Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Oops, now see I was so excited about our upcoming drive through Saudi Arabia that I went ahead and posted about it first, forgetting that it's Thankful Thursday. So today will be a "double post" day!

I'm going to be totally honest and say that I'm not in one of those places today where I'm in a happy mood. I mean, I'm ok, but overwhelmed with trying to do things for our trip, 110 degree hot and windy weather, a sandstorm that keeps finding cracks into my home creating general ickiness, and missing home. But I'm going to be faithful to God's call to give praises at all times.

I'm thankful that I'm saved. God redeemed me even though there was no worth in me. Nothing I did brought me to that state of salvation, but it was all through His reaching out and grabbing me.

I'm thankful that I'm His. God has taken a girl who was lost and given her a sense of identity - that of a princess. I know I'm His and He is always there for me. Before I was saved, I was always trying to fit in everywhere. I was one of those kids who was desparate for approval and would go along with what everyone else was doing just to have friends. Now I know that I have His approval and love and I don't need to worry about other people. I still struggle with this from time to time, but when I sit back and remember who I am, that goes away.

I'm thankful that God is wiser than me. I often am not able to see what He's doing and feel hurt and confused by the way events play out. But as I look back over the course of my life, I see His hand in things that, at the time, seemed terrible. But while they seemed bad at the time, God took those things and used them for His glory and my growth.

I'm thankful that I have His word. Even though I fail to take full advantage of it, the Word of God is such a blessing in the life of a believer. It's one of the best ways to get to know God - what His heart is like and what He wants from us.

I'm thankful that I know that God is never going to give up on me. I fail so often, in so many arenas, that I know that if I were God, I would have walked away a long time ago. But, like the patient parent that He is, He just picks me up, dusts me off and encourages me to try again. With my whole heart I want to please Him, but the honest reality is that I often make choices which I know sadden Him. But I know that it is my heart that He looks at. Like David, I often mess up, but I'm still after God's heart.

So that's it for me today. I am blessed to have had you visit. May you be blessed too as you read other women's words about what they are thankful for. Be sure to visit Spiritually Unequal Marriage to see more Thankful Thursday posts. Thanks for popping in!


Denise said...

Thanks for being so grateful sweetie.

Karen said...

I am also so thankful that the Lord hangs in there with us. I thankful that He loves me no matter what.

Hope you have a great day!

Michele said...

what a great God we sevre

Jerralea said...

Great post! In fact, I feel like you wrote what was in my mind!

God bless you and hang in there!

Lindsey said...

I constantly need a reminder that my salvation is a gift. Thank you for a lovely post!

Amy said...

I will pray for a safe trip and you will be blessed for being thankful even when your flesh didn't feel like being thankful.

Daisy said...

This is a beautiful post! May you have a wonderful and great journey!

e-Mom said...

I'm so impressed. You're a brave family to be living in the Middle East. I will keep you in prayer. :~D

Lynn said...


I think your post is awesome. What do you write when you are not overwhelmed girl?? Wonderful praises to our King.

Have a great week see you again on Thursday. Hugs.


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