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Thank You God For God

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Pro Life Speaker Chet McDoniel and daughter, HannahMost every night, I get the opportunity to read a Bible story to my (almost) four year old daughter, Hannah.  She and I treasure the time together, and I love watching her learn about God’s love.

After the Bible story, we talk about what we want to tell God that night, and Hannah always picks a few things from the day to give thanks for.  Most of the time, she gives thanks for her family and friends.  Sometimes it’s for a toy…you get the picture.  A couple of nights ago, she said this prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you for God.
In Jesus name,
Amen.

At first, I thought that she doesn’t understand what she’s saying.  She doesn’t realize that we give thanks for God’s gifts or His wonderful creation.  But, that prayer has rattled around in my brain until I finally came to a much better conclusion.

Hannah prayed a prayer that I’ve never prayed.

I have never once thought to thank God for being God.   Thank Him for being who He is.  God does not have to be a merciful god.  There is no requirement on Him to be a god of love, grace, and mercy.  He could have easily chosen a different way to exist.  We exist because he is a god of love.  He could zap us out of existence with a blink of an eye.  But, he doesn’t.

So often, I get tied up in the culture we live in, and I begin to focus my thankfulness on the things I have.  Not necessarily material things, although I am grateful for what He has provided.  Even focusing solely on the wonderful family and life He has given me is potentially dangerous as my focus is on me…not Him.  Maybe I’ve forgotten that my things and my life that I am so thankful for are not for me…they are for Him.

My prayers are going to sound different.  I want to remember that God is love not because he has to be…but because He chose to be love.  He chose to be merciful.  He chose to send Jesus.  I am thankful to God for who and what He chose to be.

Thank you, God…for God.

HitchedMag.com Article – The Holiday Shuffle

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While I am currently enjoying a long family vacation, I thought it would only be appropriate to let you know about a brand new article of mine on HitchedMag.com.  The article is entitled, “The Holiday Shuffle,” and it explores several ways to survive the holiday season with your happiness still intact.  I hope you enjoy “The Holiday Shuffle.”  We leave on the Disney Wonder cruise ship, tomorrow, and are really looking forward to a relaxing cruise.

(The picture on the article is of the Sneed family at their yearly family gathering.  We love meeting up with them every year.)

Invited to Write for HitchedMag.com

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I have recently been invited to write a monthly column, “Couplehood Chronicles” for an online marriage magazine called HitchedMag.com.  My first article is up on their site, and I would love for you to take a look.  Joni, Hannah and I recently returned from a vacation to Walt Disney World, and so my first article is about surviving vacations when things get a little crazy.  Here is the link to the article:

http://www.hitchedmag.com/article.php?id=571

Stay tuned for future articles!