Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday is a weekly column where I post what I am thankful about that week, and you have the opportunity (via your blog linked into this post OR via a comment on this blog) to share your thankful thought for the week.

I have a guest Thankful Thursday writer this week!! My good friend Gina, whom I shared my graduation attendance adventures about on Saturday, is writing a very special Thankful Thursday post today:

This week, I’m very thankful for the work that God has done in my life over the last several years. I’ve had to depend on him to get through school. I thought I’d never make it to the point where I’d get my degree. This weekend though, I got got to graduate. I’m so thrilled! All the work and long nights of studying have finally paid off. I couldn’t have done it though without depending on God to get me through the tough times.

He was there when I was failing miserably at life and school after my grandmothers death. I’m so thankful that he allowed me to meet wonderful people that showed me how to depend on Him, and how to deal with the grief that I was facing. After I was able to deal with and get past the grief, I had to depend on Him to help me get through school. It was so hard there for several years after my grandmother passed away, and I thought I’d never get back to the point where I felt that I could get through school.

It took a long time for me to feel better about school after I’d let things get so out of hand. It took me longer than I ever would have imagined to finish school, but I finally did. I couldn’t have done it without God’s help. So I’m very thankful to God for helping me complete school. I graduated Saturday. I’m super thrilled. :)

I have watched Gina rise to the occasion of facing the challenges in her life and overcoming them. It has not been easy. Gina’s mother had a head injury before Gina was born, so Gina’s grandmother practically raised her AND cared for Gina’s mother. After her Grandmother’s death, Gina was left with the loss of her closest friend and the responsibility of caring for her mother. She has done an admirable job of this, and has managed to finish school while working full time. I am so proud of her, and am also so thankful for what God has done through her!
Gina blogs at Storms and Sunshine Amongst Life’s Uncertainties.


OK – your turn!! What are you thankful for today? Leave it in a comment, or if you have a blog, write a post on your blog and link it in with Mr. Linky (at the bottom of this post), and you can have the pleasure of welcoming my wonderful readers to your site!

To use Mr. Linky to link to your blog, just type in your name in the first slot, then copy and paste the URL of your blog post in the second one and click “Enter” – then there will be a link to your post from my blog! ***be sure to put the link to your actual “Thankful Thursday” post – not just your main blog URL.***

A Difficult – But STILL Thankful – Thursday

Thankful Thursday is a weekly column where I post what I am thankful about that week, and you have the opportunity (via your blog linked into this post OR via a comment on this blog) to share your thankful thought for the week.

You know that this is going to be an honest post when I am writing it with tears in my eyes.

It has been a rough week at work. Due to the slowdown of the economy which pretty much brought the commercial construction industry to a halt, our company has not been nearly as busy as usual. We knew it was headed in a slow direction, and we were adamantly praying that God would provide new work.

Chris and I have been praying fervently for weeks. I have prayed for each individual at work daily – that God would allow us to have work to keep them employed. We have prayed that God would provide a sacrificial lamb (a job) just in time to keep anyone from having to be laid off. We have believed that God was going to wow us with His perfect timing and miraculous provision.

But it hasn’t happened.

Chris had to lay two guys off on Tuesday that were very dear to him. This was a hugely gut-wrenching decision and process. It broke our hearts.

So I’m sure you’re wondering where the thankful part of my Thursday is going to come in.

I cannot stress enough that I am SO thankful.

I am thankful that no matter what, God IS still in control and He DOES know what He is doing. I would surely be in despair and panic right now were it not for my belief in the fact that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28) and “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9).

I am absolutely CONFIDENT that God is working his best plan out in our lives, as well as our friends that happen to be employees of the company. God does not forsake His children, and He WILL provide. That doesn’t mean that God won’t let us go through trials, because “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4). Also, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. “ (Rom. 5:3-5).

The thing is, some of the richest times in my life have been birthed out of great pain. God uses pain. Pain draws us closer to Him than anything else, because it reveals our utter humanness and our desperate need for a Savior.

We have prayed with all of our hearts. We have sought His will. We have followed as best as we could. All we can do now is rest in His arms and wait.

And I am thankful for that peace, rest, and confidence in the midst of storms.


OK – your turn!! What are you thankful for today? Leave it in a comment, or if you have a blog, write a post on your blog and link it in with Mr. Linky (at the bottom of this post), and you can have the pleasure of welcoming my wonderful readers to your site!

To use Mr. Linky to link to your blog, just type in your name in the first slot, then copy and paste the URL of your blog post in the second one and click “Enter” – then there will be a link to your post from my blog! ***be sure to put the link to your actual “Thankful Thursday” post – not just your main blog URL.***

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday is a weekly column where I post what I am thankful about that week, and you have the opportunity (via your blog linked into this post OR via a comment on this blog) to share your thankful thought for the week.

This week, I am thankful for my readers!! I had no idea that when I started a blog nine months ago that it would turn into this – this craziness that I am completely obsessed with and in love with – this that is so wonderfully journalling our family life – something that I always wanted to do but didn’t have the motivation to actually accomplish.

Somehow, the magic of having readers who give feedback and appreciate your stories is the best incentive in the world for journalling, and I am so excited for the 400+ journal entries that I have made so far this year!! In all seriousness – without you guys I would have never gotten so addicted to this. And the added bonus is that it is just as much fun to read your blogs (those of you who have them) as to write mine! I feel like I have a whole new circle of friends this year, and it really is a true blessing!!

I know I said that I was thinking about doing a reader appreciation giveaway each month (where I would randomly pick a winner out of my top commenters of the month), but seeing as how I have had three giveaways in the past month, I’m a bit giveawayed out right now. Or at least prized out. But because today is my day to appreciate you guys anyway, here were my top 11 commenters in November (in alphabetical order):

Amanda H.
Amanda T.
Amy G.
Gina
Jaci
Jennifer W.
Jodi
Kitty E.
Leanna
Lindsay
Mama Hen

be sure and go visit their WONDERFUL blogs as well!!

I want to thank every one of my readers SOOO MUCH for reading! You have played a very large part in helping me do this, and I really appreciate it!


OK – your turn!! What are you thankful for today? Leave it in a comment, or if you have a blog, write a post on your blog and link it in with Mr. Linky (at the bottom of this post), and you can have the pleasure of welcoming my wonderful readers to your site!

To use Mr. Linky to link to your blog, just type in your name in the first slot, then copy and paste the URL of your blog post in the second one and click “Enter” – then there will be a link to your post from my blog! ***be sure to put the link to your actual “Thankful Thursday” post – not just your main blog URL.***