Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Seasons

I love the Scripture Iris chose for Thankful Thursday. Like Iris, I believe, "...we have to let go of the past and look to the future…So my focus today is on the seasons of my life and how the Lord helped me grow through them…"

I'm so grateful for fresh starts. No matter what's happened in the past, a brand new season is beginning. I can feel the changes coming on.

Birth - the assurance and hope of the birth of God's new mercies. "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." ~ Lamentations 3:22-24

Death - the death of the old sins and hurts of the past. "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55

Planting - planting the seeds for good change in my life. "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you." ~ Hosea 10:12

Uprooting - uprooting the bad from my life, things I may have become desensitized to. "Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." ~ James 1:21

Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to face the new seasons in my life with confidence that You will be with me every step of the way. Thank You for keeping us safe during Gustav, for Ethan's excellent eye report, for Baby No's first year of life on earth and for the life growing in Kristyn's womb. And I praise You most of all for sending Your Son to die for me. Who am I, Lord, that You would do that for me? I am so unworthy, but You died to make me worthy. You died for me because You love me, not wanting me to face punishment for my own sins, but to spend eternity in Heaven with You. I praise You for Your resurrection power, and for the promise that You are coming soon. And Lord, thank You for my blogging friends. They mentor me in ways they don't even realize, and I am so grateful You have turned me toward blogging. I've grown closer to You for it, Lord, and that's right where I want to be.

Ya'll go on over to Sting My Heart and visit Iris' Thankful Thursday meme. You'll be blessed, indeed!


Denise said...

Really wonderful,I love you my friend.

God Chaser said...
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God Chaser said...

The Holy Spirit is still at work with His themes for this week. Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!

Cheryl said...

Laurie Ann,

Great list for TT!

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing. happy TT! God bless.

Debra said...

Beautiful! May you have a thursday filled with all things Jesus!

LAURIE said...

Wow, that was beautiful Laurie Ann. Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us today!
-Blessings, Laurie

Earthmommy said...

Beautiful! I look forward to visiting your blog every day because your posts are always honest, heartfelt and uplifting!

I started a new series today on Proverbs 31. I hope you can stop by!


Melanie said...

Laurie Ann, Such a beautiful prayer and so many blessings in your life! I, too, am so thankful for blogging as you and all my new blogging friends have encouraged me and I have grown closer to the Lord. What a wonderful way of growth He has provided for us!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

LauraLee Shaw said...

Geeeeeeorgeous and beautiful reminder. LOVE that picture.

Beth K. Vogt said...

"...planting the seeds for good change in my life ..." such words of hope.
Thank you,thank you.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hi Laurie,
Loved that you shared your hearts prayer. You are very blessed!
When you have time, would you drop me a line?.... I was wondering if you are going to get the new book for the next bible study?

BP said...

I love the picture you included with the verse! That is perfect!

Have a great day.

Marsha said...

Wonderful post. It truly blessed my heart.

Have a blessed weekend.

Lelia Chealey said...

All such sweet praises Laurie!

Homesteader in Training said...

I love your post. So very true. Each season brings something to learn from.
Blessings my friend.

Peggy said...

Blessings Laurie Ann...what an excellent graphic for this verse!
What excellent words as you broke down Ecclesiastes and gave us a beautiful prayer and lots more verses to digest! Your prayer was an overflowing of your heart and an outpouring of your thankfulness to Our Lord! Thank you & bless you for your warm words of encouragement you left me. I was deeply touched! I'm glad you are safe too and pray that the others can't reach you!
We prayed Gustav for the Lord to make Him a whisper and HE did quiet it down...let's remember to stay in prayer!

Amydeanne said...

Uprooting - uprooting the bad from my life, things I may have become desensitized to. "Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." ~ James 1:21

okay, you've got me thinking on that one!!!!!

Michele W. said...

Beautiful post. You truly blessed my heart.

Charlotte said...

This is one of my favorite scriptures. I love the song too. I've enjoyed my visit here at your lovely blog. Thank you for visiting mine. It's so great to meet new people through these wonderful memes.

mama meji said...

I also love fresh starts. Thanks for sharing messages of thanksgiving today. Happy Thursday!

Jill said...

laurie ann,

your prayer is beautiful! thank you for praying over all of us through your words before our Father!

oh He is so good and all thanks be to Him who gives all perfect gifts to those who call upon His name! AMEN!


Audie said...

Laurie Ann-
Amen, Amen, Amen! I tell you what, this has got to be the Lord repeating the same thing to me! And I don't know that I've ever had Him tell me SO many times in a day! But this is definitely one of my FAVORITE verses, and you beautifully described the seasons!

I wanted to thank you for stopping by and leaving the comments about my blog change and praying for my grandmother. I greatly appreciate it! And I agree with your prayer, I too, am extremely thankful for my blogging friends. New and old, for the Lord uses them constantly and consistently to speak to my heart. Thank you for listening Laurie Ann!

In Christ,

Nancie said...

Hi Laurie Ann, thank God for helping you to grow through the seasons of your life. Thank God for keeping your family safe during Gustav. Beautiful prayers. May God continue to keep you near to Him and bless you abundantly! Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Take care!

A Stone Gatherer said...

What a beautiful list! I too am so grateful for a fresh new beginning! His mercies are new every morning!