Thankful Thursday


Yesterday, I participated in my first Word-Filled Wednesday. It's a very wonderful experience~ I am greatly encouraged to read of so many precious portions of God's Words and how these have encouraged various people in different stages of their life. Truly, we do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God! And the photos are all so beautiful.

Today, I am participating in my first Thankful Thursday :-)

I have so many things to be thankful for daily that I thought it's good for me to start putting them down every Thursday otherwise I will forget. It's good to count our blessings daily and to remember that God is working all things for His glory and our good, and the good of His church. God is gracious to me though I am a forgetful person. I realized that even in very difficult, painful and dark days, we can find something to thank God for because He is our Redeemer and our God. His love and mercies is from everlasting to everlasting, and underneath us is His everlasting arms.

The last few weeks have been very tiring, stressful and busy weeks for me. I have many things to thank God for.

1. I thank God for giving me grace to know Him, love Him, walk with Him and serve Him. Knowing God through our Lord Jesus Christ is the best thing that has happened to me in this life and it is still the best thing that is happening to me daily. Thank God for saving me from my sins and giving me a new life in Christ.

2. I thank God for the joy of worship and fellowship last Lord's day. It is always refreshing to be in the house of God to participate in public worship together with God's people and to enjoy their fellowship.

3. I thank God for giving me strength and wisdom to cope with the challenges daily. There have been many challenges over the last few weeks and I will not have the strength to cope if not for the Lord's strengthening me day by day. I often feel very tired and weak but thank God for sustaining me daily. I have found that God's grace is sufficient for me each day as He has promised! Thank and praise Him!

4. I thank God for giving me joy in Him despite physical tiredness and mental stress. My flesh and my heart fail me at times, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. In Christ, I am able to rejoice daily and accept all things as from His loving hands.

5. I thank God for enabling me to complete 2 freelance assignments on time. Thank God for wisdom and strength to do my best for these freelance job assignments. One of my customer gave a very kind and encouraging comment to acknowledge her appreciation of my work. I am so encouraged by God's goodness in helping me to do a good job.

6. I thank God for providing more freelance job assignments for me. Thanks to those of you who have been praying for me. Thank God for His faithfulness in hearing and answering our prayers. I have just been given new freelance assignments! Truly, the Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want (lack). He provides for our every need. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragements!

7. I thank God for family and friends who love, accept and care for me in big ways and little little ways. These mean a lot to me. I thank God for all of them, and they are tokens of God's love for me.

8. I thank God for all of you, my dear blogging friends. It is such a joy and privilege to know all of you and to be able to share our experiences and encourage one another through our blogs. I have never expected this when I first started my blog in February 2008. This has been one of the best experience I ever have in making online friends. You are tokens of God's love for me too and I am greatly encouraged. Thank you once again for being my friends and for being such a blessing and encouragement to me. May God bless all of you abundantly!

I pray that God will give me a thankful heart daily no matter what I am going through. I am a pilgrim here, sojourning on a pilgrim journey towards the celestial city. I pray that God will enable me to set my heart and affection on things above and not on things below here. I pray that I may be able to serve God and glorify Him here, and be used of Him as an instrument to draw sinners to know His saving grace and be an encouragement to fellow Christians who are precious in God's sight and redeemed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In this life, I may face many different and difficult challenges, my bipolar may also give problem through manic or depression. But God's love remains unchanging and His grace is sufficient for me. He is lovingly working all things for His glory and my good, and the good of His church. I pray that He may give me a thankful heart always so that I can praise Him in all circumstances.

How about you? How has the Lord blessed and helped you through the past week? What are the things you are thankful for? We serve such a great God. Let us unite our hearts in thanksgiving to such a loving and faithful Saviour Who never leave us nor forsake us, and nothing shall ever separate us from His love.

All praise and glory be to God!

31 Kind thoughts:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

There is always so much to be thankful for no matter what! I am so thankful for each and every new day, a loving husband, and the encouragement I find in so many ways to name a few.

Jennifer said...

I thank God for you:) Thank you so much for the encouraging comments you always leave me:) They brighten my day!!! Love you my sister in christ and love your blog!!

Spin Original said...

I thank God for His strength that is new every morning. Whatever I am feeling when I go to bed, I wake up with strength to face another day.
I'm also thankful for the support and encouragement I've been getting from my online friends this past week. What a blessing, truly.
What an awesome God we serve, to meet our needs over and above what we could ask or think. I never thought a blog could bring me these types of relationships either. We are really blessed, Nancie!! :)

Denise said...

Welcome to thankful thursday, so happy you have joined us. I enjoyed your post. I will be praying for you.

Nancie said...

Thank God for His every blessing upon you, Michelle. Especially for a loving and wonderful husband :)

Thank you for your encouragements too, Jennifer. May God bless and guide you always too.

Paula, we are indeed very blessed! Thank God for giving you strength and grace daily. Truly we serve an awesome God!

Nancie said...

Thank you, Denise, for your prayers and encouragements. Thanks for stopping by. I had a quick look at your blog. It is so beautiful and I enjoy your posts. I hope to return and read more later. Take care and God bless!

Anonymous said...

welcome to Thankful Thursday! :)

such a wonderful and encouraging post. thank you so much for sharing!

Blessings ...

Nancie said...

Thank you, Maiylah, for stopping by. It's encouraging to read the various Thankful Thursday posts. Thank God that we can thank Him for many things daily. God bless!

i said...

Hi Nancie! I'm pretty new to Thankful Thursday too. I enjoyed your post. It's inspiring. Have a blessed day!

Nancie said...

Hi, Serendipity. Thanks for stopping by. It's a blessing to participate in Thankful Thursday. Helps me to be more thankful :) Have a blessed day too!

Tracy said...

Hi Nancy,
Last week was my first Thankful Thursday so I'm a newbie too! I found it to be such an encouragement to me. I loved your post. Even though you struggle with Bipolar disorder, you continously point back to trusting in God's will for your life. Your grateful heart is evident, and a blessing. I, like you, have been blessed and encouraged greatly by all the new friendships these blogs provide. <3

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments.


Stephanie said...

That was a beautiful list of things to be thankful for. You have a unique way of looking at your challenges and seeing opportunity from God to reach others.

Thanks for stopping by this morning and for contributing to Thankful Thursday!

Nancie said...

Hi Tracy, thanks for stopping by and your encouraging comment. Thank God for His goodness and mercies to us daily. It is wonderful to "meet" through our blogs. I visited your son, Brennan's blog. He wrote so well! Thank God for His mercies to Brennan. It is such an encouragement to see this young man knowing the Lord and loving Him. May he grow up to be a man after God's own heart.

May God bless and keep you and family near to Him always. Take care!


Nancie said...

Stephanie, thanks for stopping by and your kind words of encouragements. Your blog is very beautiful and it is a joy to get to know you and others from Thankful Thursday. Truly we have many things to thank God for. We serve a great God! Have a blessed day.

Tonya said...

Nancie, it's so nice to "meet you." Yes, losing our son was the hardest thing we've ever faced. Even in the deepest of valleys our GOD carries us. We would never EVER choose the journey we've had, but are SO THANKFUL for all the ways we've seen GOD and how we've come to know HIM MORE.

Thank you for sharing your struggles and for allowing GOD to use you.


twinklemom said...

That is absolutely fantastic! And God Bless You for what He is doing with you and your life!!

We serve an awesome God!

Tracy said...

Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read my son's post (I know it was long!) and leaving such an incredibly kind comment. I'm sure it will make his day. = )

Anonymous said...

It was so nice to visit your blog Nancie. Nice Thankful Thursday list!

bp said...

I'm glad you're joining us for Thankful Thursday! It is such a blessing to be part of this each week. God bless you.

eph2810 said...

Yes, the journey this side of heaven might be trying and exhausting at time, but we know that He will sustain us through the difficult times.
Wonderful that you were able to work on some free-lance projects and that your customers where happy with the result.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week. Welcome to the Thankful Thursday 'bunch'.

Be blessed today and always...

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Thankful Thursday. I agree it's good to be thankful everyday. And it's a wonderful feeling - this being able to be thankful despite the odds.

Thanks for sharing and see you on Thursday.

Mary said...

Thankful for joy, grace, strength and on and on. So much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing today. God is faithful. Blessings on your day.

Nancie said...

Tonya, it is really nice to "meet" you and so many others. Thank you for sharing about Brent. It is an encouraging testimony. Thank God indeed that in the deepest of valleys He carries us. We serve such a wonderful God! God bless you too.

Twinklemom, thanks for your encouragements! May God continue to bless you and your husband too as you seek and serve Him together in God's wonderful calling.

Tracy, thank God for His wonderful work in Brennan's heart. Brennan wrote so well! It is such an encouragement to see this young man knowing the Lord and loving Him. May he grow up to be a man after God's own heart. May God bless and keep you and family near to Him always. Take care!

Nancie said...

Gina, thanks for stopping by and your encouragement. Thank you for sharing your thankful list with us too :)

Bp, thanks for visiting. It is really a great blessing to be part of Thankful Thursday. So encouraging to read of various people's thankful list. We serve such a great God!

Nancie said...

Iris, thank you for your encouragement. It is really comforting to remember that God will sustain us through this pilgrim journey with all its challenges. Thanks for hosting Thankful Thursday. It is such a blessing to read the many thanksgiving items and to list down my own. God bless you always!

Thanks, Mama Meji, for stopping by. It is really wonderful to be thankful as we realized afresh how blessed we are despite whatever difficulties we are going through. See you on Thursday.

Mary, thanks for sharing your thanksgiving. Yes, we have such a faithful God. May our hearts be lifted up in thanksgiving whenever we remember Him. God bless!

Cheryl said...

Welcome to Thankful Thursday! I love your blog. You have a great thankful list. God always gives us something to be thankful for! Thanks for sharing yours. God Bless~

Nancie said...

Thanks, Cheryl, for stopping by. It's great to be a part of Thankful Thursday. God is good to us. There is so many things to be thankful for. God bless!

Unknown said...

I have many thankful thoughts and this is a good idea. Picking a day of the week just focusing on being thankful.

Nancie said...

It's really wonderful, Jim, to set aside a day to list down all our thankful thoughts. It helps to remember afresh God's goodness and blessings. Whenever I go back and read them, they uplift my heart to the Lord in thanksgiving.

And getting to know others on Thankful Thursday is wonderful. Reading their thanksgiving fills my heart with praise to God too. Hope you can join us at Thankful Thursday. It will be a blessed experience.

Susan said...

Hi Nancie,

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your prayers.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Oh, I really like your cross stitch. I used to do that too!

Keep holding on♥

Nancie said...

Hi Susan, thanks for visiting. It's a joy and privilege to pray for one another. Hope you have a great weekends too. God bless!


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