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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday

This week has been a jumble of mixed emotions mostly related to my sweet little Charlie. He's only two weeks shy of 16 and we've known about an underlying problem with his heart for the last two and a half years. It's just been in the "keep an eye on it" stage though, and we've been instructed to bring him into the vet at the first sign of coughing. Well, he had a slight, intermittent cough last week but it turned into an ugly "keep all three of us awake" sort of thing in the early morning hours on Saturday. So Saturday morning we were at our regular vet's office and she confirmed my suspicions that it was indeed a cardiac cough and started him on some Lasix. She was reluctant to do any more without consulting Charlie's cardiologist, however. So Tuesday afternoon, he and I headed over there. The cardiologist confirmed that he is in early congestive heart failure and added enalapril to his drug routine. She also reassured me that Charlie could be made comfortable and enjoy a good quality of life for a while longer...maybe even another couple of years. And that's a big reason to be thankful for me this week! I do thank God for caring vets and advances in veterinary medicine but I am also very grateful for God's provision of the resources to spend on a beloved pet like this. We won't do anything extraordinary but a couple of drugs seem like a small thing compared to the joy of Charlie's presence in our lives for another while. Thank you, God.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday's Hymn: Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord

Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be!
Lead me by thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me;
Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to thy rest.

The kingdom that I seek
Is thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine,
Else I must surely stray.
I dare not choose my lot;
I would not if I might:
Choose thou for me, my God,
So shall I walk wright.

Take thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill
As best to thee may seem;
Choose thou my good and ill.
Not mine, not mine the choice
In things or great or small;
Be thou my Guide, my Strength,
My Wisdom, and my All.

Horatius Bonar,1857
Tune: Invitation, Frederick C. Maker, 1881

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today my thankful thoughts are focused on:

continued healing and improvement in Andy's back

a good time of fellowship with a dear sister

the gift of the Holy Spirit

the peace of God, that transcends all understanding and that guards our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday's Hymn: Now May He Who From the Dead

Now may he who from the dead
Brought the Shepherd of the sheep,
Jesus Christ, our King and Head,
All our souls in safety keep.

May he teach us to fulfill
What is pleasing in his sight;
Perfect us in all his will,
And preserve us day and night.

To that dear Redeemer's praise,
Who the cov'nant sealed with blood,
Let our hearts and voices raise
Loud thanksgiving to our God.

John Newton, 1779
Tune: Mercy, Arr. from Louis M. Gottschalk,1867

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for this week's very fall-like and clear.

I'm thankful for the start of another year of Bible study. Its the book of Acts this year and I'm already being convicted and challenged.

I'm thankful for the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit who testifies that I am a child of God.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful today for the weekend stay in Minocqua, WI that I won last spring at an outdoor show. Andy and I (and Charlie too) are heading out tomorrow morning for a much needed bit of relaxation. It's supposed to be a lovely weekend, weather-wise, and we plan to relax with some lackadaisical fishing (no boat this time) and checking out of local shops and tourist spots.

I'm thankful too that our heavenly Father provides for all we need here on this earth but He promises that our real treasures are in heaven. What a loving Father He is!

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday's Hymn: The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow

The Lord will come and not be slow,
His footsteps cannot err;
Before him righteousness shall go,
His royal harbinger.

Truth from the earth, like to a flow'r,
Shall bud and blossom then;
And justice, from her heav'nly bow'r,
Look down on mortal men.

Rise, God, judge thou the earth in might,
This wicked earth redress;
For thou art he who shall by right
The nations all possess.

For great thou art, and wonders great
By thy strong hand are done;
Thou in thine everlasting seat
Remainest God alone.

John Milton, 1608-1674
Tune: St. Magnus, Jeremiah Clark, 1670-1707

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I am so very thankful for:

my dear friend, Kim...for so very many reasons.

that we have new tenants in the rental...and I think we are going to have a very good relationship with this family.

that God is healing Andy's back...and that its in His timing, not mine, because I know His ways are perfect...despite my impatience.

that "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."~1 John 1:9

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