Welcome to Thankful Thursday! I love this day for several reasons~ I think it does our hearts good to think about all of our blessings, it is one day away from FRIDAY- which means Family Fun Night, and Thursday is garbage day at our house. There is nothing like a home free of garbage.....hmmmm.......THAT would be an interesting post!
Please make sure you visit Iris at Sting My Heart to read more thankful hearts! I just love an attitude full of gratitude!
Oh, Lord, today I was thinking about a Joyce Meyer show I saw the other day about missionaries in China. It made me think about how blessed I am that I can worship You openly anywhere, anytime. I can carry my Bible anywhere and read it openly. I can attend worship services without fear of being caught, imprisoned, beaten, or killed. I have religious freedom! That makes me realize that I need to be aware and active in keeping these freedoms!
And, as I was thinking about all of these things, I was walking through my home. We are so blessed to have a beautiful two story home in wonderful neighborhood. We love where we live in Iowa. It is a great place to raise families. I thought about how I can easily fall into the comparison game of wishing my house were better decorated or furnished or that the basement was finished.......Oh, how this can take my heart out of contentment right into DISCONTENT! I want to rest in contentment in You, Lord!
As I was pondering all of this, I thought of the song by Chris Rice, "The Face of Christ."
If you get a chance, click here to watch an awesome video to illustrate this song.
The song talks about how we can't choose where we were born, the color of our skin, if "daddy would be rich or if mama would stick around at all". It really reminded me of how blessed I am to live in America, to have had the opportunities I've had...that my husband is successful in his work....that I am healthy in body and mind....
I am so blessed! I have a Savior who loves me.....a God who cares for me.
If that weren't enough, I have a wonderful husband who loves me.
If that weren't enough, I have 5 amazing children who adore me (most days).
If that weren't enough, I have a church family that would do anything for me if I needed.
If that weren't enough, I have wonderful friends who love me and help me and "fill in" for a family who lives so far away.
If that weren't enough, I have a beautiful extended family, which can be quirky at times, that fills me with such joy.
If that weren't enough, God has graced me with opportunities to help others, to use the creative talents He has given me, to fulfill me in these "productive" areas.
If that weren't enough, I was warmed with sunshine on my face, a cool breeze blowing my hair, and the fragrant smell of lilacs in the air.........just today. Oh, my God is good.