Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I think the thirtieth of December is a good day to be
thankful. I mean every day is a good day. My chicks
all made it back to the nest. The weight on my chest,
is starting to leave. The sun is shining and we have a
break in the weather of a couple of day.

Today all of my kids will be here for Christmas part 2
I am thankful that my house will be full and there will be laughter
and stories and jokes and babies making everyone laugh.

Last night my grand daughter was so excited to see Sasha (the dog)
she kept petting her and laying on her and Sasha had jumped up on the couch
and the baby was sitting beside me and Sasha had her head in the baby's
lap and the dog was on her back with a smile on her face she was so excited
they were home.

I am thankful for the tiny window God gave so that they could get home and
not be delayed. Today, Denver is expecting 20 inches of snow.

As we get ready to say good bye to another year, I am reminded by the simple
truths that When your plans seem to slip out of your hands, remember that your time never
slips out of His.
(Discipline: The Glad Surrender.")

One of the things I have been so thankful for is that "If anyone is in Christ, he is a
new Creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thou are the Lord who slept upon the pillow,
Thou are the Lord who soothed the furious sea,
What matter beating wind and tossing billow
if only we are in the boat with thee!

Hold us in the quiet through the age-long minute
While Thou are silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while Though, dear Lord, art in it?
Can the heart faint that waiteth on thy will?
(Amy Carmichael, Toward Jerusalem)

More times than not in 2010 I got out of the boat. More
times than I can count, I sank, only to have the Lord pull me out.
As I got in bed last night, I was exhausted because all day, I had
spent it in yelling at the waves and trying to be God. So as I
tried to relax, I realized I had spent the whole entire day in sin.
I did not trust God. Doubting God is sin, because I am saying to Him
that I am smarter and I know best. So today, I can tell because of
the exhaustion that lurks behind my eyes.

So on this beautiful morning, I am reminded once again, who is God and it
isn't me. I am so thankful He never gives me what I deserve. So I close with
this thought. " God came down and lived in this same world as a man. He
showed us how to live in this world, subject to its vicissitudes and necessities,
that we might be changed---not into a angel, or a storybook princess, now wafted
into another world, but changed into saints in this world. The secret is Christ
in me, not me in a different set of circumstances."

(Keep a Quiet Heart p.20)

So I am so thankful today for life that is given, Oh Lord help me to remain
content in the place that I am.



Miss Debbie said...

Powerful post, Kim! A great reminder to us all that "our time never slips out of His hands" and that "it is Christ in me (that makes me content) not a different set of circumstances". Hope your your heart is feeling light now and that you enjoy your family time!

TexWisGirl said...

You were not doubting God as so much worried for your children and grandchildren. That's a human condition, for sure. And full of love in your fretting. :)

Debbie said...

Praise God your girl and her little family are all home safe and you can celebrate together today with happy hearts and spirits! Don't ya just love that the Lord KNOWS our "mama" hearts and understands where they can take us sometimes?? How I join you in prayer that I might be content in WHATEVER circumstance or situation I might find myself in 2011, KNOWING that He loves me and has ONLY my best in mind. Remembering that He REALLY does work ALL things together for our good since we belong to Him. ENJOY your celebration with your family today. HUGS, Debbie

Dawn said...

Wonderful (reminder) post Kim.
Your Thankfulness shines through....Being content is often tricky, but you have found contentedness with eyes wide open.
Hope you have a terrific time with your family!
(I really like that fence shot!)

Yolanda said...

Wow wondrful post. I just wanted to thank you for the joy you bring to my lfie. I hope the new year is your best one yet. Hugs to you this day and stay safe and warm.

Kim said...

So nice you got to celebrate a 2nd family Christmas. I can just picture you all snuggled in with children, grandchildren, and pets. Of course with a massive smile. Your posts always make me smile. said...

So glad they made answer to prayer.
There isn't much I can say about this post because it was so well said and written...which is by far one of your many gifts. It touched my heart. Blessings as you celebrate the Lord's birth again with loved wonderful!!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...


Jacque. said...

Kim...I am so happy that I come to visit you (your blog). I love the way you think...and write. Many Blessings to you in the coming New Year!

Sue said...

Hi KIm,I am so glad your family has made it safely to your home, and am so glad that you all will be having this celebration together tonight.. As a mother I too know about the concerns of our children traveling especially in bad weather.I always breath a sigh of relief and offer a prayer of thanksgiving when they come in to visit and when they are safely back home in their own nest.
I was so blessed by how you wrote about your year. I was thinking about you today and how proud I was that you have been so faithful in your daily posting. I have wanted to do this but could not seem to be faithful.
You along with a few other ladies inspire me with your gift of writing. I am so looking forward to walking this new journey with you in the new year.. It has been such a joy and pleasure for me.

. I have not been on line for a few weeks as our daughter and g-daughters came in for Christmas, and we do not know when we will see them again.. We lay everything down that can be when they come.

Praying continued blessings for you dear Kim and your family this new year, Thank you for your friendship.
Much love,

Julia said...

Kim, you always seem so hard on yourself and you are such a sweet and thoughtful person. I can't imagine you living in mortal sin. Imperfections, maybe, but if you are such a sinner as you claim to be, then there's no high place in heaven for me.

I find you to be a very discerning and loving person and Jesus would never leave your side, not even when you are in desolation.

You are always looking to do God will in a human world and it's not an easy task, now a day. Just give yourself some time alone with Jesus and talk to him.He is always by your side day and night and he understand what it is to go through some rough emotional time.

A great bear hug to you Kim. We can only love God this much- but God can love us this much------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------. You get the message. God is so forgiving like a mother, God loves unconditionally. Gee, that's my preaching for tonight. Julia