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Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Thanksgiving is Overflowing!

My Thanksgiving is Overflowing!

"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!" 
Earlier this month, my life-long friend, Mary Julia Little, in her words, "was perfectly fine one day and the next, I was sicker than sick." She had "sepsis of unknown origin." Mary Julia goes on to say, "I feel very blessed to be here to enjoy this holiday.  I have never ever really been seriously ill before, and it is quite a humbling experience.  Praise God many prayers were answered and I am alive today."
Mary Julia on the beach with the "Beach Chicks" in September. 
More miraculous outcomes were obvious after the Wellspring Living leadership and prayer teams, and board members, observed a 40 day period of fasting and prayer for Wellspring and for those whom Wellspring serves. God answered very specific prayers in ways that were "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!" (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)

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 list is endless." 

Endless Blessings! Yes! AMEN! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 


  1. Great post this Thanksgiving Day! Blessings to you!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Jamie, from across this great land!

  3. Hi Jamie! Thanks for following my blog! I'm following you back. ;)

  4. A new follower from the Follow Friday Over 40 Blog Hop. Sometimes we are shown real miracles and it makes us stop, think and appreciate more. I too have been fortunate enough to have been in that position. I enjoyed reading your post.

  5. I also have had a year full of big and many, many small miracles..I am so blessed!

    I am a new visitor and follower via Java..

  6. Oh, I'm going to like your blog very much! Just joined as a follower. You might like my blog, too, because we share a focus on joy. I also lead church retreats. I'm very glad to find you! Look forward to reading more.

  7. ps--Absolutely love your photo at the top.

  8. I love your attitude and spunk, Jamie. Thanks for the follow I thought I'd already signed on as a follower, but I just signed on (maybe again). :) LOL.


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