God insists that his children learn to be thankful

My parents believed in giving thanks. Yes, they believed in giving thanks primarily to God for the blessings he showers upon us. But Mom & Dad also believed in giving thanks to the people around us. My mother, normally a most loving woman, was an absolute tyrant regarding “thank you” notes. From the moment we […]

Morning ‘blessings’ can easily turn sour

Curtis K. Shelburne One of my favorite bits of wisdom is Proverbs 27:14: “If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.” It comes right before another great one: “A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm” (27:15). I take verse […]

Thursday morning briefing: Count your blessings and potholes

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Count your blessings Yucca Middle School is hosting Family Math Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Question of the day What’s a better Valentine’s Day date … going out or a planned evening at home? Web site of the day Report your favorite — […]

Despite tough times focus on blessings

Freedom New Mexico We gather today with family and friends at a difficult time in our history. The nation’s economy lags like it hasn’t since the 1930s. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, and many of those who are still employed worry that their positions also are in jeopardy. Then there are those families […]

Bad times give us chance to appreciate what’s good

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist In the current economic climate, the concept of gratitude or Thanksgiving might seem shallow and lacking in meaning. At a cursory glance, we might seem tempted to sink our thanks in the sea of bad news and worse predictions which barrage our eyes, ears, and thoughts. Look deeper. How many […]

Biggest blessings in life can come from mistakes

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. I think back to an early event in my life that illustrates this statement.

God’s best blessings often are the little ones

By Curtis K. Shelburne My dog has me well-trained.(Well, to be strictly accurate, she’s my son’s dog, but . . .) I’m pretty sure she’s done a far better job training me than I have training her. As I write, it’s getting late. I had a church newsletter to write and then this column. Maddie, […]

Americans have good reason to give thanks

By Freedom Newspapers Every year in America we are given the opportunity to contemplate all our blessings. For many, this day of thanksgiving turns into a gathering of family and feasting on rich and exotic fare. Let us not forget, however, our most basic of all blessings — that we live in a free country […]

Commissioners donate to horse therapy program

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commissioners opened their wallets and their hearts during Tuesday’s meeting to assist a local horse therapy program obtain nonprofit status and grant funding. Mini Blessings spokesperson Lexie Myers presented a slide show set to inspirational music. As the pictures unfolded, they revealed smiling children waving and […]

Christmas Day time to reflect on gifts of season

Freedom Newspapers Today, when Christians around the world reflect upon Christmas Day they stand in the tradition of the faithful throughout the ages who rejoiced that all blessings and mercies of eternity come together in God’s gift of the baby in the manger — Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Prophesies of a suffering Savior and Eternal […]