I Say “Thank You!”

Thank You

By: 33 Miles

What if in the morning when I wake up
Even before I fill my coffee cup
I said thank you
Thank you

What if I looked at the day and the hours ahead
and before I moved forward I bowed my head
I said thank you
oh, I said thank you

What if I looked at my life in a different way
took a little more time to stop and pray
I know it would change all the moments in between
so here I go

Thank you for everything
Thank you for loving me
it don’t even matter what tomorrow brings
well I will sing my

Thank you for sun and rain
for what you give and take away
for all your goodness I will always say
thank you
oh, I said thank you….

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It’s really been on my mind and heart, so I just had to include at least a portion of the above song in today’s post. (You may view the song in it’s entirety and obtain a “listening link” when you visit this previous post here.)

Well, I guess I’d better get on with this week’s list. The only other statement I’d like to make first is that this is the easiest weekly post for me to participate in, because I never run out of “material!” There are always things to be thankful for, and I thank and praise God for that. I truly enjoy and benefit from doing this weekly post, because it really helps me to purposely look back at the week and make note of all the wonderful blessings!

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I Thank The Lord:

–that my husband has a job, and for the monthly paycheck he receives. We may not have the funds to do much extra, but I sure am thankful for being able to pay the bills (and pay them on time!).

–for the family get-together and outing we had with Scott’s family this past weekend.

–for the long quiet time I had with the Lord this past Sunday (I really needed it, and I was able to pour out my heart to Him about several different issues). I’m also grateful for the help of the Holy Spirit when Dad and I sang at church Sunday morning. All the way around, this past Sunday was a very nice day. I also enjoyed the choir practice we had that night…I thought it went great, and I enjoyed the fellowship and laughter as well.

–for the blessed time at the Senior Citizens luncheon on Monday. I’m glad I went (I had to push myself a little because of other things to do, feeling a little tired, etc.). It felt good to serve, and the kids had fun playing with Matthew.

–for the two boys mowing my yard Tues. They came well-prepared (with a riding mower, a push mower, and 2 excellent trimmers), and they did a great job. (I have just not felt up to doing it lately, and our weed-eater has been broken for months!) Our yard looks great, and the best part is that I didn’t have to do it! ;-) Instead, while they were mowing the yard, I was cooking pancakes with Sarah, and enjoying some quality conversation with both the kiddos! -D

–for all the things I have been able to get done today! I am SOOOO thankful for the help I received from Sarah and my niece Rachel! (Yes, I did pay them a small allowance, but it was well worth it! -D I have to admit, the kids do a much better job when they know they’re getting paid a little! Also, I figure it’s good for them to learn about earning something, the value of a dollar, saving, etc.).

–for His protection, provision, and guidance today. (Scott was working some from home today, so I took his car to get the oil changed, while he was here with the kids).  I was having trouble deciding where to take it, since my regular trusted place was over-scheduled.  Anyway, I got some recommendations to go to a local tire place.  I was quite skeptical when they mentioned the need for new front tires (since I had figured on not being able to get out of a tire place without them telling me I needed new tires! ;-) )

Anyway, so I went and looked for myself (many years ago, I had some prior experiences with driving on VERY unsafe tires and wheels…giving my Guardian angel a workout! -D ). Yep, the guy didn’t even have to show me…as soon as I glanced at the left front tire on the rack, I recognized the familiar sight.  The only difference this time was that unlike me, my husband had actually inspected the outside rim of the tires before.  The problem was that one couldn’t easily see the uneven, dangerous wear on the interior side of the tire (like you could once it was on the rack).

Yeah, o.k., so a small part of me wasn’t real thrilled with the extra, unexpected expense today, but I am still VERY thankful!  You see, every day, my husband drives a long commute to work on a major interstate with heavy traffic.  Of course, the last thing he needs is a blow-out or a flat-tire!  So I am quite grateful that we discovered the dire situation of the tires, and that we were able to get it taken care of today!  -D

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

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Where’s My Home?

I heard a song the other day about looking forward to Heaven. It’s another song by 33 Miles, called “What Could Be Better.” Some people, even other Christians, may not understand why I seek out such songs. I read a comment on the net yesterday, in which a Christian person mentioned not understanding people talking so much about Heaven and wanting to leave this world. To this individual, some Christians focus too much on their longing for Heaven and not enough on helping make this world a better place now. In this person’s opinion, daydreaming about Heaven can make us useless where we are in the present, and such songs promote a fatalistic view.

While I can understand the concern to some degree, I cannot agree with the overall attitude and opinion. To me, looking toward Heaven is what helps me to press forward. I don’t believe any of us as Christians should use our promise of salvation as an excuse to ignore what is going on around us. In fact, I believe quite the opposite is true. Our eternal HOPE is the basis that keeps us going in this world. No, we should not sit waiting idly by, content with our “free ticket,” while there are people around us in need of food, shelter, love, understanding, truth, hope, etc… We cannot turn our backs, and we cannot give up on doing good.

However, we also need not lose sight of our final destination. This world is NOT our home, and it is NOT our joy. If we don’t keep Heaven in view, it can be all too easy to get bogged down by this world, to get discouraged, to become subject to it, to become too much a part of it, etc…. To me, this is not a negative view, but a positive one, that can help spur us on. I don’t believe we should go around constantly complaining about how bad the world is and all the while doing nothing about it. With the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, I think we should do everything we can to reach out to others, help the needy, give to the poor, minister to the hurt and sick, and to “spread the Gospel to all nations…”

However, once again, let us also not lose sight of our true HOME. “Home is where the heart is,” and mine is with Jesus. I don’t believe it’s wrong for Christians to daydream about Heaven. The knowledge and assurance of my salvation brings me much peace and joy. While currently in this temporary dwelling, I don’t intend to quit trying to “overcome evil with good,” but I also have no plans of “sticking around” or relocating! Again, this world is NOT my home, and for that I just can’t help but praise and thank the Lord!!!!

Well, I have a lot more I could say on this issue, but I’ll just have to save it for another post. Instead, how ’bout we get to the tunes?! If you like looking toward Heaven, you might really enjoy this song:

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What Could Be Better

(By: 33 Miles)

I’ve heard it said today
Is all we’re given
Tomorrow may not come
So you better start living
I guess it all depends
On your point of view
Pardon me if I
Just don’t listen
To everything the world
Says I’m missing
There’s nothing here and now
I’m gonna hold on to

I’m living in the days ahead
I’m already dancing on the streets of gold
Can’t stop celebrating in my soul
I’m living in the days ahead
Nothing on earth could ever compare
Can’t wait for the day when I get there
When I see Jesus face to face
Tell me what could be better
Tell me what could be better

If home is where the heart
Is then I’m in Heaven
It’s the promise of tomorrow
That I’ve been given
Who is waiting there I am living for
He’s everything I love
And I believe in
And I can hardly wait
Just to see Him
And hear Him say well done
I couldn’t ask for more

I’m living in the days ahead
I’m already dancing on the streets of gold
Can’t stop celebrating in my soul
I’m living in the days ahead
Nothing on earth could ever compare
Can’t wait for the day when I get there
When I see Jesus face to face
Tell me what could be better
Tell me what could be better

Life is full of ups and downs
Inside outs, round and rounds
Can’t blame me for dreaming about it

I’m living in the days ahead
I’m already dancing on the streets of gold
Can’t stop celebrating in my soul
I’m living in the days ahead
Nothing on earth could ever compare
Can’t wait for the day when I get there
When I see Jesus face to face
Tell me what could be better
Tell me what could be better

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**Note: You can listen to the above song here.

Thank Him In Everything?!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not there yet. I’m seeking to thank and praise God in everything, and God’s still working on me. I’ve heard several songs on this subject, but none quite as upbeat as the one from the band called “33 Miles.” Immediately, when I first heard this song on Christian radio, I just LOVED it! This song helps put my heart and mind in the right place, while “lifting my spirits,” and making me want to dance and praise Him! Check out the lyrics below, and the “listening link” that follows:

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Thank You

By: 33 Miles

What if in the morning when I wake up
Even before I fill my coffee cup
I said thank you
Thank you

What if I looked at the day and the hours ahead
and before I moved forward I bowed my head
I said thank you
oh, I said thank you

What if I looked at my life in a different way
took a little more time to stop and pray
I know it would change all the moments in between
so here I go

Thank you for everything
Thank you for loving me
it don’t even matter what tomorrow brings
well I will sing my

Thank you for sun and rain
for what you give and take away
for all your goodness I will always say
thank you
oh, I said thank you

What if I lost everything that I had
I could smile and somehow still be glad
and say thank you
thank you

Cause life is joy, life is pain
but the prayer of my heart will never change
I say thank you
oh, I say thank you

what if I looked at my life in a different way
took a little more time to stop and pray

I know it would change all the moments in between
so here I go

Thank you for everything
Thank for loving me
it don’t even matter what tomorrow brings
well I will sing my

Thank you for sun and rain
for what you give and take away
for all your goodness I will always say
thank you (yea.yea.yea.yea)

Well I will sing my
Thank you for everything
Thank you for loving me
it don’t even matter what tomorrow brings
well I will sing my

Thank you for sun and rain
for what you give and take away
for all your goodness I will always say (i will always)
for all your goodness I will always say-ay-ay-ay
Thank you

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**Note–You can listen to a snippet of the above song, along with others from the same CD, by visiting the band’s official website here.

**Update–You may also try listening to the song in its entirety by visiting here.