Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Well, today is going to be my last day to post before we move.... I know I won't have time to touch the computer tomorrow or Saturday..... so this is my last post until we get settled at Eric's parent's house. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will post again as soon as I am able!

1Th 5:18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

As I thought to join in on this Thankful Thursday (my first) I sat thinking of all I could write.... the little things, the everyday things, my children, my husband, but I kept coming back to this verse.... and my heart was pricked and tears began to flow.... see, as many of you know, we have been having a difficult time these last few months..... Eric lost his job, and now has been without work for the past 6 months.... and this is the thing God keeps showing me to be thankful for. How, you may ask, can you be thankful for something like that.... easy..... it is commanded. My eyes are more open today to this verse (and others like it) so much more clearly than ever before. Oh, its easy to say it when you are not the one going through troubles.... it is another thing entirely when you are the one in the valley. I can name so many things I am thankful about during this time ....

First, I am thankful that God provided a way that Eric could be home to enjoy the first months of our new baby Jed's life.... seeing the pure joy on Eric's face as he plays, cuddles and just being a dad over again has been priceless.

Second, we have been so blessed by family and friends. You really can tell who is pulling for you in this life when you have gotten into a trial... we have had so many prayers, thoughts and well wishes sent our way (as well as other blessings too) that we have been overwhelmed by LOVE.

Third, it has been a great teaching tool for the children. Although they have never asked for much, they have learned in these last few months that happiness really does not mean having lots of things or money to do stuff with..... we have spent more time together as a family doing nothing more than throwing a frisbee or ball and it has brought us so much closer together as a family.

I could name so many more things I can honestly say I am thankful for even while in the midst of this valley..... God knows what we need in life...... and He allows what we need even if we don't really fully understand why we have to go through something...... God is so very good!


Denise said...

Welcome to thankful thursday, bless you dear one.

kissesfromheaven said...

Thanks for sharing and welcome to Thankful Thursday. I love watching daddies with their babies. There is nothing better than being together as a family...and not needing lots of "things" to make that happen. Blessings on your weekend and your move.

Heart of Wisdom said...

God bless you! God is with us in all our trails and how wonderful you are using this as a teaching tool. This is the teaching that will be with your children for life--the most important type lesson.


Deena said...

Amen...sometimes, less is more...what a beautiful heart you have!

eph2810 said...

Welcome to the Thankful Thursday "bunch"...Thank you so much for sharing from your heart :). Although I love all Thankful posts, I think this is the most beautiful one yet for this week.
God has used your circumstances to bring your family together. I know this is not easy for you, but when you look back some day, you know that it truly blessed you and your family.

Thanks again for sharing from your heart.

I pray that your move will go well.

Be blessed today and always.

Nise' said...

Awesome thankfulness to share today! Glad you joined us and hope to see you again when you are settled after your move.

Lyndy said...

Great list thanks for sharing. I know that these seasons can be hard but I have found, as it appears you have...that it is these times we grow closer to our Father God and see the greatest blessings.

Praying for you as you move.

Denita said...

Oh Traci....there's not really anything for me to say because you already know my heart....the last few months have been such a blessing and a balm....I love you my dear.