Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday #7


thankful thursday
This week, I am blessed by the following things:


*as always...this blog
for having a creative outlet to express my faith
for the new bloggy friends I've made
for the chance to hopefully reach out to someone who needs to hear something I have to share
for some great blog sponsors and the two heartfelt guest posts (myriah and kimberlee) that have been shared already

*family
for everything!

*Seacoast on Sunday
grateful for an amazing and inspiring message from Congressman Tim Scott (R)


*First Wednesday
always grateful for this one a month worship experience
to be part of a congregation introduced to two pastors {out of respect for their personal safety I will keep their names/home countries anonymous} from distant countries who shared with us a little about their work - so grateful to live in a country where I can freely worship and share my faith with others without threats of harm against me or my family

*high cholesterol
yes, you read that right...I am still thankful for high cholesterol
it has forced me to quickly change my diet and eating habits
for forcing changes that have caused me to lose over 13 lbs in the past 7 weeksfor allowing me to see how old habits are so easy to pick up again if I don't stick with the plan!

*hidden arts & etsy
for rekindling an interest in knitting
and having the inspiration to open up a tiny little Etsy shop
called Knitted Simplicity
{there will be more items in the shop in the hopefully-not-to-distant future!}
I am thankful for this even though I've had just one sale

for the care Peyton received while in the hospital this past Sunday/Monday
for pathology results which showed the lump removed from my elbow was benign!

*God
for always being faithful and loving
for never failing
for giving me grace when I fail and for always being there to show me the right path
for gracious healing
for inspiration 
for hearing my prayers
for listening and responding to my prayers
for granting me patience when prayers are not answered {at least not immediately, or in the way I'd expected}

Psalm 9:1 (NIV)
1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
   I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.


What are YOU thankful for this week?



I'd like to add a little something else to this post:

prayer requests
for some seemingly minor health concerns I'm having with Peyton - that they don't wind up being something bigger


for some personal struggles I am having the last couple weeks - not understanding "why" on a particular issue - praying for guidance as I try to figure this out and to understand why I'm even letting this issue bother me as much as it seems to be - praying that I can learn to let it go


for friends and family in Texas who are being affected (or could soon be affected) by the wildfires there - praying for rain - praying for protection for these people and their families and homes


for another personal prayer - trying to understand another situation which seemed to be heading a particular way {which would have been great} and now appears to be fading {not getting it}


for this blog - that God can give me words to speak truth and life into the issues I write about so that they can bring a positive impact on those who choose to read

Is there any way in which I can pray for you?



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