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Thankful Thursday

It's been way too long since I participated in Thankful Thursday.  I'm linking up with Lynn of Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

I am feeling very thankful this morning.  My circumstances haven't really changed considerably but I realized that I'm learning to live by faith more and more each day.

Here are a few things I'm thankful for:

  • I found my iPod in a box that was packed away!  Greg charged it for me yesterday and I got to listen to a variety of songs while I exercised on the treadmill this morning.
  • I got to listen to Carrie Underwood singing "Jesus Take the Wheel" and Randy Travis singing "I'll Fly Away" along with Tony Bennett and The Carpenters.  I think I need to categorize my songs, ya think?
  • I love working from 9:30 am until 6 pm, especially when I complained at first.  I miss the rush hour traffic and have time to have my quiet time, exercise and spend time having coffee with my husband.
  • Realizing that my love for my husband has grown in the midst of some very trying circumstances
  • Greg holding my hand while we are watching reruns of "Cagney and Lacey" which is one of my favorite TV series from the early 1980's.
  • I get to spend time with so many children all day long
  • Heidi, my partner in crime (only kidding) is coming to set up our classroom for the school year.  So I will get to see her finally after a long summer.  She is the teacher for our class of PreK 3's.
  • Although I miss my car pool buddy Tara, I'm using the time on the drive to  listen to some old cassettes I found of Anne Graham Lotz and Beth Moore.  I'm glad my car has the a tape player too.  I found the cassettes in a box too.  Such treasures I'm finding!
  • I am thankful for this journey that has included so many changes.  I can't believe I'm actually writing that because I've always dreaded change!
  • Since my brother and his wife are on vacation, my dad is staying at their home this week.  He gets to spend time with their dog and swim in their pool.  But how thankful I was that my niece Kristin has reached out to  my dad and even made dinner for him.  Thank you Kristin and Kevin!
  • God is good and God is faithful!
My Dad standing next to Kristin.  My brother Steve is to her right and her husband Kevin is on the far right.

A rainbow I captured on my way home from work

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Love your list of thankfuls. I love its simplicity and sincerity. Great you found your ipod.

    God bless!

  2. Hi Debbie, Love your heart of gratitude and thankfulness. It is amazing how God can work good from the trials we face. SEnding big hugs to you today.

  3. sometimes the happiest moments are finding things you'd given up for lost! :)

  4. Debbie:

    Not only do I hear your thankful heart, I also hear a contentment that has come in new ways during these past months. It's amazing how He changes our perspectives, even in the middle of unchanging circumstances.

    Good going sister!!


  5. It's awesome when we learn to be contented especially enjoying those simplest things that give joy into our hearts. How awesome also when we choose to rejoice despite what goes on around us.

    Change is not fun but through it, I have learned to draw myself nearer to the One Who doesn't...Have a great weekend sister Debbie and may you always remain strong in the Lord's power! Love seeing that wonderful, colorful promise He drew in the sky where you were :)

  6. Change is always scary but necessary for growth! Great post!

    I wanted to let you know that BABY ARIELLA is still hanging on! We're doing a fundraiser for her-stop by & check it out.


  7. Gratitude is the flower that I believe God enjoys smelling the most in his awesome garden of souls .....that is always one of my prayers, Lord I want a heart flowing over with gratitude! Thankful for the smallest of small and even for the pain for w/out it how can I ever know the truest of the sweetness of pleasure!
    enjoyed your post

  8. Isn't it amazing how God can take the coal and bring diamonds from it...which only occurs through great pressure?

    I am so sorry for what you have gone through, and me also, but the treasures God is building in us both are worth more than silver.

    Great list...God is faithful, God is good, all the time.

    How is the little girl doing? I have been praying.

  9. Your list of blessings blessed me! I'm glad you found your iPod. Music is such a gift.

  10. Always new ways to be thankful for.. I don't have an ipod, but I still enjoy listening to my CD's and appreciate my friend that gave me her old 5 disc exchanger (or whatever they are called) Music is such an awesome gift.

  11. Hey there...thanks for your comment about the jewellery ... we don't have an etsy shop yet but hope to have some on an online store very soon. Will keep you posted :)

  12. Having a thankful and grateful heart brings contentment and you have encouraged me so much today....Thanks for letting us see your sweet and caring heart.....

  13. Your post is so timely, Debbie, as I had just done a post recently on my mom's birthday and included the song "Blessings" by Laura Story. Mom has Alzheimer's and now cancer,and she lives quite a long ways from me, and I "hear" the changes she is going through in her voice on the phone. This brings me sadness, as I do not think she knows the Lord, but He reminds me to continue to pray for her salvation.

    The words in the song, "what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise" ring true in your post, and your trust in our Lord gives so many strength to persevere.

    Thank you, Debbie - love you!

  14. Debbie,

    All.. ALL. of the trials and changes over the past several years just shout glory to our Jesus. I see so much of your faith in Him. I love you my sister. So glad to stop in here and be encouraged.

    Happy TT. Rejoicing in His Grace this day. Hugs, Lynn

  15. I love the contented feel like exudes from this post. You make me want to sigh!

    Praise God for helping you get here.


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