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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Thankful Thursday

While I was riding my bike on the country road that is part of our usual ride, I began to think about all the little miracles God has placed all around us. They bring such joy if I just take the time to notice them.

I am thankful for the beautiful blue of the summer sky and for the pristine white clouds that dance across its surface.

I am thankful for the songs of little birds that fill the air when I tune out everything else that is going on around me and really listen. I don't think our little feathered friends ever wake up in a bad mood. They always begin the day with a joyful tune.

I am thankful for butterflies. They make me think of loopy littl ballerinas - all decked out in their beautiful costumes and unable to fly in a straight line. They loop and zig and zag and somehow get to where they're going. They always make me smile.

There is a creek that runs along the road we travel. It is swollen from recent rains. I love to watch the water cascade over rocks and listen to the sound it makes as it travels swiftly to places I will never see.

The past couple of days we have met two black labs in the same spot in the road. They are just sort of hanging out - wet and streaked with mud. I think they come from the nearby ranch and have just finished their morning swim in the creek. They look at us and smile their doggy smiles. I do love dogs!

As I ride behind my husband (sometimes waaay behind) I thank the Lord that he is healthy and strong enough to ride - for this day.

Thank You Father - for filling my life with precious blessings straight from Your heart. You are so good and so kind.

To read more Thankful Thursday lists - and be very blessed - go to Sting My Heart and visit with Iris.

  posted at 12:16 PM

At 12:52 PM, Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

Wow - I could almost picture your scenic ride!! And I do love a good dog too.

There are two dogs who visit me on my walks in the morning. When I am getting ready to teach, I often walk and talk my notes out loud to be sure I'm ready. I've laughed with my husband that one day those dogs are going to get saved! :)

blessings on you!


At 12:53 PM, Blogger Denise said...

May God always sweetly bless you.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Linda, you really encourage me to look at the simple things in life and find thanks in them. What a beautiful post!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Kim said...

When we look at all the beauty God has created it is so hard not to feel blessed and thankful.


At 5:48 PM, Blogger Susanne said...

Wonderful thanks list!

At 6:31 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Riding a bike in the country...is there anything better than that:-) I haven't ridden a bike in so many years but you make me want to start it up again! Wonderful things to be thankful for, dear Linda!! xoxo

At 7:32 PM, Blogger SharonB said...

God's creation is so amazing...what a gift!

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Such wonderful things to be thankful for - and I add the nip in the air in the morning and evening! I napped out on the patio today, under a quilt believe it or not, because I've caught a nasty cold. So beautiful out there.

I love your quotes - I used that first one in a post, which I'm sure you remember. They are all great. I love Mother Teresa's, too, the one that says God promises to not give us more than we can handle, but I just wish he didn't trust me so much!

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

If only more people would stop and look around them and see all things to be thankful for as you did on your bike ride!

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Cyndi said...

"loopy little ballerinas"

"places I'll never see"

I just loved how you wrote this post! Your words always convey images. I love it!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful list today. My heart is more thankful having read it. :)

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

So beautiful, Linda...and a good reminder to me to take joy in these little things we take for granted sometimes!

And please come on over- I have a surprise for you!

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

This sounds like a little bit of Heaven...I would love to see pictures!

Have a blessed and fun weekend!r

At 2:58 AM, Blogger Linds said...

Wonderful list, Linda. It is the small things that matter the most, isn't it... Thanks for the reminder to just open our eyes!

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

That is a great list of things to be thankful for and a rminder for all of us to take the time to "smell the roses"!

At 8:41 PM, Blogger moreofhim said...

Your bike ride sounds wonderful. Isn't it wonderful to see the blessings of such an Awesome God all around us? Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! God bless you!

At 8:24 PM, Blogger eph2810 said...

Oh, would I love to go on a bike-ride in your neck of the woods :) - It sounds so refreshing.
You know, I do wake up with a great mood and a new song on my lips, just sometimes it does not last all day - lol.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this past week.

Be blessed today and always.


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