Monday, April 2, 2012

-t- is for thankful

when someone i hold dear gives me a compliment i am so very thankful for His grace in my life - at first. and then. then i hear a voice in the distance (sometimes it seems in my ear) asking me this question: really? is that really true? they said that because they love you, or perhaps they were having a carefree moment and just threw it out there; isn't that compliment too hard to believe... about yourself? isn't it?

sometimes i take a deep breath, allowing Him to breathe upon me, His Word of truth renewing my mind; and i choose to disengage from going one step further down the road of doubt, down the road of self. by His mercy, in His grace, with His strength, to His glory!

and the other times, well, i fail at receiving the gift. i fail to acknowledge that He is indeed working in my life to His glory. i fail. taking my eyes from Him and allowing them to sweep over me, myself, and i.
why haven't i learned self always leads further from His footstool? from His embrace?

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i am forever grateful, forever counting His gifts one by one (from my single digits, i started numbering anew this week :)

bright green leaves of new growth on our oak trees

a cactus from Arizona

girl love running down the side walk, waving at her daddy, signing, "i love you"

a gift of orange carnations, vase over flowing

boy love singing along with Toby-Mac (with his ear phones in)

our first Christian Seder

a compliment from someone i hold dear. and her grace towards me

continually learning to trust in Him in all things
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. Ephesians 1

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3

joining Ann and the community of thankful counters


  1. So glad you made it back here today to start counting again!!!

    Oh, how I love you! I love your honesty and transparency and your trustworthiness and your discretion... there is so much I love about you. And I LOVE that you started counting anew. Me too. I just decided that. :)

    Starting today, I am counting anew. :)


  2. You made a beautiful comment about graciously accepting compliments. Since God is the gift giver, then all we can say to a compliment is "Thank you" with a smile up at Him. Anything less or more- meaning those seemingly humble comments that brush the gift off as nothing, are really a slap in the face of God.

    As I’m writing this comment the song is playing… In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus… Beautiful! Thank you.