Thankful Thursday

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I truly believe that one reason we get so down in the dumps is because we don't take the time to fully realize all the blessings God has placed in our lives. I know that, for me, to sit down, list out those blessings, and then to give thanks to God for them is a huge source of growth and encouragement. Realizing these blessings in our lives can also be a huge step towards living a life full of the fruits of the spirit. How can we live a truly joyful life if we are not thankful for the many blessings God has given us?

So, here is what I am thankful for on this, my first "Thankful Thursday" --

    I am thankful for my parents that raised me in a loving, Christian home where God was always taught and his will for our lives was placed first

    I am thankful for a my husband. He is such a kind, loving man that grows stronger in his Christian faith each day and is such a loving father to our two children.

    I am thankful for my two precious children. They are happy and healthy and make me smile each and every day.

To these special people in my life -- I love you all and am so thankful that God gave me each one of you!

14 Thoughts Shared:

Denise said...

Hello, and welcome to thankful thursday. I am happy that you have joined us. Your thankful list was really nice, blessings to you.

Laurel Wreath said...

This is all soooo true. have a wonderful thursday.

eph2810 said...

Melanie - welcome to the Thankful Thursday 'bunch'. I am glad to have you share with us your blessings in your life.

Yeah - sometimes we just need to list and see all the blessings we have.

Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

Charlotte said...

Melanie -- Actually I'm thankful for women bloggers like you who are loving, kind and encouraging, who share wonderful ideas like "Thankful Thursday's" with everyone. Thanks for making a difference.

Robyn said...

Hi Melanie! Welcome to the Thankful Thursday bunch of us. And, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I love meeting new women who love Jesus like I do.

Blogging can be such a great way to grow spiritually and meet other women who have the same passion for Jesus that you do. It's truly one of the blessings in my life.

Have a wonderful week and it was so great to meet you!!

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. It is my first Thankful Thursday as well. Have a great day and I hope to visit again soon!

~~Kelley

Love Bears All Things said...

Welcome! Thanks for visiting me.
Bless you this week.
Mama Bear

Nise' said...

So glad you joined in today and shared the what a blessing your family is to you.

Amy said...

you're right! Sometimes we get so focussed on what we don't have rather than what we do have. Thank you for your comment at my blog :-)

Lisa Sharp said...

Well thanks for the welcome and welcome to you as well!!

I thought Lent was a good time to start this. :)

Donetta said...

Good Morning , thank you for your sweet comment. I hope your day just shines!

ellenheartbeats said...

your visit was very much appreciated ...thank you......may God Bless you! have a nice day!

angela said...

Hi melanie,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's so true, we all have so much to be thankful for, even though we often take them for granted. God bless.

flmom said...

I am terribly, terribly, terribly tardy in visiting your Thankful Thursday from last week. I so appreciate you stopping by and commenting on mine.

You are so right - it's incredibly easy to get down and discouraged these days, but when I take some time to just be still and start thinking about all that I do have, I am overwhelmed at just how blessed I am.

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