Daily Archives: February 6, 2008

Joyful—Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday is the only meme I participate in without fail. If I miss….there is something wrong with Angie. You can count on either I am sick or somehow away from any computer. If I can get to one….there will be thankfulness shown here.

I have so much to be thankful for. I am amazed everyday at the critical hearts that I meet and see on a day to day basis. Lord, I don’t ever want to be ungrateful for my countless blessings.

I am thankful for my family. For the prayers that have gone up all over for my sister, Wanda. As I type this, she is in a hospital room attempting to rest…amid the nurses and caregivers coming in and out, taking blood, getting her ready for tests, asking questions. The Lord is near. He is . . . . .

Jehovah-Shammah ~ the Lord is there;

Jehovah-Rophe ~ the Lord who heals; and

Jehovah-Shalom ~ the Lord is peace.

How thankful I am tonight, that I know without doubt that the Father in heaven has a host of angels watching over her. That in His infinite care, she is held near His heart. That He is in control and that nothing will happen without His full knowledge. If it seems hard to us, we must remember that He prepares us for the hard times through His word and through prayer. He is equipping us for the job ahead. It is through the hard times we are molded, shaped and fashioned into a useable vessel.

I am thankful for a special friend that made my heart swell and my tears flow with the precious gift that I wore and held in my fingers all day as I prayed for each name that flowed through my mind. Hers especially.

I am thankful for the handprints I have recieved to make contact with in prayer. It is a wonderful reminder to “pray” without ceasing as Darnelle has written this week on her devotion blog and on the Internet Cafe! Prayer has been my main focus this year. For several reasons. First, I don’t pray enough. Second, I need to pray more. Third, how can I meet the day without prayer. Forth, without a daily conversation with my Father….how will I know His heart? So, you will find that many of my devotions this year will be about prayer. If you want to send me your handprint, I would be honored to pray for you. Just e-mail me and I will gladly send you my address.

In the Women’s Ministry class last night, my sister, Aimee said that they each drew their hands on a piece of paper and swapped hands. That way for the month, they each have a hand to hold in prayer. Someone else’s need to take to the Lord. A wonderful idea.

Since I have been praying more…I’ve had more battles….but you know what? I’ve had a close connection with the Lord….and I don’t feel ashamed to ask for help—-quick!

May you be blessed in innumerable ways as you read each Thankful Thursday post. If you don’t participate, read them anyway. It will remind you of all the blessings you have.

Thankful Thursday is a true joy! Thank you Iris for hosting and reminding us of what we have to be thankful for!