Thursday, June 26, 2008

Irene chose a wonderful part of Philippians to use for Thankful Thursday.

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I
still have.” ~ Philippians 1:27-30 (ESV - emphasis Irene's)

I've thought often about my manner of life lately. I want to live a life that is pleasing to God. I want my life to be worthy of Christ's death for me. I know that it is by grace that I am saved and not by my own merit, but that sure doesn't mean I can't "strive" to live a life "worthy". I want to stand firm, and when I am called to do so, count myself worthy to suffer for His sake.
This week I'm thankful for so many things.

I'm thankful for the gift of salvation.

I'm thankful for the Word of God.

I'm thankful that I was raised in a home where I was introduced to Christ at a young age.

I'm thankful for my Uncle Jimmy's optimistic doctor and the protocol she prescribed to treat the cancer.

I'm thankful that there is no sign of cancer in his body right now.

I'm thankful for my sister Jenn's good report on baby Ethan, her first child, due at the end of August.

I'm actually thankful for this cold. It's slowed me down and given me time to reflect and read God's Word.

I'm thankful for all the Bloggers out there and how their posts and meme's encourage me daily.

My heart has been blessed reading the devotions, musings, meme responses, etc. Truly blessed!

I'm thankful for She Speaks. I didn't go but I've read so much about the ones who did and it seems God was right smack in the middle of it. My heart has been blessed by reading about it.

Philippians 3:13-14 - "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Please visit Irene, the host of Thankful Thursday. There you'll find not only her thankful heart, but also a list of the other ladies participating. It's a joy to read their posts. They are so uplifting!


janet said...

thanks for sharing with us the things you are grateful about this week. God blesses those whose hearts are thankful.

genny said...

Thanks for your TT list entry and May God bless you and your family.

Denise said...

You really bless my heart dear.

Tracy said...

It always encourages me to read what others are thankful for. You're right, much to be grateful for. I do pray your cold passes quickly.


Heather said...

What a wonderful thankful list! I am also thankful that I was raised to know Christ from a young age. He saved from getting into a lot of trouble as a teen!

Have a blessed day!

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

That was such a strong and convicting TT; God bless you dear Sister for sharing that.

Kristi said...

Beautifully said. Your TT reminds me of one of Beth Moore's prayers. She thanked God for His willingness to risk His name on us. I love that. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment!


Katy Lin :) said...

thanks for visiting me, and thank you for your list! it's truly an encouragement to hear what everyone is thankful for :)

Cheryl said...

Hey Laurie Ann,

Awesome post! It's my desire also to be like Jesus. I know I'll never be perfect, but I should strive to do my best.

Glad to here your uncle doesn't have any cancer. I get emails from a group called "BT caregivers." I believe Jan's doctor is more thorough. He kept testing until he was sure of what he found. In this BT group I've seen where people will have inconclusive MRIs and they take a "wait and see" approach. You just can't with GBM. It is too aggressive and waiting a very short amount of time and it is out of control. I'm thankful for doctors like this.

Happy TT!

Angie said...

LaurieAnn--your blog is filled with the WORD! that is awesome! I love your thankful post. I do hope you can plan to attend the conference next year! I had the most amazing experiences!

Anonymous said...

wonderful list of thankfuls. may God bless you more for having a grateful heart.

Serendipity said...

This is a lovely thankful list! Thank you for dropping by and the lovely wish. Have a blessed weekend ahead!

Tami Boesiger said...

I'm not sure how you did it, but you've got me humming, "Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above..."

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always good to meet new people.

Brianna said...

Wonderful TT! Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Lysa TerKeurst said...

That just seriously blessed my heart to read that you're thankful for She Speaks and you didn't even get to attend.


I really like your Thankful list and am encouraged to think about my list of things to be thankful for.


Beth K. Vogt said...

What a sweet, joy-filled post.

eph2810 said...

I so agree with you, Laurie Ann. Although we are saved by grace through faith, I still strive that my life is pleasing to God. And when I stumble and fall, I know that Christ will pick me back up to keep going.
It too was blessed by the sisters who were able to go to the conference. I hope that I will make to one of them before I meet our Heavenly Father.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Be blessed today and always.

Anonymous said...

Lovely list; praise God for your uncle!

It is really great to have Godly is a solid foundation even though some of us have taken it for granted sometimes...

Thanks for this post, God bless you.