Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I'm so glad the past week or so is over!! It's been horrendous. Sorry not to have been around much here, but I guess I hate to dwell on the negative or pretend everything is ok when it's not. It's just been one thing after another, but things seem to be picking up in the last couple of days, so we are moving forward - with thankfulness!!

  • I'm thankful that our ladies' Bible study is starting up again!! This semester I'll be facilitating a group of ladies through Beth Moore's study on the book of Esther. I'm really looking forward to it!!
  • I'm thankful that Emily's wrist wasn't broken the other night. While all four of us were goofing around and being silly, she injured her wrist and was in such pain we honestly thought it was broken. Fortunately, after a late night trip to the ER with Hubby, it turned out to be just a bad sprain that is already feeling much better.
  • I'm thankful that the cleaning person we had has been arrested and will be deported back to his home country. That sounds horrible, but he stole from us and left all of us feeling very violated and with a total lack of trust. Now, knowing that he will not be coming around again, we all feel a little more at ease.
  • I'm thankful that God is patient with me even when I am not patient with myself. Too often I spend time kicking myself and beating myself up over my faults. God just picks me up, brushes off the dust and says, "Let's start again." His grace overwhelms me.
  • I'm thankful that our weather here has been magnificent! Highs in the low 70's, lows in the mid 50's. Just perfect and bright and sunny!
  • I'm thankful that our church's youth group doesn't talk down to the kids. They are treated as young adults, with the capability of understanding more than a 5 minute short devotional in "teen-speak." They've studied some deep things and have planned an amazing outreach trip to Jordan for the spring.
  • I'm thankful for my husband, who is wise and caring.

God has given me so many blessings. It's easy when things are going bad (in sets of 10's, instead of 3's!!!) to overlook them. I've tried to keep them in sight throughout all the "stuff" this week, but I could have done a better job. Hopefully I'll learn from this experience and next time around, I'll be better prepared.

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Debbie said...

I'd love to hear about the Beth Moore Esther study. I hope you'll write about what you learn. BTW, you haven't lost half your readership with one of your previous posts. I pray for all of the innocent people who are impacted by all the fighting in the Mideast. There are many people who are hurting. I pray that many on all sides will come to know Christ Jesus.

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

Found your blog through Thankful Thursday blog roll and REALLY enjoyed it!

I am a Youth Sunday school teacher and one who firmly believes that if you RAISE the bar, the students will rise to it. And in the 4 yearas of doing this, it has been AMAZING to see God raise them up. The majority of my class are YOUNG students all around 12-13-14, and their Spiritual walk has been enhanced greatly by not talking down to them. So I appreciated your comment on that!

I hope life slows down for you and gives you a MUCH deserved rest!

Debra said...

I loved your thankful heart! Great TT post. Thanks for sharing what God is doing in your life.

Blessings to you as you persevere!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

We just started the Esther study at our church and am so excited to see how God will use it in the lives of women (apparently all over the world :-) who are learning about their destiny in Him! Happy TT!

Laurie Ann said...

I hope you enjoy the Esther study. Great list of blessings! Happy Thankful Thursday!

stacey said...

I know you will have some better weeks coming your way!

Nancy M. said...

I'm sorry you've been having more troubles. I'm glad Emily's okay and that the person stealing from you is gone!

Denise said...

Praying many blessings for you.

BoufMom9 said...

Great post! I hope you will share your Ester study. I have always been fasinated by her :)

Have a very blessed thursday!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about your Esther study. I think it's a very interesting (and short!) book of the Bible.


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