"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."
2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)
This year, indeed, my "thanksgiving is overflow(ing) to the glory of God!" I am grateful for many things, including: Jesus, family, friends, the United States of America, the military and civilian servants who keep our country safe, good health, chocolate, dancing, laughter, and LOTS of other things!
|Family and friends after GSU's last home football game of their Inaugural Season.|
In the last few months, I have seen some miraculous things occur, and, especially at Thanksgiving, I want to Thank God, and give Him ALL the Glory! Among the biggest miracles: two friends were healed from life-threatening illnesses!
In October, my high school best friend, Julie Lasserre's, daughter, Jeannine, was healed from major complications which arose after Jeannine contracted e-coli from an unknown source. Jeannine was in a coma for 9 days, and appeared to possibly have had a brain stem stroke.
During a 24 hour prayer vigil, Jeannine woke up. Over the next few weeks, she came off of dialysis, regained much of her strength, and was able to go home, without significant medical issues, in time for her 16th birthday. Many very specific prayers were answered! God is Good! (Even some of Jeannine's doctors have deemed her recovery "miraculous!")
|Julie and her "miracle girl!"|
|Mary Julia on the beach with the "Beach Chicks" in September.|
I thank God for all of the "big" miracles I have witnessed. I also thank Him for the hundreds of small, "everyday miracles" in my life, which are no less amazing than the big miracles!
Today, Ed, Blake, my niece Tricia, and I, served at a Thanksgiving lunch and social services event for the homeless and disadvantaged in South Fulton County. It was a blessing, but also a sobering event. I am increasingly aware of the blessings of good health, and of having "enough."
Because of the faith that comes from seeing God's answers to "impossible situations," I am encouraged to trust Him for even more miracles! Please join me in praying for the following friends:
Nina Ray, has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease.) She has an amazing attitude about a difficult diagnosis. Nina is retired from United Community Bank in Fairburn, (formerly Fairburn Banking Company.)
Pray for Nina as she deals with ALS. Pray for Nina's healing, and that Nina and her doctors will have wisdom, and all necessary skills and resources. Nina has lost her ability to speak "naturally," but through some amazing technology, Nina now has a new feminine voice, activated via electronic keyboard! Praise God!
Pray for healing and wisdom for Johnny Harris, who also has a degenerative disease. He is the husband of Landmark Christian School employee, Lynn Harris. They have three children.
Dorothy Jean Pickett Beville, another Fernandina friend, summed up (on Facebook) the way I feel this Thanksgiving, "thinking about how much we all have to be thankful for...my list is endless."
Endless Blessings! Yes! AMEN!