Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thankful Thursdays #3

I've mentioned before, at the begining of the year I made a goal to become a more thankful person. {hence, 'Thankful Thursdays'.}  The last several months I feel I've made great strides. We have faced some rough times and hard situations, but yet I find myself still praising Him... "in this storm." Isn't that what it's all about? Praising God in all of life's circumstances?! Yes!  A big part too, is me maturing as a person, as a Christian.  What Christ did for me {and continually does} has become so evident, real, and personal to me in the last year.  The fact that I am nothing without him. .... I am forever grateful for his love and acceptance of me.

Today I am especially thankful for...

   Heaven.  This world is a dark, evil place. We all witnessed that this past week, as we remembered the life of a precious little girl, Caylee Anthony.  The only thing that gives me peace about the situtation/ murder /trial, is the fact that I know Caylee is now perfect.  She is with Jesus.... happy and pain-free.  We don't know why these things happen in life, but I hope and pray that someone, somewhere will be touched by Caylee's heart-breaking story [somehow] and will start searching, seeking Christ.

Also, I wanted to share about a book my Mama and Aunt recomended to me, "Heaven is for real" by Todd Burpo.  You may have heard of it already or read it, it's a hot topic.  I borrowed the book, and read through the thing in two days. I could not put it down... seriously.  I encourage each of you to read it!  I have a whole new perspective of death and heaven.

 *[If you are a Mom who has experienced the loss of a child: this book is a MUST! You will find such healing and peace through this book.]

 Freedom. This past Monday, our nation celebrated Independance Day. A time to remember and celebrate.   I am so grateful for those who made, and make it possible for us to live comfortably, Worship freely, make our own decisions, and the list goes on.    I like what Sher Zieve says... "It is Independence Day — an independence that was and is drenched in the blood of our citizens who were and are willing to die for freedom from tyranny and to maintain liberty. Those fighting to preserve the freedom and sovereignty of the United States of America have courageously chosen their sacrifices — so that the rest of us can live and sleep in the security of knowing that we will wake up to new days filled with new promises for the fulfillment of our lives. Those troops fighting to keep wars away from the USA are well aware of their importance to the survival of our country. I applaud, revere and pray for their courage and their lives."

As the song says "God bless America," and yes, so be it. But also, may America bless God! 

 Garden. On a lighter note, I am thankful for a garden that supplies our little family with fresh, organic veggies.  Each summer, I am plesantly suprised by my lower grocery bills, what a blessing!  It's amazing how much you save by growing your own produce. And my favorite part.... the canned/ frozen goodness you enjoy all year long!

What are you thankful for today?

'Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.'  - Psalms 21:6


  1. Thanks for posting this Amy! What a great series you are starting with Thankful Thursdays :) I am excited to follow along. You are an encouragement!

    I am thankful for my two healthy, beautiful children, for my family...I'm really thankful for SO much!

  2. I am thankful for the trials God has allowed in my life. Even though they were very hard to go through, it has made me stronger and God has shown me how much I need to trust Him and understand that He has the His best in mind for me!! Thanks for posting this Amy! May the Lord continue to guide you each and every day!

  3. I read that book a few months ago and LOVED it! So amazing!

  4. What a wonderful series to have. Just popped over from Reasons to Skip the Housework. I'm your latest follower. Great post! I know of Todd Burpo through a mutual friend and I know this story to be an absolutely honest account of his son's experience. They were sharing the story with friends looooong before a book came about. It is really amazing and miraculous.