Monthly Archives: November 2016

What Day Is It?

Black Friday.
Cyber Monday.
Giving Tuesday.
Wacky Wednesday.

What day is it?  It’s so funny how certain non-holiday days take on national significance.  People talk about “Black Friday” like it’s another holiday.  How dare people mess with the biggest shopping day of the year!  News crews are out on the scene of every big mall and every crazy WalMart at the opening of the doors to see how many people are waiting in line to get into certain stores and wait again to purchase certain items.

There seems to be an unwritten badge of honor associated with the person who was in line the earliest, waited the longest, and got the last of the most popular item from the shelves.  It’s not as bad in the Black Friday shopping world now that the retail stores have crept their way into Thankful Thursday.  Black Friday has now become “early bird Thursday” and “sales carried over Saturday”.

Cyber Monday used to be the day that you waited until the clock on your computer ticked to midnight and then everyone crashed the websites to get the best online deals in history!  Amazon braced itself with extra workers and hundreds of tons of boxes for next day delivery from orders placed on Cyber Monday.  But I noticed that the “Cyber Monday sales” have also crept into the Black Friday days and is now extended to “take it all Tuesdays” where the retailers feel sorry for those who didn’t have a chance to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales so they extend it to “we feel sorry for you Wednesday”.

And somehow Giving Tuesday gets lost in the shuffle between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and “hit the road running” Friday shopping.  But today is a special day of giving.  It’s a day nationally known to give to those non-profit organizations that depend on donors like you and me to make a difference to others.

Galatians 6:9 says “let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”   Keep doing good.  Keep giving to help others.

All kinds of non-profits will seek your support today.  I hope you will consider donating to a cause that is close to your heart.  Bucket Buddies Mission would love to have your support if you are looking to donate to a cause that strives to make a difference to children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.  You can donate to this cause and read more about our non-profit created in memory of my sister at BucketBuddiesMission.org.

No matter what day it is, it’s always “good to give to others” day.  Happy Giving Tuesday!!

Know It All

Have you ever talked with someone who seems to know it all?  They have an opinion about EVERYTHING and feel like it’s their duty to let you know their opinion.  They think they have all the answers and they make you feel stupid if you don’t think like them.  They believe they are an expert… on everything!

We do have people who are considered experts in probably every area of interest you could ever think of.  We have an accountant to do our taxes because he is an expert in tax laws.  We visit specialists in the medical field to determine and fix the cause of our aches and pains.  We see a dentist to fix our aching tooth. We go to counselors for advice on handling situations.  We take classes from those deemed experts to teach a specific subject.

There are experts everywhere and for everything.  We use them to help us but we don’t tell them how to do it.  They are the experts.

We need to use this same philosophy with God.  Isaiah 40:13 says “Who has understood the mind of the Lord or instructed him as his counselor?”  It would be crazy to think we are smart enough to give counsel to God!!!  But sadly we do.  We sometimes tell Him what He should do and how He should do it and if it’s not done our way or fast enough, we just take it in our own hands and do it ourselves (and usually make a mess of it).

We wouldn’t do that with an accountant, or a dentist or an orthopaedic surgeon!!  So why do we do it with the One who is in charge of it all?  We don’t know it all but we know the One who does know it all.  Give Him a chance today to work in your life and to work in the areas that need the expert help.  Let go and let Him take control because fortunately… He does know it all!

Black Friday Shopping Fun

Today is a day when a lot of people start their Christmas shopping!!  Deals galore!  Parking lots full.  Christmas spirits abound in the shopping malls with Jingle Bell music and Santa Claus taking requests.

I would like to offer you a link for a free Holiday Planner which includes a discount for my devotional, Extra Hot Fudge Please.  Enjoy the free download of the planner and look at all the different deals on the link to see what may just “strike your black Friday shopping” fancy!

If you choose to pick up the Extra Hot Fudge Please devotions in person, there will be no shipping.  Just send me an email (Click here ) and I can offer you the $10 promotional price with no shipping fee.  If you would rather me ship them to you, just fill out the Order Form and I will be glad to ship it.  They do make nice gifts or stocking stuffers!

Have a wonderful Friday shopping and decorating and preparing for the most wonderful time of the year!

Thankfulness That Keeps On Going

Today it is a special day to remember all of our blessings and what we are thankful for.  It is easy to focus on that thankfulness since this is the day set aside to do that.  And I am so glad that we have a day devoted to just that.

But what happens after today?  Do we jump head first into the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparation?  Do we carry the thankfulness attitude with us going forward or does it get lost and somehow put in the corner until next November?   Our answer is that we will NOT forget to be thankful every day but reality says that we slowly become accustomed to our blessings and we forget to be thankful.  At least that’s what I’ve experienced.

So to keep that thankfulness going, I have a challenge for us all.  For the next 30 days – until December 24th, I encourage you to get a piece of paper or a journal and write down something each day that you are thankful for.  This exercise, though, is for the deeper things that we are thankful for; things that are beyond what our heart already knows we are thankful for.  We know we are thankful for family, friends, food, shelter, clothing, etc.  I’m talking about things that we tend to overlook.

Things like:  “I am thankful that I didn’t hit a deer on my way home in the dark, rainy night.”  Or “thank you Lord for the parking space right near the door on Black Friday shopping :)” .  Look around for things that are unusual that you can write down.  You may even want to get a jar and each day write on a slip of paper and place that thankful thought into the jar.

Then on New Year’s Eve bring out the journal or the slips of paper in the jar and remember all of the extra special thankful thoughts you had during that 30-day challenge.  You can always feel free to send me an email sharing your thoughts as well at mybucketbuddies@hotmail.com.  Who knows?  Maybe you will enjoy this thankful exercise so much you will continue until next Thanksgiving when it all becomes natural – a daily exercise of thankfulness!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!