Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.

What’s to Celebrate?

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We spent a lot of time this weekend celebrating.

Webster defines celebrate as~{ to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.: to praise (someone or something) : to say that (someone or something) is great or important: to perform (a religious ceremony)}


We attended the wedding of a young man that we knew before he was even born into this world. He is the baby in our group of five children. We have been friends of his parents for well over 25 years. We have celebrated births, birthdays, weddings, holidays. We have mourned deaths and helped each other through illnesses. Forever Friends indeed.

Sunday we celebrated the 80th birthday of my father-in-law. He has stories from long ago that he loves to share with his family. He is a “hoot” as they say. Thankfully he is in relatively good health. And does not look his age at all!

My husband and I are getting ready to celebrate his birthday very soon as well. When we drove to and from the wedding we talked about celebrating,

There are so many reasons and occasions to celebrate. Many reasons we don’t even think about….the bills were paid this month…CELEBRATE. The water is running, the electricity is on, a roof is over our heads…CELEBRATE. 

But alas, we cannot forget those who feel like they don’t have anything to celebrate. They suffer depression, anxiety or they are dealing with the loss of a loved one for the first time during the holidays.

Romans 15_13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

My prayer is that I can remind someone there is a reason to celebrate life. A smile for the clerk at the grocery store during the busy holiday season. A hug for an acquaintance who just looks like they need it when I see them along my walking path. A positive word for the insurance agent that is trying to help me with my claim.

Thanksgiving is a time of CELEBRATION…and as we approach this holiday season, my prayer is that our kindness to others will be a reminder of what true celebration looks like…..

As Paul wrote to the Corinthians….“Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8

Sincerity and truth…..and hope through the Holy Spirit…Now that is a reason for CELEBRATION!


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,


*NIV Bible, Amplified Bible, Webster’s Online, Personal pictures/graphics


Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 59 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer and author... who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 43 years, married 40 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. AND...we became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl in 2018!! We also have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. My heart's desire is to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, He is ever present. ~Be Encouraged Today~

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