November Notes

November Notes

November Notes has me joining Share Four Somethings in 2022. Share Four Somethings has four categories for reflection: something loved, something gleaned, something braved, and something achieved.

Noting God’s faithfulness in November helps me to enter this Thanksgiving season with a full and grateful heart. I want to be intentional in remembering the Lord’s goodness!

Something Loved
Something Loved

November Notes – Something Loved

November had my daughter getting married in Central Texas. She had a lovely garden wedding with perfect weather. We were so thankful! It was beautiful to see her, and her husband surrounded by family and friends – and celebrated!

The Magic of Love

By Helen Steiner Rice

Love is like magic, and it always will be,
For love still remains life’s sweet mystery.

Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange,
And there’s nothing in life that love cannot change.

Love can transform the most commonplace
Into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace.

Love is unselfish, understanding and kind,
For it sees with its heart, and not with its mind.

Love is the answer that everyone seeks;
Love is the language that every heart speaks.

Love can’t be bought, it is priceless and free.
Love, like pure magic, is life’s sweet mystery.

Something Gleaned
Something Gleaned

November Notes – Something Gleaned

I enjoy the beauty in God’s creation, so I have thoroughly enjoyed the photos being shared on Instagram from this year’s autumn color displays. God’s majesty in nature nourishes my soul! And whether I enjoy His handiwork in person or through other people’s photographs, I am encouraged and inspired.

“All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.” ~John 1:3 AMP

Something Braved
Something Braved

November Notes – Something Braved (or Saved)

A dear friend of ours passed away during the summer, but the children had his memorial service this month. I’m not sure why his funeral was so hard, but it was. I think I expected his funeral to be more of a celebration service, but it was a hardcore funeral service, and my heart was not prepared for the weight of grief that descended upon us.

Part of what made the funeral service hard was because my friend died too young, and it just seemed way too early for him to go home. Part of what made it hard was the cultural differences in funerals – because our friend was Nigerian, his funeral was a lot more demonstrative than what we Westerners are used to experiencing.

In one way, it was helpful to have such outward expressions of weeping and wailing, but in another way, it was burdensome. I can still hear his older sister loudly weeping which has made our grief so much heavier.

A dear friend’s father had a memorial service on the same day (which we missed because we were attending our friend’s funeral), but thankfully she recorded the service. Her father’s memorial service was a celebration of a life well lived for Jesus. It truly was a celebration service! Watching the service applied a healing balm to my soul for the loss of both of these precious men of God.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” ~Psalm 116:15 NASB

Something Achieved
Something Achieved

November Notes – Something Achieved

Cooking and baking in preparation for the Thanksgiving holidays is a culinary achievement! Though our numbers were small, we had a wonderful time of fellowship. I’m thankful for the gift of another year of life!

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His compassion and lovingkindness endure forever!” ~Psalm 107:1 AMP

Blessed
Blessed

The Lord Bless You

I pray you and your family have a blessed five weeks as you finish out November and December 2022, and journey in the grace of the Lord into 2023.

“May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith.”

“And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].” ~Ephesians 3:16-19 AMP

Recommendations:

October Observations – Strength with Dignity

September Scenes – Strength with Dignity

References:

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Ceremony Reading: The Magic of Love by Helen Steiner Rice. Published by One Fab Day. Retrieved November 18, 2022, from Ceremony Reading: The Magic of Love by Helen Steiner Rice (onefabday.com)

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

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I’m linking up with the Share Four Somethings community through the linkup found here: HeatherGerwing.com #sharefoursomethings

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10 thoughts on “November Notes”

  1. Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding. Glad you had such perfect weather. I’m sorry about the loss of your friend. I’ve never been to a Nigerian funeral, but I have been to a few that were more demonstrative than others. Grief is such a heavy load to carry; it’s good they could acknowledge some of it together in a public space.

    1. Thanks, Lisa, the wedding was beautiful! Yes, there is comfort in remembering and grieving together in a public space.

  2. A memorial service for a life well lived. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? I had a very dear friend pass away last week. Her service should be just that – a memorial for a beautiful life. What a difference life with Christ makes for us – even as our loved ones remember us one day. Congratulations to your daughter!!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer, the wedding went well, and my daughter was a beautiful bride! A celebration of a life well lived for God is a beautiful testimony, Jennifer!

  3. Congrats on your daughter’s wedding, and so glad that the weather and celebration was perfect! I’m sorry for the loss of your friends and how hard it was to get through that memorial service. I like your observation about getting all the food prepared for Thanksgiving being an achievement – it really was for me too, and I didn’t give myself credit! LOL
    Visiting from SFS

  4. Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding and perfect weather! I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and the difficulty of the funeral. I agree, cooking for Thanksgiving is an achievement!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

    1. Thanks, Cindy, it was a wonderful wedding! Cooking for Thanksgiving is quite an achievement! Merry Christmas to you, Cindy!

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