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Happy Thanksgiving!

Abraham Lincoln’s

1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to
punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.


But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently
and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

(signed) A. Lincoln   October 3, 1863

weeks 45-46

I’ve been a bit discouraged about the "ways of the world" lately.  The school massacre in Finland (may the Lord comfort all those who mourn) was unlike any youth-related tragedy previously experienced in a peaceful little country where family values are of the highest quality… It caused thoughts of doom-and-gloom to fill my little head again.  Crying unto God due to sensing "evil on the rise" and seeing friends and acquaintances facing enemy’s attacks.

The holidays are almost here.  I believe there is increased demonic activity and manifestations during holidays (goes hand-in-hand with keeping and reviving old traditions). We all see and hear how people become more desperate during holidays, committing suicides, homicides etc.  So I pray for increased protection for my family and loved ones. 

This is a time to be sensitive and alert to the inner voice, heeding warnings and reading the signs. I may sound superstitious (and maybe I am, so what) but when I receive a warning I can’t afford to dismiss it.  Lord uses many venues people don’t necessarily always notice…

to be continued…

Weeks 41-44

Hard to believe it’s been a whole month since my last blog entry!

Let’s start with some lighter stuff… Anna had her 8th Birthday cake birthday party at our home. I invited several people but not very many Girl Boyshowed up.  It was still a fun party Party and Anna was also remembered Gift with a bow by many who could not come join the party.

One week later, my cousin from my little home village in Finland Airplane visited us with her two kids and a friend. It was a special reunion, one of a kind! Clock Only too brief… As always, meeting folks from the old country makes me feel a bit Thinking nostalgic and homesick…

James is getting heavily into skateboarding,  every weekend he bugs us
to Auto drive him to the skate park 25 miles away. They’re building one in
our city but it’s not ready yet. Camera I took some pictures on one of our
recent skateboarding outings and posted them on the blog.  Anna had a
storybook/character day at school and wanted to be Cinderella, so I
spent most of one night altering a dress for her (as the story goes,
complete with the ribbons, blue sash and beads). Sleeping half-moonNo mice or birds
showed up to mend the dress but it turned out real pretty, so I took
some shots of her posing in her dress and will add them to the album.

On the Halloween evening I treated our youngest kids to a wholesome
family movie Filmstrip instead of trick-or-treating.  Not being the least bit shy, my daughter Anna said to
the young man at the counter: Happy halloween! We’re gonna see a movie
instead of trick or treating!  Then we’ll go to mom’s Bible study!  By
the way, I think your hair looks cool, too! (I had commented on his
cool mohawk-style hairdo). Hot That was a fun evening 🙂

Much has happened at work as well… Tragedies and triumphs (well, none a "major scale" -but big enough to make the job interesting) and lots of pleas to Lord God Almighty!!! Praise Him, who sustains his children amidst life’s storms!   I’ve been so weary these weeks, many times just wanting to throw in the towel and give up.  Seems like demands are so great and results so few. Yet I have strong hope and assurance that many of these circumstances are just waiting for the Master’s touch and will turn out according to His good and perfect will!  I keep planting seeds of hope and bringing the situations before the throne- waiting for the Master’s plan to unfold. 

Cast your burdens upon Him… Crying I’ve cried several times before the Lord during the past few weeks: "You say, My yoke is easy and my burden is light! Then how come I feel like all the juice is being squeezed out of me, constantly?"  There’s not much left of me to give to Left hug my loved ones…Right hug  Last weekend my strength was absolutely gone… Clock Working overtime, dealing with difficult cases (people)Baring teeth, losing sleep because of extra school projects that had to be completed… On Friday, a 3-hr night’s rest and working overtime just about did me in… Aside from catching up with laundry, all I could do was to stay in bed all weekend, read my bible and cry from exhaustion, drifting out to sleep off and on.  Thank you Lord for our precious children, helping out with chores, my husband for his tenderness and for the good neighbors who (though unknowingly) invited the kids to fun outings, allowing me time to rest and gain back my strength. 

So, it’s back to the rat race.  A new week, bringing new challenges. Today, a lady who was quite unpleasant toward me last week, apologized for her behavior and gave me an opportunity to show her Christ-like compassion and mercy.  I had sensed how much stress Wilted rose she had been going through and had already been praying for her. Today, as we met I assured her that I understood she had a lot to deal with right now – no hard feelings. Broken heart Almost in tears she confided in me about her daughter being diagnosed with having a brain tumor. Promising to pray on her precious young daughter’s behalf, we then departed -both almost in tears…  So whoever reads this -please join me in praying for complete healing for little H, Red heartalso renewed hope and strength for her mother.Red rose

Lord, I also bring everyone in Upper Room to Your throne. I bring brother L and his loved ones to your throne. Trusting in Your precious blood to cover, heal and protect…  Black Sheep

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