The Simple Things in Life

Two married kids!

Getting Dum dum lollipops when we go to the bank to deposit a check…

Just going out for a drive together…

Scrounging for an after-church snack when we already ran out of snack food…and inventing our own, which was actually very tasty!

A cool breezes blowing in the window when you don’t expect it…

A phone call from a friend, and all the “catching up”…

The ability and opportunity to work, and the good feeling you get after putting several good hours in…

Remembering phrases Mom used to say like, “If the job’s worth doing, what?”  (We meekly and solemnly answer) “It’s worth doing right.”  And, “If we had macaroni, we’d have Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese, if we had cheese!”

Reading God’s Word, and knowing it is powerful, and has all my answers (Wow!)…

Seeing the words, MOM and (upside down) WOW!

Taking walks with my husband (minus the five ticks from the most recent walk!)…

Hearing the doorbell whenever someone walks in pizza shop next door…

I am so thankful for the simple things in life.  God is so good to us!

I Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

…And so I thank God even for the ticks!

Give Thanks

My very favorite Thanksgiving Hymn is Thanks to God, by a Swedish man, August Ludvig Storm.  He trusted Christ as Saviour when a young man through a Salvation Army Meeting.  He wrote this hymn for a Salvation Army publication, “The War Cry,” on December 5, 1891.  As a middle-aged man, he suffered a back problem leaving him crippled for the remainder of his life.  Yet  he persevered in serving the Lord through the Salvation Army until his death.  And each line can bring to mind particular times in our lives, good and bad, and remind us to Thank God for each one.

Here are the words:

Thanks to God!

(1) Thanks to God for my Redeemer,

Thanks for all Thou dost provide!

Thanks for times now but a memory,

Thanks for Jesus by my side!

Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,

Thanks for dark and dreary fall!

Thanks for tears by now forgotten,

Thanks for peace within my soul!

(2) Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,

Thanks for what Thou dost deny!

Thanks for storms that I have weathered,

Thanks for all Thou dost supply!

Thanks for pain and thanks for pleasure,

Thanks for comfort in despair!

Thanks for grace the none can measure,

Thanks for love beyond conpare!

(3) Thanks for roses by the wayside,

Thanks for thorns their stems contain!

Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,

Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!

Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,

Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!

Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,

Thanks thru all eternity!