The first person I need to thank is God!!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
After all, without Him, I would not be here. (Neither would anything else.)
Genesis 1:1King James Version
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
He gave me life.
Psalm 22:10I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
Job 31:15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
He gave me a family.
Ephesians 3:15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
He saved me when I was 5 years old.
Ephesians 2:8For bygrace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
He gave me a good brain.
Job 33:3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
He gave me a husband, a faithful provider.
1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. ..
For years, all I wanted was a baby!! Everyone else in the family had one. Everyone had church had one. (Seemingly!) And I prayed, and prayed, just like Hannah. (The mother from the verse below.) So, when I found out I was pregnant, I was over the moon! God is so good to me. He gave me children!! Two wonderful girls, that made my heart overflow with joy!
1 Samuel 1:27For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
As a little girl, I always played school, with my toys, my brother, my aunts, cousins, my sister… whoever I could snag that would sit down for a few minutes!! I just knew that’s what I wanted to be, when I grew up. And God fulfilled that dream for me. And gave me my life’s purpose.
Ephesians 4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Actually this came even before I graduated High School!! I was a Sunday School teacher for the littles, 3-5. And later a Children’s Church teacher. And then, got a paying teaching job straight out of Bible College! Then, taught my babies. When they were a little older, I started subbing.
After Ranch Man(DH) and I were married, I taught Arts and Crafts to the mentally challenged, but only for 1 year. It was too much for me. Their physical challenges just overwhelmed me. (1 girl repeatedly banged her head on the table, day after day. Even a pillow under her head wouldn’t stop her. She just swept it onto the floor.)
Then, I began teaching public school again in 2003. Thank God for His mercy and goodness!
Psalm 236 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
In 2008, I had my 4th nervous breakdown, and left full time teaching for good.
In 2013, my precious little PP came along!! At 52, I was beginning to despair of having a grandbaby! lol Another little light of my life, and the 3rd joy of my life! I was a teaching Omie!!
2016 brought the debut of CC, and my heart grew 50 sizes!!
I love teaching these girls!! But not full time!! We craft, and read, and talk after school. I teach them Scripture songs, how to pray, and try to teach them to get along. Man! That sibling rivalry can get hot! Also, Pop and I are teaching them to go to church, and the importance of God in our lives.
Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
(And this means “men” as in the human race!! Not just men, but women too!!)
Well, that’s not a complete listing of the reasons I love God, and thank Him. Every good thing in my life, is from God.
James 1:17Everygoodgift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Amen!! What do you thank God for?
I have 2 posts about God, since He is so overwhelmingly good!