Do you have passages of the Bible that simply bore you? I mean, you have read the passage and heard so many sermons about it that you just breathe a long sigh and prepare to “endure” the reading one more time. You put a smile on your face and are polite, but you’d really rather just be reading anything else? That is how I felt when my Saturday Bible Study focused on Jonah. I didn’t even want to read the book of Jonah because I KNEW it…or so I thought. Here is what I found in Jonah 2:9, 10
I will sacrifice unto Thee with a voice of thanksgiving…and the fish vomited out Jonah upon the dry ground.
I had never seen that in the book of Jonah before. Jonah giving thanks IN the belly of the whale. Apparently the fish could not ‘stomach’ the praise. Sunday we had communion in my church and I was struck again that the night he was betrayed Jesus broke bread and when he had given thanks He broke it and gave it to His disciples. In the MIDST of the hard times we have modeled for us thanksgiving and so
I am thankful for
#1085 Doctor radio on Sirrius XM Channel 81. Every day on my way to work I get to listen to the wonderful clinicians at Langdone Medical Center in New York City. What a privilege! Its like getting to listen to 2 continuing education programs each work day. I listen coming from and going to work.
#1086 that I have a job I love and can do at my age.
#1087 unfolding revelations at my city’s community hospital.
#1088 those that I have trouble forgiving are being constantly thrown in my path and I must face the forgiveness issue.
#1089 days of rest. I have not been able to blog for almost two weeks. I miss everyone here. I want to be here but I have been just so very tired. In God’s grace He gave me this simple thanksgiving meditation and, I believe, this is a God-breathed blog today.
#1090 my bad legs and how they ache. They cause me to be slow and I am so blessed to have been force to slow down. I have become sensitized to other slow ones around me and I have noticed things that I just simply would not have noticed at the fast pace I kept as a much younger woman with healthy, youthful legs.
#1091 my hospice dog stopped crying last night as I was able to figure out how to ease his pain.
#1092 my sister is getting a huge tax refund which she desperately needed to fix up her rental property after her old tenant left. We are praying that building will become the future family practice offices for two physicians we love. Won’t you join us in praying that for them and us?
#1093 my husband is thinking about getting further tests to get a diagnosis for his symptoms. This is HUGE, Folks!
#1094 my husband put fresh batteries in the smoke detector instead of just taking the old ones out. We had a fire in our sun room and the smoke detectors went off which caused my husband to jump out of the shower and extinguish the flames before they got too widespread.
#1097 crock pots that cook whatever I throw in them slowly and tenderly.
#1098 my coworker lets me go home early Saturday night from work so that I get enough sleep to drive my to his Sunday preaching assignments.
#1099 that I only have to work every third weekend. After 8 years of working all weekends, I feel like I’ve arisen from the dead. ha!
#1100 the people in my church love the Parish Nurse spots I put in the bulletin. Praise God for His grace!
Oh, one more thing…I am learning if I am obedient, He rewards that obedience. It is at the point of obedience He can demonstrate the vastness of His unfathomable amazing grace. I read Jonah out of obedience, and I got really blessed.
God is with us,