Thursday, November 28, 2013

thankful praise~

happy thanksgiving!
on this day most americans will be blessed by sitting around a table with family & friends, eating turkey and ending with pies. i wanted to sit down this morning and express my thankfulness before the consumption of goodness begins.
i am thankful for a God who would send His only Son to come down to earth & carry out a task to save all of humanity from the stench of eternal death and suffering. His sacrifice gave me this gift of eternal life & all I have to do is ask Him into my heart & life.
i give Him thankful praise.
i am grateful for the family God has given me. my parents continue to be supportive, encouraging & loving through 34 years of raising a head strong, strong willed, passionate, child. i admit i was not easy to raise.  i grew up with three brothers who shaped me to be tough enough to live the life i have today but made me feel like the one & only girl in the world. i have a husband who has known me for over half of my life & loved me as i have grown & changed. matt has seen me at my worst & made me become my best.  he is the beat of my heart. i wake up daily & am overwhelmed i am his & he is mine. he is the voice into my darkness, the steady to my storm, the reason to my whirlwind. matt is unsinkable, faithful, and has consumed my love since {i thought}  i knew what love was. we have had almost 15 years of walking in the minefield of life. alongside one another we have protected & shielded each other. i wish there was another word to describe the love i have for this man. i would insert it here! my children...tear...there are no words i can pour out on the page to describe what i have been bestowed with. the weight of raising these 5, i am so thankful for grace.  they were born to do great things & i am humbled i get to "be in the game" and be their great civilizer. molding them to love the Lord & then send them out into the world to tell others. my how the days have, at times, felt long but seeing them asleep or hearing their laughs from down the hall make my heart leap. i am a follower of Jesus because through the love manifested for my children after our oldest sons birth i was able to understand the love my Heavenly Father had for me. how can i express in words that gratitude and that love?
i give Him thankful praise.
i am thankful for the gift of freedom. as i grow and study God's word the gift of freedom baffles me at time. i am free in Christ. but the freedom we have in this country is taken for granted. we can praise God whenever, wherever we want. we can buy groceries, cars, houses, clothes from a huge expansive market. we have choice. i do not take for granted our freedom. there are christians persecuted all over the world & know no other freedom than the freedom they have in Christ. that is freedom & that IS worth dying for.
i give Him thankful praise.
i am grateful for His bride the church. our family has the most awesome congregation. they pray for us, support us & love us. church planting is grueling and hard work. there have been families along for this ride from day one, we love them. we are grateful for this body.
i give Him thankful praise.
i am thankful for our material blessings. we live in a great house, are able to pay our bills, our children have food in the pantry and shoes on their feet. we have probably one hundred bibles in our house. we have 8 places we can turn a knob and get fresh, filtered water pouring out. i can call a doctor, drive in a car & get healthcare,  then medicines if needed. i can control the temperature in our home. i am safe in our neighborhood, our town and country we live in. i have many, many outfit options and closets over flowing with warm clothes in the winter and cool clothes in the summer. i have technology. a phone and computers where i can bring up the worldwide web and have information at my fingertips.
i give Him thankful praise.
i am grateful for education. we have the availability of education. we have public schools, private schools, colleges, tech schools, montessori schools, christian schools, catholic schools, universities, seminaries, medical schools, preschools, IT schools...and the list will go on & on.  to be able to learn is a gift so many do not have.
i give Him thankful praise.
i am ever thankful i have the gift of life. i know very well how quickly that gift can be taken away & gone. i want to live everyday being present and aware. i appreciate the possibility each minute may bring. i know my life will have trials. i desire joy and gratitude with everyday that passes. whether those days are hard and long or easy and carefree. i love life, i love the smell of living & crave to have something tangible i can look back on when my days here on earth are spent. knowing my legacy i left was full of life. serving, loving, leading, worshipping, raising, praying, laughing, playing, crying, running, sitting, relishing, cherishing, listening, praising, watching, keeping, feeling, tasting & seeing that the Lord is good.
i give Him thankful praise.
i am grateful for love.

happy thanksgiving! 
i will be giving thanks & praise to Him today. from which all my blessings flow. 





give thanks to the God in heaven, His love endures forever. 
psalm 136:26




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