I have a dear friend back in California that's been doing something wonderful on her blog almost every Tuesday. She's reserved "GratiTuesday" for vocalizing some of the blessings in her life and her gratitude for them... the name's coming together now, right?! ;o) I think this is such a great idea, as reading her posts have really caused me to look at my life and see the blessings that I've been gifted with. It's downright infectious - and something I'd much rather pass on to all you out there, than so much of the misery and complaining we tend to pass on instead! So, I thought I might take up the torch and continue her tradition here on my blog on a somewhat normal basis. I think in the future I'll focus on one topic individually, but today I feel compelled to give thanks to my God for all of these sweet blessings, so here goes:
  • Collin, my beloved. A man that knows my heart and every expression's meaning. One who loves, protects and provides for me and our children, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. A man created to be my other half!
  • My precious children, Moira and Ian. Wow - words can't begin to express the blessing that they've been to me, and how thankful I am that God's entrusted their precious little lives with us. I only hope God will bless my efforts to Mother them and train them up in Him, knowing that we've dedicated them to Him.
  • My family. God took such care of me from the beginning in choosing my Mother, Father and Siblings, knowing exactly what I'd need to grow up strong in the Lord. And now, He's given me such a precious gift in group of incredible in-laws that I honestly lucked out with!
  • My friends. This is such a rich blessing - icing on the cake, if you will. The Lord has brought friends into my life that have nurtured, encouraged, supported and loved me as I am. He knows our need for fellowship (He created us that way, after all) and He's seen fit to place such incredible people in my life for me to grow with. I'm thankful daily for this.
  • Our home. God has truly shown himself as Jehovah Jireh (meaning "The Lord will Provide") to us over this last year. I hope to never again take for granted His provision and promise to meet our needs. Not only has He met our needs, He's given us a beautiful home that we hardly deserve... God is good!
  • Our church. As we settle into our new state, I've prayed in earnest that God would send us a church home that we may get involved in. That we'd find fellowship there, find support in training up our children, and truly grow in Him and give to His ministry. For the first time in our married lives, since leaving San Antonio, I believe we've found that very church, and my heart is overflowing with joy!
  • Him. His precious gift of Himself to us. Not only in creating us and the world, but choosing to be involved in our lives and to dwell among us, as Sovereign God and Father. The ultimate price was paid for me, and I'm so thankful that He first loved me, and drew me close to Him. If that doesn't shake your world, I don't know what will!

What are you thankful for?


"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!" - Psalm 118:24


Katie said...

I love this Janelle! I hope you don't mind if I do a GratiTuesday on my blog as well! It's so wonderful to see what you are grateful for. You are truly blessed Janelle! Have a great day!


E said...

What a wonderful idea! It's sweet to read, too!!!

The Bottolfini's said...

Oh how fun! People are going to do it! This is wonderful! Janelle - I"m grateful you are my friend. I tell people all the time that in this crazy military life "TRUE" friends are hard to fine. You are truly a FRIEND. A real blessing. I love you.

Now how do you get those cute little flowers on your blog, lady bug? Tell me!

Anonymous said...

What a great way to start the day, Janelle! It took me a minute...or two...to put two and two together on figuring out the post's name. Thanks for sharing your heart and the idea, and I hope you don't mind me copying your idea.

DW Hobbs said...

How wonderful! And what a great time for it as the season of Thanksgiving approaches...thanks for reminding us though that we don't have to reserve our gratitude for just one part of the year but rather we can celebrate it everyday!