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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thankful Thursday

It's kind of been a hard week. I thought he'd be done but Kevin's still working nights again this week (12-hr shift) which complicates the schedule and makes for really long days for me. It's cold, and we can't get out much except for shopping errands which just mean spending money. I've been frustrated and losing my temper lately, and I'm just in need of a good break! But today I set aside all of that and I choose to be thankful. Because that's what God asks of me. "Be joyful always, pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thes. 5:16

So today, Lord, I thank you.

Thank you for my beautiful son. I may lose my temper and get so frustrated and wish that he would just go away for a minute so I can do what I need to do. But the truth is, I love him so dearly. And I miss him when he's gone. He's such a joy and blessing that I wouldn't trade for the world.

Thank you for my loving husband. He may not always be there when I need him, but he's there when it matters most. Always. I can count on him. And I can trust him, with my whole heart. He makes me laugh and smile, and what we share together as a family is beautiful.

Thank you for my family. It's hard being away, but it creates such joy and anticipation for when we're home. It adds a special value to pictures, emails, and phone calls. It makes you appreciate the little things all the more.

Thank you for the cold weather. I hate it. BUT it encourages us to stop being so busy busy and just be together as a family, to find warmth and coziness, to relax. To enjoy the simple things like games, books, music... and cookies!

Thank you for the joyful holiday season as we prepare our homes and hearts for the arrival of Christ the King, Your Son! For traditions, symbols, hymns, and a spirit in the air that unites us all.

Thank you for new life. For the child I carry within. For the birth of my friend Amy's baby. For the new life you've created in me every day through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For forgiveness and grace and mercy.

Thank you, my Father. Thank you.

Share your thankful heart with us by visiting Laurel Wreath. Have a blessed week!

9 comments:

ellen b. said...

Ahh just taking a break and thanking God with you. It is true that we need to be thankful in order to be content. Hope hubby's schedule slows down a little soon. Blessings on you and your growing family...

According to HIS Power said...

This is beautiful, Sarah! I know about getting frustrated and losing your temper! :o) Seems like yesterday was just like that all day. But, this morning, I chose to be thankful and I told God that I would be patient and so far so good! I've definitely been tried, though! Your list of blessings is so sweet. Thanks for encouraging me as always!

Love, Julie

Angie said...

Sweet Sarah...I have been in that frustrated place...and yes, we have to choose to be thankful sometimes...we need to adjust our focus...from us to Him.
I am so looking forward to seeing little "sweet______" when she arrives! (by blogland of course---wish I could just hop in my car and take a week off!)
You take it easy...put your feet up...cuddle with Eli and read a story together--be blessed :)

Denise said...

Bless you dear, praying for you.

God's Child said...

Sweet Sarah,
It takes days like this to remember what we are thankful for. I know that stressful place and have been there many times. I am praying for you! If you need someone to talk to, I am here.
love you!

BP said...

Thank you for sharing your thankfulness in the midst of feeling frustrated. The Lord will honor your thankful heart.

Cheryl said...

Such a sweet TT post. It is very good that we can be thankful when things are not going our way. Happy Christmas to you and your family. God Bless!

Laurel Wreath said...

You are right somedays it is a choice. I know this last week it was for me too. Enjoyed reading your thankful heart. I pray you get some rest this weekend and next week.

Blessings.

Lynn Donovan said...

Sarah,

Thank you for sharing your honest heart. This was a beautiful post.

God bless you and Merry Christmas.

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