It is so easy to complain; but when you are given a grateful heart from the Lord you will be a grateful and thankful person.
The reason for the above statement is that there are times I can so easily find something to complain about; and complaining is the opposite of thankfulness.
I am thankful for the things God has given me in which I can be thankful. Thankfulness even in a time of great pain, sorrow, grief, or fear is only a gift from God.
So I am thankful for thankfulness.
Thankful from the banks of Flat Creek,
Today I want to express my thanks to the Creator who brought my wife Madge into my life. We have been blessed with 5 great children, and their spouses; Charity and her husband Paul; Monica and her husband Samson; Timothy and his wife Sarah L.; Philip and his wife Sarah J.; James and his wife Amber.
We have been blessed as well with twelve  grandchildren; four boys, and eight girls.
I am thankful that Madge and I have been together for forty six years plus some, and every day of each year was a learning experience, and a blessing for which I must thank my God and Savior. Thank You Lord Jesus.
Thankful from the banks of Flat Creek,
The day of Thanksgiving in the month of November, this year on the 28th day of the month is a National Holiday. I am, however a man who enjoys being thankful everyday.
So for the month of November on this blog site I am planning on giving you at least one thing I am thankful for. We need to ask the question; “To whom are we to be thankful?”
Yes we are to be thankful to family, wife for her husband, and the other way around. Thankful for the things others do for you. To whom are we to give thanks ultimately?
Our thanks, ultimately, should be to our Creator who is our Lord, our Savior, and God, and Sustainer.
Today, I am grateful and thankful for the ability to move my fingers, my hands, my toes and feet, to move my legs, and that I can walk, even run some; and I can thank no one else but my Lord and God. So here it is…
Thank You Father for all the above.
From the banks of Flat Creek,
The posts I will be sharing in the next few days are from another blog I started in 2007. I moved it to wordpress as a blog by the same name. I am endeavoring to downsize so I am moving this one through a copy and paste method. From April 19, 2007.
There are many who have called the United States of America a Patriotic Nation. I believe her to be so myself. If we mean by patriotic that we stand by our nations leaders when they send our troops to war. We are pretty much patriotic. If we mean by patriotic that we love our country, then, I again would agree.
Our nation is, however, a nation that is straying from its godly, Biblical, Christian roots. Whether we all agree or not the United States of America was started upon these principles which began with the Bible.
There are some, and that number is growing more and more to believe patriotism is greater than faith in God. Patriotism has taken the place of God. When we have gotten to that place then, we are in sure trouble. A patriotic nation without God is just a pagan nation, and its morals, ethics, and family structure fades into oblivion.
I am growing in the opinion that all nations are operated by the godless, including our own. It is powered by “Prince of the power of the air”. It is sad to say. It is sad to think, and this may be a dark, negative thought, but I would rather put patriotism aside and take on godliness. That will be our only hope.
It is official now. The national news media has proclaimed that over one half of the nation is in a drought. That would include Missouri, Arkansas, and that includes my little ole place on Flat Creek. There are many States which are suffering from drought, heat, and in the West there are fires. In some places there are floods.
The thing is there is not a thing we can do about there being no rain. All we can do is what we have always done; keep on keeping on. We can also pray and ask God for mercy, and we could ask Him for rain to bring honor and glory to His name.
After all; which is more important: that we have rain, or that the name of the Lord be glorified? Your answer to those questions will show the attitude of your heart.
All I ask is that you think about it for a while.
We are in a drought; there is no doubt in my mind about that. We do need a good rain. Maybe it is time to do some serious praying about our own condition.
I’m hearing that my Dad will be coming home today (08/19/11). I don’t think he has improved in the sense of being better off. He is most likely near to going home to be with Jesus our God and Savior. He may have some strength for the days ahead to do what he feels like doing; and he may not.
Dad is still talking of getting up to go milk the cows. That is what he has done all his life. Even though his health has been failing him, he has endeavored to go to the milk barn, and help my brother with the milking. It has given him a sense of self worth, and something to do.
There is one thing I know, and that is that Dad is ready to see Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords; and to be with Him for ever and for ever. No one can actually know that of any one else, but you can see it by the way they live; and what is in their hearts and comes out of their mouth. That is what has come out of Dad’s heart and mouth. His love and concern for his wife, children, grandchildren; and others too. It hurts my Dad to see family members at odds with one another – maybe I should say angry with one another to the point of not speaking. I also know Dad has not been perfect; and he knows that too.
I am thankful that God gave me my Dad. I am thankful that God has blessed me with the family given me. I pray that I can be as faithful to God, and His Church as my Dad has been.
Like I said above, I hear that Dad is coming home today. He will be back near the banks of Flat Creek, his wife and family; and of course the milk cows.
For some reason I love the sound of rolling, rumbling thunder. As i write this morning that is the sound I hear outdoors. I don’t know all the scientific, meteorological terminology, but I love the sound. It’s a reminder that there is a power bigger than myself; and He is GOD. He is Christ Jesus the one who sustains, and holds all things together.
Thank the LORD for the rain. He is the Blesser, and Blessing of this planet, and the whole of the Universe.
It almost seems that since we started getting this rain; you can sit down and watch the grass grow before your eyes. Creation loves the blessings of our Creator. Let’s love the Creator who has blessed us far above that which we deserve.
Watching the grass green up and grow on the banks of Flat Creek.
A hymn of praise to our God and King…
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!
Have a great day and worship the King at your local church.
I am glad it’s not raining inside. Now that would be a fluke. It is raining outside to water the grass, the gardens that are needing the rain, and the fields of so many farmers who are growing corn, and other foods.
The rain I am seeing is a slow, steady rain; which means it will soak in and have less run-off.
At a time when people in North Dakota are experiencing flooding and people in Eastern Missouri and all along the Mississippi; it just seems odd to be needing rain; but that is the blunt of it.
Thank YOU Almighty GOD for the rain.
Summer time has officially arrived at least astronomically. For the beginning of Summer it is a bit cooler, not a lot, but a bit. The wind is blowing pretty lively.
I am ready for Summer, and pray God gives us all the strength to bear it.
We had a wonderful time of worshipping our Lord this morning at Carr Lane Baptist. We missed seeing you there. Hope to see you next time.
To those who don’t know I do attend church every Sunday; morning and evening most of the time. All the time except for certain occasions when we take off a Sunday evening for family events and such. It is always good to be in God’s house and to have His house with us always.
I preached this morning on the text of 2 Chronicles 7:12-16. The title was “When Heaven is Closed”. It is time for God’s people to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways. Then we will have God hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land.
The people of God; those who have been purchased by the sacrifice of His Son Jesus; must repent and get right with GOD.
-Tim A. Blankenship
There is no possible way the past week can be called “Just another week” in my life; or in anyone’s life for that matter. Events, life changing events have taken place. For many people around where I live they have been life ending events; at least as far as physical life is concerned.
For many it has meant life will never be the same. There are probably many who are angry at God, and are starting a downward running away from Him. Let me just say, Don’t run. Stop! Turn to Him. Surrender! He wants your heart, your life, your all.
My have experienced one of the most fierce tornadoes ever experienced in Joplin, MO. Madge’s and my youngest son and his wife were in their house when it hit, destroying their home, but leaving them and their dogs untouched (physically), but very emotionally and spiritually drained. Please pray for them and all who are in such chaos of heart.
Since that tornado hit I thing I have a new fascination for tornadoes; and maybe I shouldn’t say “New”, but that I have grown more fascinated with them. They remind us of the awesome power in God’s created order; but even more; if this creation has such power and force; think of the awesome power of creation’s Creator GOD.
It has not been just another week. It has been a week for faith and growth. Growing faith.
-Tim A. Blankenship
It seems to come upon us quickly. Summer is too short to suit me. It could be Summer all year long and I would be happy. I do know some people who are my friends who like Winter weather, so I guess I am probably in a minority concerning Summer.
Autumn does have its beauties, and I can’t be where it is Summer all year round – in fact I don’t know if such a place even exists. On this planet, there are four seasons during the year wherever we may be. If it was Summer all year round though, things might begin to be a bit monotonous. I best be thankful for all four seasons of the year.
Our God and Creator of all things has made our earth, since the fall of man, to have the four seasons; and I think to remind us of lifes circle. Every life has a Spring and that takes place at our birth, then there is Summer, our Autumns, or Falls; whichever you wish to call it; then there is Winter in our lives where life has its end. The end is what not too many people like to deal with, talk about or confront.
There is a question I have always had in my mind. When whoever it was who came up with our present calendar (is it called the Gregorian calendar?), why didn’t he begin the year with the first day of Spring, and end the year with the last day of Winter. That calendar would make a lot more sense; to me anyway. Wouldn’t it make sense for January 1 be the first day of Spring, and December 31 be the last day of Winter?
Anyway here we go toward Winter, then thank the Lord, then Spring and then Summer. Thank the Lord He has designed things so.
-Tim A. Blankenship