Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Family

I've been asked a couple times now to participate in this weekly posting called Thankful Thursday. So today I'm going to join in. I can make excuses that I'm too busy but in the end those are probably the times when I should be dwelling on this the most.

So this week I want to thank the Lord for my family. My immediate family - my wonderful husband and my three beautiful children. I also want to thank the Lord for my church family.

I was just thinking a couple days ago about where I am right now in life and in my walk with the Lord. I realize some choices could have been different in my life. My husband and I met in high school and married when I was halfway through college. We moved from Washington State where we were both raised to Arizona and then from there to Northern California where we now live. When times are rough, I could always start the "what if. . ." game. But then I realize the blessing in my life are dependent on those choices I've made.

Sometimes I wonder if I had not been rebelling against God in high school, then maybe I would not be in a spiritually unequal marriage right now. Many decisions and situations in my life would be so much easier if I was married to someone with the same beliefs that I have. However, on the other side of the coin, I would not be married to the wonderfully caring husband I am married to right now. I would not have the three beautiful children I have. I would not have moved to Arizona with my husband and ended up with the company I worked for that moved me out here to Northern California. If I had not moved out here I would not have met the amazing people I now call family, my house church. That makes me wonder if I would be walking as closely with God as I am right now if it was not for some of these people and the way we "do" church.

So - today I'm thankful for my family - the people the Lord has put in my life even when my choices may have not always been the wisest. None of my choices ever surprise Him and I need to remember regardless of my past, He has a purpose for me. I'm right where I'm supposed to be right now and He has surrounded me with people I love and who love me. If that is not something to be thankful for, I don't know what is!

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Denise said...

Welcome to thankful thursday, so glad you joined us. I enjoyed your thankful list, bless you sweetie.

Sharon said...

Welcome to Thankful Thursday!

Your post really made me think. I remembered a verse my dad likes to quote, he says
'all things work together for the good of them that love God and are called according to His purpose - eventually'.
(Romans 8:28 - without the last word)

I guess as long as God is in control, there is no room for 'what if'.

Tanja said...

Love your way of putting things. You are so right... He is never surprised by our choices and we're always right where we're supposed to be. God is in control! I'm glad you joined the TT brigade. :-) Have a great day.

Darlene said...

Welcome to TT! Remember God has a plan for your life. Keep pressing on!
Have a great week & Happy TT!

Melanie said...

Welcome to Thankful Thursday!

Sounds like you have been blessed with a great family.