Thankful Thursday

Today, my friends, all I can say is that I am thankful for Life. I’m thankful for Hope. I’m thankful for Peace that passes more than I can understand. I ask you to continue praying for my friends who lost their only son this week in a car accident.

And I remain ever grateful for you. You have no idea how much encouragement Eric’s family has drawn from your prayers and kind comments. They’ve been printed and taken to the family. It means the world for them to have tangible evidence of prayer on their behalf.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Romans 8:28-29
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Thankful Thursday

Our crazy schedule has prevented me from participating in Thankful Thursday for a few weeks. But, how can I skip Thanksgiving week and move right on to Christmas without making an effort towards gratitude?

Here are but a few people and things for which I am overwhelmingly grateful.

* Christ’s Birth. I never get over imagining what it must have been like in that cave when God in the flesh was born among men. That Mary held God wrapped as a baby boy. He could have died that very night and the sacrifice would have been sufficient, but He chose to live the perfect life as an example of what we are unable to do. I am so grateful I was one of the “unto you’s” the angels told the shepherds of.

* My Jesus Devotional – My favorite Black Friday deal at LifeWay. Beth’s 90 Days with Jesus Devo was just $10!! What a perfect book to be working through in December and into the New Year.

* LB and TJ – My Sis and Bro In Law – I am so grateful they are always willing to lend a hand. TJ came up to install our carpet in the kids’ den we are remodeling for Christmas. We had a great time letting the kids play together. They live about an hour away so we don’t get to see one another as much as we’d like.

* Bonnie Bruno – God orchestrated our friendship in every way. I don’t know what good I do her, but she is indispensable to me. :) She is a brilliant writer/photographer and is a constant source of encouragement. She is my Titus woman! Please pray for her this week as she had surgery on her hand. Love you, Bonnie!

* Our health and blessings
– I could recount so many griefs here that have happened with personal friends and acquaintances just recently. Illnesses, Injuries, Loss of Loved Ones. All these remind me once again how fragile life is and every moment should be embraced as a blessing from the Almighty. I pray for you, my friends, who are shattered right now. Your broken hearts break mine.

* Deb’s (Miss Corinthians) work with the children’s play
– My friend Deb courageously directs the kids’ Christmas play each year. Last year’s performance at our church was brilliant and played to a packed house. Deb is so patient with all these little ones and they flourish under her care. Thank you, Deb, for doing what I certainly could not. :) I’ll just stick with financing the little actor who feels he needs to be paid for all his hard work….lol

* Scripture that is God-breathed. This morning I had the most specific prayer for God and He specifically answered back with Psalm 145. I have to admit I go through significant periods of time feeling I am nothing but a major disappoint to Him. This spoke directly to me from The Message: “God is all mercy and grace – not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one and all, everything He does is suffused with grace.” And that word grace reminds me once again it isn’t about me being enough, but about Him showering me with an abundant love I can’t even fathom. He knew I was a screwball when He called me so I can’t imagine He’d change His mind now. Oh I love Him so….

* The Blog Sisterhood – This is my first Christmas season connected with you online and the spirit you are all exhibiting on your blogs is phenomenal. Last year I was SO not in the mood. Does anyone else get that way? This year I am anticipating the season more because you girls motivate me to keep it all in proper perspective. What a wonderful group of friends you are. I love you dearly!

Oh how I could go on but you have other girls to visit. I’m thankful you dropped by today. :)

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Thankful Thursday

It has been quite some time since I have been able to participate in TT. Apparently I had a ghost in the machine that wouldn’t let me view Sting My heart. It finally vacated when I exorcised defragged it… Freaky, huh?

Which leads to my list and the top thing on it:

1. I am so thankful I can view Sting My Heart again! I’ve missed my friend Iris even though I was keeping up through Feedburner. I’ve also missed visiting you girls! Your lists and stories of faith are always so encouraging to me.

2. I am elated a major project I have been working on got completed and sent off this week. Now I am praying for favor where it is concerned!

3. I am grateful for my patient husband who endured my madness and a less than spotless house the last month.

4. I am THRILLED OUT OF MY EVERLOVING MIND over Casting Crowns’ ‘Altar and the Door’. Ya’ll….this cd…. (Pause to fan my face) ….it is just beautiful. My favorite song is ‘In the Middle’. For those of you who are doing the ‘I AM’ study, expect that song to pop up in next week’s lesson entitled ‘He Brought Us Out to Bring Us In’.

5. I am even MORE THRILLED over my Casting Crowns CONCERT TICKETS that we bought this week for the Huntsville show. All I can say to my husband is – Honey, you are going to be moderately to overtly embarassed when I hop around and sing my heart out. The great thing about concerts is no one can hear you…. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Sometimes I lipsync and pretend that girl in the band’s voice is really mine. Retarded, I know.

6. I am glad school is going well for the kids. They love their teachers and so far I think they love them back. Just found out my oldest boy, aptly named Einstein, did not miss a single question on the Alabama state exam he took last spring. Keep it coming baby. Your momma needs some scholarships.
7. I am grateful Jennifer reviewed the ‘I AM’ Study at 5 Minutes for Mom today. Go here to see what she had to say! She also reviewed 3 other study books for which there is a giveaway…Don’t miss out!
8. I am overwhelmed at the love of the Father towards me. He continues to guide me by paths I have not known nor would have ever dreamed. There is a line in ‘Somewhere in the Middle’ on the new CC cd that says, ‘when will we trade our dreams for His’ (or something like that). I have come to a place in my life where I am not afraid to do this. I haven’t always felt that way. I look forward with joyful anticipation at the abundant life He has planned for me and my family.

Ya’ll go see my friend Iris and tell her how much you appreciate what she does at Sting My Heart and Laced With Grace. Her ministry changes hearts and lives and I am forever grateful for her friendship.

Love you friend!

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