Covid-19 Thankful

Christian based letters to my Grandkids

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Hey, my Grands! How are you all doing? I can picture each of you tucked away from the rest of the world. I miss you! I bet you’re puzzled by the title of this love note, right? Are you thinking, “Nana, what are you up to?”

This title doesn’t seem to make sense, but let me explain. First, am I thankful for this virus? No, not at all. Am I afraid of this virus, honestly, sometimes-a teeny bit, but not much because I know, deep down to my toes, that God is in control, and he has my days numbered. No one and nothing can take me until he says, “Susie, it’s time to enter your forever home.” Years of walking with Him has given me a deep trust in who He is!

When you’ve lived as long as I have, when you’ve walked through the fire with Jesus by your side, you gain perspective. But let me tell you, in my younger years, Covid-19 would have scared me spitless! So, I’m writing you today hoping to lift you (if you are in a fearful place) into a place of trust and peace.

So what do we do about those blasted worries? They seem to creep into our thinking. Here’s what God says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5.

We need to take every thought captive, right? It says to make our thoughts obedient to Christ. That’s an action, something we do, right? Don’t be passive – grab that worry and pass it on to God. So God’s got the worry-what next? I have two suggestions. Fill the (now) empty thought with God’s word. Replace the worry with scripture. Or replace worry with thanks and praise.

I’m not saying it’s easy – it’s not! But with determination, commitment and practice, God’s living word will reach inside and build you up – it has the power change you. Covid-19 (worry) replaced by thanks. Here are some thanks I lift to God to change my thinking from worry to praise.

MY SECURITY IN CHRIST: Through the years Jesus carried me when I felt I couldn’t go on; He answered prayers so specifically it blew me away. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Jesus reached down and saved me and gave me eternal life. The security of being his child reaches every vulnerable corner in my heart.

PEOPLE GOD USED TO BUILD MY FAITH: During my teen years, we had a missionary intern leading our youth group. Jake challenged us to memorize scripture. The word of God got firmly planted in my heart during those two years with Jake. Today, God’s word enters the situation’s of my life. Like, BAM there it is answering my questions, counseling me on how to handle something. Jake knew what he was doing with his memory challenge. He was equipping us to face hardships in life. Jesus is my anchor. I’ve shared this memory site with some of you, but maybe not all. May I challenge you to learn at least one verse a week? Put it in your arsenal and wait to see what God does with it. https://learnscripture.net/

MY HOUSE: So thankful for this house. We would not be in this house, had God not prompted our friends to give us a very large gift to put toward it. When I tried to refuse it, my friend said I’d have to take it up with God, because God told them to give it to us. 😉 This house is larger than any home we’ve ever lived in. It was brand new when we signed the papers. It is so comfortable and it has housed each one of you at different points of your lives. So many memories of my family living in the apartment downstairs. I praise God that we had a place to offer missionaries and friends who were in a bad place and needed housing. What JoY to offer them our ‘prophet’s chamber.’ I am so thankful for God’s provision. Do you know that people say, when they walk through our door, they are met with peace? I believe with all my heart, it is God’s presence and His blessing greeting them.

FAMILY: Each member of our family holds a corner of my heart. When I birthed Daniel, I found a love my heart never knew; a Mother’s love. When I got pregnant with Renee, I felt sad because I couldn’t imagine loving another child like my firstborn. But guess what? I loved her just as much as Daniel. A Mother’s love expands, and it grows to make room for each child. By the time I was expecting Christy, I knew God would give me that same Mother’s love for her. It’s incredible how it just keeps growing. Now, I have each of you precious Grands. That, too, is a new love. My Nana love for you could fill an ocean. And it grows just like a Mother’s love – it expands with each grandchild. I feel like the most blessed Nana to have your affection and dedication. I love you each, goo-goo-plex.

FRIENDS: Throughout the years God hand-picked godly friends for me. They say a person is blessed to find just one kindred-heart friend in a lifetime. The person who has two is double blessed. God multiplied my blessing when he showered me with five kindred-heart friends. I did nothing to deserve them, but God rained down love with each one. I treasure each of them. My first kindred-heart friend came in high school. Her dad led me to the Lord. But we lost touch for many years. Now she’s back in my life, and I thank God! The rest of my kindred-heart friends came after I married and had children. Each of these women bless me with their own unique gifts, like sharing what God is teaching them, spurring me on in my walk with Christ, offering me hope in the midst of a desperate situation, believing in me when I wade through hardship, speaking hard things when I’m off base, mentoring me, by example, to love your Papa better, being my 911 person in an emergency, belly laughing with me and sometimes at me. 😉 They share my burdens and pray for me. These beautiful women share their lives with me – good times, bad times, hard times, we share them together. As I share the incredible blessings of kindred heart friendships, I pray God grants you godly friends who pour into your life. My friends have made my life so much richer. I also pray you prove to be a godly young person whom others can trust with their heart.

Okay, does anyone wish to share? I’d love to fill up this page with praises and thanks to God. In the comments, tell me what are you thankful for during this COVID-19 isolation time?

50 Things I want my Daughter to Know

Girls, I just read the MOST amazing blog.  I LOVE this and want to pass it on to you.

Here are three of the 50 things Rick Thomas want’s his daughter to know …  Nuggets of pure gold, and sound wisdom!  If she listens to this wisdom … she will be so fulfilled in her life and marriage.  Take a moment and let these thoughts permeate your being.  Pray God opens the eyes of your spiritual understanding:

1. Don’t just marry a Christian. Christians are a dime a dozen. Marry a person who acts like Jesus. When you line up the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), there should be little difference between your boyfriend and Jesus. That’s the guy of your dreams. Any other kind of man will be a nightmare.

2. Boys are not as strong and invincible as they would want you to believe. If you don’t learn the “book” before you fall in love with the “cover,” you’ll be disappointed with the content.

3. Don’t spend your teenage years primarily playing sports, or anything else that you will not be doing when you’re fifty. Spend the best part of your days practicing the things you will be doing (and should be doing) for the rest of your life. Your hobbies, whether in your teen or adult years, should not be your primary focus. (Unless you can make a living doing your hobby.)

Click the link below to read more …

https://rickthomas.net/50-things-i-want-my-daughter-to-know/

Hidden Treasures

The inspiration for my first note comes from Proverbs 2.

“IF you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding IF you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures … then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord GIVES wisdom, he stores up sound wisdom for the upright he is a shield to those who walk in integrity.”

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Good morning girlies,

As I was reading my Bible this morning, I thought of you.  My prayer for you is the same prayer I prayed for my kids, (your parents). I pray that you will grow in your understanding of Father God and that you find your identity in Him.

When you find your identity in Christ, you are free to be ALL God created you to be.  You are a child of the King, His princess.

I also pray that our family’s next generation (YOU) will seek God and that God will use the light that shines within you to reflect His glory and His love to a very dark world.

I will be emailing you love notes to encourage you in your walk with Jesus. As I share the Love of God and the wisdom He imparts, I hope it encourages you. I also hope it creates a hunger for His word which will lead you to dig for truth as for hidden treasures.

When I was a brand new Christian (15 years old) I read the verses below.  My heart welled up with the deepest longing and I begged God for wisdom:

“IF you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding IF you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures … then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord GIVES wisdom, he stores up sound wisdom for the upright he is a shield to those who walk in integrity.” Prov. 2:1-7

“Ask and it will be given you seek and you will find knock and the door will be open to you.” Luke 11:9  Jesus

God loves you, my girls, He is waiting for you to dig for the gold nuggets found in His word. Call out to Him, He is waiting and He longs to give you His wisdom.

Because I love you,

Nana