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Thursday
Oct122017

Thankful Thursday

Do you ever have days when you don't feel thankful? Or, you forget that you have much to be thankful for? I am having one of those days today. So, inspired by Persis, who shared her thankful thoughts this morning, I am going to be thankful, to remind me that God is faithful even on hard days.

I am thankful for the man my father is. No father is perfect, but I am thankful for mine. He was a hard worker and he sacrificed a lot for us. He was not a harsh father or harsh husband, and I am thankful for that.

I am thankful for my husband. He, too, is patient. He treats me well, and he supports my educational pursuits even if he doesn't find them as scintillating as I do.

I am thankful for fall truly arriving. There is something wrong with having a humidex reading in October.

I am thankful for my classes this semester. I'm thankful for my Greek prof, especially, because he gives regular quizzes and helpful exercises, and that is needed when you're learning a biblical language.

I am thankful for raspberry jam, soup in the freezer, and Yorkshire Gold tea.

Thursday
Mar232017

Thankful Thursday

Today will be the last sunny day here for a while. The forecast for tomorrow is a temperate 14°C, but there will be rain. My puppy will be thrilled. He loves to dig and paint the garden doors with muddy paws. 

I am thankful for spring. I love the change in seasons, and as the birds have been returning, I am looking forward to tulips blooming and trees budding.

I am thankful for my middle child's birthday this weekend. Twenty-five. Hard to believe. I'm thankful we'll be meeting for a celebration with the whole family and their "significant others."

I'm thankful for the prospect of my son's wedding. A good friend is making my dress, which means it will fit well. I'm thankful for our future daughter-in-law. She's a gem.

I'm thankful for afternoon snoozes with two dogs who snuggle up with me.

I'm thankful for my theology prof. He has taught me so much this year.

I'm thankful for sudden realizations that God has taught me something significant. I love those moments when I realize that I have not been my usual hard-headed self, and that the Spirit of God has wrought change in my heart.

I'm thankful for today's Ministry Leadership Day at my school. Tim Challies is speaking to us, and I hope to pick up a copy of his Visual Theology.

I'm thankful for audioboooks for the ride to school, and watching the sun rise as I drive through the quiet morning as I drive.

Thursday
Sep292016

True confessions about the love of being acknowledged

I will confess that at one time, I imagined grand scenarios revolving around my writing. How many bloggers secretly harbour visions of becoming "known?" We all have pride within ourselves, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who didn't watch other bloggers become published, and think, "Hey, that could be me!" 

I am so glad that never happened to me. God really does know what is good for us.

Every time I sit through a seminary class, I leave thinking how much there is to learn. I sat in an eight hour class with Dr. Haykin last Saturday, and left thinking "I need to read more about Augustine." The thrill of learning makes me realize how much more there is, and that's exciting.

Today, after my theology class, on my hour long drive home, my thoughts ran around what we had discussed in class. As I ate my lunch, and then threw together a quick batch of muffins, my mind continued to clank and clunk with the meaty content from the morning. Every class is like that. I left thinking today how thankful I am that I'm going to have this prof all year: there is a second half to this class next semester. I love being taught by someone knowledgeable, wise, and humble. Let's hear it for the hoary headed. Dr. Fowler celebrates his 70th birthday this year, and he has the wisdom and experience of an older man, but the passion for theology of a younger man.

Had I ever seen my silly little blog take me to places other than its modest circumstances, I would be missing out on all of this learning. And really, deep down, being known had less to do with the notion of speaking truth and more about being acknowledged. And, ultimately, that's not a motive that helps foster learning.

I am thankful that God in his wisdom timed everything the way he did. I'm not a young woman with the hope of having a career. I'm an older woman who just wants to learn. I can look back at my time as a stay-at-home mother and be thankful I was able to devote that kind of time to my kids, including homeschooling them. And now, I can enjoy what God is giving me right now. How thankful I am for these opportunities!

No one of any repute knows who I am. There is great freedom in that. No one is hanging on to every word I say or expecting me to speak about the issue du jour. What is even more exciting is that I get to study in greater detail many of those issues and come to my own conclusions without any pressure. 

It's Thankful Thursday, and I am so thankful for how God kept me from some things so that he could lead me to others.

Thursday
Aug112016

Thankful Thursday

We're in the midst of a heat wave again. Usually, I love mid to late August because the really humid days are typically over. Not so this year. I don't want to be a grumbler, so I'm thankful despite the heat...

... for the weekend plans of a family get together. A brother I have not seen for 11 years is coming with his family, and my parents are here for a few days.

... for air conditioning! I feel for my kids, though. None of them live in air conditioned homes, and when the nights stay warm and muggy, it can feel very oppressive.

... for the promise of fall. The other morning I heard crickets as I was out on an early walk. I love late summer, and I hope September will bring cooler temps.

... for school! My first class is on September 8, and I'm looking forward to it. Also looking forward to the preaching lectures at my school in October. D.A. Carson is the featured speaker, and as a student, I get free registration.

... for good friends. I continue to learn about what that good friends are.

... for fresh coats of paint. My husband and I recently re-painted the main floor bathroom, including getting some new fixtures. You don't have to spend a lot to make something look bright and shiny.

... for the Bible, and the riches which are continuallyl revealed to me.

Thursday
Jul212016

Thankful Thursday

Gratitude never goes out of fashion. Even amid days where every other tweet and blog post is full of indignation and challenge, there is room for gratitude. I don't have the energy for indignation on a regular basis. So, I will be thankful.

I am thankful for our harvest of cherry tomatoes. They are so sweet.

I am thankful that my GERD isn't troublesome at the moment, and I can eat said tomatoes.

I am thankful for the promise of family gatherings, this weekend, and one in August.

I am thankful for the recent engagement of my youngest child. I liked his fiancée the first time I met her, even before they were a couple.

I am thankful for the day I had my first child, my daughter, 27 years ago today.

I am thankful for the reminder that God is good (Ps. 145:8-9). I am thankful for his greatness, that his gratefulness is unsearchable.

I am thankful for my husband being on vacation this week so we can do some painting. He is a much better painter than I, and I am a much better cleaner-upper. We're a good combination.

Gratitude begins with recognizing what we have in Christ, and we have so much!