Is it Thursday?

O.k., no it’s not…I know, it’s Friday. However, I’m posting my Thankful Thursday today! (Shall I dare?! -D ) Well, truth is, I wasn’t able to yesterday, but I must post this! I truly look forward to participating in TT every week, because I enjoy recalling my many blessings, and it’s good for me too! For you see, how can I help but thank and praise the Lord for all He has done…And how can I help but rejoice and be glad when I realize all the blessings that I’ve been given?! -)

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Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” Psalms 32:11

“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.” Psalms 104:33-34

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”Psalms 100:4-5

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12

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I’m thankful to God:

–for the really nice day we had as a family on Sat.

–for my Sunday School class, choir practice, and Bible discussion this past Sun.

–for my allergies easing off, cooler weather, less humidity, etc. I’m thankful that I was able to do some yard-work again…I could breathe!!

–for CC (Classical Conversations–the new homeschool program we’re doing this year). I’m thankful for the first meeting yesterday (the New Parent Orientation Mtg.).

–for the miracle the Lord performed for my family and I yesterday! I’m thankful that He got the kids and I to the meeting safely and on time! You see, the following factors make it a miracle to me:

–I have no sense of direction, no confidence with finding my way to a new place, and I tend to panic when I miss a turn or something (if I don’t rely on Him).

–I easily get lost, even when I have good and correct directions.

–The directions I had printed off the internet were incorrect (the last 3 steps were all wrong!)

–I’m easily distracted, which doesn’t help with finding my way, and I had both kids with me (constantly asking me when we would be there!)

–I actually remembered to bring the CC director’s phone #’s with me! (The way my memory is lately, that is a real surprise!)

–I actually made note of major landmarks along the way AND even recalled them later! (It’s a long story, but this helped me immensely when asking for help later.)

–I was in a town that I was totally unfamiliar with (I can get lost in my own town…sad, but true!)

–I had my cell-phone with me, however, unfortunately, when I tried to use it I had run out of minutes and couldn’t make any calls!! Ugh!! (I had lost track of how many minutes I had left on my “pay as you go” phone.) …I admit, I wanted to panic. However, instead, I “listened” to the Lord when He told me not to worry and that He had a plan.

–I was led out of what seemed like “the middle of nowhere” to a major road with a public place (Ace Hardware) in which to ask for directions and/or call my friend. (I truly believe the Lord led me straight there.)

Annnyway…right on time…at 2:00 on the dot, I arrived at my destination for the CC mtg.!! -)

–for Him keeping the kids and I safe and from having a car accident yesterday afternoon. We were on our way home from the mtg., when we had kind of a close call. I had just come off an entrance ramp to the highway, and I needed to merge over into the lane to the left of me, before mine ran out. However, even though I was up to speed, the driver directly beside me refused to let me over. Therefore, I was forced to run along the side of the road for a moment (which was rough and uneven), until I could safely merge. (I admit that at first, my reaction to that particular driver was neither nice nor pretty! However, I’m thankful that the Lord convicted my heart and reminded me to pray for that person.)

–for His reassurance concerning homeschooling.

–for His guidance and discernment concerning some health and medication issues.

–for His guidance and wisdom concerning some financial matters. He has recently given me some gentle reminders, slight reprimands, and loving nudging. I thank Him for His help with a couple of recent, small financial decisions. I thank God for His continual provision and care of us.

–for Kerry’s reading time today. On his own, without even being asked, he sounded out and read today’s Bible verse. He also read to me from his current book without any fuss, fits, crying, or tantrums! Woo-hoo!! -) (Let’s just say that Kerry’s not always a compliant, eager, or even willing participant! -D It’s not that he’s not ready developmentally, that he can’t do it, etc. No, with Kerry, it’s more about control, and he likes to show just how VERY stubborn he can be! However, little Kerry’s discovering that he can’t “out-do” Daddy on the stubborn thing! ;-) )

–for answered prayer and a praise report today. Aubrey from our church had a very serious six hour surgery today. He came through it doing well, and all 3 bypasses were successful.

–for God’s unending and unchanging forgiveness, mercy, grace, and LOVE. This past week, I read a great devotional about His love in Our Daily Bread. There was an excellent point made that not only do we need to experience God’s love in order to truly love others, but we also need to be motivated through our love for Christ, not others. We cannot “stay the course” in serving others if we try to make our love for them be our motivation. As the devotional mentions, when Jesus told Peter to feed His sheep, “Jesus did not ask Peter if he loved His sheep, but if he loved Him.” The writer continues by stating:

“Affection for God’s people in itself will not sustain us. His sheep can be unresponsive, unappreciative, and harshly critical of our efforts to love and to serve them. In the end, we will find ourselves defeated and discouraged. The “love of Christ”—our love for Him—is the only sufficient motivation that will enable us to stay the course, to continue to feed the flock of God. Thus Jesus asks you and me, “Do you love Me? Feed My sheep.–David H. Roper

**Note: To read this devotional in its entirety, you may click here.

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.


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2 Responses

  1. Praise God for blessing over your dear family.

    Blessings to you, Denise!

  2. Hi Janet,

    Thank God for keeping you and your kids safe! Really amazing to read of how God has preserved you and bring you safely to your destination. May God continue to protect you and children.

    Thank God for answering your prayers and guiding you re homeschooling and other matters. It is encouraging that Kerry on his own, without even being asked, sounded out and read Bible verse. Praise God!

    And thank you very much for sharing the encouraging Bible verses and the quote from David H. Roper. Good reminders to me that our motivation to love others should be the love of Christ. Thanks for sharing this lovely post and your thankful heart with us. Take care and God bless you always!

    Thanks so much, Nancie. Yes, I feel very fortunate about the Lord watching over the kids and I. To be honest, I never really worried much about driving, about accidents, getting lost, being in potentially dangerous or hazardous situations… Having children sure has changed me, and the way I look at such things. I definitely try to be more careful, and I pray and pray a LOT!

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