Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I've mentioned already that I've had a tough couple of weeks. With all that and the 1st anniversary of my Aunt's death coming up, I am finding myself in a deep funk. As I think about writing a post, either what I come up with is depressing or it's something that I really don't need to blog about.

Over and over in my life, I find that when I am down Satan tries really hard to keep me there. You see if I am focused on myself and my problems, then I won't be able to see where God is working. So, I have decided to join Greg for Thankful Thursday. I am choosing today to focus on the things in my life that are blessings...directly from my Father.

I am thankful for a house with a basement (not many basements in LR). A safe place to go when a tornado is headed your way. It went around us last night, thank goodness, but we got hammered by HUGE hail....I'll have a picture for my P365 post.

I am thankful for my family...for the love that we have for each other and that my home is a "safe place" to come home to at the end of the day for all of us. I'm also thankful that my boys give the best hugs!!!

I am thankful that God knows me so well!! That when I am down and worn out, He is so good to bring the perfect encouragement that I desperately need. and I am so glad for those that listen to His prompting and are part of that encouragement!

I am thankful for vacations!!! And that we are able to take one for spring break in just a short 1 1/2 weeks! To say that I am ready is an understatement. I will be very thankful then for a deck chair! :) Yep, we are hopping on a last minute cruise out of New Orleans!!

I am thankful for friends and how God has provided me wonderful town, out of town and in bloggy land!! I really am blessed by the friendships in my life. I think that sometimes I take that for granted, but do realize how wonderful you all are!

And lastly, I am thankful for blogging. For a place that I can understand my own thoughts better by writing them down, a place where I can give and receive encouragement, a place where I can laugh and sometimes cry with others and a place where like today, I can refocus my thoughts in a positive direction so that I can be used by God today.

Yep, I am feeling better already!!!


Maria said...

Sara, I will pray for you as you go through this first anniversary of your aunt's passing. I know the pain of missing such a loved one. My heart and prayers go out to you. I pray your memories will comfort you as well as the hope of seeing your aunt again in Heaven. God bless.

StephieAnne said...

Just what I needed to read this morning - perfect!

Jewel said...

This post was such an encouragment to me! I haven't even seen the Thankful Thursday meme, and I might be forced to participate today after what you shared!
I'm thankful that even in the midst of difficult circumstances, I can see God's blessing! PTL you can too!

Kim said...

It does help to "count your blessings", doesn't it? :-)

Lots to be thankful for, even in the midst of sadness and difficulties. There have been lots of times the past couple years I've had to remind myself of that! Praying for you.

Jill said...

I was eager to come and visit after being away for a few days. Your post is heart felt and REAL. It makes me SO MAD when Satan tries to get a foot hold and capitalize on our down moments!! Flick him off your shoulder!

Tori said...

...and I am thankful for you! Sending you hugs sweet friend!

Mocha with Linda said...

Loved your list.

LuAnn said...

Great thing to be thankful for.
And you know I am thankful for you and your kind words of encouragement.

He & Me + 3 said...

I think being Thankful for things when the chips are down is a great way to bring yourself out of any funk and to feel so much better about the life God has blessed you with. You are amazing. HOpe that your thankful list made you feel better. YOu have so many blessings!

Kim Pfanzelt said...

I'm thankful that I had the priviledge of meeting your sweet Aunt more that once; I'm better for it! I'm thankful that we'll see her again~ ♥ U Sarah!


Greg C said...

Thank you Sara for joining in. I had those funks a while back but I shook it off by focusing on the little things that I have and before I knew it God took control and I was all better. Think positive and keep smiling. You can't be down and smile too.

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

I, too, am thankful for blogging, and for those very same reasons. It helps me process my world.

I am feeling the same funk, as we come up on the one-year mark of the passing of my mother-in-law. I actually think I got in this funk THEN and have maybe never come out of it. :(

Good for you that you have a basement!! You are right. It is a very rare thing here in LR.

H-Mama said...

What a great list, Sara. Focusing on the positive does help, doesn't it? I've had to do that a lot lately. ;) (((hugs)))