Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thankful Thursday

"The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

Psalm 50:23

Truthfully, this has been a hard week for me. I think the reality of our situation has set in and it's not fun and exciting anymore. Now it's just annoying - annoying to not have something I need when I want it; annoying to be in a house that is so loud you could hear a pin drop from another room; annoying to be sleeping in a twin bed that is hard and uncomfortable.

I'm not telling you this just so I can whine. There is a point! In the verse above, Psalm 50:23, God tells us that what He wants from us is not "stuff" but thankfulness. And so I'm choosing to be thankful in the midst of all of this. And I am thankful. A bit whiny, but immensely thankful.

  • As we enter the Lenten season, I'm thankful for the sacrifice that Christ made for me and for you. I've never really celebrated Lent before, but this year I've made it a point to be more thoughtful during this time and more reflective on God's gift of His son.
  • I'm thankful that I have a home. Many people don't. And even though I may not have every convenience that I am used to, I still have more than much of the world. I need to remember that and be grateful for what I have.
  • I'm thankful that, though my husband is far away, that I have a husband. There are many women whose marriages ended either through death or divorce who are lonely. I have a wonderful man who is loving and supportive of me even from another continent.
  • I'm thankful for the many wonderful friends who have blessed us recently. We have been loaned many things, been offered help more times than I can count, and had more hugs than my shoulders can stand.

I do, indeed have much to be thankful for. I need to keep that in mind. And though sometimes it feels like a sacrifice to be thankful, I want to do it anyway. I want to remember that God is in charge, that He has the best for me in mind. Sometimes it's easier to just get swamped by one's cirucumstances and lose focus on God.

If that's happened to you, I hope you will take time today to honestly count your blessings. They are there, I promise

For more Thankful Thursday posts, head on over to Sting My Heart!


Daddys Chicks said...

My sweet sister in Christ, I feel your heart and please know that you are in my prayers. May God bless you in all that you do today.

Cheryl said...

I hope that your day is getting much better. It's so good to be thankful when it seems everything around you is falling apart. God is there. God is good.

IRENE said...

I hope and pray that things will get better for you and your family. It is so great that you manage to be thankful amidst the move and everyday chaos. May God bless you and encourage you.

naturalpaths said...

(((HUGS))) for you! Your thankful list is lovely. Have a blessed day!

Denise said...

Such a nice thankful list.

Marsha said...

I'm praying for you. I know it's not easy doing everything yourself.
May the days pass quickly until you and your hubby are reunited, your new home and put back together, and the education of your children is setted.

Have a blessed weekend.

eph2810 said...

I am glad that you are doing a little better :) I am sure this move is not easy on you. I am glad that you have friends that support you.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this past, despite the challenges.

Blessings to you and yours.


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