Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday


Since this is my first time participating in Thankful Thursday, I'd like to list the major blessings in my life.

First and above all, I am thankful for the mercy and grace of God. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) For years I turned away from God, and yet He never gave up on me.

I am thankful for my family: my husband and son, my parents, my mother-in-law, my sister and her family, my grandmother, and all of our aunts and uncles. These people--in addition to those who have passed away--have enriched my life in immeasurable ways.

I am thankful for my friends, both new and old. I am especially thankful for a friend (you know who you are) who for almost 30 years has laughed with me, cried with me, rejoiced with me, advised me, put up with me, and prayed for me.

I am thankful for my church family. They welcomed us the first time we walked through the door and, since then, have consistently demonstrated the love of Christ. I am so blessed to know this wonderful group of people who truly seek to honor God in every aspect of life.

I do have one specific blessing for today: I am thankful for flower bulbs. I still marvel that I can bury something that resembles a rock, and from that, a beautiful daffodil, tulip, crocus, or hyacinth will grow. These spring flowers always remind me that God can take something that seems unattractive, ordinary, or lifeless--and transform it into something beautiful.

For more Thankful Thursday, visit Laurie at Women Taking a Stand.

16 comments :

  1. Welcome to thankful thursday, so happy you joined us. I really enjoyed your thankful list, bless you.

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  2. Melissa,

    Welcome to TT! What a beautiful thankful heart you have. I can't wait to get to know you more!

    Blessings to you today!

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  3. I am so glad that you joined us this week at Thankful Thursday! and what a beautiful list of praise you share with us ... love those flowers! Happy TT! -Laurie

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  4. I am so glad that you were able to join in the fun. WE are a great bunch of women who simply love to Praise our Lord for all that he does for us.

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  5. Thanks for joining in on Thankful Thursday! I loved your thoughts about the bulbs, so true! Have a wonderful day.

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  6. Welcome to Thankful Thursday! I loved reading your list of blessings and am praising God for supplying you with them. Happy Thankful Thursday!

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  7. Thanks for joining us. I hope you enjoy blogging your blessings along with the rest of us.

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  8. Thank you for you comment on Just out thought (LaDonna's blog) We do forget that God is bigger then our problem and tend to tell Him how big our problems are. Thanks for sharing this is was a great reminder. Tammy-Lee from what's TJ thinking

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  9. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It looks like we have several things in common! Have a beautiful and blessed day!
    Hugs and Blessings,

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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  11. Welcome to TT and what a beautiful list! It is amazing, isn't it - the bulb to beautiful flower thing - it always make me think of God creating beautiful things out of our ugliness. Hope to read more of you!!!! Blessings.

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  12. Aw, what a sweet post. We all have so much to be thankful for, don't we? :)

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  13. Hi Melissa and welcome to TT. I loved your post. Especially this: These spring flowers always remind me that God can take something that seems unattractive, ordinary, or lifeless--and transform it into something beautiful.

    Amen.. Amen.. Amen

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  14. What a wonderful list. I can agree with all of them! Flower bulbs are a blessing in the spring, aren't they?

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  15. welcome to thankful thursday! what a beautiful list of thankfuls. more blessings to you...

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  16. Hi, and welcome to TT. You are truly blessed with friends and family.

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