Thankful Thursday

Hi Girls!

I had to miss last week because we were in Montgomery on our missions trip – needless to say I have much to be grateful for!

I am eternally grateful God added over twenty souls to the number of the brethren this week in Montgomery. I tried to have no favorites, but Cedric was a boy who melted my heart. He prayed for salvation after having heard the gospel many times during our visit. Here is his prayer:
“Dear God, Thank you for dying for my sins. Help me to obey my parents and not to steal stuff. Help me learn to be like You. And Lord, I know if I mess up I can ask you to forgive me, because you are a God who gives second chances. I love you, God.”
Can I get an ‘AMEN’??
I am always leary of childhood confessions of faith because of so many factors which way on their decision. Are they doing it because a friend did? Are they truly aware of their sin? Are they just scared of hell? I never tell a child a specific prayer to pray, only the elements of what a salvation prayer should contain. This prayer was the most genuine I’ve ever heard from a child and the ‘I love you, God’ was completely spontaneous. To say I cried bucket loads of tears is an understatement!

Here is Cedric, me and Jasmine. Jasmine’s aunt Shon is the woman I told you was in my ‘Girl Talk’ group who was saved.

I was going to write much more but the phone is ringing off the hook and I have to leave in a bit.

I will also ask you to pray for our church. Anytime a body is doing a work that is effecting the souls of men, women and children, Satan stands and takes notice. Warfare is and will continue to take place. When you pray, please ask God to dispatch an extra regiment of angelic protection to our little home in North Alabama~ :))

Have a great Thursday!

Thankful Thursday

This past Tuesday, I turned 36 years old. My birthday was somewhat non-eventful which is the kind of day I look forward to the older I get. We went to the Mexican Restaurant, I wore the obligatory Birthday Sombrero and was serenaded by the owner with a eukelele….Free sopapillas followed. How much better can a day be? My darling hubby got me a new Strong’s Concordance keyed to my Bible and also a Catholic Bible (very helpful in my Intertestamental period studies. I and II Macabbees have some great history!) One of the ladies at church brought me a bouquet of Stargazer Lilies from her garden. They are perfection! Two of my girlfriends dropped off a Diet Coke and Economy Sized Kit Kat. Another gave me a t-shirt “Step away from the chocolate and no one gets hurt..:)) And yet another dear friend in our Senior Ladies’ class brought me a beautiful quilt which totally overwhelmed me…I also got the birthday cards from my parents that both made me cry…not to mention they had a little ‘green’ in them…So all in all, a great day with family and friends. I am a blessed girl!

What I am thankful for today is life – all 36 years of it. There was a time I would have told you I wasn’t so grateful for the first 22 years because I was not born again. I still literally cringe over the cold-hearted person I was back then. Up until the past year, I would have described my life prior to 1993 as wasted. However, I now can understand you can not be grateful for light unless you have been in pitch black. I think of the Egyptian plague of darkness – so dark it could be felt – and how overjoyed they must have been when daybreak finally came. This blotting of the sun was God’s way of showing them their most powerful deity – Ra the sun god – was impotent before Jehovah God. I feel the same way today. Those 22 years of blackness are something I can still feel from time to time, but my El Elyon reminds me the power of those years hold nothing over me now. From here on out, the occasional thunderstorm will come, but there will always be a Holy Spirit breeze blowing to reveal a beautiful, endless, blue sky.

I have arrived in a place where I am comfortable in my own skin. The hair may be getting gray. I may never lose those last 15 baby lbs. I can’t shop in the Juniors department nor buy anything but age-defying makeup. But that is SO okay with me. I embrace the good life God has chosen for me and look forward to what He has in store.

So today I am thankful for my husband who loves me unconditionally. For my kids who love me with all their muscle. For a family who loves me despite my quirks and hangups. For friends who dwell on my good instead of my insufficiencies. For you girls who are an endless source of inspiration and encouragement. And to my God, who redeemed a life that wasn’t worth living.

It’s not much, but its Yours.

My dear friend Laurel is hosting Thankful Thursday today…Go run see her and get in on the Gratitude! :)

Thankful Thursday

I missed you Thankful Girls last week! As I’ve mentioned a time or seven, we had friends visit for a few days so I didn’t get to participate. I am so excited I can come play today!
Here are a few things for which I am Thankful:

1. Again, I am so thankful for our friends who got to visit. It was such a fun, spirit-refreshing time. Julie and I have so much in common as do Luke and Chuck. The girls’ mission in life is to keep our men lightened up and unwound! I do hope it worked for a couple of days anyway. I’m thinking if we got Chuck to sing karaoke and have barrettes put in his hair, then he was feeling a little looser than usual. My guy? He was utterly horrified when I suggested I would be the doo-wop girl for Julie’s teenage girls to sing, “Stop In The Name of Love”. Mario, the guy who ows the Mexican restaurant, even offered me three free meals to do it…However, I could see Luke pleading with his eyes, “please, please, please don’t do it.” He wasn’t worried about me, mind you. We knew some people in the restaurant and he was wondering how he would live it down at church come Sunday. In the voice of my childhood, hell-fire pastor “You gotta keep those Preacher’s Wives in line or else they will destroy-huh your ministrayyy and your testimonayyy…….” So dangit, I didn’t do it. But I clapped. Rebelliously loud.

2. I am thankful for my hilarious daughter who couldn’t stop singing after karaoke. She sang “Twinkle, twinkle Little Star” with one of C & J’s daughters. She really loved their song though. This is what I heard her singing later, “STOP – In the name of THE LORD, Before I break your heart..” That would be perfect advice for any boy contemplating affections for my little girl….

3. I am thankful for my new friends Shelly and Mandy. They are the hippest, Bible-loving college girls, ever! They almost make me feel cool again. Almost. Shelly is an OT Nerd like me and Mandy – she rocks. Literally. (And I think I’ve got her talked into letting me play the tambourine in her band…) Go see them! You won’t regret it..:)

3. I am thankful for a family in our church who just had their first grandbaby on its papaw’s birthday! You don’t think that boy will be spoiled do you?

4. I am thankful I have a running start on my NT term paper…I still have quite a bit to go, but getting started is the hard part!

5. I am thankful I made a 90 on my last exam…Only one final and the paper to go and I am finished – until August that is..:)

6. I am thankful it is bedtime and my kitchen is clean. Quite an accomplishment on Wednesday night. So, I will show my tired bones some appreciation by climbing in bed while I can. ‘
Right now.

Go visit our wonderful host, Iris at Sting My Heart, for more Thankfuls!

Have a great Thursday!

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