December Blessings: Day 1:
My pastor, Larry Hauser, blesses me with his sermons and messages that remind me that God is Alive and working in our lives! Thank you for sharing your faith and love for Jesus! Thank you for reminding our congregation to be busy doing God’s command to be His Disciples!
December Blessings: Day 2:
Even when things are not going well and it seems as though they will never be right again, I have the blessing of knowing Cason will give me a wake up call in the morning and a good night call in the evening. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for this precious reminder! I hope my little buddy knows how much his calls mean to me. Jesus Blesses me each day by giving me another opportunity to help someone and make a difference in their life.
December Blessings: Day 3:
My sweet Heather is a beautiful blessing to me. She is not afraid to tell me the truth and set me straight when I am heading in the wrong direction. Sometimes it disturbs me, but most of the time I am proud that she loves me enough to want the best for me.
December Blessings: Day 4:
Having a doctor who listens to me and helps me is an awesome blessing. Dr. Ben Hogan has been my doctor for many years, and he always provides me with excellent advice and care. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for giving me a doctor who is a professional, knowledgeable, and caring individual.
December Blessings: Day 5:
Heavenly Father, You know my deepest desire and my needs! Thank You for the precious privilege and blessing of being able to talk to You and depend on You at all times whether it is trivial or extremely important!
December Blessings Day 6:
I am truly blessed by my beautiful friend and precious hair stylist, Cherie Hunt. She is not only a wonderful stylist, but she has the ability to make me and her other clients feel special and loved. Cherie performs miracles on my hair and on my heart! If I am feeling down or lonely, a visit to her warms my heart and makes me happy! Thank you, Cherie, for always doing your best to make me feel special. I love you, Precious Friend!
December Blessings Day 7:
I am truly blessed by the generous and loving people in our world who see those who are lonely, homeless, hungry, and in need of being rescued; and they don’t just give lip-service, but they become the hands, feet, and heart of our Lord and Savior! The greatest contribution anyone can give is loving and caring for God’s Sheep! We have so many churches and organizations which take this ministry seriously; and a few examples are Hungry at Home, The Factory in Woodstock, Redland Baptist Church and Lake Park United Methodist Church in South Georgia! I know there are so many more, but these four I have personal knowledge about and have witnessed their work. The secret is the members and leaders in the churches and organizations.
December Blessings Day 8:
I am blessed by wonderful people who understand me and don’t judge me! I know I make mistakes daily and have to ask forgiveness because circumstances are not always in my control. Lately, I would have to say they are definitely not within my range of control. I am, also, blessed by those in my life who are interested in me, love me, care about me, and give me confidence to continue living a life that changes daily. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for abundant and never ending blessings!
December Blessings Day 9:
I am abundantly blessed by the changing seasons. Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive His gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year. I appreciate the opportunity to share with others, and I am continually learning new ways to share God’s Love. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the Gift of Your Son, Jesus!
December Blessings Day 10:
Blessings just keep coming from every direction. Heather Guest Dawkins and Spencer Dawkins, Deborah Guest Metts and Scott Metts, Benny and Barbara Guest, Chris Guest and Lisa Selph Guest bless me constantly with their love, attention, and kindness! They make sure I am well, happy, and have the things I need. The beautiful thing is they do things not out of duty but out of love. God truly blessed me with awesome children, and they shine for Jesus!
Christmas Blessings Day 11:
I am blessed by my precious grandchildren and great grandchildren! Emily Metts Wade, Eli Metts and Gabbi Burch, Logan Brooke Dawkins and Lane Peavy, Alden Rachel Dawkins and Caleb Rogers, Christian Blake Guest, Cason Bennett Guest, Ellie Scott and Connor Wade!! Each one is so special in his or her own way. Their personalities are as diverse and beautiful as they are, but their hearts and missions are as much alike as they can be. They all share a love for Christ, each other, family, and others. They all love music, and they all show a joy for giving to others. “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (Proverbs 17:6 KJV)”
December Blessings Day 12:
Friends are truly a blessing to me! Some of my friends are from my childhood, some are friends from my teenage years, some are members of my family, some are former students or my peers from my teaching career, some are FaceBook friends (who I have never met personally), some are very young, and some are Senior Citizens! They all share a common role in my life. They bless me with their smiles and words of encouragement and love. Thank you, Heavenly Father for blessing me with each of my friends.
December Blessings Day 13:
I was blessed with the 51 years I had with my soulmate, Clyde! Even though he has physically been gone for 5 years, 8 months, and 12 days, I still feel his presence every day. Things he did that protected me still are very apparent. He taught me how to take care of myself in many ways. At times, a little voice in my ear warns me that something I am doing will possibly cause me harm. Many times, I am pleasantly surprised by the realization that something he did years ago was in preparation for something I am facing now in the present. Thank You God for sending me a wise, loving, and caring man who loved me and his family unconditionally. Heavenly Father, help our grandsons to be men like their grandfather and our granddaughters to have the kind of men as husbands who are like him!
December Blessings Day 14:
I am truly blessed by all of God’s creatures, especially dogs! When I taught school, I had posters of dogs all around my room. I had little ceramic dogs, big stuffed dogs, and even metal statues of dogs all around my room. At one time in my high school classroom, I had a large stuffed dog that my students would rush into the class and claim it for the class period. It had a calming effect on the students. It made my heart smile to see my Juniors and Seniors attraction to the things that gave me pleasure! The real live dogs were very special, too! We have had so many different dogs, and it would be very difficult to name the one that was most special. If I had to choose one, I think it would be my Pekingese, Ming. Clyde got if for me when we first got married. Bentley, my mischievous little Maltese puppy filled a void in my life until I couldn’t take care of him properly anymore. I gave him to someone who would love him as much as I did. God gives us animals for a reason. They offer comfort, love, friendship, and so much more. These little fur babies show unconditional love to us just as we should to each other. As we were given the command to love our Lord and to love others.
December Blessings Day 15:
Extended family is an awesome blessing! I am truly blessed by the love, support, and sharing by my In-Loves and their families. Knowing that my children and grandchildren are a part of families who love and support each other and who welcome me into their lives is an absolutely precious feeling! God has blessed me with some beautiful individuals who love and serve our Heavenly Father. God made our hearts have the ability to love others, and the more we love our hearts are able to love even more! I pray this makes sense!!
December Blessings Day 16:
I am unbelievably blessed with people who truly listen when I need an ear to hear me, (even though I know I talk toooo much). At times we all need a sounding board for our thoughts and feelings. It isn’t necessarily that we are looking for an answer or even for someone to agree with us. God listens to us and even desires that we talk to him. He already knows everything, but the mere act of voicing these thoughts and feelings brings clarity to the situation. I don’t believe he expects us to simply accept things, but I do believe he understands when we are angry, hurt, and confused. I believe he enjoys our conversations with him and the deeper our relationship grows we understand more about his plan for us. Thank you, Father God, for giving us the opportunity to walk closer with you. Help me to be still and listen to your voice and others’ voices!
December Blessings Day 17:
God Blessed me with a truly great gift on this day a few years ago ( I cannot tell how many for fear of revealing mine and her age, and I fear that may be an unforgivable offense!),my precious daughter, Heather Guest Dawkins! She has been an amazing inspiration to me throughout her life. She supports me even when I am wrong, and she forgives all my mistakes. Especially since her dad died, she and her brothers and sister have showered me with love, attention, and kindness! They will never fully understand how much that has meant to me! Happy Birthday, Heather! Praying God continues to Bless you for many more years! Thank you Father God for knowing and giving me exactly who I didn’t realize I needed!
Christmas Blessings Day 18:
I was straightening up my bookshelf and became distracted by my school yearbooks! I have one for every year I taught, and I always allowed my students to write in them! I am so glad I did because I was blessed by the things my former students wrote! Wow!! The warm fuzzy feelings will remain for a long time! Some of the best memories I have centered around those precious students that I have always considered my children! Thank you to each of them for being part of my family and for continuing to bless me even now! Praying 🙏🏻 each one is happy and receives a blessing today!
December Blessings Day 19:
My blessings are overflowing! God truly blessed me with my two awesome sons, Clyde Bennett Guest lll and Christopher Burton Guest. They are as different as day and night in some ways, but they both have beautiful and loving hearts! Since their dad died, they have taken very seriously what their dad wanted them to do. I know they love me and want nothing but the best for me. I feel their dad’s love for me in the hugs they give me. They are extremely protective of me, and I know they would do their best to see that my life is filled with love just like their dad would want. Thank you, Father God, for entrusting my precious sons into my care when they were born. Thank you, also, for entrusting me into theirs and their sisters’ care now!
December Blessings Day 20:
Blessings continue to be abundantly poured on me. When I see people showing love and concern for others, it blesses me! When I observe a small child do something to make another person feel good, it blesses me! When I smile or speak to a stranger or friend and they return a smile or comment, it blesses me! There are so many ways we can pass the joy and blessings to others, and many of those ways do not cost anything but a moment of our time! I want to always share my blessings with others.
December Blessings Day 21:
I am truly blessed my beautiful and precious daughter from another mother, Deborah Guest Metts. When God sent me my soulmate, I also received an adorable little girl who has grown into an amazing friend and a wonderful woman of God. She never ceases to amaze me with her strength and wisdom. Through her I gained a lifelong friend and sister, Patricia Peters Guest, who I miss every single day! Because of Debbie, I have two awesome grandchildren, two adorable great grandchildren, and soon another beautiful granddaughter, Gabrielle Burch. Isn’t it wonderful the way God works to surround us with people who love us and whom we love!! Thank you Heavenly Father for knowing our needs and for providing for them before we even know we have those needs.
Christmas Blessings Day 22:
I am so very blessed by the families my children received when they married! All their lives I prayed for them to meet, fall in love with, and marry people who would love them and care for them, but mostly that they would love God and live lives dedicated to serving God. One by one, this prayer has been answered! All four of them have been blessed not only with precious soulmates but with their families. I am so blessed with a large extended family, and I love all of them with an unconditional love. My prayer now is that God will Bless my Grandchildren with the same legacy! I believe God”s Desire is for everyone to live in harmony, worship Him, and love Him and each other! In turn, they are blessings to others.
December Blessings Day 23:
I am truly blessed by all the advice I have gotten from some really wise people through the years. One of the wisest people who has been a part of my life was my sweet mother-in-love. She was an elementary teacher, and she knew everything there was to know about having a successful classroom with productive students. Once we were discussing students giving teachers gifts. She told me it was important to accept the gift regardless of what it was. She said whatever they offered may be the only thing they had to give, and it gave them joy to share. She said if their little hands were dirty, and they offered something to eat to accept it with a big smile. Whatever you did with it later, you would have given the child a moment of joy and a will to share! My daddy always said giving to others provided a feeling of joy that could not be replaced. I totally agree! Giving of yourself is a beautiful thing. My precious friend, Fred Davis aka known as the Principal of Lowndes Middle School and my first Principal, blessed me with his wisdom and my first teaching position! We shared many beautiful blessings! Many wonderful memories of blessings I received while in education flood my heart on this December Eve of Christmas Eve! Praying God’s Amazing Blessings on all of you!
Christmas Blessings Day 24:
I am so blessed with God’s Love. I see and feel His Love all around me. I can feel it wafting through the air. It can be seen in the smiles and in the eyes of everyone who knows Jesus as their Savior! It can be heard in the voices singing and praising His Name. I am so blessed that I still have the freedom and opportunity to worship my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We need to speak up and fight for this right so that we don’t lose it! We can no longer sit back and be passive about our faith and Love 💕 for Our Heavenly Father!
December Blessings Day 25:
I am blessed with memories and am happy that new memories can be made! It is wonderful to have family traditions, but it is also wonderful to start new traditions! Thank You God for all the old and precious traditions and memories and for the moments we shared with loved ones! As we travel on this journey we call life, thank You for allowing us to indulge in our favorite traditions, foods, and fun times; however, please keep us ever mindful of our true purpose for being on this journey! Help us to live a life filled with You and Your Precious Son, Jesus!
December Blessings Day 26:
I am truly blessed by social media because it allows me to stay in contact with family and friends. Having taught for 30 years, I have sweet memories of my former students and many of their family members. It warms my heart to be able to see their precious families and hear about their successes in life. It also gives me the opportunity to pray for them when I hear about their misfortunes or illnesses. As a teacher (once a teacher, always a teacher) one feels a part of their lives even if the time was brief. I believe that we all are who we are because of all the people we have known. Everyone we come in contact with has an influence on the person we become! The most important relationship we can ever have is our relationship with our Heavenly Father! He is the greatest influence of all. When other relationships seem to flounder, remember God Created each of us to have a beautiful relationship with HIM!
December Blessings Day 27:
I am truly blessed with God’s Amazing Grace! It took me years to fully understand that I cannot earn my way into Heaven. Jesus chose to come to earth and suffer and give His Precious Life for me. All He asks in return is that I love Him and that I love others! That is a small request! Why do we find it so difficult to do? I will spend the rest of my life doing what Jesus wants me to do. WWJD. What a beautiful blessing!
December Blessings Day 28:
I have been truly blessed my beautiful and amazing granddaughter, Logan Brooke Dawkins! Today is her birthday, and I am reminded of that morning with wonderful memories of Clyde’s and my trip to the hospital to welcome her into this world! We were experiencing feelings of worry for our own baby and for our grandchild. Little did we know what an awesome gift we were about to receive. A precious little angel has given us years of magic and joy! I have always called her my little angel because she came into our lives when we needed her the most. Just a few weeks later, she and her mother helped to nurse her granddaddy back to health after he experienced a stroke. Happy Birthday, Logan! Mimi prays for you everyday! My prayer is that you will be happy, safe, and healthy and that you love and serve our Heavenly Father. I wish for you years filled with an abundance of wonderful memories and God’s Blessings! I love you, my precious angel.
December Blessings Day 29:
I am blessed by music, words spoken, smiles, hugs, and personal interactions! The key to our blessings is kindness shown to each other!
December Blessings Day 30:
I am always blessed by God’s amazing Blessings that come when I need them the most! Anytime something hurts me or makes me sad, God shows me a real blessing in the situation or event. He is forever with me and prepares me for what is to come next. After all, this is my temporary home; He has prepared an eternal home for me! I know where I have been, and I know where I am going!
December Blessings Day 31:
I have been richly blessed by God’s Protection in 2019! My Guardian Angel has been really busy this year since I have tempted the boundaries over and over. She/He needs a rest, a vacation, or new wings. I set records for making mistakes, and I seriously think I am beginning my third childhood or haven’t made it out of the first two yet. I have probably challenged God’s patience several times with some of the things I have done, but God has been right there picking me up and setting me back on the path. My goal for 2020 is to walk closer to my Heavenly Father and heed His Voice in my ear. I will be a better mother, Mimi, sister, and friend, also. Thank You, God, for loving me and being my arm to lean on at all times especially since I don’t deserve it. Your Grace is sufficient for me!