Random Ramblings

Just a few of my thoughts on the world around me

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ah, Thanksgiving. The day that so many Americans pause to reflect on what they are thankful for. Many families have a tradition of going around the table and everyone gives one thing they are thankful for. The answers may vary but usually they are something like a house, friends, family, heating, or the food their about to eat. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s good of us to be thankful for these things, but as believers we have so much more to be thankful for and not just one day out of the year either.

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Hebrews 13: 5 gives us two good reminders. One is to be content with what we have and not covet (be jealous, want) what others have. The other is in the end of the verse: “for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” This is what gives us as believers reason to be content! Because God is always with us and will always provide for our needs, we can be thankful at all times in all circumstances. This can be very difficult, especially when our expectations are not met or say we arrive at a store for a special sale and they’ve sold out (ahem, Black Friday). But we need to have the attitude of Paul in Philippians 4:11-13:

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

I encourage you to recognize things you are grateful for this Thanksgiving, but also to continue finding one or two things each and every day. I started doing this last year and it put a lot of things in perspective for me. I thing I even wrote a short post back in January about my experience with it (Thankfulness).

Well I guess that’s it for today. It’s good to be back! 🙂

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~jojo

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You Are What You Think!

Last Sunday the pastor of my church had a really great point in his message on Philippians 4:8-9. He said, “You are what you think.”

It’s such a simple phrase, but it is so true!

You can think negative or sinful things and soon they will overcome you.

You can dwell on positive, God-honoring things, and I guarantee your mood will improve no matter the circumstances surrounding you!

This message prompted me to look up some Bible verses about what we think. Here are some:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

“For as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23:7a

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ” 2 Corinthians 10:5

 

I started this post a week ago and it’s just now getting posted. And it’s really short, but it’s easier to meditate on that way I guess. Oh well. Anyways, good thing I waited, cos now I can add a link to Christy’s blog post on the same subject from yesterday. Ha!

~jojo

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Busy, Busy, Busy!!

Wow life’s really gotten busy for me in the past few months!! First there was graduation and then I was working all summer. Then came lovely trips to the doctor’s every week and now I’m stuck in the rush of college life. With only a few weeks until finals, the work load has doubled and I haven’t had anytime for blogging. 😦

So I was remembering the good ole days of Friday Fun, Tuesday Tunes, and Thought of the Week, as well as the occasional regular blog post. I tried to keep it up, but it’s kinda dwindled down. I haven’t done a special post in months and I’ve got 5 or 6 posts in the works, some are so old they are irrelevant now. I’m gonna try and get one of those finished and up later today.

In other news, our guest blogger, my dear friend Ninja, has started her own blog journey!! I’ve been reading it every day and find it an immense blessing. You should check it out, it’s called Blessings in Waiting. I especially enjoyed yesterday’s post. Through every post, she reflects on an event or sermon then gets into the Bible to see what God has to say about it, ending the post with a few blessings God has given her.

Well that’s all for now, hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me!

~jojo

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Blessings in the Night

So yesterday was a pretty okay day (my birthday) and I went to bed at around 11, feeling good.

As I was drifting off to sleep at about 11:30, I was thinking about the next day (today) and the Chemistry test I had. Then with a jolt I woke up, remembering some pretty important online homework that was supposed to be due Monday at midnight. I looked at the clock and saw I had just under 30 minutes to complete and submit the homework. The previous homework in this class has always been difficult and time-consuming. I got on my laptop and of course, the internet was pretty much non-existent. By the time I got to the homework page I was very worried, which worsened as I saw it was actually due at 11:55, giving me even less time.

In a hurry I picked up my phone and shot off a message to my best friend using the voice recognition option. Of course, I was very hurried as well as worried so the message came out like this:

“Please pray for me I just remembered very important good time it and its to the left in half an hour now I’m not sure I’m going to finish in time”

Of course what I meant was Please pray for me I just remembered a very important homework assignment it and its due in less than half an hour and now I’m not sure I’m going to finish in time”

Some of you may think it a strange request, but school is my life and this class in particular has a bit of a shaky grade, so I need all the points I can get.

I sat there for what seemed like forever answering question, praying and rocking back in forth for the internet to work and accept the answers so I could move on. There ended up being 15 questions. Each question usually takes around 3-5 minutes to complete and grade. There was no way I was getting this done. When the last question was submitted I looked at the clock: 11:43. I had made it!!

This is my midnight blessing:

1. God cares for me and can do something amazing or simple like He did for me in allowing me to finish and submit my homework in time.

2. The best friends aren’t the best because of their personality or how often you hang out with them, but when they can drop everything and pray with you for any request. I am blessed to have many of these in my life.

~jojo

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