Thursday, July 12, 2007
“I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart;
I will tell of all Thy wonders.
I will be glad and exult in Thee;
I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High.”
Psalm 9: 1, 2
I am thankful for the sweet surprises the Lord tucks into my life. This past weekend my niece, whom we haven’t seen in over twenty years, visited us with her little eight year old daughter. She is moving to our area from New York City. She has spent most of the past fifteen years living and working in Europe. It was such a delight to reconnect with her. Our family is so spread out across the States we don’t often get to see one another. I am thankful she will now be a part of our lives.
I am thankful for the sunshine and for answered prayer. With all that record-breaking rain and the great potential for flooding at my son’s house – the water never got high enough to flood their home. Whenever there was enough rain to begin filling their back and front yards with water, it would stop before it could get any higher. God was very obviously protecting them in answer to all of our, and your, prayers. Their next door neighbors, whose house sits a bit lower than theirs and has already flooded twice, didn’t know what to make of it. She isn’t a Christian and couldn’t quite figure out what was going on. With the amount of rain that fell, they most certainly expected to be flooded once again. What they didn’t know is they were covered with prayer. It was a great opportunity for my DIL to share the Lord with her.
I am thankful for words – for the amazing power in the written and spoken word. We have such potential for good if we use our words wisely and such potential for harm if we don’t. Within this circle of bloggers, it is our words that bind us together. We share joy and sorrow, we encourage and offer up prayer, we put our hearts into words and get to know one another. We must be careful to do it wisely.
I am thankful for the Living Word of God – that it has the power to transform lives. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword….”
Above all I am thankful for the Word made flesh. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
Have a blessed day and be encouraged as you read more Thankful Thursday posts at Sting My Heart.