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Showing posts with label Thankful Thoughts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thankful Thoughts. Show all posts

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankful thought 30

The end of the month. The end of "Thankful Thought" posts. Hopefully not the end of thankfulness. I want to practice not just "Thanksgiving"  but especially "Thanks-living".  For all God has done, for all He is doing....and for all He will do in the future.

Today's Thankful Thought....Heaven.  Heaven is as real to me as Athens, GA.  I look forward to my new home there.  To the folks I love who have gone on before me.  To the folks I know OF but don't know personally - giants in the faith, like Corrie Tin Boom.  Peter the Apostle.  Ruth Graham.  John the Revelator.  Moses's Mom.  To the treasure I have sent on ahead.  To the rewards Jesus promised to those who love Him and look for His appearing. 

I am excited about Life in Heaven.  God promises pleasures forever.  Think about that.  We relentlessly pursue temporary pleasures here.  But there - it will be permanent pleasures.  We will scarcely be able to contain our joy!  We will have sweet fellowship with friends and family.  We will be free from pain and disease and sin.  Oh, glory!

That will be so fantastic that we can hardly imagine it.  I long for Heaven.All that it will bring.  For me and mine.

But most of  all, I will love seeing Jesus.  I wonder if I will laugh or cry or sing or dance or fall on my face or stand in silent amazement before Him. All of the above.  I just want to hug Him. And hear Him say...."Welcome Home".

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful thought 29

Huge thanks today - for God's promise that He is completing His work in me.  It's HIS work.  And HE promises that HE is completing it.  I am thankful.

My prayer is that I won't make His job so hard....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thankful thought 28

Yesterday, I gave thanks for friends and family that make me laugh.  Today, I want to express thanks for friends that cry with me.  Sometimes a laugh won't work.  Only a good cry.  There are really very few folks that we will let cry with us.  It's more of a private thing.  But I am blessed to have folks in my live that cry with me.  And I am thankful.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankful thought 27

I am thankful that I have lots of people in my life that make me laugh.  Foremost, my family.  They are just downright funny.  Every single one of them.  They make me laugh on a regular basis.  On purpose.  I am thankful for that.

A merry heart is good medicine.  And it is available without a prescription.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful thought 26

Today I am thankful for trips to the beach.  Not that I have any planned any time soon.  But I love the beach.  Sunrises over the water.  Walks in the tide.  Building castles in the sand.  Breathing salt air.  I am thankful that I get to visit the beach sometimes. 

Don't fret - I slather sunscreen everywhere!!!!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful thought 25

I am very thankful that God places mentors in the lives of my children. Some of the greatest folks ever to walk this earth are valuable contributors to my children.  They have coached them in sports, instructed them in manners, taught them in Sunday School and AWANA,  shared their love of music, been their friend,  and just "done life" with them.  The imprint of their influence on my children is indelible.  And I am thankful.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankful thought 24

For the past 19 years, I have had the unspeakable privilege of being the main instructor for my children.  I am forever thankful for the opportunity to homeschool.  Although it's not always (uh, ever!) easy, it has always been worth it.

Not sure what I am going to do when Betsy graduates.....

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful thought 23

I have several friends who have become my heroes because of their battle against cancer. What an awful war, one that requires so very much of its soldiers.  The physical, emotional, and mental costs are staggering.  So is the collateral damage. 

So, I am thankful for these brave friends.  They are fighting because they love life and their families. And, in my opinion, the very fact that they fight makes them victors.

As you celebrate your thankful thought today, please join me in praying for all our friends that are fighting this war they didn't choose.  Thanks.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful thought 22

Today is the apex of the Thanksgiving season so today, I give thanks for Jesus.  He is my source of Life, my best friend, my counselor, and my Redeemer.  I love Him because He first loved me.  Before I was born, before I was capable of anything, He loved me and chose me and paid the price that I couldn't pay so that I could be His Bride.

I thank God for Jesus and the amazing love that conceived this plan and brought it forth.  Praise His name!

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful thought 21

As thankful as I am for the internet and email, today I give thanks for snail mail letters.  There is just nothing like a handwritten note.  Makes my day.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful thought 20

I am thankful for the internet.  I love being able to connect with friends all over the world, obtain answers to obscure questions, and shop in my pj's at 2 AM.  I know the internet also brings potential hazards but I think it is like any other tool - just matters whose hands it is in.  And I love the internet.  Whomever it is that invented it :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful thought 19

The Bible.  I am thankful for God's Word.  That it is infallible, living, active, transforming, and redemptive.  I LOVE God's Word. Love to read it, teach it, and, yes, I love to obey it!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful thought 18

I am thankful EVERY DAY for my grandson, Jonathan.  Now I know you are shocked that I am a grandmother - of course I am not old enough to be one!  But Jonathan's mother has always done everything early (Ok, except maybe getting ready for church.  yeah, maybe not that one.  at least when she was riding with me....).  So she got married and wasted no time in making me a Grandmother.  Since I am clearly not old enough to be one, I don't have a "grandmotherly" name.  I am Suzie.  Jonathan's Suzie.

And I am thankful for him.  He is perfect.  Truly.  Just ask Cap'n.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful thought 17

Being thankful is contagious!  I am catching it from myself - the exercise of expressing these "thankful thoughts" is spreading throughout my day.  I am thankful for being thankful!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful thought 16

Today, I praise God for the gift of forgiveness.  First, from Him.  That He would be willing to forgive is nothing short of amazing and incredible.  I don't deserve His mercy.  None of us do.

Because of His forgiveness to us, we are empowered...and motivated...to extend it to others.  Again, amazing and incredible.  I am grateful for the forgiveness I have received from others and for that which I have been able, by His grace, to extend to others.  Amazing grace.  How sweet the sound.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful thought 15

From the time I was in college, God has graciously granted to me the privilege of rubbing shoulders with girls a few seasons behind me in the calendar of life. Even though I didn't birth them, they have become "my girls" to me.  That first group of middle schoolers at PABC...years at Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta...Hickory Grove Baptist in Charlotte...Westover friends in GSO...on to groups here in the Athens/Watkinsville area.  Doing life with these gals has been a high privilege for me.  They are treasures to me. 

Today, I give thanks for "my girls".

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful thought 14

I am thankful for problems.  For the trials and inconveniences and irritations in my life.  I think that's all  I have to say about that.  See Wednesday's Word from last week for an exposition.

Thankful in all things.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful thought 13

I give thanks for sports.  Not to  sports, mind you, but for sports.  Lest you think I am of the athletic sort, think again.  Not athletic at all.  (Thankfully, my husband overcompensated in his contribution of sports genes to the DNA of our offspring so each of them is very nicely gifted, athletically.  Whew.  At least I was smart enough to pick someone that would offset my lack.) 

No, I am not athletic but I do enjoy sports.  Watching them, that is.  I love how my family enjoys all things Georgia.  How we unite over W's...and L's.  Bonding over rankings and referees.  Cheering for one another in the pool or on the court.

And I love the "life lesson opportunities" that sports provide.  Although not always enjoyable, I appreciate the chances we get to learn how to be a good sport, how to press through adversity, and how to practice joy, regardless of circumstances.

I am thankful for sports!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful thought 12

I am thankful that places like Mercy Health Center exist, delivering not only free healthcare but also the love of Christ to the poor in our community.

May God bless the staff and the board and the volunteers and the donors of Mercy Health Center.  Forever.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful thought 11

I am not the greatest animal lover in the world.  I won't even let our animals live inside with us.  (I told my kids that you have to be listed on our tax form in order to sleep indoors.  They think it is a law.  They are really mad at the IRS...please don't tell them any different)

But I do love our dog, Shadow, and our cat, Ninja.  And I love the ones that have gone on to their reward - Gray, Jasmine, Hershey, Quincy, Tiger, Dandelion (our kids name the pets - or is that a restatement of the obvious?) and even the fish that lived long enough to have names but not long enough for me to remember them....except for "God" and "Cinqo"....now it's really obvious that the names came from my kids....

I had cats and dogs growing up and I am thankful that our family has them, too.

I just don't want them inside.