Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday Link Up - v 11

{a weekly link up}

Welcome back!

I just loved this picture that I found on Pinterest!  What a great reminder that when we look at our lives, many of us are probably richly blessed than we realize - and more than we probably deserve!  I think it is so important to remember at all times the blessings we have in our lives - not just once a year at Thanksgiving!  Even when times are challenging, there is often something you can find to be thankful for.

I am thankful for this blogging community.  I am grateful for the friendships made and for all the love shown in this community.  I value this very much and I appreciate all of you!  I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to do a guest post the other day over at The Foley Fam about just this topic.  Thank you, Kristine, for allowing me into your bloggy world to share my thoughts!

I am thankful for the opportunity to do an ongoing adoption fundraiser in my Etsy shop for my friend Jessica.  Buy a coffee sleeve for $4 and I will give Jessica's family $3 per sleeve sold.  I have now given Jessica a total of $57 through this fundraiser!  I am grateful, as is she, for your generosity and support!  I am honored to be contributing to this very worthy cause!

I am so thankful for my little Etsy shop.  It's just a tiny little homegrown business.  It's nothing fancy, but it has given me an opportunity to use my talents to make some simple little goodies.  I am so grateful for the sales I have had since I opened up in August and that God has blessed this little business for us!  I'm in a "quiet" season right now, but grateful all the same for those who show an interest in what I am offering.

As always, I am so thankful to have an amazing church home.  Last week I was fortunate to spend time with about 1,000 other women at the Chosen conference at my church.  We heard from Lisa Bevere, Jo Saxton and Helen Lee.  I was blessed by this amazing opportunity for God to speak to me through this experience.  You can read about it here, here, and here.

I am also grateful that, through my church, I have been linked up with some amazing women of God.  I am so grateful to have been brought into a huddle where this small group of four women has a mission of discipling others.

I am also super blessed that Sisterhood Mornings is starting up again today!!  I am excited, thankful and nervous all at once.  For the first time ever, I will be co-leading a table of women at this weekly morning bible study group.  I'm introverted by nature, so this is really stretching me.  I pray that God will allow me to set that aside and just minister to these women and give them the same enriching and life-giving experience that I had last Sisterhood semester.

I am so incredibly thankful for a wonderful family.  For all they do to support us, I am so grateful.  
I am so very thankful for my amazing husband and for all he does to support this family.  I am also blessed and grateful that he works with me to help encourage me in the things that I need to build me up both spiritually and as a person in general.

I am thankful for God's provision.  My word for this year is endure.  I often feel weak in this area - falling into the temptation of complaining about the things that aren't right in my life.  I am thankful for the strength that God gives me to endure - to press on through these feelings.  I still feel very weak, but I'm trying.

I am so very thankful for God who is always faithful, loving, merciful, and never-failing.  I am thankful for His grace when I fail and for always being there to show me the right path.  I am thankful for his gracious healing, for inspiration, and for hearing my prayers.  I am thankful for the patience He grants me when the answers to those prayers seem to take a lot longer than expected or they don't come in the way I expected.  I am grateful for the abundance of goodness which has blessed our family this week. I am grateful for new mercies for me each morning.

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

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

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Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
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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