NOVEMBER 2014

FEATURES


Donating While Shopping

Brokerage Account
On the Shelf


With Thanks

If you only read one sentence (though of course I hope you read more), know that I am deeply grateful for you, the "family" that surrounds and supports Associates.

I love this season of giving thanks for many reasons. It is a wonderful holiday, less commercialized than many and a chance to flex an important spiritual muscle--gratitude!

Gratitude is a spiritual practice that helps us learn to trust our good Father in heaven. King David knew the secret of a grateful heart. He could acknowledge his need and his hard circumstances, then turn toward God with trust and praise.

In Psalm 13, he writes: "O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?"

Then, just two verses later, with his outward circumstances unchanged, he writes this: "But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing praises to the LORD because he has been so good to me."

I am grateful for this example of gratitude, dependence, and praise!

With thanksgiving,

Heath Greene

 Donating While Shopping—
Feeling Good about Spending!

If you use Amazon for any online shopping this CyberMonday, there is a simple way to support Associates in Christian Counseling—at absolutely no cost to you!

Instead of beginning at the Amazon site, instead go to smile.amazon.com. You will be prompted to choose a charity, and Associates is on the list.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of purchased goods to Associates—it couldn’t be easier.

Did you know? ACC now has a brokerage account.
If you want to give stock as an end-of-year gift,
contact Rick Cole at rcole@christiancounseling.org.

On the Shelf for Thanksgiving

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
by Ann Voskamp
Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. 'How,' Ann wondered, 'do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long -- and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?'

In One Thousand Gifts, Voskamp invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted.

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
by Barbara Brown Taylor

Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. She shows us how to connect with God by learning to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.

 


Thanksgiving
Words to Keep

We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thess. 5:16-17




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