Thankful Thursday

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This week I am thankful for the gift of TIME. This is something I've been thinking about alot over the last week or so. Earlier this week, I shared some of my thoughts on this gift. So, if you read the earlier post you have some background as to what has been going on inside my brain as of late.

The more I think about it the more I am in awe of this precious gift. We have been given all the time we need to spend with God, with friends, with family, etc. So many times in our lives, I think, we don't feel we have enough time. And, here, is where I have spent alot of time in thought. When I think about the time that I don't think I have I am forced to realize that I don't always use my time wisely. I don't turn to God and say, "Thank you so for this gift. Please help me to use it wisely." I take advantage of the gift and don't ask for guidance in using it.

Also during this time, we have been blessed this week with the gift of unexpected time. Yesterday and today school was cancelled due to icy weather conditions. This also has given my husband and I more free time as we haven't had to put in as many work hours. We've had some unplanned time to share together as a family. As we've gone thru these days I've been very concious that I spend more time sitting down with my kids and playing with them. Talking to them. Enjoying them. My husband and I have also had some more time to just sit and talk and be together. God has blessed us this week.

My prayer this week is a prayer of thanksgiving for this gift of time along with a prayer that I will choose to use it wisely. That I won't sacrifice precious time with God, with family and loved ones for something else that isn't as important or as urgent. I pray that God would show me where He wants me to spend my time and that I would follow.


"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8



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14 Thoughts Shared:

Lori said...

So happy you had the wonderful opportunity to spend some extra time with your hubby. And you are right time is precious, we just need to use it wisely =) Have a wonderful day.

Jennifer said...

Amen, Melanie! I know that I don't view time as a gift from God nearly enough. I am always rushed and begging for more time. Thank you for reminding me that I might need to make better use of the time that I have.

Happy TT!
((hugs))

Denise said...

Amen, time is a precious gift, we need to use it wisely.

Marsha said...

I haven't posted yet, but I think time would definitely be something I'd have to be thankful for, too. Time to spend with my folks these past 3 weeks. It's been precious. Exhausting, but precious!

Have a blessed day and stay warm!

Grammy said...

I am glad to here you have learned of this at a young age with out the trauma of being forced to be off you feet to learn this. I learned it the hard way when I hurt my back in 92. Things came to a stand still as I was not able to do much of any thing. And allot of responsibility was taken away from me.

Michele Williams said...

Time is so precious. Six years ago, when I had organs failure and close to death, the Lord showed me how precious life really is... He miraculously healed my organs... no my disease....but He chose to save my life so I can be a witness for my family as well as others... He left the chronic illness...to keep me humble... I have learned to Live Simply, Laugh Often, and Love Deeply... I take one day at a time, as though it is my last..

Thank you for a wonderful Thankful post.

Blessings,

IRENE said...

Your quotation couldn'thave come at a bettr time. Thank you. It has log been oe of my favorites, but I ad forgotten...
Have a lovely time with your loved ones.

Kristi said...

Melanie, that is wonderful. Time is a gift. I'm so glad that ya'll have had such fun and memorable "snow day" moments at home together.

Laurie Ann said...

I'm praising God for the extra time you've had this week to spend with your family, and that you are conscious enough to praise God for it. Awesome gratitude-filled post, Melanie. Happy Thankful Thursday.

Laurie Ann said...

Not sure if my comment went through or not. So glad you had the gift of extra time with your family and that you are praising the Savior for it. I know time has been on your heart. Awesome gratitude-filled post! Happy Thankful Thursday!

Cheryl said...

Hey Melanie,

I understand totally where you are coming from. We truly do have a great gift, but I don't always use it as wisely as I wish. I am a work in progress. It is great that you guys have had extra special time this week.

Thanks for your prayer and praises also this week. We are thrilled with the results and Jan is very much relieved.

Blessings!
Cheryl

Debra said...

Melanie,

This just touched my heart so! What a wonderful gift time truly is. I hate to see it wasted too. I love spending time with the Lord and with my family. Your post was truly touching.

I'm thanking the Lord for you and the time you took to thank Him for this gift! Hugs to you today, my sweet sister!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

AMEN Melanie!

Time is such a precious gift! How we spend it so important and choosing to sit as His feet is always worth the time!

Oh and a season for everything - yes LORD the seasons of life are a gift as well. We thank You Father for never letting a season pass until we have grasped all that You are bringing with it!

Blessings today!
Jill

bp said...

Such a great prayer. It is hard sometimes to remember how precious time really is.

I was glad to have a change of pace too this week when we stayed home Wed. morning instead of our normal outing b/c of the weather.