First off, I want to say that this “Thankful Thursdays” is such a discipline for me. Focusing on my blessings, on what I’m thankful for, does not come naturally. I was thinking about how if I was born in ancient Israel what would my occupation have been? I have come to the conclusion at least one of the options would be that of a professional mourner. I’m just a lot better at genuinely feeling sad then I am at being truly happy.
Okay, so I missed Thursday, but I still need to be thankful 🙂 I wrote the above on Wednesday night, but was too tired to finish it. I am a very blessed person, don’t get me wrong. But when it comes down to it, I fail to acknowledge those blessings. So, as I learn this discipline, I’m learning about joy and about contentment. I’m learning to fix my heart on God’s goodness, mercy and love. For me, this is a journey and maybe a LONG one, but one that I am at least willing to travel now.
137. Oasis’ in the middle of my life
138. A husband that God uses to show me what HIS love and grace look like
140. Facebook friend requests
141. Social networking in general
142. The power of God to heal relationships
143. God’s mercy for me in sending Jesus to the Cross
144. Being able to know His love and to revel in it.
145. The ability to worship. I find so often that in worship is where I find healing and rest for my soul. The words of one of my most treasured hymns comes to mind “My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, praise the LORD, praise the LORD O my soul.” And another “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!” and another “Because a sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free.”
146. The Gospel– For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
147. Abundant life and NO condemnation in and through Christ.