It may be cliche for Thanksgiving

It may be cliche to share Thanksgiving verses and quotes on Thanksgiving week… 

But I found some lovely ones that I couldn’t resist to broadcast as we all prepare to celebrate the precious things God has granted us in life. 

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.” 
[Henry Melville]

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.”  [Unknown]

“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.” [Charles Spurgeon] 


Thanksgiving Prayer

We come, O Lord, these Autumn days,
With hymns of gratitude and praise.
Harvest of gold the plains adorn,
Rich fruits roll forth from Plenty’s horn;
Thou givest treasures from the rocks;
The little hills are clothed with flocks;
The seas are with their burden white,
And new Thy mercies day and night.

For changing seasons as they go,
For Autumn leaf, for Winter’s snow,
For the green verdure of the Spring,
For life in plant and life on wing,
For Summer with its ripening heat,
For hopes the rounded years complete,
For morn and noon, for night and day,
For light that marks our heavenward way;

For all the blessings of Thy hand,
For freedom in fair freedom’s land,
Pursuits of thrift that bring us wealth,
For schools and churches, peace and health,
For commerce, yielding up her stores,
Brought for man’s use from distant shores;
For countless gifts, O Lord, we raise
Our hymns of gratitude and praise.

Thou settest man in families,
And all his wants the earth supplies;
Of children, be they far or near,
Of children’s children gathered here,
We thank Thee for Thy gracious care,
And lift for them the secret prayer,
As clustered round each social board
We eat and drink, and praise the Lord.

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving? 

Not quite a Blog Post

This isn’t an actual blog post per se. You could say that it is more like a collection of thoughts that have floated through my mind lately, and I thought it would be fun to share with you since autumn is often a time of melancholy and meditation, don’t you think?

It’s funny but I didn’t imagine myself writing this blog post while sitting in a backseat of a car, driving to my favorite jogging place. I thought I would be sitting calmly at my desk typing away, but since an assignment for class today took me so long to write, I ran out of my “free” time, and since I don’t want to miss out on jogging, I decided to use my time wisely and write this blog post on the way, so I can squeeze in everything I want to do in the same day. If that even makes sense.

So here goes. My thoughts, observations, ramblings and whatnot, in random order…. 


It seems to me that people read less and less these days. Everyone is used to short snippets of info on social media, just a picture and a sentence. They don’t have the patience to read paragraphs and wordy posts anymore. Its kinda sad.

Also, people don’t actually socialiZe anymore. Clicking “like” on a picture on facebook or instagram or sharing a post is not socializing. They don’t even take the time to write a quick comment to say what they think of the picture. Real socializing is talking, conversating, meeting face to face, visiting, laughing together. People become so isolated.

Sometimes we look at other people’s lives and we see, and hear, mainly their success stories, or the positive side of life, the good days. We may slip into envy or self pity, feeling that everything is going well for them and they “have it all”. But in reality, you don’t have much in this world (even as a Christian) if you do not anchor yourself in Scripture. The doctrines of grace, Justification, Salvation, and His Word stored and applied in our lives counts more than all the earthly accomplishments. That is why in 2 Thess 2:15 and 2 John 1:8 and Revelation 3:11 it says to “hold fast to what you have” so you do not lose your reward. Having spiritual understanding of God’s Word is a far more precious and rewarding thing! 

I feel blessed to have friends all over the world, thanks to connections made via the blog and email. I have true sisters in Christ from New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain and across many states in the United States. I love how God worked to connect us.

There’s a reassuring rhythm, order and beauty to the day and night cycle of our world and how everything keeps going in the world as everyone does their part- day shift, night shift, all people doing their job… the city, the countryside, all kinds of workers from janitors to mailmen, to office workers, scientists and CEOs, all diligent at work, each job important to keep things going.

I wonder, since we live in this fast paced era of technology, where there is a new event on the news every day, and new updates every minute on social media and so many new things being launched all the time, we got so used to living in the “now”, and pushing for the future….that we forget. We forget the small but beautiful details of our past, or the blessings God gave us, and where we came from.

If you spend too much time on social media, start replacing it with apps for Scripture memorizing. And use your time on social media wisely- pray for the people you are following as you scroll through the feed.

….and I guess I made a theme of my thoughts focusing on social media.

The End. 

What have been in your thoughts lately? 

Midweek Music XVII: Take No Thought For Tomorrow

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. {Matthew 6:34} 

Originally, I planned to write a post with my thoughts, to share some things on my heart…but because of the recent events in the world, and because this song has been encouraging my and my family’s heart lately through the daily challenges of life- I thought I would share this song instead, and postpone my thoughts for later.

May this soothing Scripture Lullaby be a refreshing reminder throughout your day today!

What verses have encouraged you lately? What songs have refreshed your soul? 

Celebrating the Reformation – The Antithesis to Halloween

“I cannot and will not recant anything,

for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.

Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God.

Amen.” – Martin Luther (Reformer) 


What does October 31st mean to you? 

This year marks 498 years since the great Protestant Reformation was launched in 1517.  Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church on Halloween Day, Oct. 31st.

How many people remember that event when they think of Oct. 31st? 


(Wittenberg Church Castle Door) 

Sadly, instead of remembering that, many Christians celebrate Halloween. They see no problem with Halloween even though numerous ministries have shown the occult roots and darkness Halloween promotes. 

“What fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).

I won’t elaborate on the origins of Halloween in this post, but if you want more details (kudos to you for being a researcher!) you can check out the links in the resources below, as well as the embedded links in the paragraph above. 

Luther did not want to revolutionize the world. He addressed issues in the church and did apologetics.

The Reformation is the absolute greatest and most important thing that has happened in Church history since the coming of Christ. 

Have you ever heard people say phrases like

“Go impact/change the world for Christ” or “Revolutionize the world”?

Well, God did not call us to revolutionize the world. He called us to make disciples and spread the Gospel (Matthew 28:19). We have a calling to be the salt and light in the world through godly living (Matthew 5:13-16).

So many Christians want to do anything but what the Bible requires. They would rather do exciting social activities rather than submit to God, live in practical holiness, not conforming to the cultural trends.

When Luther posted his 95 theses on the door, he wasn’t doing it to start a revolution. He wanted to write a article that expressed his indignation at the corruption in the church. He wanted the truth to be spoken. It was the custom for scholars during that time to post articles on the door of the church where people could read them, similar to posting something on an online forum, popular website, or Facebook page. Luther even wrote the 95 theses in Latin, a language which only educated people (like scholars and theologians) could read- the masses of people in Germany could not. 

Yet, from there, it’s amazing to see God’s hand orchestrating everything to change history! 

Do you know the Monumental story of the Reformation? 

Short examples of how God directed everything for the Reformation to take place:  

҉    The printing press was the new invention during that time, and some supporters and students took Luther’s 95 theses, translated them in German, and spread them far and wide. 

(Luther’s 95 Theses)

҉   As a young monk, Luther was in deep turmoil and could have become a psychiatric case from self condemnation. Johann von Staupitz was a father figure, mentor, and support to Luther. He was the vicar where Luther was a monk in his early years. God used Staupitz to direct Luther toward the Gospel of Grace. So it wasn’t because of any special quality that Luther had which made him a great monument of the Reformation- it was purely God’s grace and will to use him. 

(Johann von Staupitz, vicar where Luther was a monk)

҉     Frederick the Wise, a rich and influential prince of Saxony was in favor of Luther’s ideas and was used by God to protect and save Luther’s life from the wrath of the Pope and the Catholic Church during the beginning of the Reformation.

(Frederick the Wise)

҉    The German princes and the Roman Catholic leaders were at odds with each other for different political reasons, so when they met to plot how to silence Luther, they ended up quarreling among themselves for a long time and could not reach a conclusion, meanwhile support for Luther among the whole German population was growing stronger and stronger, leading to the growth of the Reformation.

҉    The story doesn’t stop here! Luther was the bastion of the Reformation. God also used many other reformers at different levels of influence so the Reformation would solidify across Europe. There were forerunners such as John Hus, and contemporaries like John Knox, Zwingli, Calvin and William Farel, and others like John Wycliffe and Tyndale, each with intriguing stories! 

(Some Profiles of the Reformers. Source)

҉   There are so many fascinating details and many colorful characters involved in the story of Luther and the Reformation-  it would be too much to add here! So these are the TOP TWO resources I recommend you should use to learn about Luther: 

A visual dynamic summary: Luther the movie

An exquisitely, fabulous work, (book review coming on the blog!):
Here I Stand by Roland H. Bainton 


Now you know what to Celebrate!

I hope this short summary opened your eyes to the glorious work of God through the Reformation! As Christians in the 21st century we benefit immensely from it and have much reason to celebrate. The Reformation brought us the precious doctrines of Grace, justification by faith and more! It demonstrates how God always guides and directs every detail of our lives and the world.


– Resources on Luther (& bibliography)- 

Great Timeline of the Reformation to buy/download 

Neat trivia about the Reformation

Details about the Reformation

Martin Luther’s Facebook ;)

Martin Luther quotes

Pictures to visualize the life of Luther 

– Resources about Halloween – 

The Unholy Evening

A Commentary to Consider: The Celebration of Halloween


The Connection Between Halloween and Reformation Day


Things to do when you’re sick in bed

when sick

It’s the flu season. (One more reason to dislike the coming of winter). I already had the flu, and it sure wasn’t pleasant. I ended up in bed for probably 2-4 days on and off, with little energy, but I praise the Lord that I got over it and it didn’t get worse because it dragged on for about 1 whole week.

Now, don’t plan on getting sick! Check out my post about 10 Immune Boosting Foods so you can stay healthy.

But if you do get sick… here are some ideas of activities you can do when you’re staying in bed, so you don’t get bored or feel like you’re wasting time. That is, if you have the energy to do anything. I personally felt so miserable…

Useful Things to do when You’re Sick in Bed

  • Read more Scripture. It will comfort your heart and will be the #1 BEST use of your time 
  • If you have a prayer list, pray on that list. Or pray for people you always mean to pray for but never get around to. Or pray for all the smallest and biggest prayer requests you ever had. 
  • Ever wanted to send a card/letter through snail mail and never found the time to sit down and write? You can try that if you have the energy.
  • Call a friend and have a nice real conversation on the phone, or call and say hello to a lonely grandmother, aunt or relative. 
  • If you’re into knitting or crocheting, you can really keep your hands busy and catch up on projects 
  • Same thing if you have hand sewing projects
  • Read a good book or a book that teaches you something new 
  • Make lists, all kinds of lists. Things you plan to do, things you wish, things you want to organize etc. Any project that needs a list. 
  • Play a board game with your family if they have time and they’re sick with the flu as well :) 
  • Color! You know those adult coloring books that are all the fad? I don’t have one, but if you like, well there’s one thing to do.
  • If you’re a cook or baker, do some meal planning!
  • Catch up on journaling or scrapbooking
  • Listen to good music 
  • Ask a family member to give you a good massage 
  • Listen to an audiobook or sermon 
  • If you’re a writer or artist, write a story or a poem, or start sketching
  • Plan ahead for what kind of birthday or Christmas gifts you can give to those “difficult to gift” people in your life 

What Not To Do:

  • Watch TV 
  • Spend time on Pinterest or social media 
  • Play video or phone games 
  • Spend time on anything that is stressful or requires a lot of mental energy

Midweek Music XVI: The Wissmann Family “Jesus I Am Resting”

I got something brand new, recently released, for you guys to see! It is a music video by the Wissmann family. I’ve been following them online via their blog for about six years (I know, that’s a long time).

And this year I got the chance of a lifetime to meet them in person! My family and I had a trip to Chicago and we were able to stop by their home and visit for about 2 hours. They were very down-to-earth, and gracious to receive us in their home.
Here’s the sad part…  I have absolutely no pictures with them to prove it! I do have a short video on my phone with them singing “There is a Redeemer”, which probably makes up for the lack of photos.

Now you get to listen to their first-ever music video which they just released. It features their rendition of the hymn “Jesus I am Resting”. I hope you enjoy it.

Sweet Giveaway!

There’s a sweet giveaway going on my sister’s blog at .

giveaway, woodburning, pyrography, illustrated

I made the things she’s giving away (and I just opened my etsy shop) so I’m just as excited about it! I hope you join in! 


  • There will be two winners!
  • Each winner will receive 2 bamboo spoons and 1 illustrated “Cooking is Love Made Edible” piece (frame not included) 
  • The giveaway will last till next Friday (23rd), and the winners will be announced Saturday!
  • To Enter the giveaway, visit my sister’s Facebook page, and Instagram account!


For all early birds out there, this is also a great time to get Christmas gifts or Thanksgiving decor! Check out my Etsy shop for a variety of cute woodburned home-decor you can get for your friends, family and loved ones! They make for great stocking stuffers, housewarming gifts, or just because gifts. I plan on adding a lot more items on there soon. A little something for everybody!