Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Secret Compartment

James Monroe

In 1794, James Monroe, who later would become America's fifth president, purchased a Louis XVI desk containing a secret compartment that no one but the owner knew about.
Louis XV Writing Desk by Jean Francois Oeben
Louis XV Writing Desk

Many years later, in 1906, one of Monroe's descendants (a child) damaged the desk. It was taken to a cabinetmaker, and the secret compartment was discovered.

It contained priceless documents, including letters from
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

In one of the letters, Jefferson had written: "How little do my countrymen know what precious blessing they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy."

That's a secret that also resides in the secret compartment of the Christian's heart.
Every day our cups overflow.
Every day we're recipients of one blessing after another.
Every morning we see new mercies and rediscover God's great faithfulness.

Cornucopia by Ron Jenkins

Don't keep thanksgiving a secret.
Find opportunities today to be grateful.
Take the most optimistic view of things.
Look up with a smile and trust Almighty God and His Word.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

"For these blessings we owe Almighty God, from whom we derive them, and with profound reverence, our most grateful and unceasing acknowledgments."
James Monroe

The Lord lives!... Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles and sing praises to your name. (2 Samuel 22:45, 50)

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all posters,
Dr. David Jeremiah

Happy Thanksgiving


Maxine said...

That story is special! Especially now! And yes, we must never forget all the blessings we have in the Lord Jesus.

Redeemed By His Love said...

Mimi, this post is wonderful! I love learning about our Presidents. I never knew about the secret compartment-- how fascinating!
Yes, you are right we need to have a thankful heart!
Love the new look of your blog!
Miriam :)

Cathy said...

I loved that beautiful post, Mimi. It is great for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing that.

Dawn said...

Wow, I am really behind. What a wonderful story! And good thoughts to follow the story.

Denise said...

Hide your word in my heart Lord that I may not sin against you! Hidden things will be made known......... Love the post and love the story about the secret compartment......

Happy Thanksgiving Girl ......... May the blessings of the Lord be great in your home this Thanksgiving Season..........

Sharon said...

I know I have so much to be thankful for. God is so good! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I've missed you!

Hugs, Sharon

Jan Parrish said...

I love the idea of a secret compartment. What a great idea.

Great music here too!

Cathy said...

Tag, you're it! Come visit to copy the game.

jennifer said...

I love the way you take a story and tie things together with Christ! That is a talent, a real gift, and I think you could easily write a daily devotional for print.

Meanwhile, look at the numbers that you can witness to through your blog! The accessibility through the internet is mind boggling.

You have my respect and admiration for what you post!!

Be blessed.


jennifer said...

I am adding you to my Christian Blogroll by the way, if you don't mind. I've been trying to do better about maintianing my blogrolls but I still am not that good at it.

joan said...

This is a wonderful post and so interesting. Happy Thanksgiving!