Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thankful Thursday & The Winner Is...

Recently, I've been encouraged by websites that take time to recount the blessings of the Lord. So I've decided to make today - Thankful Thursday.

Take a few moments to read the following passage from Ephesians:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace," (Ephesians 1:3-7; KJV).

Wow! If you're a child of the King, these verses spell out at least 6 reasons to be thankful. Can you find them?

*I'm blessed (v. 3)
*I'm chosen (v. 4)
*I'm adopted (v. 5)
*I'm accepted (v. 6)
*I'm redeemed (v. 7)
*I'm forgiven (v. 7)

Some other things I'm thankful for this week:

*a fantastic family
*good health
*wonderful friends
*the opportunity to write and share the truths of God's Word

Now it's your turn to join in! What are you thankful for this week?

And if you've been waiting on the edge of your seat to learn who the winner of last week's giveaway is...may I have a drum roll please?! A BIG congratulations goes out to: Karen Lange!! She is the winner of a signed copy of The Art of Norma Boeckler! Way to go Karen! And a special thank you to all who participated in the drawing! Have a beautiful week and God bless!


  1. Thank you, Maria, what a wonderful surprise! I am thankful for lovely treats such as this. Looking forward to enjoying your Mom's book. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs and blessings,

    1. Congratulations, Karen! I'm so happy for you - and I know you'll enjoy my Mom's artwork! Hugs and blessings to you too!

  2. oh oh oh - first off - LOVE THAT VERSE:) As for my thankful right now? A new car to drive. We recently found out our used car was not quite as safe as we'd thought (the sellers hadn't been completely honest) and we now have something safe to transport the kiddos in:) So, not only am I thankful for that, but for God protecting us as we drove the other one--He knew it's condition even if we didn't!

    1. Hi Susan! So glad to hear you have reliable wheels now! What kind of car did you get? Are you enjoying that new car smell?! Thankful for God's protection on you and your kids. Have a super blessed weekend, my friend!

  3. ummm..and that's "its" not "it's"...I think it's time for bed:)

  4. I am going to make that my verse of the day! Thank you. I am thankful for fellowship with my girlfriends, mysisters in Christ.

  5. This is a great verse, Maria. I am now on a spiritual high, which I needed for today, especially the verses on being accepted, redeemed, and forgiven. Amen. :-)

    Blessings to you and yours!