Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thankful Thursday

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful." Colossians 3:15

I am thankful with a grateful heart this week for...

Peace. When a loved one passes away unexpectedly, I long for God's peace. Only it can truly bring comfort and healing to such a weird experience. He has certainly done that for me and my family and for that, well, there just aren't any words. We rejoice knowing my grandmother is truly in His hands.

Preschool. I have been busy working on my 2 year old preschool room and have been having the time of my life with my assistant teacher! Boo has been having a good time too, enjoying playing with some other kids. I still have so much to learn and do, but having a level lead meeting today helped tremendously. I can't wait for school to start!! :)

Family. I just have to brag...my cousin, Nolan, made the USA Jr. Olympic Baseball Team and is in another country right now playing baseball for the good ole' USA. Folks, there just isn't a better jersey to wear. I am just so excited for that kid. Remember Fontana, just stamp it on your brain. The kid has my grandfather's genes! Also, my dad was in town this past weekend and we enjoyed a Braves game and luncheon with some of my aunts and uncles too...it was nice.

Birthdays! We celebrated Jeremy's on Sunday, and mine is Friday! WAAHOO!

God's Perfect Plan. You know what I mean...there just isn't anything better than God's perfect plan. Even when we found out that my grandmother passed away on Monday morning, it was never not in God's perfect plan. I kept thinking that this is the last thing I needed this week. I had a meeting to get to at the preschool, I was already starting to not feel good with a head cold...it just was a blow to my week. Life is a constant state of divine moments though, so I didn't want the minute to slip by without acknowledging that my life is in Christ...I never have to venture far or step off the cliff without Him. He's always there. He always has been. His eyes never left the situation or circumstance and nothing EVER surprises Him. Praise the Lord.

Many blessings to you all!

--Karen

25 comments:

Terri @ In His Hands said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. My prayers are with you and your family.

That's so neat about your cousin--wow!

Yay for Jeremy!

Happy early Birthday! I hope to get on the computer this Friday but it probably won't be until late, late. I'll be thinking of you all day though!

ellen b said...

Amen and Amen to all your thankfulness. We've had a couple funerals this last week. Bittersweet when they are believers...May God's peace and comfor surround you and yours.
An early very Happy B-day to you.

Alycia said...

Hi Karen! What a wonderful list! I always enjoy reading your posts~ the Lord just shines right through :) I am so happy for you and that school will soon begin. I am also so happy for your nephew ~ what a great experience!! Blessings to you and your family!

Lynn said...

the perfect plan... Awesome post.

maiylah's snippets said...

I am so sorry about your grandma passing ... my FIL passed away just recently, too ... but like you said, "it was never not in God's perfect plan". I always take consolation from that thought.

Blessings to you and your family, too!
get well soon! :)

Amy said...

I'm so sorry about your grandmother passing away but happy that she's in heaven with her heavenly Father :-)

Kelly (Kellyque777) Three Hearts For Home said...

Hello Karen,
My heartfelt condolences about your Grandmother's passing. I lost my Nanna this year as well. I am believeing they are both in heaven with the Lord, enjoying their new heavenly bodies :-)May the Lord comfort you and your family during this time.

((HUGS)) and Happy TT,
<>< Kelly

eph2810 said...

Again, Karen, I am so sorry for your loss...What came to mind was Ecclesiastes: "A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance"...and sometimes it even happens in one day.
I am so thrilled you are having a great time preparing for your new job.
Awesome that you were able to spend time with your family :)

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

Blessings to you and yours and Happy Birthday :)

Denise said...

Sorry for the loss of your dear grandmother, but she is flying with the angels now. Have a beautiful birthday, bless you.

Liza's Eyeview said...

Sorry for your loss - thankful that she knows the Lord.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful thankful list.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Sorry for your loss, but I am glad you feel that peace that we are so thankful to be given in certain circumstances.

Mary said...

I'm sorry about your grandmother. I'm so thankful that God gives us His peace that passes all understanding.
He is so faithful. Happy birthday to you and Jeremy too! Blessings on your day.

Annabelle said...

*hugs* What a great post! God's Perfect Plan...thanks for reminding me to always remember God's Perfect Plan!
Happy Early Birthday...I'm sure I'll be back tomorrow, but just in case, I wanted to wish you a Happy birthday today! :)

Robin said...

Such a great post! It IS all in God's plan - what a comforting thought!

tonsofsons said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. May you feel peace knowing God has it all planned out. (:

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Nise' said...

Sorry to read about the loss of your grandmother. How awesome for your cousin Nolan (what a great bb name!).

Angie said...

Yeah Nolan!!!! I am thankful that the Lord has blanketed you with His peace in this painful time...as only He can.
What an uplifting post all the way!
Happy Birthday for tomorrow in case I am prevented from getting online! I hope your day is filled with (cake most importantly) all the wonderful blessings from our Father!!!

Kathleen Marie said...

I am praying for you for your lost. That must be to hard.

We are so blessed with God's perfect peace.

I love the name of your blog...How true. We are constantly being changed.

Hugs!

Susanne said...

So sorry to hear about your grandmother. Your thankful list is always such a blessing to me, and God's grace shines right through each and every post. Thanks for shining your light so brightly. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Laurel Wreath said...

ahh you mean to tell me the birthday month is almost over?? Hope you have something exciting planned!! And congrats on your cousin, that is VERY exciting.

Praying you through your loss.

Hopeful Spirit said...

What a wonderful attitude you have. Of course nothing comes your way that you can't handle. But it does seem overwhelming at times. My condolences on the loss of your grandmother -- the void cannot be filled by anyone else.

My thankful post is at:
http://hopefulspirit.com/2007/08/23/thankful-thursday-an-honor-and-blessing/

Stop by!

amy said...

Im a friend of Mandys and to stop by again. Praying for you!

Michele said...

You have such a good attitude. Keep it up.

Terri @ In His Hands said...

How was your birthday?!

Michael said...

I love what you said in the end there about being in Christ. That is so crucial! Knowing that we're in Christ and that He loves us more than EVER! He is a stable foundation. Everything that is happening, good or bad, will eventually be worked out for the greater good. He is so GOOD.