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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thankful Thursday-abundant life


Today is Thankful Thursday, and my list of thankfuls begins with my dear husband. My trusted friend, my lover, my hard-working, yet playful partner for life. He is burdened with many thoughts and worries about the farm, feed prices, and milk production, yet he is trusting God and desiring to give his anxieties to the One who can bear them better than we can. May he turn his eyes upon Jesus, and keep them there, even when the cares of this world do become a huge weight on his shoulders.


My next blessing this week is for my youngest son. Tyler has only been a part of the family for 3 months, but he has become firmly entrenched in our hearts and lives. He padded out of his nigh-night earlier than ever this morning, gave me a sleep grin and a "Hi Mama", then proceeded to climp up on my lap, lay in my arms, and I was so blessed by our quiet time together this morning before the older children got up.
My next thankful is for my dear aunt and uncle-I spent the day yesterday traveling 5 hours round trip to spend the day with them at my Grandma's house-they are preparing to head back to Colorado via Mayo Clinic. My Auntie Marlie has had rheumatoid arthritis for most of her adult life, has become severely crippled with the arthritis, but is still a smiley, cheerful, loving woman who loves her family and her Lord. Last year on their Wis trip, they also stopped at Mayo Clinic, and she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. This year, they are hoping to determine how far it has progressed. Praying for it being at a standstill!!!!
I am also thankful for rainy days that encourage us to slow down a bit and find some quiet time to rest and refuel.

I am thankful for God's protection during last weekend's storms-no power for 15 hours, flash floods roaring through our area, dams giving out, yet no loss of life! Praise God!

I am also thankful for our employees-without them, I would not have been in the house this morning to enjoy the rare, quiet side of my littlest son, or be inside when the thunder awoke the sleeping 9 year olds 30 minutes later.

I am blessed by the opportunity to be a wife, mother, friend, daugther, and to have the choice every day to speak life and encouragement to many women who read my words here, or on the email groups.


This morning, my time in the Word was spent dwelling on Jesus' words in John 10 where He speaks of being our Good Shepherd-and how He has come so that we might have life, and have it abundantly. I had to pause for many minutes and meditate upon that phrase-abundant life. We live in the land of abundance, we have abundant food, entertainment, choices, job opportunities, homes, etc, and yet, that is not the abundant He is speaking of. But how easy it is to get caught up in thinking those abundants should make us happy.
I want to strive today to focus on the abundants that we have that are not tangible, that we can't hold in our hand-His peace, His love, His grace, His salvation. Also, family, their love, their support and encouragement. Also, His Word, and how it never fails to amaze me how whenever I read my Bible, I come away with a nugget of truth I can hold onto for the day.
Join others on this Thankful Thursday at Iris' blog. See what other women are thankful for, and enlarge your own world as you contemplate how Good God is, ALL THE TIME!!
Blessings in His Name
Chris

6 comments:

Laurie Ann said...

What a precious precious post. Our family is something to definitely be thankful for. You are so blessed with yours. God honors your praise back to Him for the blessings He has so richly given, that's for sure. Thank you so much for giving us this glimpse of your thankful heart.

a woman found said...

Wow, i've not been to your blog before...what a great find! I always love finding like-minded women who show their faith in Christ by their love for their husbands and children!

Such an encouragement!
thank you
sheila

Rosheeda said...

I've never visited you befor, but this is very nice. Great post!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hi Chris!
I only have a minute to comment but I AM DEFINITELY coming back! Your header is awesome, and then I saw your sweet family and I could just feel your HEART.
In ABUNDANCE,
Lea
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sharon said...

How precious! I really appreciate your post. God bless you and yours

eph2810 said...

You are so right, Chris...Not all blessings are tangible :) - If I look at the things the Lord gives me that have eternal value - I am the richest gal alive :)

What a wonderful tribute to your hard working husband. I think it is not easy to keep a farm going these days - what a blessing you are to the rest of us...

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

Be blessed today and always.