Thankful Thursday

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As I sit here tonight I am so tired. I am tired enough that I almost decided not to post for Thankful Thursday. However, whether I am tired or not, I still have so much for which to be thankful. God has so greatly blessed my life. I need to take time to be thankful regardless of how I feel. So, here goes.....

~ I am thankful for a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday spent with my dear family. We were so fortunate this year that we were able to spend time with both our families. Thanksgiving Day was spent with my husbands family -- his parents, brothers and their families. They are local so it was just a nice day of relaxation and time spent together. Oh, and excellent food! My mother-in-law is a caterer so we never lack for great food when we are with them. That night we hopped in the car and took a cruise up to Arkansas to spend a couple of days with my family that gathered from several states. My aunt and uncle hosted us all and we were about 25 in total. My parents, my sisters and their families, another aunt & uncle, several cousins and the newest member of the family, my cousin's 9 week old little boy. Precious does not even begin to describe this dear little guy. And, I cannot leave out my grandmother. My grandma is almost 90 years old and I can't imagine my life without this lady!

~ I am thankful for my warm house and food on my table. It is cold and windy here tonight and as I hear the wind whipping through the trees outside I am so thankful for my sturdy home to keep out the cold.

~ I am thankful for God's word that provides me the strength and comfort and reassurance I have in the Lord.

~ I am thankful for my bed with warm blankets where I can climb in and snuggle up tonight. A place where I can rest and restore my strength tonight so I will be more rested for tomorrow.

And, now that I am almost completed, I'm starting to feel a little better. I'm not feeling quite as tired as I was when I first began this post. Isn't it just amazing how taking the time to thank the Lord and share his blessings changes us and makes us feel better? I pray that as we all share our blessings and thank our Lord this week that we each will be energized and joyful and ready to walk out the door and face the world in a whole new way!

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33 Thoughts Shared:

Toknowhim said...

Nice list... Blessings Melanie!!

LAURIE said...

Melanie,
I too was weary today, and feeling alittle under the weather so I took a 2 hour nap this afternoon. Wow I must have been tired cuz I never take naps...I hope that you will get some good rest tonight and wake fresh and new.

Where in Arkansas did you visit family? I live in Arkansas....

Happy TT!

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

I'm tired too, Melanie! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tired! When I am tired it is easy to go down hill...and get discouraged! Focusing on what I am thankful for helps...and reading your thankful list did to!!!

Now...off to bed!!!

Grammy said...

Hi Melanie,
Hope your are feeling better now. I just woke from a nap. It must be the winter taking allot of energy. I am so glad you were able to have a wonderful time with your family.
Be blessed my friend.
Grammy

Lynn said...

Hi Melanie,

I am so glad you did not skip TT. It would not be the same without you. I hope you get a ton of rest and feel the energy of the Holy Spirit fill you up tomorrow. Lovely post. Have a great TT. Love you girl. Hugs.

Cheryl said...

Hey Melanie,

What a great list of things to be thankful for. I thought about you last week as we travel to San Antonio. I'm glad you had a great time with both families.

Isn't it funny how we can feel a bit better when doing things like listing things we are thankful for or doing something for the Lord or for others?

Blessings!
Cheryl

Pia said...

counting your blessings in spite of being tired... i'm sure God is pleased and you're an inspiration. thank you for sharing. God bless you now and always, melanie. ♥

God Chaser said...

Wonderful list and yes sometimes I am so tired but I will begin to write about God and the tireness leaves. Thanks for sharing your wonderful Thanksgiving and the small big blessings such as warm blankets etc. Have a great TT and be blessed by God's goodness.

Jennifer said...

I can relate to being so tired this week. I have been trying to get all the CHRISTmas decorations up after working...it was 1 AM last night/this morning before I went to bed and it still wasn't finished. I woke up with a terrible headache so my sweet hubby took my son to school and let me sleep in till 10 AM. Boy, did I feel better.

Wonderful list of things to be thankful for...we are truly blessed in Him.

P.S. I also live in Arkansas!

Serendipity said...

Hi Melanie,

I'm tired too. Like you, I really felt much better after typing out my thankful post! It is indeed great to be thankful!

Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving with both families.

Have a blessed day!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

I'm there with you that sometimes you are just worn out and it is those moments that I am thankful that God uses posts like yours to remind me that there is always something to be thankful for no matter how we "feel" at the moment. Happy TT!

Alicia said...

That was a great list!! I'm glad you posted! I was blessed reading it!!!

Susan said...

Wow, once you start going, the list got longer! Glad you posted.

Hope on over I'm hosting a neat give-a-way!!

Marsha said...

What a wonderful thankful heart you have shared! I understand the too tired thing! Hubby and I just got back from Kenya Tuesday night and I'm still trying to get back into the right time zone.
Have a blessed day, Melanie.

bp said...

I put warm bed on my post today too! I'm glad you had a nice holiday and could see both sides of the family, that's nice.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful post and isn't it the truth? We start focusing on the Lord and what He's done for us and everything else starts to pale, all of our aches start to fade away. Blessings!

Bogie said...

It's a wonderful thing to know that we can still be thankful to God even if our body refuses to. I'm glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving celebration. Happy TT!

Jill said...

Melanie,

I love thankful posts - they always make me feel better too!

I adore your heart and list! Thank you for being obedient to His desire for us to find joy in everything we do!

Hugs and blessings to you today! Praying you still feel rejuventated by His goodness!
Jill

Lyndy said...

What a lovely Thanksgiving you had. I know you were blessed.

Thank you for sharing your thankful heart sweet sister.

Blessings, Lyndy

IRENE said...

It is so true what you write; we may start tired and frustrated and as we go on we feel so blessed for the ordinary and what we take for granted. Yes, I am thankful with you for all that God offers us day to day. Blessed be His name. And blessings to you.

Laurie Ann said...

Must be catching, Melanie! I didn't get my post up until this morning. I worked on it some last night but just didn't have it in me to finish it. Today is much better.

Sounds like Thanksgiving was a great time for you - praise God for all your blessings!

momgen said...

Me too i don't feel to post but i like to be in the group. Thanks for sharing Melanie. Blessings!

Mine is here

Debra said...

Melanie,

It's true, isn't it...we can begin weary but as we praise and thank Him..we become refreshed!

Loved to read your blessings and appreciate so much your thankful heart!

Blessings to you today!

Joyfull said...

Thanks for pushing through and posting! You have blessed many of us today!

Beth E. said...

Great post! I'm thankful that the neurosurgeon was able to see Bill so quickly. Also, I'm thankful that his surgery (since he has to have it) was scheduled extremely fast...he's having it tomorrow! Oh, and one more...I'm thankful for YOU! I am so blessed by your blog. :o)

Michele Williams said...

Great Thankful post. I'm thankful for you too! Blessings..

Tricia said...

Hey Melanie
That is a wonderful list, and I hope you got plenty of rest last night and woke up refreshed and renewed this morning.

How wonderful that you still have your grandmother! Mine have both passed away, one in 97 and the other in 03, and I miss them both terribly at times. How I wish they could have known my boys...

Have a great day and thanks for sharing your thankfulness!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Isn't it awesome, amazing, and weird (to our human mind) how we can physically feel different when we mentally change our focus.

I've heard so many times how praising the Lord even for the bad things and during the hard times (whether it's physical, emotional, financial) can actually change our position.

God truly does bless us for praising and thanking Him. He honors a heart of thanksgiving because He knows it takes effort and focus to change our pace and look at all His goodness.

We are SOOOOO blessed, huh? Every night I lay my head down on my bed, I feel so comfy and love it...(okay, honestly, maybe not on those nights I'm so tired but insomnia kicks in...that is frustrating and requires refocus).
Sweet blessings, sweet one.
Paula

Yolanda said...

I enjoyed reading your grattitude list.

May your heart be extra blessed this very day.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Willow (Shelby) said...

Melanie, I am so happy that you had such a good holiday. I love your list. Even more, I love that you took the time to DO your list, even though you were tired, and that in the doing, you were blessed. You are SO SPECIAL.

Tammy said...

Isn't it amazing how a thankful heart can lift our spirits...hope you were able to restful sleep. Happy TT!

Cheryl said...

You have a great thankful list Melanie! You have such a thankful heart. Thanks for sharing it. Happy TT~

Denise said...

Such a sweet, sweet list.