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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Still Counting....

Wow!
It has been a long time since I posted to "One Thousand Gifts"... so here goes!

444. Red sky in the morning
445. Times of energy
446. A completed project
447. A clean house
448. Little children dancing in church
449. Writing again
450. My puppy's big brown eyes
451. An impromptu lunch with friends.
452. HOT water!
453. At least 100 Canadian Geese in a field one morning.
454. The smell of Apple Crisp baking
455. PEOPLE - I'm a people watcher - love to watch their interactions with others
456. A busy "Winter Market"
457. Sun, cool temps, no wind!
458. Blessed sleep without waking due to pain
459. Baking muffins
460. Hugs from Madi Joy
461. Waking up every morning feeling refreshed!
462. Energy - and more energy -
463. Safety as I travel in a terrible snowstorm
464. Calm Delight in my Lord!

May your day be blessed with abundant joy and peace!
Resting in HIM,
Ruthie

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

JOY!

Singing this morning....
"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart..
where?
down in my heart
where?
down in my heart!"......

You get the picture...Right?

JOY - keen pleasure or delight; calm delight.

I am soooo thankful today for the calm delight I have in my Lord and Savior!
In the midst of all the "stuff" He has given me His Joy!
Praise His Name!

Determined to keep my focus on all those things that are true and noble and pure and lovely -
(Phil. 4:8) ...
The "joy stealer" isn't havin' any of me today!
Hallelujah!

May your day be filled with peace and joy in the Lord.
May the SON be in your heart!
Blessings sweet ones!
Resting in HIM,
Ruthie

Friday, November 19, 2010

Blessed Assurance....

Do you have Blessed Assurance?

This refrain has been running thru my head this evening...
"This is my story, This is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long"...
I could not recall the hymn itself so I "googled it" - what did we do before we had "google" to run to?

It is the hymn - Blessed Assurance written in 1873 by Fanny Crosby - a wonderful songwriter who gave us many (over 8000) old hymns that are so precious to us... Fanny became blind at the age of 6 weeks of age due to the mistreatments of a doctor for a cold and puffy eyes. She chose to live her life with a positive, thankful attitude -

At the age of 12 she wrote these words:
O, what a happy child I am
Although I cannot see!
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.

WHOA!
Ruthie --- how about making theses words yours? "I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be."
Reader - what about you doing the same?

Oh my dear friend!
Jesus is mine!
He has given me all I need!
He gives me Rest!
He gives me Peace!
He gives me strength!
He gives me love and forgiveness!
HE will do the same for you!

I have been on a journey of late and as the days progress I will share with you what Christ has been doing in my life and in me!
I am so thankful for the assurance I have in Him.

Blessings on you this day!
Resting in HIM,
Ruthie

Friday, November 5, 2010

Customer Service...

Hmmmm...
What do you think of when you hear the words "customer service"?
I think of:
  • service with a smile
  • pleasant conversation
  • helpfulness

I have had some experiences in the past 3 days which have me thinking about this topic...

First event was on the telephone - an out-of-town business number was on our phone - not a business that we usually deal with - so I called them back to see who had called and what they might have wanted; the girl who answered the phone was very curt and snapped at me when I asked who had called; told me she couldn't help me at all. I couldn't believe her reaction... guess she was having a "bad day".

Secondly - the next day I had to pick up some treats for our small Group meeting that night so I went into a local large chain Grocery store... I only had a few items so went thru the Express Lane - The clerk never said a word, didn't tell me how much the groceries came to, didn't look at me nor smile... and yet, as I stepped away I overheard her begin a conversation with the gal behind me - a fellow co-worker.

Thirdly - I purchased a watch at the local WM - got it home and the battery was dead... went in the next day and the gal in the jewelry dept. was very gracious, replaced the battery, and answered some other questions for me - went out of her way to get some info for me. All done with a smile on her face and in her voice! WOW!

These events have made me very conscious of MY CUSTOMER SERVICE - I don't "work" anywhere but when I am in the public or on the phone do I portray a smiling face and voice? Do I treat people with respect? Am I kind and gracious in my intereactions?

Oh Lord, I pray for us today - that we would be a reflection of YOU in the world... that in the midst of troubles and difficulties that YOU would shine thru! Give us YOUR grace today! May we seek to develop the attitude of CHRIST in our lives! Thank You, Father, for loving us and showing us the Way!

Blessings on you all this rainy day!

Stay in the Word; seek HIM diligently; and Love Him with abandon. *** Ruthie ***