Speaking of God’s Graciousness

God has been gracious to me and I will speak of His goodness:

  • We have just returned from an absolutely delightful weekend with my husband’s family (click on this link and scroll down for a neat Thanksgiving activity that’s really simple). Lovely fellowship, challenging and interesting conversation, lots and lots of laughter, delicious food, working and playing together. Getting along, loving one another. The blessing of multi-generational Christian family and the closeness we shared cannot be truly expressed.
  • The joy of reading to little ones! This is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I so enjoyed our niece’s two little girls: 4 and 2, who, without prompting, brought me book after book to read, and climbed into my chair with me, and offered me hugs without being asked. I also got my “baby fix”:  holding their new baby girl, 4 months old. What could be better?!
  • God protected us when we had a flat tire yesterday on our way home from our weekend with family up north. I see His Hand of protection and am particularly grateful that the flat tire didn’t occur when I or my daughter were driving alone, especially at night, and that it didn’t happen when I was dealing with the crisis of my mom in the hospital!
  • Grateful for a wonderful husband! He didn’t complain, but just went to work to figure out our new-to-us van and where the spare tire was and how to change the tire! Got us back on the road within a half hour. Never got mad, or showed any frustration. Came home and went straight to work to figure out where we could get new tires. So thankful.
  • Grateful to God for reminding me that a man likes his wife to just “be there”–watching him work, not talking, just “there.”  I got out of the van, and stood by while he worked, and most importantly kept my mouth shut!!  (Needed to be reminded by the Holy Spirit and my kids! But, God also prompted me to praise my husband when he was finished, with, “You’re a good man,” which I truly felt!  I *think* he appreciated that.)

Writing down the ways that God has been gracious really writes it on my heart.  How is God being gracious to you and are you practicing any specific ways of being thankful this month of Thanksgiving? Share them in a comment to help the rest of us find new ways of being G.R.E.A.T.=Glad, Rejoicing, Encouraged And Thankful!

Our church is memorizing Psalm 145 right now. We work on one verse a week. These verses are especially appropriate to me this Monday!

Psalm 145

 1I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

 2Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

 3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

 4One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

 5I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

 6And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

 7They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

 8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

 9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

 10All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.

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