A Thanksgiving Recipe

As you get ready to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy time with friends and family, I encourage you to use these moments to be kind to one another and let people know how grateful you are for their love and friendship. Thanksgiving truly leads to thanks living.

Rather than offer you a special recipe for the table, let me suggest one for all of those that will be sitting around that table: a recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving. It comes from the first book of Thessalonians:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice! Being joyful doesn’t have to do with your circumstances. It’s a choice you make in spite of those circumstances. A decision to be joy-full is the perfect start to a blessed holiday. Rejoice always and in all ways!
Pray…continually. Before you let your mouth speak, pray about what you say and how you say it. Pray for the well-being of all of those connected to you. When you are unsure about anything, pray. You don’t need a room, a special time…pray whenever you need the Lord to help you. Simple, short, continuous prayer can add to this special season.

Give thanks. It seems like common sense but so many times after we have gotten on our knees and asked God for something we desperately need, we forget to return to our knees and thank Him for the answer. After all, this is Thanksgiving!

A plateful of grateful will always have these three ingredients: joy, prayer and thankfulness. This IS God's will for you and your family. May His grace and love surround your holiday and may you be blessed far beyond anything you could ever imagine. Happy Thanksgiving!

I Pray

I Pray

The idea for this song was birthed out of my exposure to countless stories of people I know dealing with terminal illness. In each account there are emotions and thoughts that can be described so many different ways. Everyone beats disease: here or in heaven!
In “I Pray” we meet a man who is going through a recollection of moments when he remembers his wife…”I see her in the mirror”, her voice calling out, even a spot in the yard where they used to stargaze together.
In the midst of a flood of special memories, life changes.
No one knows the time, the hour,
No one knows the day
When every dream that you believed in is quickly taken away
No one knows the season when your life gets turned around
She was all I had, until that day

Many people endure seasons and situations when they feel helpless, even hopeless. The chorus lends to the only thing the man can do…”now I pray that she’ll come back to me, Lord I know that it will never be…still, I pray

One of my dreams for this song was to help in the continued awareness that diseases like cancer and other terminal illnesses take their toll on Americans every day. When we feel overwhelmed by the struggle, perhaps the only consolation we have to win the fight is to PRAY! We will win

I would love one day to see a video of the song tagged with a special message from an organization like Susan B Komen or St. Jude that relentlessly offers hope to the hopeless. After all there is one thing that each of us can always do…PRAY

Listen to the song here: I Pray written by Joe S Jones
sung by Jason Hargrove 


I Pray

Today I saw her memory in the mirror, 
I saw her as she gently touched her face
In times like these I still believe I hear her calling out my name
I find myself out standing in the backyard
In the place where she and I would watch the stars 
I feel her touch in every wind that passes
Seemed the world was ours

Now I pray, now I pray
I pray that she’ll come running back to me

Every morning when I drink my cup of coffee
I can see her in the chair that’s next to mine
Though her body became weak and oh so fragile
I thought I had a little time
No one knows the time, the hour, no one knows the day
When every dream that you believed in is quickly taken away
No one knows the season when your life gets turned around
she was all I had until that day

Now I pray, I pray that she’ll come running back to me
Lord I know that it will never be
Still, I pray

© 2011

At Just the Right Time

In John 11 there is a story about a friend of Jesus...a man named Lazarus. Let me paraphrase a bit for you. Lazarus had gotten sick and died while Jesus was away. Mary and Martha were upset that Jesus did not come when they called for him because they felt that he could have saved his life. They were about to learn something that I learn everyday...Jesus' time table is not mine!
Eventually Jesus shows up, explaining that his tardiness was about to make sense and His father was about to be glorified with a miracle. Hope had dissipated as he had been buried in a tomb for 4 days. The world had given up. But not Jesus. He arrived at the tomb and told those around to roll away the stone. And then he called Lazarus by name! Lazarus...COME FORTH! What they all witnessed next had to be astonishing as this "mummy" limped out of the tomb into their presence! The crowd was amazed and while they all stood there with their jaws open, Jesus told them to unwrap him.
We all have dreams that we feel have died and there are many people that have lost all hope. Life crashes in and you set aside some things that you loved dearly to take care of what must be done. Picture Jesus calling out those things today and those dreams you thought were dead coming to life right before you. Surround yourself with friends that can do what Jesus told all of these to do...unwrap what has come back to life and rejoice. It may take some time to fully expose your dream but with the help of friends and family, you can watch your purpose in this life live to its fullest! 
Your dreams can be resurrected just like Lazarus! They aren't dead. You haven't missed your window of opportunity. Dreams, desires, things that I thought were long gone...COME FORTH! Get ready for something special today. YOU may be ready to witness resurrection power!


"Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised". Heb 6:15

Abraham was blessed by God and was told that he would be the beginning of an amazing lineage…a father of many nations. God made a promise to him. But it did not happen overnight. Abraham had to wait. 
Most of the things I find myself praying for seem to come after a period of waiting. How we wait is important. What we do in the waiting is as well.
Abraham had tenacity when it came to waiting. He waited patiently and with unshakeable resolve. He held on to the promise and did not let go until it came. Most would have said that his window for starting a family was over…"Abraham, you must have missed God". But he didn’t. He received what God had promised.
You may be "waiting" on your own personal promise from God today. It may have been some time since you prayed about it and all you do now is wait. Don't give up! Hold on to the hope you have and don’t waver. Stick to it until God brings you to it!

Relationships Matter

Don't be fooled by those who say such things, 
for "bad company corrupts good character." 1 COR 15:33

Many people think that they have the power in themselves alone to change others. They marry people that don’t have the same standards and they hang with people that do different things. Their motives are pure and honorable but unfortunately, most of the time, rather than changing others for good they find themselves diminished and demoralized.

Someone once said people are like elevator buttons…they will either take you up or take you down. There is nothing more frustrating than getting on an elevator that you think is going up, only to find it going the other direction. Or having someone get in and push every button between where you are and where you are going!

Examine your connections. Delete and remove people, things and places that drain life out of you and steal your joy. Look for people that inspire, motivate and ignite the great things in you. The right relationships really do make all the difference!