Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

I'm joining Sonya at Truth 4 the Journey for "Thankful Thursday". I've been keeping a "Gratitude Journal". I just started this recently, and I'm going to share my 5 recent entries with you. If you want to read more about having a "Gratitude Journal" of your own, you can read about it here.

Now, on to my "thankfuls" for this week:

  • I am thankful for my journal, itself. My daughter sent it to me from Texas for my birthday, saying that she didn't know if I would write in it or not. Shortly after I received this from her, I read about the "Gratitude Journal'. So, I am thankful for God speaking to my daughter's heart even though she doesn't realize it. My prayer for that evening was thankfulness for my daughter, her thoughtfulness, and God reaching towards her to speak to her. May she one day come to know and love Him!
  • I am thankful for my friends--my spiritual family, my friend that I see almost every day and also all of you in the blogging world--my friends that I visit, laugh and cry with them--people that though I may never meet on this earth I feel I know very well. There are a special few of you (you know who you are!) that I have become closer to, and I so thankful that I am able to establish relationships with others because there was a time when I was not able to do this. My prayer for this evening: Thankfulness for God waiting patiently for me until the time was just right, then reaching out and grabbing me, never letting go, and transforming me into the person I am today. And then He surrounded me with people to uplift and encourage me onward in my journey.
  • I am thankful for music--how God speaks to me through music. I've always loved music, and God has used this love of mine to reach in and dig my roots deeper in Him. Thank you for the artistry of music, talented people who can speak Your Word to me in ways that I easily understand, feel in my heart and spirit.
  • I am thankful for my son. Knowing how busy I am this time of year making Christmas presents, he has picked up my slacking off of household duties--dishes, laundry, grocery shopping. He has been very helpful to me these past weeks, and I have told him how much this means to me. Thank you, God, for my son--not only for his helping me, but the softening of his heart that I'm seeing every day in him--You working in Him to bring him closer to You.
  • I am thankful for the spectacular site I saw in the sky on my way home earlier this week. The moon, Jupiter and Venus lined up in a triangle. I was awestruck by the beauty of this. I tried to take a picture of this, unsuccessfully. My son even drove to a darker area trying to take a picture for me--trees in the way. He continued to drive and found a perfect spot, but the clouds had covered over the display. Thankful for God's control of the universe, giving us beauty around us and spectacular displays of His creation--and also again for my son for his efforts in trying to capture this for me.
Someone else was able to take a picture of this though. I found this picture this morning:

Be sure and visit Sonya for more "Thankful Thursdays"!!



Aunt Kathy said...

I am thankful that God continues to challenge me and shake the things out of my life that are not pleasing to Him. It's hard, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Cheryl Barker said...

Beth, just stopping in to visit again. So glad that you are enjoying your gratitude journal!! (By the way, I love music, too!)

Peggy said...

Blessings Beth...I'm so thankful that you have a beautiful start to a THANKFUL JOURNAL...provided by God through your daughter.

Each one of these entries show your heart and Papa reaching in to draw out all HE placed in you to be used to bring Him glory & closer walk with Jesus!

Sonya, with a new Thankful Thursday
and Cheryl with her creative idea!
LOVE THEM!!! I journal kind in my OneNote Notebook but I had read, it's better to do prayer journals or thanksgiving or Bible ones in your own handwriting!!!

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved reading your thankful things, and I too love music!

Great post.

Denise said...

Such a lovely thankful list my friend.

Tea said...

I'm so glad your son is pitching in and helping you with chores. The Lord will surely add a blessing to him for that. Hope his hat turns out great, too!

Knittin Kudzu said...


My love the idea of starting a gratitude journal. My mother has done this for a number of years. We blessed in so many ways that it is a good thing to take note of it.
I have the perfect journal to use too!

Blessings, Sandy