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Thursday, February 17, 2011

a heart of thanks

I am thankful for the amazing snow that we got last week. It wasn't much but it was enough to give me and my grandbabies a little bit of fun and a lot of good memories. Thank you, Lord, for creating snow in all of its beauty!


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I am thankful for 2 good books I just read by James MacDonald. I was blessed immensely with the message of each book and God has used them to speak a much needed word to my heart. Life is hard sometimes and we need to understand that God knows this. He sees us in our trial. He knows everything about us and He cares about these things. He pours out His strength to us as we need it to endure the trials, tears and uncertain times that we face.

"God allows pain in our lives hoping the pain will bring us to an awareness of His deep purposes" - James MacDonald


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I am thankful that God is my Protector and my Provider. I am so thankful that He watches over me and takes care of me each second of my life. I am thankful that He is my need-meeter and when I acknowledge my deep need with an open heart, He fills it with Himself. He alone is enough...

"I am the LORD thy God which brought thee out of
Egypt; open thy mouth wide and I will fill it"
(Psalm 81:10)

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I am thankful for grandkids and games with blocks and homemade play-doh. I am thankful that a stack of plastic plates fresh out of the dishwasher signified a great day with some precious little ones!


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I am thankful for a sobering walk through the halls of MD Anderson on Tuesday. So many people battling a dreadful disease that is no respecter of persons. When I got a glimpse of a 13 year old girl and saw her sweet bald head peaking out from under her hoodie, my heart broke. I prayed for her to be strengthened in her battle and for the Lord to reach down and touch her and minister to her and her family. I hurt for her loved ones that have to witness the struggle she is in and the feelings of helplessness they must experience. I saw a young man with a t-shirt that said "cancer sucks" and I had to agree with him. I am thankful that God allowed me this encounter and that He gave me new appreciation for my health and that of my family.

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I am thankful for my new blog look! I just love it and I thank Edie at http://richgift.blogspot.com/ for being such a precious woman of Christ. She is easy to work with and does an amazing job! Thank you, Edie!

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I am thankful for Silas' 2 new teeth.

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I am thankful for daughter's that love me unconditionally.

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I am thankful for the blessing of redemption. Thank you, Lord, for taking my sin upon yourself and for giving me the forgiveness for all them. Past, present and future. Thank you for the amazing gift of salvation and eternal life.

"For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
(John 3:16)

11 comments:

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Great to meet you! You have a beautiful blog! I came here through Edie on Facebook, when I saw she did your blog design. You have a beautiful family and your love for God definitely shines through. :)

Have a blessed day!
Shery

Yolanda said...

Love what Edie did for you here at your blog! beautiful, just like the two of you.

Barbara said...

Amen Beth, we can never give God enough thanks, I am thankful he saved me, leads me, and loves me daily.
God bless you, Barbara

Edie said...

I LOVE all those pictures of your precious babies! I think your new look really makes them stand out too.

I'm thankful for your sweet heart.

Love to you my friend!

Edie said...

Hey, how did you get them all to sit still in that nice little row? LOL! :)

Patti said...

Just wanted to pop by and see Edie's handiwork. She is one amazing lady, isn't she? She did my blog makeover back in August, and, like you, I LOVE it.

She created a beautiful blog for you. Totally lovely!!

Blessings,
Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

Sara G said...

Thank God for you and your post of thanks. I get to listen to James from time to time and those two books are on my list to get. I've been through the hardest part of my life here on earth within the last 15 months and God helped me through James MacDonald and many others. The quote is so true! God allows whatever will work to bring us closer to Him. Have a blessed day!!

Saleslady371 said...

Beth, I just finishes When Life is Hard and it helped me so much! I love your list and your grandkids are gorgeous. Your new blog look is beautiful, dahling...

Loren said...

Beth,

You always speak straight to my heart! And I would have to agree with the T-shirt....Cancer Sucks big time!

I was so thankful for the snow we got but I must say I am just as thankful that it is GONE GONE GONE LOL. We received 32 inches and the kids were out of school for 2 weeks. Making those days up has been quite the ordeal for the teachers and school board! We just haven't ever experienced anything like that before.

I LOVE your new blog look! Edie ALWAYS does an AMAZING JOB doesn't she !!!!

I am going to have to check out those books!


Love you!

Heart2Heart said...

Beth,

I love your new look and had to come see for myself. LOVE IT! It definitely is YOU and Edie did a great job capturing your essence and personality.

I hope one day we'll see a cure for cancer that robs us of the people we love the most.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

P.S. If you can stop by Heart2Heart I have an urgent prayer request!

D.J. Hughes said...

Thanks for the book recommendations!