Thursday, September 27, 2007

Better Late Than Never: Thursday Thanks Tank

As always, inspired by Peach and the ladies of Thankful Thursday:

It's been one of those days...been running since my feet hit the floor. Not frantically but commitments back to back from 8am 'til 4:30pm. I had time this morning to post but spent the time in the Word instead and then watched the NCIS season premier from Tuesday night. LOL

Anyway...major financial changes on the horizon here. So, as I look around at the things we have and the things we've been blessed with which may or may not remain in the coming months, I really am thankful.

I'm thankful for the roof over our head. While we are IN over our head unexpectedly with our mortgage, this house which needed MUCH work when we moved in has enough "sweat equity" in it now that we're fighting even harder to find a way to keep it. I now understand the difference between a house and a home.

Our transportation: one vehicle paid off and the other brand new. The payments have become a burden too but, while we decide what to do about that, I'm blessed with a vehicle that could travel safely and predictably to northern Michigan and back without worries.

Family: as much as it hurts our pride to admit our recent struggles, our families have been very understanding and sympathetic. They do what they can to help and we really, really, REALLY appreciate all they do for us.

Health: despite month-long snifflies for all of us and each of the Vikings' ear infections this month, we are blessed that those things are the only things we've had to deal with.

Church leadership/family: we're having some serious growth pains with the corresponding style, how-to, and why-are-we-doing-this debates. *sigh* Pastor started leadership meetings an hour before midweek service and, after only two, they are already making a difference by pulling us all together onto the same page so we're all behind Pastor's vision and we portray an united front to the rest of the congregation and visitors.

I'm also thankful that a church that was seeing about 30-35 people per service when we started attending in 2003 just recorded its' 121st member for approximately 150 "regulars" four years later!

I'm thankful and blessed by all the "by-products" of the fast that we're finishing this weekend. We are on the edge of breakthrough change here at home as well as at church. Let it all be His will and to His glory!

Psalms 100.4: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, [And] into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, [and] bless His name.

5 comments:

Denise said...

I will be praying for your dear family.

Jessie said...

I really like how you have your focus and mind on Christ. He will keep you in perfect peace! I also like how your church is having leadership meetings. What a blessing to be on the same page and unified. ((Hugs))

According to HIS Power said...

I am glad that you are honest about yours struggles, so many people aren't! We are going through some major financial stuff too and I know how important it is to keep your focus on Christ through all of it. You have a really nice site, I will be back!

Blesings,
Julie

Lynn said...

Beth,

Oh, I read this post and can just know God is preparing you for something great. He is taking you through the class room now and the struggles are difficult. Keep praying. Wonderful list.

Thank you for joining in and praising our King. Love and hugs, Lynn

CrossXroads said...

Love the "thanks tank" great stuff and thanks for sharing, its been a blessing reading your blogs, blog on sister.