Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hearts Filled With Gratitude

Today we in America celebrate Thanksgiving.

It was officially declared a national holiday by President Lincoln in 1863.  In the body of  President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation he says: "I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States. . . , to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

As we celebrate with family and friends, in gatherings small or large, let's use today as a spring-board into a season of continual gratefulness.  Each day there are countless reasons to feel and express gratitude: to our Heavenly Father; to our spouse and children; to coworkers and friends; to service people we encounter daily who make our lives easier by doing their jobs with a smile.

I am especially thankful that Gary returned from his India mission safe and sound. Our hearts are already eager to return - in just three months!

Thank you - for your love, prayers and support as we continue on this Journey with God.

With Thankful hearts - Pat and Gary

Thanksgiving Splendor Photo Courtesy of
Cyndy Hull

Monday, November 14, 2016

Arise and Go ....

" So I said, "What shall I do, Lord?" And the Lord said to me, "Arise and go... " Acts 22:10

When we have received the amazing gift of God's life and forgiveness, through the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus, our next, and frequent question should be.. "What do I do now, Lord?"

For Gary and I, the answer is often... "Arise and Go.."

Obeying that answer,  Gary went.... to India on a 3 week mission trip, which is two-thirds completed as I write this. His time in India is going well, as he encourages ministers and churches, and spies out the land to possibly do some eye clinics next year.   He will be home for Thanksgiving.

This is the first time in 6 years that I have not gone with him on a trip.  It has been a bit of an adjustment, but God sustains us... and being busy truly makes the time go quickly.
For those who have been praying - Thank you. Your love, prayers and support allows us to follow God's direction.

Have you asked Him that question lately? 

Let us know what He answers.... it may be to go across the street, or to a co-worker.  It is always a joy to follow our Father's voice.

Blessings as you go... Pat and Gary
Darjeeling, West Bengal India