Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I'm so glad that Thursday is here again! I am happy because I have so much to be thankful for and Thankful Thursday is always a great opportunity to express my gratitude to God for all his blessings.

Last week was pretty hard for me. Well, actually, it was a pretty hard month. But I really feel as if I turned a corner this week with my realization (duh!!) that God didn't want me to bear my burdens by myself. Since then, I've been feeling so much better, so much more like myself.

Here are just some of the things which I am thankful for today:

  • I'm thankful for the Word of God. It truly brought me out of the pit and restored my soul this week. Nothing else could have healed me so completely.
  • I'm thankful for friends - for Mylinda (who sent me an encouraging article and just checked upon me), for Jan (who, when she was sick, spent hours with me trying to sell Hubby's car), for Debbie (who gave me a Valentine card), for Olivia (who calls just to check up on me and see if I need help all the time), and everyone else who has been so encouraging.
  • I'm thankful for wonderful Christian authors whose words bring enlightenment and understanding to me. Elizabeth George, Linda Dillow, Beth Moore and others allow God to use them to bring teaching to women like me.
  • I'm thankful for my husband. He often bears the brunt of my struggles and encourages me and loves me through them. As we draw near to our 15th anniversary, I am constantly in awe of how patient and kind he is.
  • I'm thankful for the opportunities awaiting us in Qatar. Travel, time together as a family and the chance to get out of debt are the ones I know about in advance. I'm sure God has many more surprises in store for us.
  • I'm thankful for the rain we had yesterday and today. We sorely needed it. Thankful also that no one was injured during the small tornado that touched down one county up.
  • I'm thankful that one of our properties is now rented. Just two more to go!
  • Finally, I'm thankful that Hubby found a home for us in Qatar. It sounds beautiful - and huge!! Five bedrooms (including 3 masters!), five bathrooms, two living rooms, two family rooms and more. Plus he said I can get household help once or twice a week - a new experience for me. Whoo-hoo!

I am so glad to be feeling like myself again. I really see now how I need to stay connected with my Creator in order to function. Without that communion with God, I feel like I'm spinning out of control. With him, I feel on top of the world!

Thanks to Iris for hosting Thankful Thursday once again. It's such a great way to remain mindful of the many blessings God gives us.


Amy said...

I can so relate to your list, especially God's word which we can learn from :-)

Denise said...

Beautiful thankful list, happy valentines day.

Carrie said...

I am glad that you have found relief for the stress you have been undergoing. Keep trusting in the savior.

Susan said...

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy TT!

Great list. So blessed you are feeling better!

Blessings to you~

genny said...

Its really nice to have somebody who can share your burdens. No man is an island and God doesn't like us to be alone. Happy Valentines Day! hugs...

Daddys Chicks said...

Your new home sounds BIG! You must share pictures when you get moved in. Happy Valentine's Day

Gina said...

Lovely list!

Cheryl said...

Five Bed and Bathrooms??? Wow! That is huge! Hope you enjoy your new home. God is good! Happy Valentine's Day!

Kathy b said...

God's word and friends. That pretty much sums up what we need when we are in a "pit".

kathy b

Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing your heart with us this week. Happy Valentine's Day too :)

Shari said...

It's wonderful how you appreciate your relationship and time of communion with God. I need to stop blogging earlier tonight to spend some time getting closer to Him.

livin with me said...

That sounds like an amazing house in Qatar. Do you read She's a wonderful blogger and she lives in Doha Qatar. Just thought I'd pass that on to you!

Happy TT (a little late)

eph2810 said...

Oh - I am so glad that you are feeling so much better this week. I know it is a struggle to do many things on your own over here in the States with your hubby already being overseas. I know how it was when we moved to the States many years ago. I am glad that you have wonderful people in your life that are helping out.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this past week.

Blessings to you and yours...

Laura said...


We might be moving to a new compound while my daughter and I are in the States - bless my husband, he'll be overseeing that fiasco. I hope we are near each other!


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