Thankful Thursday

God’s Love is immeasurable!

Thankfulness for God’s Love

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through Him might be saved.      John 3:16-17

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.       Romans 5:8

I can never be thankful enough for God’s amazing Love!! He loved us so much, He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born, to live a sinless life among us, and to die in our place. He paid the penalty for our sins!  To show our gratitude for His great sacrifice on our account, we must ask Him to forgive our sins and receive His free gift of salvation.

But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.      John 1:12

The Spirit itself bears witness with our Spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.             Romans 8:16-17

 He gives us the marvelous gift of becoming His child with all the rights and privileges. To show our gratefulness for His amazing gift of Salvation, He asks that we love Him in return.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.      Matthew 22:37-38

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.      I Corinthians 13:13

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (substitute) for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. We love Him because He first love us.               I John 4:10,11,19

If you have never received God’s wonderful love by asking Him to forgive your sins and receiving Him as your Savior, today would be a great day to do that!

Wednesday Writing News

A writer has to extract the story from the brain and give it life. That’s not an easy process!

I want to thank my son-in-law, Erik, for helping me update my website and increase my media presence. Also thanks to my friend, Ginny, for her critiquing skills. I have been writing and editing “Home for the Heart”. 

I will be attending a writer’s conference in the middle of September and need to be able to describe my story to an editor or an agent. This is best described as an “elevator pitch”. It needs to be concise enough to share in the elevator. I would like your help today. Please let me know if this blurb would catch your imagination and encourage you to read my next novel, “Home for the Heart”.

Orphaned and recently jilted, Liz Gilbertson yearns to contact her birth father’s family but encounters dead ends at every turn. Michael Brannon, her adopted father’s new accountant, is attracted to Liz, but she’s not ready to begin a new relationship. She becomes a Harvey Girl to redefine her future.  

Tuesday’s Tidbits

First Harvey House was opened in the AT&SF depot in Topeka, KS, 1876

Did you know,  Harvey Houses were the first interstate restaurant chain in America. In 1876, Fred Harvey opened the first Harvey House in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe depot at Topeka, KS. In 1878 a Harvey House with a hotel was open for business in Florence, KS. By the late 1880’s, they spread along the ATSF railroad line approximately 100 miles apart; from Chicago to California and to the Gulf of Mexico. 

In the day when eating establishments along the railroad had a less than sterling reputation, Fred Harvey, the owner and president of his company, demanded perfection in the Harvey House dining rooms and lunchrooms. He used fine linen tablecloths, sterling silverware, and imported crystal goblets. Fresh food was transported on the railroad so there would be gourmet meals all along the line. He placed ads in eastern newspapers for “young women 18 to 30 years of age, of good character, attractive and intelligent,” to go west to work. The Harvey Girl had to agree to abide by strict employee rules, live in dormitories, accept whatever location was assigned to her and abstain from marriage for the duration of her contract.

The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain along the Interstates today, remind me of the early Harvey Houses. Each one is set up the same, their menus are identical from one Cracker Barrel to the next, and in our experience, we receive efficient, courteous service and delicious food each time we stop.


Trust and Acknowledge

Trust and acknowledge. They are not always easy acts to accomplish. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Trust is an attribute we have to practice. It is much easier to lean on our own understanding. We usually think we have a better plan. If God would only get busy and do things our way. Not so much!! God’s plan and His timing are always right. He says we are not to lean on our own understanding! We are to acknowledge Him. There’s that big word. We have to realize that He is in control. He has promised that He will direct our paths. What a neat promise!   

God used this verse in my life in a very real way when I was dating Bob. I had surrendered my life to be a missionary and Bob did not feel that call. I decided I’d have to break up with him, because how could that work out. Right? God brought me to this verse, and the phrase, “Lean not unto thine own understanding”, jumped off the page at me. I realized I was trying to work things out. I trusted and acknowledged God. Guess what! God used us as missionaries in the small town of Coldwater, KS. We lived there for 21 years while our kids were growing up. We have had many testimonies from friends and acquaintances who were touched by God just by our living our lives and sharing His love. Only Heaven will show the results. I’m sure glad I learned to trust and acknowledge the Lord!

Count Your Many Blessings

Have you counted your blessings today?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ.” Eph 1:3

There are so many blessings around us that we often take for granted. We forget to take the time to look around. No matter what circumstances we face in life, there is always something to be thankful for. If we start counting the blessings that surround us, there isn’t time for discouragement. I have been greatly blessed this month.

Featured on blogs

On Friday, August 17, my writing and story were featured on two blogs posts. Please check them out. 

Joyce Smith Shares God’s Love Through Her Writing
Sizzle in the Kitchen with Author Joyce V. Smith

Family News

I want to combine Nana’s Treasures with the inspirational portion of my blog. I am so thankful for the family the Lord has given us. Our family was all together, except for our daughter-in-law, Joice. (Wish she could have been here.) It was wonderful to have all our grandchildren here. Kelly, Sonja, and Carenza were visiting from SC. Erik, Holly, Gabby, Rylee, Sophie, and Dani have recently moved to Missouri. We are also extremely blessed to have Michael, Janna, April, and Michaela and Andrew, Annette, Isaiah, Aiden, Ridge, and Blakeney near us. 

Our family was all together for the first time since 2015.

Kyle, Kristi, Anna and Abby Hoffman, our longtime friends from Coldwater, KS also visited us while Kelly was here. We had a houseful and lots of fellowship. We had 22 around our table. We were also able to go to Silver Dollar City while they were here.

Our longtime friends, Kyle, Kristi, Anna and Abby 

                  How have you been blessed?

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