Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ThankFULL - part 5

I have enjoyed reflecting on the things I am thankful for and posting them to you. Today's post is the final installment of ThankFULL, as I probably won't be posting again until Monday.

There is so much that I want to include in my ThankFULL list, because my cup truly does runneth over, I cannot narrow down today's list to just one or two, so I have written about several.

I am thankful beyond words for my husband Todd. He truly exemplifies a life lived for Christ. He follows after God wholeheartedly, even in the face of criticism. He is gentle and kind. He is a wonderful father. And he is getting my Christmas decorations out of the attic as we speak! He is very patient and has a teachable heart. What makes all of these qualities even more special to me is knowing he has them even though he never had an earthly example of them. He learned all of this through his relationship with God.

My daughters, I am so thankful to have been entrusted with them and that they each love me in their own unique little ways.

I am thankful for my health and the health of my family. As I cared for my sick child today, I was more appreciative of the days where no one is sick in our house.

I am thankful that God has provided for me so that I can do simple things like drop some money in the Salvation Army kettle when I see one. Not every person can enjoy that priviledge, but He has blessed us, and I can.

I am thankful for my home and for all of the memories that have been made here.

I am thankful for my computer and the ability to write to you all everyday.

I have a job that I do not deserve and employers that are not only my bosses, but also my friends, and they love Christ.

I am thankful for my parents, my brother, sisters, and their families.

I am beyond thankful for Scripture, that teaches, corrects, directs, inspires.

And more than all of these things, I am forever grateful and thankful to God - My Father, Jesus - My Savior, and the Holy Spirit - my Teacher for crafting a plan that allowed me the gift of living forever with them some day.

On this Thanksgiving Eve, what is it that you would like to add to your ThankFULL list today?

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  1. 1. God
    God didn’t have to send His son to the cross to die for my sins, but He did. Whenever I stop and think about all of the sins I have committed during my lifetime, it doesn’t take very long to become disgusted. Jesus died for those things? I’ve spent my whole life trying to forget they ever happened, but do we ever stop to think about the fact that Christ died for them? Without forgiveness of sin, where would I be today? In all honesty, none of us are worthy or deserve the blessings He has given us. So God is the 1st on this list.

    2. My Family
    I can’t say this has been an easy year for me in regards to my family. There have been so many ups and downs, but God has taught me so much through these experiences. I’ve messed up a lot this year. I am so thankful for the gifts God has given me My kids. I love them so much. God has taught me so much through them. My wife. Without her, I wouldn’t be here this year. Sharing the loves of our lives, growing in Christ together, I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side. Seeing her find where God wants her to be, and watching her fall in love with Him over the past year has been an amazing experience. My mom. She is the strongest lady I know. To lose her sister and boyfriend to cancer, only to battle it herself this year. God has been holding her up this entire time. She’s been engaged in a battle, not just physically, but spiritually as well. Watching God at work in her life has been an incredible experience this year.

    There are dozens of other things I am thankful for. I started out this morning to write a list, but God quickly overwhelmed me, and I saw just how blessed I really was.

    So I'll just end my lengthy post to let you know that I am thankful for your blog. It's encouraging, engaging, and your posts stay with me throughout the week.

  2. One of the things I've been most thankful for lately is that Chad & I chose to cooperate with God and fight for our marriage. We are reaping so many blessings that God just keeps reminding me that we would have missed entirely if we had given up. He's filled our home with so much love, laughter, commitment and safety that is sometimes feels overwhelming or surreal. I've been telling Chad lately..."thank you for choosing to fight"! Yes, it was hard! Yes, it was a roller coaster! Yes, there were times I asked what in the heck are we fighting for, anyway?! Yes, there were days that I felt I could not do it anymore! BUT GOD.... and the people he placed around us kept us pressing forward toward the prize and what a glorious prize it is!!!! And what's amazing is that even with all of the good we experience now, God still have more than we could ever think or image still in store for our future. GOD, I'M SO THANKFUL!

  3. I guess today I would say that I am very thankful when I pray and even when I don't and GOD reveals himself to me. What an awesome feeling! It happened to me last Saturday morning. I took off on a trip to Hope, Arkansas to look for my grandmother/granfather graves. The one thing on my mother's bucket list was that her mother (who died giving birth to her) would have a stone after 70 years for future generations to be able to find. After many obstacles this past year that kept us from making the trip, we finally got there. We didn't know where the cemetery was or which way to go and everyone we'd ask didn't either. The morning of our final search day, my mother wanted to stop somewhere and get some flowers (just in case)and a few feet from the hotel was a Wal-mart. We decided this was a quick and easy stop and surely they would have some flowers and a plastic ground pot to put them in. On our way in, we past a lady looking for candles (apparently their wal-mart had just been remodeled too) and we struck up a conversation with her. We said we were out of towners and here looking for the cemetery and she knew exactly where it was because she had relatives burried there. (mom and I had both prayed the evening before for devine intervention). Just in a short time, God sent us a wonderful women and friend to help us. We exchanged addresses and phone numbers and we will keep in touch. Her directions took us right to the cemetery (out in the middle of nowhere) and I am forever blessed each and every day that God always reveals himself to me more and more. Maybe I have become more receptive to Him over the last year, but regardless I am so thankful that I can feel Him, hear Him and see His awesome power just when I need it!
    Julia Meyer

  4. I am thankful for God and how awesome He is. He has shown me so much this year and I have grown in Him so much. Although it has been a hardship I am thankful that we have gone through the financial crisis we have, without it there would be no change and I see troubles in our marriage that would have occured later. It has been a very painful several months but I would not go back and change it. I have seen God in ways that I never saw before and I know it is because the world caught my eye and not Him. I am thankful for Scott, even tough we have our disagreements we always work it out in the end and our marriage has become so much stronger through this difficulty. I am thankful for Ayden who brings so much joy into my life and I can't imagine what life was like before him. I am thankful that my extended family is safe and healthy. I am thankful that I have a job and work for and with such great people. And I am thankful for our friendship Amy, you have helped me so much this year just by being there to talk to and giving me truth even when it was hard to hear, thank you.

  5. I am so thankful for so many things, mostly simple things. Salvation at an early age, even me with all my flaws and shortcomings. A husband who is also saved, who is selfless and works hard to provide for us, who is loving and patient and kind. Warm showers, cold drinks of water, clean warm beds for my family to sleep in. Never going to bed hungry, and knowing there is food in my pantry right now. A roof over my head and a dependable car. Family who loved me enough to bring me up in church and love me unconditionally. Heathly children who know and love God and feel safe in their own home. So many things I can not even cover them all. If I never recieved another blessing in my life I would have already recieved more than I could have EVER imagined. I AM SO HUMBLED....


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