Tag Archive | Thankfulness

I is for Imagination

 

Pirate Princess--Imagination at Work

Pirate Princess–Imagination at Work

Imaginations turn my living room into a forest with a hideout. I become “big foot.” Two-month-old, Lilly, becomes Angel Baby. All thanks to my grandactives.

My imagination enables me to write stories, paint pictures, or design this blog.

Without the imaginations of great minds, there would be no Internet to post my blog. There wouldn’t be channeled electricity, cars, or any of the modern conveniences we’ve all grown to enjoy.

Yes indeed! Imagination is a vital part of human existence and separates us from all other life forms. Imagination is also one of our most taken-for-granted, thus, one of our least thankful-for commodities. God truly blessed us more richly than then we can imagine by giving us imaginations.

 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter I?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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V is for Voice

Design 1From listening to the sweet voices of my youngest grandactives to the bass voice of my husband, I get a mix of sounds and octaves. Voices are remarkable. No two are identical, just like snowflakes. Isn’t it amazing how we can recognize a person’s voice without seeing him/her? Moreover, there are truly incredible and unique sounds people train their vocal cords to make like hitting those ridiculously high, glass-shattering notes in an opera or imitating a fire siren. Regardless if we have those talents or not, our voices enable us to communicate our desires, our emotions, and our thoughts.

Of all the extraordinary things our voices can do, I’m most thankful for my voice because with it I cry out to God, and He hears, understands like no one else can, and sends His peace.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter V?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

I is for Ink

31 Holly and angels colored 4webInk is a good thing. Without it, books would be nonexistent. We couldn’t print photos of our grandactives. We couldn’t write notes and pass them in class. Oh wait! That was a bazillion years ago when I went to school. Okay, so text messages have replaced ink there. But technology has a long way to go before totally obliterating ink.

The Chinese used ink in the 23rd century BC. And the liquid has been an important commodity ever since.

But that’s not why I’m thankful for ink. I’m thankful for ink because prophets used it to record God’s word, and scribes painstakingly preserved it throughout history.

 “Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (Habakkuk 2:2).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter I?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

G is for Giggles

Giggles

Giggles

Today my “grandactives” filled the house to the rafters with giggles. They had a blast building a fort, capturing Big Foot (me), and saving Angel Baby (their two-month-old sister). And yes, there were some squeals, yammers, and sobs in the mix. But mostly—giggles. I love listening to children at play. And I love their giggles.

But there’s more to giggles than just a proud grandmother’s cheerful heart. It’s a promise from God.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter G?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

S is for Sign

This shall be a Sign

This shall be a Sign

Signs are a good thing, don’t you agree. They tell us what route we’re on and where it leads us. They tell us a safe traveling speed. They remind us to yield to one coming traffic. They force us to stop at intersections for our own good. They caution us about deer crossings, railroad crossings, and children crossings, not to mention bus stops. Even though many people chose to ignore signs, our lives would be quite chaotic without them.

But that’s not why I’m thankful for signs. I’m thankful for signs because God was given us signs to identify His Son.

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter S?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

K is for Knit

Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)Knit sweaters, knit scarfs, and knit hats are all designed to keep us warm. I like being warm. And I like snuggling under a knit blanket with a good book.

But mostly, I’m thankful God knit me together in my mother’s womb and has kept His eye on me ever since.

“For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).

How about you? What are you thankful for that begins with the letter K?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

N is for NOW!

 

Now is the time to praise.

Now is the time to praise.

Now is the time to complete that project or start a new one. Now is the time to make amends, fix what’s broken, and change for the better. Now is the time to take that first step toward your dreams.

As the old adage proclaims: Yesterday’s gone. Tomorrow may never come. Now is the time …

But mostly I’m thankful for now because. Jesus accepts us the moment we come to Him. We don’t have to do anything to get ready. We don’t have to fix the past. We just have to seek Him. NOW is the time of salvation.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

How about you what are you thankful for that begins with the letter N?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks