"8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. 9 Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you." Phil 4:8-9
Just read yesterday's blog by Sarah for encouragement and found another "God print", for me about what my post today should be. Have enjoyed and been blessed by both Sarah and George's posts. (Thank you fellow friends of Beth. I'm humbled and grateful to join you in this adventure.) In Sarah's last paragraph, she says -
"My hope is that you make the decision to live NOW--not in the past and not in the future. Time flies, even when you're not having fun, so do your best to make the best of every moment. Tell someone you love that you are thankful for them. Be specific about what it is that you appreciate about them. You may never have the chance to tell them again. "
Well, there are many ways that God spoke to my heart about what I should post for 1 of the 2 days I get to actively participate in Beth's adventure in gratitude. But, I'll admit I was again wavering, until I read that. For those who don't know. The Church at Argyle's founding Pastor, Ken Dyal went home to be with the Lord at the age of 57, on April 20, 2010. He knew he was loved by his family, friends and church and most importantly he knew and loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. What is written below is from my personal journal, written on May 11, 2010. I have been praying about sharing it and believe this is the where and when God led me to. I share it praying God uses it to bring healing as only He can to any heart who reads it, as He continues to heal mine.
Today I'm grateful for :
~The surest way God heals our hearts, especially in grief, is through gratitude. When we can find our way to being grateful for the one we grieve, and remember all the blessings and take time to thank God instead of being angry and bitter at Him for all we miss. The beautiful thing about Pastor Ken was, he knew this and since he did, he lived his life for Christ, giving all who knew him so much to be grateful for.
Here is my list of things I'm grateful for about Pastor Ken -
Pastor Ken listened. He listened to the Lord and listened to all of us who came to him to talk, cry, pray, yell, laugh, grieve, rejoice, ask and receive Christ.
Pastor Ken cared. He wanted to -