November 30 – The Life I Live

November 30

Today I am thankful for the life I live.

I am not wealthy by the world’s standards. I do not live in a mansion. I do not have a housekeeper, cook, or personal assistant, unless you want to count my husband. 

I have a comfortable home, and even have a swimming pool! As a child, I would never have dreamed I would have a home with my own pool. I have money enough to meet my needs and most of my wants for now, and at times I am able to help others.

I am past the point where I have to get myself up, dressed, and out to work every day. Praise the Lord!  I can travel, maybe not extensively, but I have seen places in this world I never thought I would see: Paris, Alaska, Hawaii,  Ireland, and Israel.


I have friends I can call on if I am in need. I have children and grandchildren who fill my heart and my lap with love. I have a husband who cherishes me and works hard to make my life what it is – blessed. There is so much more, and I’ve written much about some specifics these last few days. It is sometimes easy to look at the world around us and become anxious, worried, and distraught. It could always be worse.

Take time to look around at what you have that is good, beautiful, and lovely, and be thankful.

Philippians 4:8

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.


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November 29 – My Faith

November 29

Today I am thankful for my faith. 

If you haven’t already picked up on it by now, you should know that I am a born-again Christian believer. I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was crucified for my sins, died, returned to life three days later, and rose to heaven 40 days after that, leaving his holy spirit to dwell within us.

I am thankful to have this belief, the assurance of God’s love, the assurance of eternal life, and the assurance God is always with me through the presence of the Holy Spirit.  I am blessed to know this through my own experience.

I am not a theologian, an obnoxious fundamentalist, or even what some people call a Bible thumping Southern Baptist. I consider myself what some people say is an impossibility, a liberal Christian.

There is not room enough here to explain all that entails. If you are interested in knowing more, find me on Facebook as Janet Hogan Chapman. You will find this trend in many of my posts. You will also find illustrations of my beliefs on my Jesus Pinterest board.


I don’t pretend to have all the answers,I only know what my faith has meant to me. I believe it can mean as much for others. I do not understand how people get by with no faith. When you think there is nowhere else to turn he is always there.My faith has seen me through life’s worst moments. I have rejoiced in my faith through life’s best moments. My faith gives me a peace that passes understanding, and I wish the same for each of you.



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November 28 – The Bible

November 28

Today I am thankful for the Bible.

I went on a Bible hunt. I rounded up all the Bibles I could find in my house. They are pictured here together. The most meaningful to me is the white Bible, given to me Christmas, 1960, by my mother. I was eight years old. I have Bibles given to me as gifts from beloved friends. I have the Bible given to my mother when my father died, given by her work union family.

I have an aunt’s Bible. We have several of my husband’s old Bibles, including one of his great aunt’s from 1922. I have one of my children’s little white New Testaments presented to them at their baby dedication. Some are the traditional King James’ translation, some are more exotic like The Rainbow Bible and The Grandmother’s Bible. Some are like new, rarely used or opened, some are literally falling apart. All are precious.

As precious keepsakes they are invaluable. Even more, the value of what each contains cannot be measured. Where can one turn for comfort, advice, knowledge, history, love stories, miracles, and the secrets of life? There is no other book on earth that encompasses all that is in the Bible. Not surprising, considering there is no other book on earth inspired by the divine. It is the best-selling, most widely read, and most widely distributed book in the world. I shall not engage in argument regarding the Bible, but will let its own text speak for itself, and I know the truth of these verses in my own heart.


For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 | NIV | strength thoughts

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105 | NIV

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22 | NIV | obedience listening

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.

Psalm 119:9 | NIV | holiness equipment

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.

Isaiah 40:8 | NIV | reliability God beauty

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Luke 11:28 | NIV | life listening

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 7:24 | NIV | wisdom listening mind

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:35 | NIV | reliability heaven

Please share your own thoughts or favorite verses in a comment. 

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