I have anxiously waited for “THURSDAY”….not only because it happens to be next door to Friday either!
A day devoted to being thankful!
Just a few of the MANY things I am thankful for:
I am thankful for Iris, for being a friend….and encouraging me….and allowing me to share my faith in Jesus and ALL He has done in my life with a larger group! A group of extremely talented and awesome ladies! I am nothing! But I have learned God can make something from nothing….so I trust that He will take the words and touch a heart. Maybe bring a soul into communion with Him!
I am thankful (and a wee bit nervous), that we will be hosting a “20 Something Bible Study” in our home on two Tuesday nights of each month! Please begin to pray with us for these small group meetings….for lives to be changed for Christ! To do the will of the Father!
I am thankful that Iris pointed me in the bloggy direction of the “random drawing calculator”! It was neat! And—-I was so pleasantly surprised to see who won!!!
I am thankful that “Barnes & Noble opened last night in Dothan! Yipee!!! AND I am thankful that when I called to inquire about two books by R.T. Kendall that my brother-in-law recommended—-they can get it for me QUICK!
I am thankful that my SWEET man does not seem to mind too much my addiction to books!
I am thankful for a precious sister-in-Christ who directed me on the phone (which is next best to in person), through something I had never done before!!! AND I was able to retain that knowledge!!!
I am thankful that my SWEET man shared his testimony at our Youth Group meeting tonight and it was so good! I am thankful that he “listened” to the voice of God over 26 years ago!
I am thankful for a wonderful church full of precious people! I REJOICE in that!!!!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7 Iris has shared these verses….wow! Rejoice ALWAYS!
Is that hard to do or what!
This week I found it hard at some points. To be called a fool for believing in someone….for believing in salvation and that it can CHANGE lives….that hurt. I even let it get to me….but I forgot something…something I read last Thursday on a precious sister blog. Tami from The Next Step shared with us something that “helped me” THIS WEEK! As I laid my head on the lap of my Savior and my tears fell fast He gently reminded me what I had read….
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. NIV
This inner struggle was feeling akin to a pit. It was hard. It was tough. It was showing in my attitude and outlook. Robin from Heart of Wisdom said this today, “The darkness lasts as long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose.” Wow….do you see what I see? We may be in a dark place….but He has a flashlight….it is His Word—and it brings healing. His Word is EVERYTHING we need in life. When I went to bed that night, I placed my Bible across my chest open to the Psalms. I had read several passages from the study I was in, but I wanted to feel the “weight” of it against my heart. I wanted it to “sink” in. I wanted my Lord to hold me….and Mamma Doodle….He did. Just like you have told me many times that He does for you!
I have always encouraged my daughters, “take every problem to Jesus”….”He can fix it! He is waiting”….why did I struggle with this one? Because I am human. But I let it go.
As Jeff and I sat at supper the next evening, and I shared my pain with him, he ministered to my soul. He gave me my words right back that I have uttered to him and our girls time and time again. He reminded me that God was big enough to take care of anything.
I was discussing with the Lord the next morning the times that I had tried so hard to witness to this person. How I had shared with this individual of the great love the Father had for him. How He had spared his life. Watched over him. How Christ died for him. I am reminded by Jeff that I have done and said all I should. I am to let God do the rest.
I promise I will. I have made a promise with someone to pray everyday for the salvation of this young soul. And I will.
I love you girls (and anyone else reading!). Each one of you touch my heart with comments of encouragement, (((hugs)))) and love all along the way. If I start naming blogs, I will miss a favorite. They are all special and unique….just like their owner! So, do yourself a favor…..visit as many as you can! Comment on as many as you can…you have no idea how it blesses the writer! We are here for the same purpose—-“win the lost to Christ”—through every means possible!!!
I expect more blessings from reading the great “thankful posts” this week! Get on over to sweet Iris’s place and read more Thankful Thursdays!