Thursday, December 16, 2010

thankful thursday - God is so good to me

I love thankful Thursday's with Greg because it encourages me to take the time to really focus on the positive. It helps me put my mind on the many blessings that the Lord bestows on me daily. He is so good to me and I need this reminder not to take life and its goodness for granted.

1. I am thankful that my husband and I had a great mini vacation last week. We spent 4 days in New Orleans and really enjoyed just being together. 

We took strolls along the Riverwalk.

We enjoyed  a tour through the St. Louis Cathedral. I spotted it across the marketplace and was just so awed at the beauty of it.


When we walked in the sanctuary, the Holy Spirit was so thick. We just felt the sweetest presence of God in the church. It was just amazing. The mural on the ceiling was hand painted and it was absolutely breathtaking.

2. I am thankful that even my trip to the aquarium gave me a glimpse of the glory of God. It is hard to look at all the many different shapes and sizes of sea life and not realize how awesome God's creation is. From the beauty found in schools of colorful fish to the splendor of the rainbow of colors found below the sea. Everywhere I looked, I saw the magnificence of God's handiwork.

"The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork" (Psalm 19:1)

3. I am thankful that one day as we were walking on the Riverwalk, we came across an older man playing his guitar and singing. As we drew closer to him, I began to recognize what he was singing. "I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away. When I die hallelujah by and by, I'll fly away". It was so sweet and I felt God's presence in that moment. As I dropped some money into his hat, I sang the chorus with him and was blessed beyond measure. God is so good to show Himself in obscure places.

4.  I am thankful that my 2 grandsons are home after 11 weeks in Wyoming! Bryton was so glad to see his cousin Mercie. They were so sweet and I am thankful that I captured this moment when they saw each other for the first time that day.

Eli and Bryton were happy to see each other as well. They kept calling each other 'buddy'. I am thankful that my girls are able to raise their children together and that the cousins are so close to each other. It really blesses my heart.

Mikaela was so happy to see Sawyer - she couldn't believe how much he had grown!

Aunt Megan was happy to get some good sugar from Sawyer.  She had really missed those fellas and was glad they were finally home.

5. I am thankful that Ashlie and her family are home. I missed them so much when they were away working. It just isn't the same without them here. I am thankful that God brought them safely back to Louisiana. He is so good!

6. I am thankful that little Silas got his first tooth! Even 6 grandkids later, that first tooth is still so precious to me!

"Be careful for nothing; but in
every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God"
(Philippians 4:6)

Thank you, sweet Lord, for your mercy and your grace. Thank you for your goodness and your love. You have blessed me in abundance and I am forever grateful.


Yolanda said...

His blessings truly are in abundance and we have much to be thankful over.


LisaShaw said...

Amen Sister! As He is good to you and yours He is good to me and mine and I'm SO thankful to Him.

I am grateful just to belong to the LORD.

Beautiful photos! Love you.

Sandy said...

I love your thankful list and pictures, Beth! Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

Yes indeed you are truly blessed, and you know who to thank for all those blessings, Praise his holy name, He has blessed my abundantly too, and I give thanks to our lord Jesus Christ for all his blessing on me, and he is worty for our praise, hugs and prayers, Barbara

Jackie said...

Amen, Beth! We serve a God who blesses us beyond measure and I am so thankful to Him!

Love you beautiful "thankful" photos!! You are one blessed woman!! PTL!

Hugs and Merry Christmas!

Stephanie M. Page said...

Oh I Love New Orleans! How fun, and warm. ;)

Nana Jul said...

You captured those children's hearts in the pictures! And what a great picture of you and your man!! 4 days away...and seeing and experiencing the hand of God at every turn - Blessed, blessed blessed!!
It is so good to turn our thoughts on all of our blessings!
I'm thankful for you!
Have a Marvelous weekend!

Michele Katherine said...

Hi Beth,
That is a beautiful picture of you & your husband, and I love your thankful heart.

Your vacation photographs are great, and your family photos are precious.
I wish you & your family a very blessed Christmas

sister sheri said...

This makes me thankful!

I so agree about the aquarium... it is fascinating and each water creature is so unique!

angelonwheels said...

I don't know which I love more your post or your music! So thankful for the blessing of your blog Beth!

Sassy Granny ... said...

What a fabulous collection of gratitudes. I'm with you: the one-tooth-wonder of a babe is so dear to a grandmother's heart.


Nancy said...

O Beth, I'm so glad you had such a wonderful vacation with your husband. Those times together truly do refresh us. I know what you mean by the beauty of the churches and the powaer of the Holy Spirit there. I have noticed this too in my travels.

I hope one day to have another grandchild so I can experience the lovely interaction that you portray. Blessings, Nancy

Stacey Dawn said...

You two are such a beautiful couple!