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Aware and Giving Thanks

God is so good. He created a wonderful world with flowers, fruit and vegetables. The first home for humans was a garden.

And the Lord planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Genesis 2:8

God designed the family.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

God made a plan of salvation. We live in a world broken by sin; all have sinned and fall sort of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Yet God reaches out to us.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16

We have the church, the community of believers meeting together. Jesus spoke about the church and commanded his disciples. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 

My Savior, God’s Word, my family, the church, the flowers in my yard are all reasons to praise God!

There is much to observe all around us. I enjoy the unique traits that flowers have and give thanks for God’s intricate creation. The mallow flower has its petals fully spread in the morning, and in the evening the petals partially close. 

What will you give thanks for today?

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

8 Comments on “Aware and Giving Thanks

  1. I am thankful for a long time prayer that is being answered step by step in God’s timing. I’m thankful for God’s Word and for the beauty that surrounds us on the hill in the Blue Ridge Foothills. Blessings to you! What an uplifting, encouraging post!

  2. I don’t remember seeing a mallow flower before – they are so pretty! And there are indeed so many beautiful and wonderful things around us, so much to praise God for!
    Visiting from FMF#12

    1. It is nice to see success in planting! The little rabbits that visit my yard ate the leaves on my young celery plants. After we put up some fencing I am glad to see that the plants are recovering. I am impressed with the baby rabbits ability to pick out the best vegetation.

  3. If you’d know the thanks I give,
    you can here find the answer,
    for as I breathe and as I live,
    I give thanks for cancer.
    It’s changed my heart in many ways;
    I see abundance, more than lack,
    and though I’m facing dreadful days
    I never would go back
    to the man I was before,
    grasping, venal, proud.
    God in grace has shut that door,
    and thus I shall be loud
    and use the strength that’s left to me
    to praise the Love I can now see.

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