Thankful Thursday

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Today I am thankful for God's patience. I am so slow sometimes to turn straight to God. In large situations (for example, my health scare last week), I tend to go straight to God. However, with the smaller things in life --the daily annoyances, bad day at work, etc -- it seems that I try to work them out myself, become frustrated and stressed. Only then, FINALLY, do I say "Here, God, it's yours."

What's up with that? I guess part of it is that for all my good intentions, I am human. I am a sinner. You would think after 42 years of learning this truth and doing the same thing over and over, I might have it down by now... but I do not. I also strongly suspect Satan is at work in the background affecting how I react in these situations.

The good news is that God is patient with me regardless of the number of times I continue to follow this pattern. No matter the number of times I repeat the pattern, He will always carry my burndens once I do turn them over to Him. Oh, am I so very thankful for that!

I'm trying... I really am. Until I fully succeed, though, I'm going to continue to need that patience from God! And, I will continue to be thankful that He is patient with all His children!

30 Thoughts Shared:

thereservoir said...

Thanks again for a wonderful post Melanie - speaks right to the heart (I think I say this every week but it's true).
I don't know why we have to keep carrying over lessons learned, frustrates me alot. But as you said, shows we are human.

Thanks again.
sharon.

Sunflower Faith said...

Amen for a beautiful post Melanie.

Praise God that He loves us so much that He waits for us with the light on, ever patient and never conditional or demanding. We serve such a loving God and your post is a delightful reminder of that!

Denise said...

Blessings to you sweetie. Give all your problems to God before you go to bed, He is going to be up all night anyway. Smile, God loves you.

mama2dibs said...

Darn being a human being anyway. ;) I hear you loud and clear on this one.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

So true. He is patient. He knows that I am not. Why do we wait to bring our burdens to Him? He just waits and waits.

Lynn said...

Melanie,

Wow, This is spot on. Why do we always think we can handle the small stuff. Great words. Hugs, my friend. Lynn

Nancie said...

Thank God for His love and His patience with us! Glad to hear of how the Lord has helped you and is helping you. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us, Melanie. May God keep you close to Him and continue to bless your walk with Him.

Serendipity said...

Hi Melanie, thank you for posting this. It serves as a very good reminder to me too. Guess we are only humans with our humanly ways. So thankful that God is so patient with us.

Happy TT!

Princess said...

A great post of thankfulness. I can relate to some of your questions, too.
Thanks for sharing.

queenoftheclick said...

God's got all of the patience for both you and me. I am getting better at turning to God and letting him take care of things for me.

I am glad your health scare was just a scare.

Kristi said...

I do that too, nearly every time. I'm thankful that He is patient too. Blessings!

Tanja said...

I do the same thing, Melanie. He's faithful, though, even we we're forgetful. And slow.

lori said...

I'm JUST getting by today.LIFE just got very busy yesterday!!...I LOVED the pic of the teddy bear...what a great verse with that!! LOVE iT!!

I'm with you....today...I find myself asking over and over for forgiveness for the same things too!! I learn the same lessons over and over....
You are speaking to the choir today!!

I hear you!! Great post for me today!!
peace...
lori

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yes, indeed God's patience with all of us is much for which to be thankful.

Praise you Lord for your undying love and patience with us.
P

Erica said...

It always gets my attention when I try to call my list of girlfriends in order to talk through a situation and none of them are home. It is like the Lord is saying, "Hello, I am here. Come to me first!"
Thanks for being so transparent.

Genny said...

Thank you so much for sharing Melanie i am also sometimes like that just remember when i am not busy and i am sorry for that behavior of mine. But we always thank Him all the time. Take care.

Mine is up also

Joyfull said...

Beautiful post! I also rejoice in His patience and mercy - He is so good! Thanks for a great reminder to be thankful always.

Kim said...

Melanie~
Thanks as always, for blessing my heart.

Each time I stop by....I'm so blessed.

Enjoy your Thankful Thursday.

Kim~

Darlene said...

Don't feel alone on this one. I do the exact same thing! You would think by now I would know better! I guess some lessons need repeating....like you so glad that HE is patient with. I find I go through this same thing with my daughter...same mistakes it seems over and over. So, I guess children will be children. I hope I show love to her like HE shows to me. WOW, I need to think about this.
Thanks for encouragement!

Joan said...

I guess that's why we are called the 'children' of God, we haven't grown up yet!
Great post. :-)

IRENE said...

Hello,
I am learning this very thing right now. Trusting everything to God.
What you write about patience reminded me of a passage I read over the weekend.
A soldier went to a monk who was living in the desert. He asked him why is God persevering with him, although he has refused Him so many times.
The monk looked at him and said. "If your cloak tears somewhere, will you throw it away?"
"No", said the soldier."I'd mend it again and again".
"If you care about your cloak so much, do you think God won't care as much for the child He created?"

Laurie Ann said...

You are *so* not alone in this struggle. God bless you for being so transparent and sharing this with us. What a beautiful post, Melanie. Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

Amy Wyatt said...

Melanie,
I haven't been by lately because of our travel schedule. I have missed reading you. I have left something for you over at my site. Come by for a visit.

Peculiar said...

Amen to God having more patience with us sinful human beings. Where would we be without it? I shutter to think.

Tricia said...

I too am thankful for God's patience! I do not know why it takes me so long sometimes to learn things, but He always sticks in there with me until I learn...

Blessings!

Full Contact, Savior-centric Livin said...

Hurrah for God's amazing patience!

Angie said...

YES! the good news is GOD is patient. Merciful and full of grace toward each one of us!
This was such a good post!

Peggy said...

Melanie...I visited yesterday but wasn't feel well enough to leave a comment but I'm back to let you know I prayed anyways for you though your health scare is in His hands and you were thanking God for His patience. I'm glad that you ran straight to Him but prayed that you'd be more able to do that in the smaller things (though knowing you I'm sure they are not that small). You have a big heart.

How frail our humanness, I too have a problem with trying to do it on my own and when I mess up...
run to Him to help me out or fix it! You are so right! Such wisdom
only comes from Him! Thank you that your words bring encouragement and gratitude to an Almighty God that is all forgiving and ever ready for repentant hearts! Praise God!Be blessed as you continue blessing us!

Tracy said...

So very true...I too sometimes make Him my last resort, rather than my first! Thank you for this great reminder.

Blessings,
Tracy

A happy heart at home said...

Thank God for His patience with us all! He is good!

~Susan