Psalm 28:7 KJV — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your care. Lord, thank You for watching over us and giving us so much. Lord Jesus, thank You for guiding our lives and allowing those things we do not like to teach us. Lord, thank You for revealing those things which are hidden. Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You allow things which are hard to stretch and grow us. Lord, thank You for teaching us compassion and humility. Thank You for showing us how dependant we are upon You for all things. Lord, I love You, thank You for first loving me. Lord, I trust You, thank You for being so faithful. Lord, I worship You, thank You for being worthy of all praise and honor. May Your name be known throughout the world. Amen.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts. Proverbs 17:3 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for being the One who tests the heart. Lord, You know exactly what is in my heart and all my ways are before Your face. Lord Jesus, my deepest desire is to live righteously before You. To walk in Your ways, to be a blessing, to shine Your light and Your truth. Lord Jesus, I am unable to do anything on my own, it is only in You that I find my strength. Thank You for teaching me every day. Thank You for humbling my heart, that I might see and understand how helpless I am without You. Lord Jesus, I love You. I thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for providing for me. Thank You for my family. Thank You for providing for them. Thank You for Your unwavering goodness and uprightness. Lord, thank You for being holy. Thank You for being truth. Thank You for Your Word which brings wisdom, life, and love. Thank You for guiding and directing all things, even when I can’t see You nor understand. Thank You for Your faithfulness. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Amen.
Maybe, it’s because I’ve had more time to think and remember.
Maybe, it’s because yesterday reminded me of so many heroes.
Maybe, it was the text message I received in the evening.
But for whatever reason, I just feel the need to say “thank you”.
“Dear friends and family,
I can’t even begin to type all of your names because it would fill up pages, but I hope you each know how much I praise God for you. My heart can not contain the overwhelming gratitude I have to God for the unmeasurable gifts, services, care, love, and support you have given to me and my family. Thank you for coming to visit me. Thank you for checking up on my husband or the kids. Thank you for the meals. Thank you for the groceries. Thank you for helping us move. Thank you for supporting us in our ministries. Thank you for donating your time and talents. Thank you for your feedback on skits or children’s classes or other teachings. Thank you for having us over to dinner or coming over to our house. Thank you for texts and prayers when distance separated us. Thank you for cards and letters and phone calls. Thank you for filling my husband’s guitar case with notes before shipping it to us. Thank you for supporting and loving us when God moved us again. Thank you for the gold watch, which I cherish. Thank you for visiting us and letting us visit you. Thank you for standing with our family while I worked at the Academy. Thank you for years of volunteering and support. Thank you for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to teach your children. Thank you for being the best Principal I’ve had the privilege to work for. Thank you for being the Dad I’ve missed and needed. Thank you for coaching our children. Thank you for teaching our children. Thank you for sign class. Thank you for letting me live with you. Thank you for treating me like one of your daighters. Thank you for caring for me. Thank you for friendship that hasn’t changed no matter how far we are from you. Thank you for stepping in when we asked for help. Thank you for breakfast at the restaurant. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for commenting or liking or reposting. I’m so humbled that anything I wrote is used by Jesus to bless others. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your love. May God bless you, each and every one.”
Every day holds a blessing, whether it’s a message of love warming my heart or kindness from a family member.
Truly, no matter the circumstances, no matter what difficulties, God brings gifts of blessing daily.
And I’m so very thankful for each and every single one.
In fact, I’ve asked the Lord to help me never miss any.
Because it is in these daily blessings where hearts are knit together.
Mine with those people God brings as well as mine to His.
And I don’t want to miss a single opportunity to love, care, and pray for others.
To share the deep joy and overflowing love Jesus gives me.
In these days of uncertainty, loss, tragedy it is vital that we remain thankful.
Sorrow can often swallow up our ability to see anything positive, anything good, but they are there.
Therefore I’m taking the opportunity to say “thank you”, because it needs to be said.
My gratitude extends to so many whom I’ve never met, but have been part of the good.
Firemen, Emergency workers, medical staff, military, police, and even utility crews, all people who are doing their jobs day in and day out to the benefit of their communities and countries.
Most of all I must say thank You to Jesus.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for all Your daily gifts and blessings. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for salvation and the renewing of our hearts each day. Lord, thank You for helping me see the blessings. Thank You for walking through every circumstance. Thank You for today. May Your name be glorified. Amen.