Hi Friends,

I haven’t been writing/typing much lately here. Sorry about that. I’m not really sure how to update you. We’ve had a few weeks of last minute changes of plans that kind of leave me drained. I also haven’t had much energy the last few months, so unfortunately the blog gets pushed aside while I try to put what little energy I do have into our home or more pressing matters. Food needs to be on the table. I need to have my Sunday school lesson ready, and clothing needs to be ready for my dear hubby to wear when he needs it.

I’ve been sewing, painting and sketching/handwriting more than typing as my creative outlet. Our little veranda garden is doing well. My cherry tomato plants are happy and growing. Hoping they’ll be ripe very soon.

I’ve been doing some research on a few projects that I can’t share just yet.

Most week-ends we’ve gone up to the property where Steven’s parents are building, and have helped with the house project. They’ve gotten the trusses up and a few more things need to be done, and the house will be ready for a roof! 🙂 I think once the roof is done the brickwork and other things can be completed to bring it to the “lock-up stage”. It’s a one-storey-with-basement home.

I try to go to a weekly social stitching thing one day a week. That gets me out of the house, and being “social” for a bit. It’s a group of mostly retired ladies who sit and chat and sip tea and work on handwork projects. Embroidery or knitting or quilting or paper crafts. It’s been a nice way to learn some other skills and one lady wanted to know how I make my crocheted christmas trees.

We wrote up a “Christmas letter” and I’ve got our Christmas cards almost all done so those will go in the mail soon.

We were hoping to have my mom’s cousin come visit this week, but she cancelled last minute because her brother had a stroke and she wanted to help with the family. We’re praying that he’ll have a full recovery.

We’re doing a small family gathering this week to reflect on Thanksgiving. It’s not an Australian thing, but Steven’s family is humoring me in coming for dinner. I’ve been reading scripture passages on Praise and Thanksgiving to the Lord. I was surprised at so many references to Thanksgiving or Praise. I don’t think I had ever thought about how much the Bible calls us to Praise God.

Even with all the reading of passages, I’ve been struggling with feeling alone, discontent and missing family. My mom’s family had a gathering this past week and I felt the distance. It’s not the same to hear of the events when you’d like to be there. I’ve realised I need to go back and read the passages on praise to the Lord again.  There are even some I had no idea that they are repeated in completely different books of the Bible. (I’m not telling you which double up. )

Here are just a few Bible passages that call us to praise the Lord or reference giving thanks.

  • Leviticus 22:29
  • 2 Samuel 22:50
  • 1 Chronicles 16:8-36
  • 1 Chronicles 29:11-13
  • 2 Chronicles 5:13
  • Ezra 3:11
  • Psalm 9:1-2, 7-12
  • Psalm 18:49
  • Psalm 28:6-9
  • Psalm 30:4
  • Psalm 35:18
  • Psalm 50:14
  • Psalm 69:30-36
  • Psalm 75:1
  • Psalm 79:13
  • Psalm 92:1
  • Psalm 95:1-7
  • Psalm 97:12
  • Psalm 100
  • Psalm 105:1-7
  • Psalm 106:1
  • Psalm 107:1-9, 28-32
  • Psalm 118:24
  • Psalm 116:12-19
  • Psalm 118:1-29
  • Psalm 119:62
  • Psalm 136:13-26
  • Psalm 140:13
  • Psalm 147:1-7
  • Isaiah 12:2-6
  • Lamentations 3:22-27
  • Daniel 2:23
  • Daniel 6:10
  • Jonah 2:9
  • Luke 17:15-16
  • Romans 12:12
  • 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
  • 1 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57
  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, 15
  • Ephesians 5:3-4
  • Colossians 2:6-7
  • Colossians 3:13-17
  • Colossians 4:2
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
  • 1 Timothy 1:12
  • Hebrews 13:15
  • 1 Timothy 2:1
  • James 1:17-18
  • Revelation 7:12

It is not just about me reading the passages, and praying through them, and that’s a start to being grateful to God, but internalizing them to help my thinking to be right. Hmm. I need more practice.

Something else that I think is important in reading these passages is context. I’ve just listed a stack of Bible references. It adds so much more meaning to each passage to think of the people praising God and why they were praising Him.

Hope you had a blessed and special Thanksgiving last week. Let us be grateful more than just during the month of November.


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