Thankful Thursday

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"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him." 1 John 5:4-15


I am so glad that God always hears us and that he cares about everything in our lives... not just the "Big Stuff"! This has been a week that has been a struggle for me. Nothing major is going on, just alot of little stuff that just keeps piling up one thing on top of the next. Sometimes this little stuff is harder for me to muddle thru than the big stuff. You know the saying, "You can't see the forest for the trees"? That's how I feel... so much little stuff (trees) piling up around me that I can't find the big picture... the things that I need to focus on.. the good stuff.. the many blessings from God.

So, this week I'm going to take a different direction with this post than I usually do on Thankful Thursday. I'm going to look for the many different blessings God has given me that so often get lost and taken for granted amidst all those trees that cloud my view of the forest.

* My family - my husband, my children, my parents, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, my brother-in-law, my in-laws... you know, the whole extended family -- they are all great! I am really blessed with a terrific and supportive family!

* A house that keeps us warm and dry.

* Plenty of food to strengthen us and never leave us hungry.

* A supportive and God-filled church home.

* Rain and cooler temperatures.

* Clothing to wear so we are protected and warm.

* A car to drive that is in good repair to get us safely from one place to the next.

* My Bible filled with God's precious Words (hmmm... this one should've been closer to the top of the list, huh?)

* Laughter and silliness.

* The cool breeze and chirping birds my daughter pointed out to me as we were leaving the house this morning.

* Friends that are ALWAYS just a phone call away.

* Wonderful Christian music to "put a song in my heart" and provide me uplifting messages and encouragement.

* All of you that I have met since I started blogging. What a blessing each one of you are to me!

* The sunshine.

Happy Thankful Thursday to you all!

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38 Thoughts Shared:

LAURIE said...

thanks for sharing your grateful heart with us Melanie, and you are right that we take so many simple things for granted. It is my prayer that I never take the goodness of God for granted! -Blessings, Laurie

Lynn said...

Oh Melainie,

Every single one of this are great. I think I am so thankful for the everyday stuff more... Great post. Have a wonderful TT.

Kelley said...

Isn't it amazing how much we have to be thankful for if we just take our eyes off of ourselves? God is good ALL the time. Great thoughts Melanie, I need to make a list of my own right about now!

Have a blessed day...

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing such sweet blessings.

Sandy said...

Amen Melanie! You are so right about things that are "taken for granted amidst all those trees that cloud my view from the forest"
Great list and good reminder about having a thankful heart.

Pia said...

i can totally relate to this post. thank God that He's not only into the big stuff in our lives but even the small ones. God bless your good heart, melanie.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Melanie,
You are a blessing to ME.
Seeing the forest through the trees,
Love Lea

Serendipity said...

I agree! We all have a lot to be thankful for no matter how big or small! Happy TT and God bless!

Jill said...

AMEN dear one!

Melanie, your list is one our children almost pray daily. To others it may sound silly, to us we remember where they came from. God is gracious and merciful!

Praising His holy name with you today!

Love,
Jill

Susan said...

Hey Melanie,

Happy TT. What a great list. Sometimes we really have to slow down and recognize all those "little things" that happen daily for us.

I pray things get better for you.

Meanwhile, I'm thankful for YOU too!!

Blessings~

Cheryl said...

Great post Melanie! Your post are always so inspiring. Thanks and God Bless~

Nancie said...

Thank God for giving you such a thankful heart, Melanie. Thank God for His many blessings upon you. I am thankful to God for you too. You are such a blessing to me :) Take care and have a blessed day!

Joan said...

I'm thankful for you, Melanie.
Have a blessed day!

Debra said...

Melanie,

What a beautiful list of things to be thankful for. It's really all around us, when we look for it, isn't it? I loved the laughter and silliness.

God bless you this TT, sweet one.

Mary said...

Excellent post. I like what you said about the trees in our life that gets in the way of the bigger picture. We need to keep our eyes focused on Him and everything else becomes quite small. I'm thankful for the cooler weather too. What a blessing! Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your day.

Genny said...

That is a heart full of sweetness and love. thanks for sharing.

Mine is here

Laurie Ann said...

What a great list. Isn't it funny how sometimes just see the forest instead of the individual trees in it that we are blessed with? I'm thankful for *you*, Melanie. I've really been encouraged by your posts and comments. God bless you, my friend!

Tanja said...

Hmmm, I think your list could be my list, too. Happy TT!

Peculiar said...

Melanie,

Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment.

You have such a wonderful thankful list. Sometimes we might forget to be thankful for just the everyday things, that really mean so much when we stop and think about them. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Melanie,

Great post! I needed it today!

Happy TT!

Cheryl

Erica said...

I love you list and it was such a great reminder that we ALWAYS have an abudance of things to be grateful for. Thank you for the scripture reminder as well.

Mary said...

Melanie,

Your list is awesome. We so often overlook the daily things that we are blessed with. There is so much to be thankful for.

Blessings,
Mary

Tricia said...

What a great list Melanie... and I completely understand about being overwhelmed about all the many little things, I feel that way today, I just haven't known where to really start, nothing major to do but lots of little things...

Blessings!

Natalie said...

There are so many people that will be without heat this winter. I am very thankful for a warm house too, but we can't forget those who need help. Great post!

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful thankful list. Thank you for sharing.

Sab said...

I love thinking about the little things to be thankful for. It's funny how often we take them for granted! Thanks for sharing!

flmom said...

It's wonderful posts like this that help me get my right frame of mind going again. Blessings to you in the week ahead!

Tami Boesiger said...

Praying for better, clearer days ahead.

idyllicdreams said...

God has blessed us with so much! It's good to focus on the blessings :)

thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

Marsha said...

Hi Melanie,

Your post refreshed my soul. It was so peaceful and sincere.

Have a blessed weekend.

Blessed One said...

What a FANTASTIC list of thankfuls! The little or ordinary things are great to be thankful for because they are what makes up so much of life. Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you!

God Chaser said...

A mighty powerful post. thanks for sharing

Beth K. Vogt said...

Thanks, Melanie, for taking the time to encourage me in the midst of your busy, busy week!
Hugs!
Beth@TheAccidentalPharisee

Stephanie said...

Hi Melanie,
I identified with your list. This has been a week where major home repairs keep piling on to an ever growing mess. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate having a house!

Even if I don't blog that much, I will hopefully be able to visit more. Hubby and I are sharing a computer now, so we have to learn time management! :0)
Your sweet comments meant a lot to me!

Farrah said...

Amen, amen! His blessings are endless! Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is nice discovering some new Christian women bloggers through the TT meme. :-)

Janera said...

Yes, sometimes it is the little things that give us the most struggle. Great thankful list!

eph2810 said...

You are right. Sometimes we overlook the everyday blessings, because not so good things keep happening around us.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Blessings to you and your extended family...

ZAM said...

It's a great list Melanie. I echo your thoughts on this list. have a wonderful day.

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