Thursday, January 13, 2011

Name Them One by One

THANKFUL THURSDAY.....and, goodness, it seems like quite a bit since I have posted a Thankful Thursday - not that I haven't been thankful, mind you:) My heart fills full and overflowing these days and, yet, Satan seems to be working overtime to drain that joy...especially with his tools of worry and anxiety. I don't often think of myself as a "worry-wart" (who wants to be any kind of a wart??!) but lately it seems the same burdens play over and over through my thoughts and even my dreams!
And I know, as a child of God, not only do I not have to carry these burdens...I am not supposed to bear them! Today, I am remembering this verse:
Psalm 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
and I am concentrating on my blessings instead!! Blessings, like:
1 - the unanticipated road trip with Jordan last week....not only did we laugh and joke and solve all the world's problems but I was able to share my heart with my son - quite a bit - and he did some of the same. What a thrill for a mom!
2 - a new grandbaby on the way:) and for his mommy - who has a birthday today!! Happy Birthday, Erica. What a blessing you are to me and to your dad. We love you.
3 - ministries I am priviledged to with in at church....to think that God would use me is amazing.
4 - a Hubbie who still thinks I'm sexy. Really now. I know the ugly truth but it stills makes my heart happy when he says it.
5 - gas heat:) and this warm house....'cause it has been bitter cold! I might also mention that how happy I am that God did not call me to be a farmer because I would most surely die if I had to get up and out to a barn before the sun even came up on this frozen mornings!!
6 - debt-free Januarys! These were not always the case for us but we now live debt-free (except for a mortgage) and it is one of our greatest blessings.
7 - Bible -study this week. Studied "longsuffering" which is not always an easy topic but I really needed that study and God is using the lesson even now in my life.
8 - Starbucks coffee break with a girlfriend that I've been missing. You know, Starbucks really doesn't do that much for me these days - why??? - but I do love the time with my girlfriends.
9 - my family, my health, my church, my faith, my friends.....oh goodnes, my life. It is a beautiful life.
Happy Thursday, friends. Count your blessings today:)

7 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    Wishing you many more blessings this New Year. You've been a blessing to me already, just reading your post.
    We have so much to be thankful for!
    I may get up your way in 2011. We may get a chance to meet.
    Hugs!

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  2. You have a wonderful list of blessings! I too have been struggling a big with anxiety and I am not really sure why. But your right, haha, who wants to be any kind of a wart?? I have a nasty cold. I am praying I don't get any worse. I don't do "sick" very well...not that anyone likes it...but my ears are sooo plugged..I hate it...OK, enough complaining. Have a wonderful day. Maybe I should count my blessings huh? HUGS

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  3. Indeed you are blessed! Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday!

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  4. That's quite a list! It is easy to worry...I think that is what mothers do!

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  5. Oh, and I meant to say that "yes" my friend and I still work together. She keeps threatening to retire, but hasn't done it yet. I think she will be around until next Jan when she turns the magic number!! :-) And about Chuck E. Cheese...we don't have one here.There's one about 20 miles away, but it didn't open until our kids were bigger. It was great fun watching the girls have such a good time and I like skee ball. Hubby and I use to play that in Panama City Beach when we would vacation there...before children!

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  6. Hi Jennifer,

    We have so much to be thankful for! I too struggle at times iwth anxiety. I think because of what "we" moms have been thru, sometimes Satan uses that. Just wanted you to know that I will be praying for you, that our Heavenly Father will comfort you and give you peace and joy that can only come from Him.

    God Bless,
    natalie

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  7. Hi Jen! Thanks for the birthday wishes! :-) It's Saturday morning and Riley was up SUPER early this morning. My mom can't babysit this evening so they offered to take Riley during the day today. Yay! I am going to drop her off around 9am and then head home to clean bathrooms...woop-de-doo. But it seems I never have the time during the week with Riley so I'm going to do that today while Bob PAINTS in Jack's room! Btw, someone mentioned a revised form of a name for Jack...JAX. Isn't that SO CUTE? Don't know if Bob would go for it though. I haven't even mentioned it to him but wonder what he would think. I'll have to casually mention it and see what he says :-)

    Love you!! Have a great Saturday with dad and stay warm!

    Erica

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