Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This Thursday we will be on the road heading east to Houston to baby-sit the grandkids for a few days. Saturday is my daughter-in-love’s birthday, and our son asked if we could watch the kids for a couple of days so he could take her away for a special birthday celebration. He has made reservations at a B&B. She is absolutely deserving of a little “r and r”, and we are happy to spend some time with our grandchildren. It will be all five of them this time. Our granddaughter, who is fifteen, is a huge help, and she will be home this time. If you think of us, just pray for safety. I just want everyone to be “intact” when mommy and daddy return home.
I will be gone until Sunday, but I wanted to post my Thankful Thursday post before we left.
I am thankful for the unchanging character of God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. As I read other blogs I am so encouraged to see the way God is working in your lives. He is consistently faithful, always forgiving, and full of grace and mercy. He hears us when we pray, and He answers our prayers. He gives comfort when we are grieving and peace where it seems no peace is possible. He protects and provides. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him. There is no shadow of turning with Him. He is always just who He says He is. It is the bedrock on which I build my life. I don’t have to worry about whether it will shift or somehow fail.
I am thankful that God’s word is true. It is alive and powerful and life-changing. What was true thousands of years ago is true today. I love it when I pray about something and then find a verse that perfectly answers that prayer. It amazes me when I read a verse I’ve read a hundred times before and suddenly find it has new meaning for the here and now. I am humbled when I read a portion of scripture that convicts my heart and shows me the way I should go. I am brought to tears when a verse ministers to the very place my heart was hurting. I rejoice in the hope and encouragement I find within its pages.
I am thankful and humbled by the knowledge that before the foundations of the world God chose me to be His child. There are times I feel, just as Paul did, that I am the chief of sinners. That He could love and forgive me just amazes me. That He would call me child fills my heart with a love for Him that grows and grows. He has never given me what I deserve. Instead He has poured His mercy and grace into my heart. When I stumble and fall over and over again, He is there to pick me up. He only allows into my life those things that will eventually work together for my good. You are amazing God!
Thank You Lord for the richness of Your blessings.
You will find more Thankful Thursday posts at Sting My Heart - Iris' wonderful blog.
I' ll see y'all on sunday. Have a blessed few days.