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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Thankful Thursday

As I was thinking about my post for today the Lord brought to mind the people I am thankful for. Not the ones I ordinarily think about - the ones who are "famous" and whose names we all know. I am thankful for them and the way the Lord uses them to bless so many people. However, I was thinking of the people who faithfully do the daily tasks God has given them to do - serving in the home, and the community, and the church without great recognition or acclaim.

1. I am thankful for my family. My parents who nurtured me and provided for me and
love me unconditionally; who faithfully modeled Christ in our home. I know they
they pray for me daily and that means so much to me.
For my husband, whose love has grown deeper and richer over these forty years of
marriage. His faith in the face of difficult circumstances just overwhelms and
encourages me. His giving heart blesses me. He is my dearest friend.

2. I am thankful for those who serve in our church - the Bible Study leaders, the
children's church workers, the sunday school teachers, those who volunteer to do
all the jobs necessary to keep the church running smoothly. For those who
have a passion for missions and pay their own way to go to faraway places to
bring the message of salvation to those who have never heard. Right this minute
Cyndi is on one of those mission trips. She and her family have made huge
sacrifices to answer the call God has put on their hearts.

3. I am thankful for those who are serving in the military right now. They and
and their families are making a huge sacrifice to preserve for us the freedoms we
enjoy. I know what it is like to say goodby to the other half of yourself and
send him off to war; to pray every minute of the day for their safe return. We
owe them a debt of gratitude that cannot be measured.

4. We celebrated Law Enforcement Week in our church last weekend. There were repre-
sentatives from the various police forces and fire departments across our city.
They risk their lives every day to keep us safe and protected. Imagine what our
lives would be like without them.

5. I am thankful for each one of you. We live our lives and share with each other
a small part of them nearly every day. We come to know one another. We rejoice
together over special occassions and answers to prayer. We encourage each other
when we are facing difficult times. We pray for each other. And we respond
with love and generosity when there is a dire financial need. We enrich one
another's lives by sharing what God is doing in our own lives. We are fast be-
coming "sisters of the heart".

Thank you Iris for hosting Thankful Thursday. It lifts my spirit to read all those heartfelt lists filled with thanks to a God who loves us with an everlasting love.

  posted at 10:43 AM

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Denise said...

I enjoyed your post, bless you.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger momrn2 said...

What a GREAT list to be thankful for!!

As always, thankful for you!

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Deena said...

I am VERY grateful for those willing to put their lives on the line and to sacrifice for our country. And especially thankful for their families, who often go unnoticed.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I just read yesterday's post as well - I am so glad the fawn didn't seem to be hurt. It is sad when we humans take over natural habitats of wildlife and then want THEM gone. Happens all the time here in Colorado.

I love your list - and I too am so thankful for all of those people you listed - and agree with you about the new friends out there in cyberspace who have come to mean so much to me. Who would have thought it a year ago??

At 3:05 PM, Blogger kissesfromheaven said...

What a great list girl. Over 40 years of marriage? You are a hero to those who follow. It's good to be thankful for those who serve in our churches. And for the military, especially honoring them this weekend. But they needs our prayers daily. Thank you for sharing. Blessings on your weekend.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Too many times, it's the unknown heroes that are forgotten and I'm glad that today you have honoured them:-) xox

At 6:30 PM, Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

And right now, I am thankful for you and your prayers, Linda. Thank you for praying. So far, I will have the MRI on Tues, but my heart looks good (EKG today).

I also love the dear, deer picture!
Love you much in Him! Praying for you, too!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

So many things to be thankful for. Our local Christian radio has people call or email in the names of service men and women and where they are stationed and they mention them, pray for them on the air. I love it!

Hugs to you!

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Pearls of Wisdom said...

Dear Linda,

I enjoyed your post. Over 4o years of marriage is wonderful. May the Lord bless you this week and always. Have a wonderful weekend.

In his endless love,
Angel (Angel Mama)

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Christine said...

This list is such a blessing, Linda. Remembering those we often take for granted is always a wonderful thing. Have a blessed weekend!

At 9:15 PM, Blogger MugwumpMom said...

That's a very good list to be thankful for...and I enjoyed the fawn story as well. Your location sounds wonderful!! Rural, quiet and serene.

Oh, and before I forget, have you googled plants that deer don't eat and in fact, avoid like the plague. My aunt had deer problems on Pender Island and there is a plant that she planted around her garden that the deer would not cross nor eat..just can't remember the name of it...next time I talk to her I'll ask her but it may be quicker if you googled it.

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Lyndy said...

First time to visit your blog and it is lovely. What a wonderful list you shared.

Have a blessed weekend.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Susie said...

I was just reading in one of my magazines how healthy it is to count one's blessings. They mentioned blogging as a way to do it. Who would have ever thought of this a few yrs back??

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Beautiful thankful list, Linda!

My husband served in the military when we were newlyweds...and I know to be even more mindful now of those serving and in harm's way.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, Linda!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

Great list of thanks!! I'm thankful for you! :-)

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Linds said...

Lovely list Linda. I am also thankful for you too!

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

What a beautiful blog I've discovered here! I found you via Mugwumpmom today:-) God bless you and thanks for a beautiful list.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Cheryl Wray said...

Great post!!
Yes, SO many people to be thankful for! So many people who make a difference in our lives!!

At 10:41 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm thankful for you too; your posts are always so uplifting!

At 11:02 PM, Blogger eph2810 said...

You are right, Linda. It is awesome to have people around us, family, friends, churches, and even blogging buddies who encourage us in our walk with Him. Although we might stumble, but we know that someone is always there to help us back up. And if our stumble results into a fall, we know we can seek Him to help us out of the pit.
Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart this week.

BTW - my dad was a police officer :)

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Chappyswife said...

I am thankful for you, one more dear friend in Texas, and for the precious prayers that you send up for us. Thank you.


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