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Thursday, January 27, 2011

a thankful heart

It's such a joy to be thankful. We can choose to focus on the negative or we can choose to focus on all the wonderful things that God does for us daily. You can join GREG with your own thankful post.

I am thankful for the wonder of God's WORD. I love how God speaks through His written WORD deep into my heart. I love how He gives me a word that ministers to my spirit and then I find it time after time in the scriptures and each time it just speaks volumes. 'Seek' is one such word. I love everything about the word. I love that it means to search out and to diligently be looking for something. I am seeking a deeper and a more intimate relationship with Him. I am so thankful for the wonder of God's WORD.

"The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him" (Lamentations 3:25)

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I am thankful for the opportunity to see this:


So I can be appreciative and thankful for this:


Lord, may I never take for granted the home you provide for us and the modern conveniences that many people don't have. Thank you for your daily provision in my life.

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I am thankful for good health. We just don't know understand how blessed we are until we see others hurting. Our health is something that we forget to be thankful for until a health crisis arises.

Thank you, Lord , for the good health you have bestowed upon me and my family. May we be ever so grateful for the blessing of health.

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I am thankful for our church. Too many times we focus on the outward beauty of our church houses and don't focus enough on the beautiful spirit that needs to be on the inside. Our church that looks like this:



is no more filled with the Spirit of God than a church that looks like this:



In fact, the people that worship here aren't bogged down by programs and budgets. They are free to worship the Lord with all that they have and all that they are. They worship unhindered.

Oh, Lord, help us to be free in our worship and realize that it's not about a pretty building. It's not about the people. It's not about the music. It's not about anything but You. May we worship you in spirit and in truth. Always.

"God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24)

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I am thankful for life. God has blessed me with 48 years of abundant life. He blessed me with the miracle of healing when I was 10 and He has kept His hand upon me since that day. I am so grateful for His mercy and grace. I am humbled by His bountiful blessings.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life. May I never take a day of my life for granted. Help me to see You in each minute of my days here on earth. May my heart be filled with the wonder of you. May I see your manifest presence everywhere I look. Oh, my sweet Lord, show me your glory!

"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens" (Lamentations 3:41)


18 comments:

Redeemed By His Love said...

Beth, your sweet spirit blesses me! I am thankful to the Lord for you! You are like a breath of fresh air :)
I take many things for granted, too. I don't know why. Maybe it is because I assume it will remain the same, but like you said until we are tested with health issues or other issues. I am thankful for my home to gather family and friends together.
I love what you said about seeking God, worship, programs(don't we get wrapped up in that one). It is all about the Lord.
Love and hugs,
Miriam
p.s.- You have a beautiful home.

TRUTH SHARER said...

Sometimes the rugged and run down church where you visited IS filled with the Spirit of God MORE than the ones here who stand in complacency to the gospel message.

I praise God that you were able to go - able to see - able to hear - able to GIVE of yourselves to minister. I praise God for you, Beth, as you overcame your fear of flying in order to GO and to be obedient to His call!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Amen Beth. I love your post. I love how you used imagery with descriptions and scripture. Praise GOD!

petrii said...

Beth,
I am so thankful for the Word of God. I love the lessons He has been teaching me. He is so good!!

Have a blessed evening sweet Beth,
Dawn

petrii said...

Beth,
I am so thankful for the Word of God. I love the lessons He has been teaching me. He is so good!!

Have a blessed evening sweet Beth,
Dawn

NanaNor's said...

Hi dear one, I love this thankful post and you've lifted my heart with your words. Hugs to you today.
Love, Noreen

Nancy said...

I love your contrasts. Each is beautiful in its own way. I am thankful for beauty and God's Spirit where ever they are found.

Michele Katherine said...

Amen!

give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Great post!
God bless your day

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Hi Beth

God, His Word, family and friends are always high on my thankful list.

~Ron

Beth E. said...

You are right, Beth. We are so used to having the modern conveniences in life. May we never take them for granted!

I am thankful for Jesus and His forgiveness!

Nana Jul said...

Oh yes...it is a marvelous joy to be thankful, to find thanksgiving in the everyday amenities of life. It's definitely a choice, we need to make daily!
God bless you sister! I'm praying the WORD for Jimmie!
Love ya,
Julie

theemissarysfeet said...

I love His word, the first and the last pictures you've shared seem like in my country, it reminds me of the churches i visited in the country side, thank you for sharing your thankful list

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Loved your comparisons, Beth.

We should all be thankful....we are so blessed in so many ways!

~Beth

BECKY said...

Such precious thanksgiving, Beth!
Your heart just blesses mine!
Hope you have a grand weekend. I am praying for Kannon's family. May God bathe them in His peace.

Love and hugs,
Becky

Diana Ferguson said...

A post so rich!!! Thank you for your words.

Robin's New Song said...

So nice to visit you Beth and be reminded that WE are the Temple of the Holy Spirit,the building of the Lord. How out of focus we can become.
Blessings on your day :)
Robin

Yolanda said...

Beth,

Programs and budgets as well as personal agendas so get in the way of pure, raw, worship.

Love you!
Yolanda

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

How I pray to always have a seeking heart... one that is constantly and well-aware of all the many reasons I have to give thanks today. Today, I'm thankful for a slow-returning health. I don't know how long it will be before I feel "normal" again, but with each day that passes, I gain a little more strength and hope for a better day down the road.

I imagine your recent mission trip taught you a lot about thankfulness!

Sorry to hear about the loss of this precious young one in your midst, and the apparent spread of sickness. May God cover your little town (my hometown was that size and I loved it), with his hand of healing and bring peace to your borders.

~elaine