Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thankful Thursday

This week I give thanks with a grateful heart for...

Life! Sometimes it goes so fast and it passes by, but sometimes I just enjoy reveling in the thought of it all. The way the Lord gives life and takes away makes me stand in awe of Him. I don't like it when He takes life away - I have seen many friends lose children from their womb and watched my grandparents pass away recently - but after it's all said and done, I revel in Him. I glorify Him and I praise Him for life and breath. He has a purpose and plan for all on this earth and even through the times of storms, He has a purpose. All for the glory of Him!

Baseball! Now, I love me some baseball folks...if you didn't know that, then you don't know who I am! Thanks to my grandfather I love the game. I grew up watching it and knowing it and then doing the stats for it in high school. It was the reason Jeremy asked me on our first date - Georgia Tech was in the playoffs - and it's the reason I got to see my family this past weekend. My youngest cousin is in town playing ball with a travel team. He is here this week too and although we haven't made it to a weekly game, because of the time he plays, it's nice knowing he is here and so is my aunt and uncle. I hope to see them all again this weekend. Sidenote: Boo LOOOOVVVEESSS his NOLAN and his NENE. In fact, he calls them my Nolan and my Nene. It's hilarious and my aunt just smiles oodles when she hears him say it.

Anniversary! On the 28th, Jeremy and I will celebrate 6 years of marriage. If you were there on that day, you would know that I enjoyed every piece of that special day, even down to the rain, that the Lord held off till we got in the limo. I loved my dress, I loved our friends and family all gathering there, the cake was great, and oh my heavens, that precious man standing at the altar waiting for me, well, he's just the greatest. I could go on and on, but I will do that next Thursday, if I have time. We have registered Boo into Camp Greer (i.e. Nana and Papa's house) on Wednesday night and we'll be back to get him on Saturday. Waaahoo...

Music and Scripture! I watched my husband and my son play guitar tonight on our bed. It was the sweetest moments a momma can have and I just love that my son gets music. Jeremy has a guitar, but doesn't play and we have considered selling it so often, but seeing our son sing out loud some of his best Dave Crowder and Matt Redman would make anyone say "Sign that boy up for lessons!" I know he is three, but he is learning a great deal about music and worshipping the Lord. He has learned 8 scriptures that he recites before bed and he is now recognizing that a lot of the songs we sing have the verses in them. It's all starting to make sense. Thank you Lord for you - your Word and the way you use people to write songs to give you glory.

Change! Now, what kind of blog would this be with the title "Changed by His Love" if I didn't like change? I have learned over the years to embrace change, even change that doesn't directly affect me negative or positively. Embracing and adapting are words I turn to frequently when changes are occuring.

Holy Spirit! I saw an active way that the Lord brought Jeremy and I to some thoughts about things this past week. It was clear that our own spirit was working through each of us and reminding us to think about things and then we started talking and we were on the same page about a certain topic. It was the neatest experience. It wasn't something big or life changing, but an outer circumstance taking place around us and had it gone much further without us questioning, talking and sharing, it could have gotten real bad, real fast.

There are so many more things that I am thinking about on a daily basis that I am thankful for - freedom, worship, rest, doctors, and so much more. I pray you are finding an place of thankfulness in your life. For more Thankful Thursdays, visit Laurel at Laurel Wreath - our guest host this week.

Soaking Him up!

Karen

28 comments:

devildogwife said...

Your energy and gratefulness is so refreshing!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful list. May God bless you this week.

Laurel Wreath said...

Happy Early Anniversary!!! The music thing does sound really sweet, that would melt me to =)

Have a great Thursday!!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

Happy (early) Anniversary! :)

You will have so much fun watching Boo play baseball! It's so cute, especially the first few years when the kids have no idea where to run. One little boy hit the ball off the tee and ran right into the dugout. LOL.

Blessings to you!

Susanne said...

Happy anniverary!! I loved reading your thankful thoughts!! I too am blessed by children who sing His praise!! Isn't that just the coolest!?!?

Denise said...

I really enjoyed your thankful list, bless you sweet one.

Hopeful Spirit said...

Wonderful list!!

maiylah's snippets said...

a touching list ...
thank you so much for sharing. :)

Advance Happy Anniversary!
Blessings ...

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Dear Karen,

Happy Anniversary early. I love music and scripture as well . I like your list it really blessed me.

In his endless love,

Angel ():)

Alycia said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I loved reading about your wedding day ~ what a sweet reflection. I also have children who sing praises to the Lord and I agree, it is such a blessing :) Have a wonderful TT!

Lynn said...

Karen;

Just a beautiful and heart filled post. Your memories and sweet and I could imagine your husband and son playing together. Great.

Kim said...

Soak Him up girl, soak Him up. Out of the overflow of Him we can do anything. Thank you for sharing your joy and love this week.

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary! I love how you reflect on your wedding day like it was yesterday! Keep it fresh in your heart! Your little guy has a heart of worship! That's awesome. All of my grown kids are involved in worship at their churches, not only because of God's call on their life but also because we gave them opportunity to worship and learn instruments at home. Thanks for sharing dear one. Blessings on your day.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

I'm sorry for the losses that you suffered, but I'm glad that you can find comfort in the Lord. Happy early anniversary!! Have a blessed week :)

Crystal said...

What a great list of thankfuls...it's so hard to stop when you start being thankful isn't it? Thanks for stopping by my blog to encourage me!
Blessings

Shelly said...

Those are precious things to be thankful for!

And I do love me some baseball too!!!

The Preacher's Wife said...

I love how you are recognizing your son's gifts early and encouraging him in them....this whole post blessed me to no end!

Lisa

Blessed Assurances said...

Beautiful list, I too do not usually like change but God is showing me that change can often be good if we allow Him to transform us. Have a happy early anniversary! Oh, and sign that boy up for lessons, never too early to start guitar or piano. People say this is the best time actually!

Angie said...

Amen!!! I am thankful for His purpose and I ditto your "All for the glory of Him!"
Happy Anniversary too! May the Lord continue to bless your heart and life as one!
(I hope you don't mind that I added your blog to my page...I love reading from here, although I don't have time everyday to make comments)
Bless you,
Angie

ellen b said...

I too am always amazed and thankful when the Holy Spirit works congruently in many places and hearts at the same time. It blows my socks off every time I hear about it. blessings...

Sharon said...

Sounds like the Holy Spirit is really working in your life.
Enjoy your time away with your man.

Debbie said...

Early congratulations on your anniversary!

Loved your post! What a great list. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Blessings to you!

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog!! Yes mentors are an important part of a young woman's life. This is my second time at this. First in MOPS for 5 years and now here we go again!! Come back again. I love your site. Sandy
Oh congrats on your winning too...

Gretchen said...

Congrats on the Mandisa book, and have a wonderful anniversary. THanks for stopping by, too. :)

Tami Boesiger said...

You LIKE change?! You are a better woman than I. I enjoyed reading your list. Thanks.

Tarrah said...

What a wonderful list, Happy anniversary also.

Have a beautiful weekend!

SharonB said...

Thanks for stopping by. What a beautiful list. Blessings..

Lori B said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I always like to meet new people. Feel free to come back anytime.

I love your blog title and header.

I love your thankful list. Those are all great things to be thankful for.
Happy Anniversary.
I also love music and scripture.
We love baseball here too.
Derek is playing baseball this summer.
We are getting ready to go to a Twins games in a couple weeks.

Annabelle said...

What a wonderful Post! It's great to see what everyone is so Thankful for! Happy early Anniversary! My husband and I will celebrate our 13th this coming Monday!