experience, but at Tn Temple I saw the grace of God through the
life of Dr. Lee Roberson. I met two significant people in my life: Bim Rowley,
my current Pastor, and then Christine Wise, my wife!
1/25/11 Thank God for our church's excellent buildings. It was amazing to
me to see them both built without our church borrowing any money. They are being
used extensively for the Lord's work this year. Each season sports intramurals
of Basketball (Spring) and Soccer (Fall) challenge young elementary age kids to
be fit and learn to win and lose with self-control. Ladies exercise and study
the Bible. Men meet for business and exhortation monthly. College men play
basketball weekly. And what about Sundays and Wednesdays
1/26/11 Thank God for relative good health for many years of life. Also in
my whole family.
1/27/11 Thank God for His character attributes as revealed in the Bible. I
am studying them after being motivated by 4.5 years teaching the Prayer
Notebook, and realizing the Adoration section ["Hallowed be Thy Name"] as the
key to the entire prayer.
1/28/11 Thank God for being timeless. As I grow older, an eternal God
seems more and more appealing, especially when I have failed to
Moment" of family times. This is a great song I encourage you to listen to,
and maybe even buy! Take the link, and you might even be able to hear the whole
1/29/11 Thank God for His
Immensity & Infinity He is everywhere at all times filling all of creation
with His presence!
eternity." (Isa 57.15)
1/30/11 Sun Thank God for His Immutability,
Immutable: "never changing, always the same." We
never come to God when He's absent minded, or if He's of a different disposition
from the last time we came to Him. He's
"Always the Same" [song 14]. Listen now!
1/31/11 Thank God for
He is simple enough to be able to comprehend for salvation, and for most
everything we need to understand about Him! 2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be
thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2/1/11 Thank God for His being Unified
(solitary, undivided), that is He is One, that his divine nature is
undivided and indivisible. We cannot break apart any part of God. The mind
of man would like to put God inside a box so we can be apart from Him at times
and do things without being accountable. Not our God!
2/2/11 Thank God for my CO brother. He has shown a courage I am
continually in awe of. He has faced some of life's challenges with conviction
and steadfastness and created a legacy that's enduring.
2/3/11 Thank God for the heritage we have in America. It is really amazing the
Christian character our founding fathers demonstrated as I watch
David Barton's "American Heritage Series" purchased this Christmas.
2/4/11 Thank God for the tremendous freedom we still have on the internet
and the wealth of information we have access to.
2/5/11 Thank God for biblical heroes (Hebrews 11) that are a challenge to
study and meditate on: "And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance,
that they might obtain a better resurrection." v.35 WOW, they lived
considering resurrection quality more important than life!
2/6/11 Sun Thank God for
the Star Spankled Banner:
Watch it starting at 2:26 for some history you probably never heard!
2/7/11 Thank God for the earth and it's beauty as we witness the majesty
of the God of Creation. Ps 19:1
2/8/11 Thank God for
a body that can glorify God (see Point #7), an amazing privilege, especially
when we consider ours has a "deceitful" heart "and desperately wicked." (Jer
2/9/11 Thank God for our Father in Heaven, a wonderful example of a
perfect Father, and how He gives us stories like Luke 15:11-32. How few fathers
are forgiving and loving as this father was!
2/10/11 Thank God for each new day, a new opportunity to glorify God -- a
gift. God is so good. Ps 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; We will
rejoice and be glad in it.
2/11/11 Thank God for HOPE. Romans:
Ro 5:1 ¶ Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith
into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character;
and character, hope. 5 Now
hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in
our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Ro 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but
because of Him who subjected it in hope; 24 For
we were saved in this hope, but hope that is
seen is not hope; for why does one still
hope for what he sees? 25 But if we
hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it
God gives us this precious thought in hope: no matter what circumstances we find
ourselves in -- we can still have peace because He has the future in His hands
and promises something unseen but assuredly coming.
2/12/11 Thank God for opportunities to help others. There is great
satisfaction in seeing others built up and edified.
2/13/11 Sun Thank God He knew we would need to take one day each week and
rest. In expecting mankind to rest we are given the expectation to worship Him
on this day. He makes no mistakes and knows what we really need.
2/14/11 Thank God for those special days we set apart portions of each
year to focus on things important for life and living. Valentine's Day reminds a
Christian of God's love: His and ours for each other. "the greatest of these is
love!" 1 Cor 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the
greatest of these is love.
2/15/11 Thank God
He's Sovereign! When I can't understand certain events of life and can rest
on this truth: He is in control and permits everything that will happen, and not
only that He calls it "GOOD." Romans 8:28 And we know that
all things work together for good to those
who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. We
discussed this last night in our Bible Study.
2/16/11 Thank God for prayer, the privilege to go to God anytime of day or
night and know He is listening, and ready to give His good will to the
2/17/11 Thank God for beautiful music, the "new song" He has put in the
hearts of believers everywhere, Ps 40:3. The variety and edifying properties of
the music and words of this "song" never ceases to amaze me.
2/18/11 Thank God he completes what He starts! Philippians 1:6 being
confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you will
complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
2/19/11 Thank God for His guidance in the daily routines of life. He
reminds us of things we should be doing and of His ability to provide, but
expects us to wait for HIS BEST.
2/20/11 Sun I am especially thankful for places on the internet to see
things glorifying to God. Below are links to great you-tube links for you to
2/21/11 Holy is He!
2/22/11 Fanny Crosby Story
1hr27min movie entire!
4/22/11 Wow, I have been delinquent. I have asked God for a
revived heart to do His will for this year. March and April have passed by so
quickly. I am thankful for God's great forbearance with us. We just had a great
revival, and it is a blessing to see a young man begin an exciting life of
evangelism. He is especially blessed to be anticipating marriage in May. Those
who have connected with me on Facebook can see more.
Isa 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings
good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who
proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"