Celebrating Bonus Days and A GIVEAWAY

Rev and I celebrated birthdays last week. We’ve reached the point in life where we are thankful for another year, but cringe just a little at adding one more number to the total. Whew!

We were born just four days apart and baptized on the same day. Since the day we met he’s been my best friend. He makes me laugh more than anyone else I know, and his love for the Lord and our family is evident in every decision he makes.

Which is why there was another date on the calendar last week that was even more precious than our birthdays. On October 28th, we celebrated 1500 bonus days of life together.

On September 20, 2007, Rev had a pericardial stripping. Surgery that had a one in three mortality rate, and if he lived a one in the remaining two morbidity rate. Although we had prepared ourselves for the worst, we were covered by the prayers of countless individuals and a peace that was way beyond our understanding.

Since that day, we count everyday a bonus day. An undeserved unexpected but oh so appreciated day we are able to spend together.

Truthfully, each day is a bonus day with our loved ones. A day to be celebrated!

We can so easily get caught up in our normal day in and day out routines that we forget to rejoice over the simple blessing one more day with someone we love.

This month as we prepare for Thanksgiving, let’s take time each day to celebrate the simple blessings in our lives.

How will you celebrate?

I am going to focus on 30 Days of Praise, at Counting My Blessings. Will you join me with your own 30 Days journey of thanks?


Link up and share your stories of thanks with us. It will be a great way for us to get to know each other as we praise God together for His many blessings.

Let’s join our voices to praise God!

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You!
I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer. Psalm 63:3-4

We also have a copy of Rev. Billy Graham’s Daily Devotional, Unto the Hills to give away. This book offers a daily word of encouragement and hope. A place to “get away from it all” and spend some time with God.

1 I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble; the One who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

5 The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

7 The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. Psalm 121

*To enter to win this copy of Unto the Hills, leave a comment here telling us the great things God has done in your life. This giveaway will end at 10:00pm (PST) on Tuesday, November 15th. The winner will be drawn randomly from the comments and announced on November 16th.

**This giveaway is void where prohibited. Open to residents of the Continental United States ONLY. Please see our terms and conditions for complete contest rules. Please note that a copy of Unto the Hills was provided for free for the purposes of this giveaway.

2 Responses to Celebrating Bonus Days and A GIVEAWAY
  1. Jessica
    November 1, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    I am so thankful for the blessing of my husband who loves me despite my flaws!

  2. Brenda Donegan
    November 6, 2011 | 10:20 am

    God blessed me with amazing children, my daughter Margaret and my twins Mark and Matthew. When I was pregnant with my twin boys I was told due to a problem with my cervix and uterus (discovered during my pregnancy with my daughter) that I should select one fetus to survive and terminate the other or I risked losing both. I couldn’t so I prayed for Gods amazing will and despite months in the hospital and the preterm delivery and NICU stay of my boys I have been blessed and they are perfect! Every moment with them (and my daughter) is proof of the blessing of our great Father.