Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thankful Thursday-----because we can!

“More blessed are those who have not seen and have laid their head on the empty chair in trust and in faith.” Brennan Manning

Above are a few of the things that I am thankful for on this beautiful sunny day.

Today is a day that we as a group of women who love and are loved by THE GREAT I AM --actually stop and share with others the thankfulness that is lingering in our hearts. I love that!

Today I want to proclaim that.......... I LOVE MY GOD.
No matter what is going on around me--I will not stop loving the ONE who first loved me.
He is the one who was, and is, and will always BE.
That screams security for me.
When the storm clouds pass overhead and for a brief moment and block my view of the SON--I will still follow the still quiet voice in my Spirit that bids me to "take up my cross and follow Him".
I have been asking some big things of God.
I am thankful that He has a plan and my prayers are not going into never never land. They are working together with Him to open the heavens and release His glory.
Don't you just love the quote above by Brennan Manning?
I happened on it this morning when I was visited by a new friend.
I will lay my head on the chair---and rejoice and be thankful for the faith that fills my heart.

We also pulled in the first of our watermelon crop last night.
I am thankful this year that God gave the deer other things to eat other than the blooms on our watermelon plants. Keith's guys pulled up to VBS last night and dropped off a load of watermelons so people could take home a free one for their frig. So-- I am also thankful for God allowing others to be blessed by our crop.

And last--I am gladI got to talk to Holly of CrownLaidDown yesterday. Next month we will get to meet while she is on vacation. How cool is our God. If you haven't had a chance, you should stop by her blog--she is a lifter of hearts.
And for more sharing their thankful hearts...... stop by and see Iris at Sting My Heart .

Isn't it great that we can freely proclaim the goodness of our God on Thursdays?
And everyday!


Nise' said...

I thank God along with you that He has a plan, that He loves us and we can ask BIG things of him and then lay our heads on the empty chair in trust and faith!! How wonderful that you are going to meet "face to face" Holly! I will try not to get green! LOL

Diane said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! It IS Good! I love Thankful Thursday's!


Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

Yummy watermelon!! :) All great reasons to be thankful!



Bev Brandon said...

Sharon, my new friend, thanks for your sweet post on my blog...your obvious HUMBLE heart for Him and others...your faith speaks clearly...Isaiah 58 in The Message reminds me of you TODAY. If you remember that chapter was talking about being so busy at worship, and loving studying all about Me,- VERSE 2 appearing to be a nation of right-living people— law-abiding, God-honoring people who are asking God what is the right thing to do? They love having God on their side. VERSE 3 But they won't humble themselves as you have done for they were out for their own profit of looking good VERSE 6...God says, I am after:
you breaking the chains of injustice,
you freeing the oppressed,
you sharing your food with the hungry,
you inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
you being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness Sharon will pave your way. VERSE 8
The God of glory is all over you Sharon and will secure your passage. So, when you prayed today, God called out for help and He is saying to you IN VERSE 12 Sharon:
'Here I AM.'
You are known as the one who:

a thousand Thursday thanks to
our Sovereign Savior
for a heart that honors Him
walking alongside
those He loves

Mary said...

Praise God He is our security! Our love for Him grows moment to moment cause He's always with us, always wooing us closer and closer to Him. Thanks for sharing dear girl. May God bless you richly for sharing the watermelon crop! Yum! Blessings on your day.

sassiekiwi said...

Giving thanks in all circumstances ...

I like that you are looking for things to be thankful for. Its all a choice really isn't it. What do we choose to see? What do we choose to focus on?

Good blog ... will be returning for another look.


Halfmoon Girl said...

As has come to be the habit, your blog lifts me up when I come here. Not that I am down, but it is fabulous to have these reminders from Christian sisters.

Denise said...

I love your thankful heart, bless you.

Deana (Dee) said...

I want to just Amen all you were thankful for!

You commennted on my page I was the one thankful to meet my friend Kim visiting in Seattle, remember?
I just wanted to share that I met Kim over 10 years ago on the internet, we have been email pals ever since. Your visit with your friend will be just wonderful!

Betty Jane said...

Great list - I was moved by knowing and resting in the True security of Him. Blessings

Hopeful Spirit said...

That's a great quote. I have never heard it before. Wonderful post. . . you inspired me!

sassiekiwi said...

Hi Sharon

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a thought! Really encouraging to know I am not shouting in the wind! :)

I liked your post today. What shone through was that you are focusing ... thats what its all about really ... what we choose to focus on. You have chosen wisely.

Go girl!

Dawn said...

I came over today from Diane's prodigal parent support page! She and I met a year ago as my son was coming home from Teen Challenge after 17 months - a changed man. Our story is on the sidebar of my blog, if you would be interested in reading it - he wrote his piece, then I answered with my point of view. It could encourage you. Blessings!

Nicki said...

Oh I'm SO jealous that you are going to meet Mrs.Holly!!! How fun!!! =) Praying for you today!!

CrownLaidDown said...

Now, I am Thankful for YOU, too, Sharon! I am very excited to get to hug your neck. God is so very very, very good!

I wish we could ALL get together on our back porch and feel the cool Colorado breeze and watch the most beautiful sunset I saw two nights ago (camera-less! Ahhh!)that was the very popular shade of orange and outlined with dark pink, but better, ya know? and drink some sweet tea or diet coke or Dr. Pepper or even the green tea with berries...and we could chat until the moon rose.
Now that would be a taste of Heaven there!
Love ya Sister!

eph2810 said...

I love watermelons :) - I am so glad that your crop is good this year.

Sometimes it is hard to see the Son through our storm clouds, we just have to have that faith and listen to His voice to see us through the storms of life. I have had my share and I am sure that I will have more until I pass the Pearly Gates of Heaven.

Thank you so much for sharing your thankfulness with us this week.

Be blessed today and always.