On a serious note, I’m reminded of my favorite verse. It is from Isaiah 49:15 & 16 – ‘I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.’ How can the God of the heavens and earth remember me? I don’t understand it. But being as real as I can, there are times that I struggle with the fear He has forgotten me…forgotten a promise…forgotten this problem…forgotten to love. But this verse brings it back home when I allow His perfect love to drive out my fears. Even going back to the first part of verse 15…’can a mother forget her nursing child?’ I love this picture of God’s love. While He is often referred to as a loving Father, Abba Father…in this verse He chooses to relate His love, tenderness and fondness of His children to that of a mother’s love. Every mother and daughter out there knows the specialness of that bond. On this day of expressing our Thanks…I’m thankful I’m remembered…and loved.”
I am thankful for all the opportunities that God puts in front of me everyday. In my job I get to help people and be a positive influence for them. He has challenged me to grow and improve my life and my families’ life thru couponing. I am thankful that my mother has pulled thru her surgery and is recovering at Siskin. I’m thankful for being able to spend extra time taking care of her and giving back a little of what she has always given me. I am thankful for my family,my job, my home, my friends, my health, and most of all my Lord.
Anne ~ You are an inspiration to us all, thank you for sharing your heart and not being afraid to be real. As your sisters in Christ we wanted to remind you that you are priceless, not worthless. Your value isn’t measured by the strength of your hands, or the health of your body. Be encouraged and blessed!
Isaiah 49:16 (New International Version)
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
Luke 12:7 (New International Version)
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
I am so very thankful for the blessings that couponing has afforded me, both for myself and for the people I’ve been able to bless with the coupon system. I am thankful for the money saved and the stocked pantry/freezer. I am forever thankful for the family that I have who has stood beside me and supported me in any way possible. I’m forever grateful for my friends who have stood by me in thick and thin. My church family is just incredibly awesome and I’m thankful for the chaotic events of 2008 that led to the birth of my church today! I am so thankful that God has a plan, and that he makes something good come from something we see as bad.
I am so thankful to the Lord for the families that he put both me and my husband into, who raised us in loving Christian homes and gave us great examples of what a marriage should be. I am so thankful for what wonderful grandparents they all are, playing with our little boys, and loving them so much. Not everyone has families they like to visit at the holidays. We just wish there was some way to visit both!
I am thankful for a God that loves and cares for me and my family just as He loves and cares for the little sparrow. I am especially thankful for the the good health that He has given to our son with an immune deficiency disease. He has protected him from the H1N1 virus and even common illnesses this year. I am also thankful for Him providing the expensive medication that our son needs to stay healthy. We could never pay for all of his medicine on our income. I’m thankful that the Lord directed me to the Time 2 $ave web site to show me how to make it possible for me to work only part time, thus allowing me to have more time to care for our special needs son.