Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday #11

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 ~ I pray that you will find encouragement and blessing here!
for the chance to hopefully reach out to someone who needs to hear something I have to share
for the opportunity to help promote the blogs and business ventures of my bloggy friends, like this giveaway from "Daes of Our Lives" featuring prints from Naptime Diaries

DAES of Our Lives

for everything!

*Seacoast on Sunday
for always having a message that speaks directly to where I'm at in my life

*First Wednesday at Seacoast
for an AMAZING message by guest pastor Pete Wilson from Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN
(there's a whole other blog post in this, but he spoke about the theme of his book Plan B which is "what do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would")

*Seacoast Sisterhood
for the amazing blessing in my life that is Seacoast Sisterhood!!
for the ladies I have met and the ladies I will share my time with most closely at these meetings
for all I have learned so far (after just 1 meeting!), read this...and this...and this!!
for all I have yet to learn
for facilitating more personal spiritual growth
for friendships I am forming and have yet to form

for an awesome lunch after Sisterhood last week with my table leader

*Mission: Date Night
for Seacoast for providing child care for Moira (including pizza and a movie) while us parents were given an envelope which contained our mission ~ spend the next hour and a half defining our family's mission statement!

*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 18 lbs in the past 11 weeks and for being 1.85 lbs from reaching my 20 lb weight loss goal I set for myself nearly 3 months ago

*hidden arts & etsy
for my tiny little Etsy shop called Knitted Simplicity
for having the desire to create
I am thankful for this shop even though I've had just one sale

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}
for having new mercies for me each morning

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

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

What are YOU thankful for this week?

prayer requests

for the ability to let go of issues which have weighed me down unnecessarily

for the ability to stop putting so much pressure on myself to think I have to be something else in order to find acceptance

for wisdom and guidance on a potentially great upcoming project ~ for insight and wisdom for the others involved

for this blog - that God will 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 follow

for wisdom, guidance and discernment in the Bible study that I am doing through Sisterhood - that I can learn valuable tools to carry over into my everyday life which will serve to give more honor and glory to God

that God will hear and answer the prayers of my family and friends 
{in-person and bloggy friends alike!}

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

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

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