(An unofficial Thursday Thirteen)
Stormy Lake: To me, this place is heaven on earth! I am more at rest here than anywhere else! This picture says it all!
Blogging Friends: It’s been an incredibly fun 2 months of “baptism” into the world of blogging. I had NO idea how huge, and how confusing, this strange world would be. A few of my new friends have made the journey especially sweet. A special thanks to Kellieann, Crossview, Arby, and Heather for your regular encouragement and MANY laughs!
Old Friends: You know, the kind of friends that even if you haven’t seen them for a long time, when you see them, it’s just good! Sharing joys and sorrows with them is a privilege. I thank God for them!
Our Home: I am SO thankful to the Lord for His provision of our home. After 18 years in ministry, we never dreamed that a home like this would be a possibility. He didn’t have to, but He chose to bless us with a home near family and our church. It’s not big or beautiful, but it has become a tangible symbol of God’s faithfulness to us, and we are incredibly grateful.
Our Church: For 18 years, our church supported us in our full time ministry to troubled young men and women. We are extremely thankful for THEIR faithfulness to us and are thrilled that God has given us the opportunity to give something back to them!
My Children: How does one go about saying thanks for something so incredible as children? I can’t begin to express my thanks to the Lord for the privilege of parenting these four precious children. They have each been so uniquely gifted by God…I can’t wait to see where the Lord will take them! They are, without a doubt, the biggest joy of my life!
Our Families: Wow…what a blessing to have such a wonderful, fun, silly, loud, crazy AND God-honoring family. I’m thankful for my parents…they have been such an example to me. I’m thankful for my husband’s parents and their love for Jesus. I’m thankful for the children….LOTS of children….who, one-by-one are coming to trust the Saviour, too.
Music: I love music. It speaks to my soul like nothing else can. It comforts me, convicts me, strengthens me, inspires, and delights me. In fact, I can’t imagine my life without music!
Hymns: I love contemporary music…especially praise and worship music. But, it saddens me that a generation of young people are growing up without the great blessing of knowing hymns. Hymns are filled with a richness of theology and a deep understanding of the character of God which shouldn’t be discarded. When I am troubled, singing hymns brings peace…God’s peace…to my soul.
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
“My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought,
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more!
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, Oh my soul!
It is well with my soul!!”
Jesus, My Savior and my God: I have no words to express how thankful I am for the gift of Jesus, my Savior. Without Him, where would I be? “For in Him we live and move and have our being.”