Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Linking up with Dayle from Simple Pleasures..

"There's a calm to life lived in gratitude...a quiet joy." Robert Blum

There's something so neat about taking time to focus on the good...the simple pleasures....all those things that make me grateful...even on days when things aren't going exactly the way I want or need. This week I'm grateful for;

-spending time with my teen....talking and laughing about everything and anything. I love those times. Listening to her heart speak makes mine sing. 
-a Jewish relative who read my story....and wants to help me speak in synagogues. Took me totally by surprise.
- both the American and Canadian groundhogs agree...early spring. Yeahhhhh
-on frigid cold evenings....cuddling with my family on the couch and watching Nemo for the gazillionth time. 
-But the the best...knowing He's there...in my corner even when I'm afraid. I'm still afraid to stand up...be seen...and talk....I'm determined to push past this fear....b/c I owe Him. I used to agonize over not being able to do something....I was really hard on myself.  Now I tell myself the same thing I tell my kids - keep trying your best....There's always another chance to get it right.....and another after that.

22 comments:

Denise said...

Praise God for second chances, and third, and so on. I love you.

Angel said...

Amen! I too am thankful for "another chance to get it right". God bless you!

Lady_Amanda said...

Hi Sarah,

That is a great list to be thankful for. I like what you said, "There is always another chance to get it right and another and another after that." That is something I am totally learning because this is the third time I moved out of my parents home and I really am starting to believe that the third time is the charm. The Lord has really blessed me with a lot of good things and supports this time around! So yep, I had to take a THREE times to get it right!

Blessings with Hugs,
Amanda

Kay K said...

I love the simple things GOD sends us great blessings in the form of simple things we seem to overlook sometimes ..
So thankful that GOD allows us many chances

Barb said...

Hi Sarah,I love what you said about second chances.My kids are all grown up with their own families,and I miss the 'snuggle up watching a favourite movie'moments..Enjoy
God Bless
BBarb from Australia

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

We have so much to be thankful for, but I love the thought of second and third chances. So thankful that God doesn't tire of us.

Thanks for sharing your heart.
Hugs,
Cindy

Debbie said...

"There's always another chance to get it right"

I loved that, Sarah. I am so glad that it's true since I seem to be on perpetual mess up mode lately. Really...

I love Nemo. Worth a thousand views.

And congrats on the door opening to speak in Synogogues. That's awesome!

Debbie said...

And I wondered what those critters were. Groundhogs! Duh!

withpenandcamera said...

Love this, Sarah. I too am hoping for an early spring.

Blessings,
Joan

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

Your focusing on good made me smile. :) That's what is nicest about your blog.

Carol said...

Sarah,
Yes, He is always there, always faithful, always ready to help us! Hallelujah!

Jen said...

Always a chance to get it right -- that is encouraging to me.

Amrita said...

I have to push past past my fears too Sarah. May th e Lord enable us all.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I have to push myself each day. I think you should push yourself to speak in synagogue.
I didn't know there were two ground hogs!!

Ginny said...

You are probably much harder on yourself than God is on you!! We love finding Nemo!! Dory is my hero!!

Simply Be... said...

So good, Sarah! God is always willing to give us more chances because He believes in us more than we believe in ourselves!
His kindness is astonishing isn't it?!
I think it's awesome that you have been invited to speak to jewish brethren! God is using you :)
bless you my friend..Trish

Nana Jul said...

Spring...I cannot wait for Spring! And I think having both the Canadian and American groundhog agreeing is like confirmation! :) God is truly amazing to set you up to speak in the synagogues! How Awesome is that?! He will also give you the courage and boldness to go through with it..O what a difference He makes in our lives! What a great thankful list!
Love
Julie

Barb said...

Thank God for second (third, fourth etc) chances.Giving and Getting second chances,Special......
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Canadagirl said...

Wow, so many things to be thankful for. *grin*

Blessings in Him<><
-Mary

Dayle said...

Talking with your daughter ... my favorite.

Jennie said...

I am so tickled by your conversations with your teenager! What a blessing, indeed. And I, too, am rejoicing about those groundhogs! Just so long as summer comes a little later...not quite ready for that. :) Have a wonderful day!

Annesphamily said...

What a thankful woman you are. Blessings are plentiful in your home. Anne