Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thankful Thursday

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

~ John 3:16

Today Iris choose life -both physical and spiritual- as this week's theme. A more perfect theme (to me) could not be found after the loss of my friend on Tuesday. I tried to find another scripture to use, since Iris also used this, but, there is no more perfect verse for my thoughts today. I also choose the King James Version because that's how I quote it. (I memorized this at the age of ten. And, please, this is not the time or place for a debate on which translation one should use!)

  • I am thankful for my physical life. I have all I need, a home, a job (soon), food, water, air, car (that is paid for), and most importantly, a wonderful husband and family.
  • I am thankful that my Lord and Savior willingly suffered and died on that cross for a sinner like myself. Without this precious gift, I would die and go to hell, as I so deserve. But, because Jesus shed His blood, I've confessed my sins, and accepted his free gift believing in Him, I will join not only my friend Tosha, but many other saints some day on the streets of Heaven.
  • I can thankful to have known Tosha for the few (five) years I was able. She was a strong, loving, vibrant women who loved Jesus with all her heart.
  • I am thankful for my church family. As small as we are, we are full of love for each other and the community. I would not make it through times like this without like minded believers who understand my pain and yet joy at the same time.
  • I am thankful that I live in a country where I can voice my beliefs freely and worship my Lord when I wish. (I pray this continues in the future)
These are just a few of my thoughts today, and they have been shortened because I'm still not thinking clearly most of the time. I guess I should add that I'm thankful that I still have a few days before training begins for my new job, and by then the Lord will strengthen me.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13

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Mary said...

We have much to be thankful for. Thanks so much for sharing.


Laurie Ann said...

Loved your post! God bless you for sharing your heart with us. Happy Thankful Thursday to you.

Esthermay said...

I beleive this is my first time to visit your blog. 1st... I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that Tosha's family will see her CREATOR is these next days and be comforted beyond any human understanding.
...wonderful list of thanksgiving. God hears the smallest thanks - and the greatest gratitude is often for the smallest things!
Have a Wonderful evening!
P.S. I'm a KJV 'gal

Denise said...

Be sweetly blessed dear.