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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday, Thursday, Thursday for February 18

On Thursday's I do an array of posts, so rather than 3 separate posts, I'm combining them into one. Much easier that way. LOL!

I never numbered the gifts in my life, but am going to start today until I get to 1,000 (and beyond!)! B/C today's gift is the single MOST important one, I am just posting ONE. The rest of them will have multiple gifts. :-)

1. The gift of Salvation. I KNOW where I'm going when I die. It's not some vast, empty space or cold, hard ground with Squiggy, Squirmy, Wiggly, Wormy and Bob for company. Because if God's gift of His son to US so that, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can have life eternal and everlasting in a place with no more fears, tears, worries, hurts, angers, loss, grief or disappointments. Instead we will live forever in a land where there is no night, only joy, happiness, fellowship, worship, laughter and love. THAT is my number one gift! Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone; because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.

Click the link via the picture above to see how to participate in One Thousand Gifts (some do it on Mondays, but I do mine on Thursdays for right now)

~1 Thessalonians 5:18~ Give thanks to God in all circumstances (no matter what they may be), for this is God's will for you (who are) in Christ Jesus.

Ahhh, the circumstances of life...some good, some not so good. It's always a struggle to give thanks for the not so good moments, but that is what I am focusing on today because I believe and I know that God gives us those moments for a reason.

I am thankful for the moments of chastisement, yes, those painful, uncomfortable moments we all would rather not ever have to deal with. But, really, without them we would never be given the opportunity to learn and grow from those mistakes or areas where we need improvement and without growth, we become stagnant and when we become stagnant, just like water, we become sour, unpalatable and a host for all manner of things that are unpleasant whether it be attitude, demeanor, outlook, how we react to a situation or person, etc. It's the same with our spiritual life. God uses His chastisement to make us aware of where we are lacking spiritually and where we need to improve in order for us to become more like who God wants us to be.
I am thankful for Oscar not having had a job since the first part of October. While it is financially worrisome, it has allowed me to give that worry and concern over to God and He has provided 100% and then some for us. It has shown me that God provides completely for those who let Him take the reins. As one saying says (with a modification by me), "If God is your co-pilot, then you'd better swap seats and give Him the controls". It has also allowed Oscar and I to become closer to each other and be there for each other in ways that we couldn't have if he were still working an out of state job.
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13 Ways I Express My Love to My Family:
1. I tell them
2. I hug them
3. I give them unexpected treats/gifts
4. I make sure they are clothed, fed and have shelter
5. I actively listen to them
6. I read to them
7. I sing to them
8. I cook for them
9. I take care of them when they're sick and do what I can to make them feel better
10. I praise them
11. I brag on them to others
12. I write "love" letters to them
13. I pray for them

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Janet said...

What a good woman you are :-)

Debbie said...

I really enjoyed your post and what you had to say is soo true. I wonder where we'd be or what kind of people if we never had to suffer or everything always came easy. We certainly wouldn't know the joy of dependency on Him, or the power of learning from our mistakes, or the growth that comes in our lives that's for sure. Thanks for sharing this. Have a good day. Blessings, Debbie

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Oh, that is a good verse, ALL things. What a great reminder. One that I believe I need to take with me today. Thanks. ~

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Beautifully written, Nic, so good to be able to read your posts again.

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

"If God is your co-pilot, then you'd better swap seats and give Him the controls" My pastor just spoke on this on Sunday. I am thankful that God is in control and that He knows what's best for us.

i beati said...

all equally important sandy

Godsgalnj said...

Awesome list! =)

I scrolled down and read your posts - You have a very beautiful family!

God continue to smile on you and bless you and your family abundantly!

Melissa said...

You're right that we should be thankful for chastisement. It's hard in the moment, but the outcome is always for the best.

Lynn said...


Girl I am right there with yo and your number one is my number one.

What a delightful post. So glad to pop over and hang at your place for a minute. Have a great TT. Hugs, Lynn

jo.attalife said...

Nic, this is a blessing. In my mind I'm thankful to God for the difficulties that come my way, but in my heart I complain. Because these moments are painful, especially when caused by the sin of other people. Yet God's grace is sufficient, therefore there is so much to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder.

Nana Jul said...

Gratitude shines forth, and your heart shines too! I'm so glad God is in control, and helps us through the tough learning process!
Thank you for stopping by today!
God bless you!

sherilee said...

A beautiful list! Thanks for sharing your love for your family with the world.

Pia said...

beautiful list. i agree that we should give the Lord thanks in ALL circumstances. last night i was in tears reading my daily devotion where it says there that God knows everything in us. He knows when to give and when to hold. we can fully trust in Him. and the verse that says if you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. this gave me a whole new perspective. i mean, sure i know this verse but last night it was like my eyes were opened to a whole new understanding of this verse. so you see, you're right, even if we don't understand everything that's going on in our lives, we still have to give God thanks.

thank you for these verses. God bless you, nic.

thereservoir said...

It's so easy to forget to be thankful, especially for those not-so-good circumstances. Thanks for the reminder. God bless you.

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Denise said...

Such a lovely list.

Blessed Among Women said...

I agree that without the hard times,we wouldn't see God's faithfulness or know His goodness. :) Yes, a good bit of us were on the same page the other day!!

Glad to meet you!

Americanising Desi said...

true true so true :)

More than just annoyed