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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm Thankful For You

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,
2Thessalonians 1:3

 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,  2Thessalonians 2:13

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus 1Corinthians 1:4

That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Psalm 30:12

Variety surely is the spice of life...There are so many different blogs that I really enjoy reading. I follow some, others I only visit occasionally; some I have book marked, but not necessarily signed on with. Larger ones I tend to avoid joining but will sometimes leave a comment. Smaller blogs that I enjoy I will usually join as I know how reassuring it is to encourage new bloggers as I was so encouraged when I first began.

I have learned much about blogging. I have made a few mistakes along the way too.  Because I admire so many different bloggers I have sometimes tried to emulate their style of writing. (mistake) Some are gifted as knowledgeable and credible prophecy teachers, and end time teachers. These people are usually rather firm in their writing styles and have a superior understanding about the subject of  the end times. They are the ones who hold firmly to the solid truths of the Bible and are committed to proclaim and defend with boldness the Bible warnings contained in Holy Scripture. I am fascinated by the few whom I find credible, and spend many an hour reading their (usually) daily posts. Although I can understand much of what they are saying, I have a hard time retaining factual information about world wide, usually political, geological, or scientific information that ties the scriptural references to the actual occurrences that are happening all over the world at a very rapid rate lately. Therefore, I am not a Bible prophecy teacher or blogger, and rarely will I even broach the subject on my blog.

Then there are the blogs that I sometimes hesitantly visit, I go to them much as a person might go to the doctor’s or chiropractor’s office when they know they need some medicine or an adjustment in order to get back on track; you know the ones, they tell it like it is, and are not afraid to make a stand for what’s right, even at the risk of offending someone, anyone. I tried that once, and although I felt it was important to do so, I did not enjoy it one bit and hope the Lord never asks me to do it again.

Then there are the blogs that I seem to gravitate to when I am having a bout with melancholy and just need a good laugh, I wish I could always write in that style, make people laugh a lot; we all seem to need that these days..these last days.

Although I am never quite comfortable sharing personal struggles with serious issues like abuse or neglect and rejection, I have a  certain empathy with others who are using their blogs as a way to reach out for comfort and understanding amidst their pain, these are special to me.  I write many personal thoughts in private journals in which I hope someday my loved ones will read to better understand why I am the way I am; until then however, I do have regular heart to heart talks with them.

Then there are the Bible scholars, these are the people who are or are not ordained or otherwise formally educated in seminary or other (Christian education). I have never spent more than a few hours in a secular college and have very few accreditations to my name, and those being completely too unimpressive to even mention. I used to be intimidated by well educated people, but as I grow older that has diminished thank the Lord.
As for those who, like me have no formal education concerning the Bible, I believe we are all on equal ground as far as we have the same teacher(Holy Spirit),and access to the same textbook (the Bible); therefore,  formal education or not, a Christian is only limited by their own desire to learn the scriptures. Of course I do take into consideration that the Lord blesses each with their own measure of faith and abilities or gifts
Photo mine

Some bloggers are talented photographers and have the most exquisite pictures on their blogs and some share their artwork or promote their handcrafts or other products. Although I am usually never in the market to peruse through blog-land to buy anything, I sure do enjoy the many different personalities behind the many blogs. Some I feel I can call ‘friend’ (that is a lot coming from me, as I tend to hold most  people at arms length for a long time or forever even). I guess perhaps Jesus is teaching me to hold people within my embrace instead, I don’t know, but I seem to be more tender- hearted since venturing into the blogasphere zone. What wonderful, fascinating times we are living in!

I don’t know why I am writing on this subject, perhaps it is my way of saying “Thank you” to all of you who take the time to share your lives, your knowledge, and faith, your talents with me. I sure do enjoy you all. You inspire and entertain me and I just want to say a heart felt “God Bless You!”
Photo mine

Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.


Denise said...

Oh how I love the variety and diversity I find in all of the blogs I follow! They all bless me in special ways, and always seem to speak a message directly to my heart. I am so thankful for the opportunity to share and love with all of my bloggy friends! :)

Blessings and thankfulness for sharing in yours! :)

Child of God said...

I too love visiting the different blogs and have gleaned from many.

I always enjoy reading what you have to say.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so very much for sharing this post with me.

Plus I want to give you a great many of thanks for your comments on my blog . . . Humble Path.

God's blessings to you!

Reformed rebel said...

Yes...all the different blog styles are wonderful. God didn't make us the same so it's important that we write differently. Your blog always is a blessing to me, what you write and your pictures! Thank you.
God bless you...Chelle

PJ said...

Hey Never Forsaken! Thank you for coming by my blog and taking the time to read my post and leave a comment. I'm glad I brought back some good memories for you. I enjoyed your post also. I especially liked the paragraph about the Bible Scholars. Of course this is my own opinion, but I believe the BEST TEACHER we could ever have is the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I think that people tend to "over-think" things and forget that it is actually not THEIR words we want to hear, but God's. Thank you for bringing these points out. God Bless,

PJ said...

Hey Gal, it's me again. I got to thinking after I clicked "post comment", and decided I had better back up a couple of steps. I didn't mean to sound like a formal education in God's Word is a bad thing because it definitely isn't. The point I meant to make is that education or not, the preacher should listen and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. If a preacher has the college education, but doesn't allow the Holy Spirit to lead him in his teaching, I think that there will be a lot lacking in the teaching.

God bless,

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

It sounds like we have a lot in common : ) To be honest, my college education was a foundation for me. It wasn't until daily prayer and reading the Bible that I really began to understand it- and asking the Holy Spirit to speak to me through His Word. I understand the words you wrote, I've known them too. You are a huge blessing my friend. Have a blessed sleep and know you are loved by many- especially me.

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Denise, Child Of God, Lon,Reformed Rebel, PJ,and Karen!
Thank you for all your sweet comments! It sounds like we are all thankful for the Lord & for one another :)
*Have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving*

~Never Forsaken~

Ron aka TheOldGeezer said...

Greetings From Southern California

Great post! You've made some interesting
observations about blogging. Encouraging others is high on my list too.

Take care and have a nice day :-)

Thanks for your recent visit to My Blog


Peggy said...

Thank you, also. Blessimgs and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Peggy

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Ron from Southern California,
(you lucky dog)! It's about 20 degrees F. here as I'm writing this :< Thanks for stopping in & have a wonderful week.
~God Bless~

Hi Peggy, Thanks for stopping in!
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours as well.
~God Bless~

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