I am an island…

In Everything Give Thanks
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.                  – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

 

Originally, I started this post very differently…

Of course, I deleted it and started over when I realized just how whiny and annoying I sounded – and I decided I was going to try again, with the RIGHT attitude!

Yes, most of my family thinks I’m a freak, a sponge, a big fat cow…

Yes, the people in most churches we visit look at me with their head tilted to the side and a look of intense pity on their face…

Yes, I pay A LOT of money to belong to an organization that is supposed to be full of other authors who are there to support each other – and when I need something, most of the others don’t have time for me…

BUT…

NONE OF THAT MATTERS!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Psalms 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Colossians 3:15-17 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.   (Read More…)

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Psalms 106:1 – Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Psalms 105:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Colossians 4:2 – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Psalms 118:1-18 – O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: because his mercy [endureth] for ever.   (Read More…)

Psalms 20:4 – Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

Psalms 30:12 – To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Romans 1:21 – Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

I AM THANKFUL for the WONDERFUL author and friend who has shared her time and her expertise and her experience so we would not have to learn these things the hard way (the way she had to with a lot of things). She has encouraged me on every step of this crazy and wild journey through writing and publishing and I would not be where I am… right now… if it were not for her! Bless you Rachel! I could not ask for a better friend or mentor!

I AM THANKFUL for the AMAZING author who not only gave of her time but her own praise – and not just to my mother’s book (which is AMAZING and TOTALLY deserves all every single bit of praise it gets) but to me, for being such a great daughter. Suzanne, you are AWESOME! and such a blessing!

I AM THANKFUL for the wonderful readers who have jumped at the opportunity to read my mother’s upcoming release and I can never adequately express my thanks for how much you are appreciated!

I AM THANKFUL for our wonderful and amazing friend who sent us to our very first writer’s workshop! Without that, we would never have embarked on this particular branch of the journey and we would not be about to release a book- in just 11 days – WOW! Thank you Pam! You are an amazing friend, a terrific “adopted” grandma and we are so blessed just to know you!

I AM THANKFUL for preachers who are not afraid to speak TRUTH! I pray God continues to bless their ministries and that they reach countless lives and plant the seeds that God needs to work in people’s lives!

I AM THANKFUL for the opportunity to reach out and share my thoughts and my feelings and my FAITH with anyone who happens across my blog.

I’m sure…REALLY sure there are so many more things I could list. I could probably write forever and never list everything!

One of my favorite singing groups sings a song about counting your blessings. They say when you get to the end, just start again – but I don’t think we can ever really get to the end. God is boundless and His LOVE flows over and around us each and every day.

His blessings are over us, under us, next to us, and right in front of us and there is absolutely no way we could ever list every single one… and especially no way we would be able to start over and count them all again.

so the last thing is this:

I AM THANKFUL for JESUS! He gave me life. He gave me rebirth! He has had more patience and affection and understanding of me than anyone else is capable of and I would not be here today without HIS saving grace!

Have you accepted HIS saving grace?

YOU HAVE TIME! …but only so much. DON’T WAIT! DO IT NOW… TODAY!

GOD BLESS YOU!

~ Rachel

 

 

© Rachel L Miller 2015

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Mother’s Day… from an Amish perspective.

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I am beginning to understand…

As I stood before the congregation this past Mother’s Day morning, listening to the preacher extol the many virtues of these women standing alongside me, something happened to me.

I am not someone who enjoys the spotlight. In fact, I get extremely nervous when I have to stand up in front of a group of people for any reason. So you can imagine that I was not up there by choice. When the pastor asked all of the mothers to come up, my mother pulled me with her so I went.

But as I stood there sweating out my nerves, I began to look at the experience through the eyes of an Amish mother.

An Amish mother is the embodiment of Proverbs 31.

Proverbs 31:10 – 31 KJV

[10] Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

~ Amish women guard their virtue fiercely because they understand that virtue is a precious gift God has bestowed upon her.

[11] The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

~ Amish marriage vows are second only to the vow a young person gives to God upon their baptism. Many of us who are not bound so tightly in our faith have no comprehension of the strength this commitment requires.

[12] She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

~ Amish women understand that it takes a strong woman to “submit” herself to God and then to her husband.

[13] She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

~ Amish dress so conservatively that most of their clothing HAS to be made by hand. And tourists come from all over to purchase hand-made items like quilts and toys because the workmanship that goes into them is unequaled.

[14] She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

~ Amish women work hard to build wonderful gardens so they are able to feed their families well.

[15] She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

~ Amish women work at all hours of the day or night to take care of their families. There is a lot of truth in the statement “A mother’s work is never done.”.

[16] She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

~ Amish mothers consider how every purchase will benefit their family… or not.

[17] She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

~ Men may work “by the sweat of their brow” but a woman’s hard work involves a lot more than just the physical.

[18] She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

~ No Amish wife or mother is going to go off to bed when there are things that still need to be done.

[19] She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

~ Amish women spend time making things for their family – and not just because it might cost less. A child is much more comforted under a blanket made by their mother’s own hands.

[20] She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

~ Every time a family in the community has needs to be met, the women bind together to bake goods and make beautiful quilts or other crafts that can be sold to make the money that is needed.

[21] She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

~ Amish women are taught to trust in God’s will but they are also taught to plan ahead.

[22] She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

~ Amish women dress very modestly but every Amish is taught how important it is to save her true beauty for her husband.

[23] Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

~ Every woman, Amish or not, wants to feel that her husband is valuable to his neighbors and respected in the community.

[24] She maketh fine linen, and selleth it ; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

~ Amish women want to be a credit to their husbands, their family and their community.

[25] Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

~ Amish women know how important it is to present a good witness. They teach their children by example.

[26] She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

~ There are thousands of Amish Proverbs and mothers are the ones who hold them most dear – in times of stress and times of teaching.

[27] She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

~ You will never find an Amish woman just sitting around when there are things to be done.

[28] Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also , and he praiseth her.

~ An Amish woman is truly the hub of her home. Everyone counts on her and she holds a special place in each of their hearts.

[29] Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

~ Nothing pleases an Amish woman more than seeing her daughter continuing in the faith and taking care of her own family.

[30] Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord , she shall be praised.

~ Amish women know that the things of this world are fleeting. They put their faith in God!

[31] Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

~ And this is where my article comes full circle. Amish women don’t cultivate pride. They don’t expect awards or rewards. They don’t want applause or praise.

Amish women understand that mothers don’t do all of the things we do for praise. We do it because we love to.

Yes there are times being a mother is a thankless job but again, we don’t do it for Thanks.

A good mother takes care of her family because they’re important to her – they are her life and their happiness is all the thank you she needs.

 

God Bless!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2014