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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.

I have much to be thankful for this year - as always. My heart is filled with gratitude for the answers to prayer we have seen over the past several weeks. I am overwhelmed at the thought that the Great God who created the heavens and the earth bends down to listen to my prayers; that He knows what I will say before the words are even spoken. I am so thankful, so unbelievably thankful, that He chose me to be His child. I, who am so unworthy even on my best days. He calls me by name and draws me close. He wants to hear words from the depths of my heart, and He wants to speak secret things to me. He is so great, and I am so small. He is so holy, and I am so prone to sin. He is so perfect, and I am so flawed. And yet He loves me. I am so thankful.

I am thankful for my family. For the Godly heritage my parents have given us. It is a priceless gift. I am thankful that the gift has been handed down to three generations now. We are so blessed to know our children and our grandchildren know Jesus as Savior and Lord. What greater gift can we have than to know our family will be together for all eternity?

I am thankful for the time of testing that continues even now. I pray daily for deliverance and healing, but I am so grateful for what I have learned. I know that He is faithful. I know that I can trust Him with all that is most precious to me because He is all that His word says He is. His word is true, and it is life-changing. He is a gentle Father, and His love is amazing.

I am thankful for the peace that passes understanding. That used to be just words to me. Now I know that it is true. When I trusted, He gave me peace. There is a sense that I am totally safe in His arms. I have nothing to fear because He has promised He will never leave me or forsake me.

I am thankful for forgiveness and grace. I identify with Paul when he says he is the chief of sinners. I can think of no reason why He should love me and forgive me and bless me beyond anything I deserve. I have known Him since I was a child, and I have been such a wayward child. And yet He extends arms of love and says "Come". In recent years I have run to Him - as though my life depended on it. It did. Never once has He turned away. Never once has He refused to be my refuge and my help. Never once has He withheld forgiveness or love. He is such a loving Father. He is such a Holy God.

My heart overflows with gratitude.

  posted at 8:44 PM

At 10:34 PM, Blogger momrn2 said...

And I am thankful our paths have crossed this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to you as well.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Oh how I love that painting. It's the epitomy of the perfect family Thanksgiving. And I love your post - we all have so much to be thankful for. I for one and beyond thankful that my husband got up and went to work today! Hooray!

And Happy Thanksgiving to you, to. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Linda.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

What a wonderful post of Thanksgiving Linda! I am thankful to have met you!!

I hope you have a great day tomorrow!

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Big Mama said...

Beautiful post. You are so right, we all have much to be thankful for. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

By the way, Bloglines has been doing the same thing to me.

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend! I "amen" all your thanks. God is SO good! Glory to His Name!

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

This was so sweet! God is so good! Awesome picture! Thankful I stopped by today!

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

What a wonderful post. We do have so much to be thankful for as Christians. We are truly blessed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving heading into a glorious Christmas!

At 11:32 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Loved reading everything you have to be thankful for...sometimes we just don't realize how very lucky we are! WIshing you and yours a very wonderful Thanksgiving!! xox

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

There is so much to be thankful for, isn't there. Wonderful post today.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Hope you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your dear family! We do indeed have so much to be grateful for and I am so grateful to have met and become friends with you sweet Linda! I am so glad to see things are going your way concerning the sale of your home. That your parents are going to be settling into their own place it is just wonderful to see it in his time! He is so good!

At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You truly have a list of wonderful blessings. I am so glad there is a time of year that we can be thankful for so many things. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and many more to come.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger patterns of ink said...

At Grace

it’s the little things
like putting in the extra leaf
and keeping window watch;
then taking covered dishes at the door;
and hugging through coats
that bring in winter’s air.
Staring fondly at the face
come furthest home;
laughing with the funny uncle
in the kitchen;
holding hands once large and small—
but ever more alike—
around the laden table;
and smiling at the changeless gaze
(framed on the far mantle)
of one not there to pray.
It’s the little things
that make Thanksgiving.
The tastes and smells
and long-awaited feast
at best are just
the garnish of the day.
It’s the enormity
of little things
providentially in place
that lumps our throats
and lifts our thoughts
…at grace.
Tom Kapanka


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