Mondays Words for The Soul ~ August 10

I surely need to remember this today:

I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. ~Isaiah 44:3


Isaiah 44:3



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Tough Times Tuition

The tough times are tuition we pay for what we need to know to succeed.

Today I am typing this while sitting at an airport club. I am waiting for my flight and, for the past hour, two men have been sitting in the cubicle next to me. They have been talking about an interview they had with a woman. They have papers containing their questions to her and her answers. From my glances, it seems that the applicant’s responses have been neatly typed and tabulated. They are reviewing their interview and rating the applicant’s answers. I know the applicant is a woman because of their use of the female pronoun.

And… I am pretty sure the woman is not going to get the job. Her answers, one of the men says, “reflect a relatively shallow pool.” There are too many “1’s” and not enough “4s” assigned to the tabulation.  The whole experience is causing my tension to rise. I am going to move to a calmer locale.

But, if she were here, nervously waiting for their decision…I would  want her to know she was brilliantly courageous to go so far in the application process to be the subject of such scrutiny. And I want her to know that “The tough times are tuition we pay for what we need to know to succeed.” And, that there are Blessings contained in every question with a “no” answer. 

I would show her this sentiment posted elsewhere by Jean W.

Your Value

Because “she” could be me. “She” has been me. “She” might be you, or a past memory of you.

And Because of Grace, there are amazing promises that will outlast the temporal interviews and points-of-view that occupy our days.

Success beyond numbers, data, and ratings.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happiest Thanksgiving…

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

Thanksgiving Bible Verses

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Blessings Instead

On this Thanksgiving Eve…I’m thinking of the blessings received in spite of, instead of…

instead of the “to-do” list I gave God,
instead of how I was sure it needed to go,
instead of who,  what,  when,  where, or  why…

thanks instead

It is amazing, when we look back on what we thought we knew for absolutely sure that we wanted — even things we grieved over because they never happened. It is amazing how blessed we were that those things never happened or because we never “got” the things we thought for sure that we wanted.

Think back. Think back and find those things. Think about what has happened

Think about where you are now, and what you have learned, and who you have become, and where you are headed, due largely in part to those things NOT happening that you were sure that wanted to happen.

Even if those thoughts are painful, and you are still wishing, be patient. You are in the middle point of here to there. If things haven’t worked out, they aren’t done working out yet. You will soon see, beautiful friend, if you have not already,
that everything somehow just works out. It always has, and it always will. Trust this.

Please don’t worry anymore.
Please be at peace.
Please trust
your journey.
You have not been forgotten. ~Brave Girls’ Club


Other messages of Blessings

Monday Words for the Soul~November 19

Blessings…Count ‘Em and send praise right back to their Giver!


 7 Gifts in this little mini booklet by Ann Voskamp


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This Weekend~November 16~Identify Unknown Blessings


They are there, you know.

Your brain contains more than 100 billion nerve cells. Each individual cell is connected with 10,000 other neurons. In any 24-hour time span, our bodies will blink 23,040 times. Our hearts will beat 100,000 times. Our lungs will breathe 23,000 times. And how many times will we praise and show gratitude for these?

These are just a few unknown blessings…which, are, now…known!

What unknown blessings would you like to share?


Other posts on Blessings

Other Weekend Activities

The Math of Blessings

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Let’s continue to engage in Thanks-Living


More than 50 times in the New Testament we’re commanded to do different tasks for “one another” and “each other.” The Bible says, “Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19 NIV). Rick Warren in this post with a title I love:  Your Faith Will Help Me and My Faith Will Help You

Mid-Week Question of the Week~November 14~Blessings

What if our blessings, and our healing, sometimes comes through tears?

and returning to this post from the past


More Questions to Consider

Preparing for Blessings

A simple request from Jerilynn came last winter to speak on Blessings. Such an timely topic at Thanksgiving. The simplicity of the one word title extends to the simplicity of the practice.


…to receive, experience, and, especially, to bestow to others.

Bestowing Blessings.

In preparing to speak, I’m preparing my supply list.

What would you include?

~A picture that says so much:


~A link to We Love Gratitude, a web journalling site begun by Crystal Belle

~A free App from Ann Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts at this link or search “One Thousand Gifts” on your iPhone’s Entertainment tab

~A quote to consider: “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick

~An important point for me to remember: Counting Blessings counters our fear manifesting as the “fear of not having enough” and the “fear of not being enough.”

~A verse to read, re-read, and memorize through tears:

What would you include?

Mid-week Question of the Week~Can I Really Be A Blessing?

Mid-week Question of the Week: Can I Really Be A Blessing?

This post is a little bit late today. Had to make an unscheduled stop on the way home from the overnight with Dad.

Because of the homeless man.

I saw him at the first light at first light. He had a small sign made from a box panel. Because the sun hadn’t quite decided to rise yet, I could not make out what the sign said, but I inferred.

I reached in the floor of the back seat, passenger side.


Out of blessing bags.

All I had was granola. I offered him the granola and an apology. He showed me why he couldn’t take it.

He had no teeth.

And I had no idea until that moment. That my blessing could not be one size fits all.

Because of Grace, God’s blessings to us are never one size fits all.

I grew anxious and the stoplight was about to turn and, in a 24-hour-up-all-night stupor, I grabbed a handful of what was in my overnight bag.

A handful of Organic Green Tea Citrus throat drops.



I suddenly remembered like the cosmetics firm from New York’s 5th Avenue who sent care packages to victims of the Katrina hurricane. The care packages contained bronzer, firming cream, and blush.
And, at the time,  hearing this news while working in New Orleans, I shook my head in disdained judgment. “How pampered they are in New York. How out of touch,” I remarked back then.

I remembered that incident today with internal sermon intensity.

So, sleep must wait. The car and I made an unscheduled stop. At the Grocery. Blessing Bag items. Restocking with the sunrise. Returning to the corner. The man was gone. But my resolve is not. I am ready and restocked. The weather is changing and the need will be great.

Now, close friends who also read this blog will know that I am going through a season of “Financial Repositioning.” (Translation: I ain’t got no full-time job).

So, the grocery store adventure koan  becomes, “Can you do Blessing Bags on a Budget?” A very tight budget. A Financial Repositioning budget.

Um, well, you have to.

And as the old saying goes, “to a child with a hammer, everything becomes a nail.” Wheeling in to the United Grocery store, I found an abundance of Blessing Bag bargains. Especially for those without teeth, or, in my personal looking-in-the-mirror case, without the teeth of convicting grace during tough seasons. There were many options in the store and at home. Because as harrowing the story is that I tell myself about this time in my occupational life, the fact is, I have not missed a meal and I am typing this with a roof over my head.

Twelve blessing bags assembled for $10.00 in 10 minutes.

And a reminder of Grace included. I like these bookmarks

but there are many, many positive messages that can be included. Write the phone number/address of a church or shelter—takes just a minute more.

So at this time of uncertainty do I convince myself to hold grace in, conserving it, hoarding it?
blessing bags Teague

Am I Really A Blessing? Can I Really Be a Blessing?

Because of Grace, the answer is always YES!

Click here for Blessing Bag on a budget items. Or a link to cooler, better, Blessing Bags when times are not lean.
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