As I read many of your thankful posts on Facebook, I am reminded of the blessings the Lord has bestowed on me. Instead of doing it daily, I decided to put all of them down in one place. Several reasons…I will forget to post daily…I won’t remember what I have written from day-to-day(I’m getting old…)…I would love to see them all together. 🙂 So here we go…
1 – My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – He died for my sins…His grace saved me knowing I was a sinner!
John3.17 ~ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
2 – The Living Word of God – my Bible – He has given us a road map for this journey we call life. His message is one of salvation, mercy and grace. He is with us always and His precepts are the road to follow.
Psalm 119.1-2 ~ Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
3 – My family – The Lord blessed me with a God-fearing family – my mom, dad, brother and sister all love the Lord and have been an unbelievable source of support and encouragement my whole life. I would not be where I am today without their love and their example! My nieces…they are like my own…I love them with my whole heart. My nephew-in-law…feels like he has been around since the girls…he is such an encouragement to all of us! My grandparents – Dena and Daddy Dale, Grandmother and Granddaddy also helped shape me in my young informative years. We were truly blessed as a family and still are….thank you Lord!
Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
4 – My husband, Mike – God knew what He was doing when he led us together in such a crazy, fun way. There is NO doubt He orchestrated this union. Mike is my best friend. He is my rock. He is my numbers guy! He is the father of my kids. 🙂 He is the HARDEST worker I know. He is my spiritual leader. He is my everything on this earth. My long and sometimes seems forever wait for him was well worth it. We are experiencing life together in a way I could NEVER have predicted. I love the life the Lord has blessed us with…after living in 5 states and 1 other country…Tennessee is where my roots are growing deep. (Though I will forever be an Arkansas Razorback!) Rockytop…you’ll always be…NO! I can’t do it. 🙂
Genesis 2.18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him
Psalm 113.9 He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea tell you. Every one of these knows that the hand of the Lord has done this. The life of every creature and the breath of all people are in God’s hand.” (NCV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
15 – Bible studies – These studies with the ladies at my church keep me centered, grounded and accountable. I don’t know what I would do without HIS word and study that help me go deeper.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16 – Nature – God brought me to Tennessee as my final stop and to establish me in my growing and rooting ground. He knew what He was doing. I worship best in nature…this is one reason I love to run. (I get to experience beautiful surroundings!) Tennessee is a blend of all the beauty I have experienced in all the places I have been fortunate to travel and or live. We have the mountains, the valleys, the water…an occasional beach and sometimes snow. 🙂
17 – Freedom – My freedoms to be able to write and speak freely about the things I love and things I believe!!!
7 in every way. Offer yourself as a role model of good actions. Show integrity, seriousness,8 and a sound message that is above criticism when you teach, so that any opponent will be ashamed because they won’t find anything bad to say about us.
18 – The United States of America – I am blessed to be an American. Our freedoms and our liberties don’t come easy…I thank all of the men and women who have fought and are fighting for our freedoms. We don’t thank you enough! We live in a country founded on Christian principles. We are free to express those and I am so very thankful!
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
19 – College Football!!! Go Razorbacks Go! I love Fall when I can watch football and cheer for my favorite team! 🙂
20 – The ocean – a place of serenity! A place of peace! A place where I see God’s mighty power at work…
Who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth— the Lord is his name.
21 – Dreams – those that have been and are yet to come. God has laid them on my heart…some have come true and some have not…as long as I stay in His will His dreams will work out for His glory!
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
22 – Small towns – a place to call home – Arkadelphia, Arkansas to Soddy Daisy, Tennessee – comfort, shelter, friends, fun!
23 – Travel – God’s people and God’s earth are phenomenal! Being able to travel and experience it has been just as special!! Loved my time gallivanting around and look forward to many more trips to see foreign lands.
24 – Photography – so blessed to be able to capture God’s incredible world on paper for a lasting memory!!
25 – My computer and my phone…I am thankful for the technologies of today. Life is easier…but if I am not careful they can become a distraction! They both help me stay in touch in ways I never dreamed possible long ago.
26.2 – Marathons…The Pacific Shoreline-Huntington Beach(2x), Bermuda, London, Prague, San Diego, Tupelo and BOSTON – God used these marathons and training for each one in ways I could never have imagined. I learned more about myself, about God and about others each time around. God performed miracles in Boston and will do it again in 2013. I am thankful for every step that has helped me see how running for HIM enriches my life in ways beyond belief!!!!
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
27 – FAITH and HOPE – My life verse promises both…I couldn’t live without either!!!
11 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
28 – Chocolate – My vice…but my love. There is nothing like a great piece of chocolate. Yummmm……
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
29 – My running shoes…they take me miles and miles and miles. They allow me to clear my head and run off my chocolate.
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
30 – My life – physical and eternal! God has blessed me with life now and forever!!
John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Lord has blessed me beyond belief. I am not worthy but I am thankful!!!!
I will give HIM all the glory and pray others see His light around them.
Running Blessed and Thankful!