Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thankful Thursday

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. " Psalm 28:7

Iris over at Sting My Heart has a weekly chance for us to stop and count our blessings. What a wonderful idea! So often we spend our time thinking about what's wrong and what we don't have. But, really, God has blessed us with so much, regardless of our financial situation or what type of home we live in or any material things like that. Here's my list of things I'm thankful for today:

I'm thankful for my husband, who is like a rock. I'm so mercurial and ruled by my emotions, but he is calm and steady in almost every situation. When I'm overwrought with worry or angst, he reminds me to be calm and trust in the Lord. I'm like a ship's sail - I go where the wind takes me. He is like the rudder of a ship - steadfastly pushing us in the right direction.

I'm thankful for my church. It's been through some difficult times in the past few years, and yet it is still a place where my family and I can go and love and be loved. It is still a place where we can go and hear the Word of God preached. It's a place where my children want to be, as opposed to having to be drug there kicking and screaming.

I'm thankful for our new pastor, who will begin ministering at our church in a few weeks. We have been without a senior pastor for almost a year and a half now and I'm so excited about the man who is coming to step in. I believe he will bring us much needed stability and peace, as well as fresh vision and excellent teaching.

I'm thankful, most of all, for the salvation given to me through Jesus' death on the cross. I am a sinner. Yet, through Christ's sacrifice and willingness to bear the penalty for my sin, I can come boldly into the presence of a holy and just God and be, not just accepted, but loved and welcomed in! It's truly amazing and humbling to think that the Creator of the universe cares enough about us to know the hairs on our heads.

So, what are you thankful for?


Denise said...

What a precious thankful list, bless you.

Mindy said...

Great list! It is nice to see people who are thankful for their pastors..........coming from a preacher's wife. =)
In HIM -

Mary said...

It's good to have stable hubbies that can calm our emotions! :) Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your day.

Anonymous said...

I am grateful for my children. I have learned more from them than I could ever teach to them. I can't imagine my life without them.

allhisblessings said...

You are so blessed to have a strong husband.

Robin said...

You are a blessed woman!

Lyndy said...

I am thankful for you and your blog and your sweet list.

Blessings, Lyndy

Hopeful Spirit said...

Wonderful list, covering all the basics and "biggies." :-) Have a wonderful weekend!

eph2810 said...

It is so good to have someone by our side to keep us calm and helps us not to get too worried. I totally know what you mean -- I am the same way.
I am glad that, even despite your challenges over the past year-and-a-half, that your church is still a place where God's word is preached. I am sure you entire congregation is excited about the new pastor :)
Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this past week.
Be blessed today and always.


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