The Accidental Pharisee

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thankful Thursday # 19

Over at Grace Alone ..., Iris is thankful for joy. That brings to mind this verse:

" ... the joy of the Lord is your strength." ~ Neh. 8:10c

Here's what Charles Spurgeon, a preacher in the late 1800s, had to say about the joy of the Lord:

(The joy of the Lord) springs from God, and has God for its object. The believer who is in a spiritually healthy state rejoices mainly in God himself; he is happy because there is a God, and because God is in his person and character what he is. All the attributes of God become well-springs of joy to the thoughtful, contemplative believer; for such a man says within his soul, "All these attributes of my God are mine: his power, my protection; his wisdom, my guidance; his faithfulness, my foundation; his grace, my salvation."

I missed Thankful Thursday last week because I was getting my life back on an even keel after speaking at the Hearts at Home conference. I am thankful for:

  • all my TT friends who left such encouraging messages for me and who promised to pray for me as I spoke about how moms can help their sons choose purity versus pornography & about how motherhood is not about being perfect. The workshops went well and I received positive feedback from moms who were encouraged.

  • that I made it home even if it was 7 hours later than planned and via Milwaukee and Dallas. After my flight was canceled, some passengers weren't getting flights out until the next day!

  • my friend, Wendy--that's her in the photo--who traveled with me and surprised me with chocolates and a lovely scented candle for our room and helped at my book table and who kept me sane while we stood in line for more than 2 1/2 hours trying to get a flight home!

  • for an understanding husband who let me take a few days off while I caught up on lost sleep and recovered from a migraine.

  • life getting back to normal. I've got one more conference to speak at in November, but until then, I'm just being a mom and a wife and, oh,yea, an editor ... the magazine's on deadline again. But, that's normal for me.

  • I am thankful for God's attributes. He is Eternal (Ps. 90:2), Unchanging (Mal. 3:6), Holy (Rev. 15:4), All-Powerful (Joshua 4:24), All-Wise (1 Cor. 1:25), All-Knowing (1 John 3:20), Good (ps. 25:8), Loving (1 Jn. 4:8), Gracious (Jn. 1:14), Merciful (Neh. 9:31), Just (Deut. 32:4), and Sovereign (2 Sam. 7:22).

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  • May you be sweetly blessed.

    By Blogger Denise, At October 15, 2008 at 11:51 PM  

  • God's attributes... yeah! thanking God for that with you. blessings! ♥

    By Blogger Pia, At October 15, 2008 at 11:58 PM  

  • Glad you made it home safely eventhough 7 hours later. Have a blessed day!

    By Blogger Serendipity, At October 16, 2008 at 12:33 AM  

  • I'm glad everything turned out great with your trip. Thanks for sharing!~Mine is posted HERE. Happy TT!~

    By Blogger Pea in a Pod, At October 16, 2008 at 1:40 AM  

  • Wow; your joy comes from the Lord. I thank you for listing a few of God's wonderful attributes in your post. They reminded me that.. despite circumstances we can have joy because of knowing Him.

    By Blogger Debbie, At October 16, 2008 at 6:08 AM  

  • Glad you are back, I have missed your posts. "All these attributes of my God are mine: his power, my protection; his wisdom, my guidance; his faithfulness, my foundation; his grace, my salvation." -- Oh, to be constantly reminded in my heart of this...what joy! Thanks for sharing today!

    By Blogger Denise, At October 16, 2008 at 7:33 AM  

  • So glad the conference went well. I love the attributes of God you listed! Awesome post! Have a Happy Thankful Thursday!

    By Blogger Laurie Ann, At October 16, 2008 at 7:56 AM  

  • I am so glad the conference went well and you made it home safely!

    Happy Thankful Thursday, Beth!

    By Blogger Melanie, At October 16, 2008 at 11:38 AM  

  • Hi Beth,

    Thanks for the update the other evening. I'm sorry I didn't get to reply. It's been a little busy at the center this week with my at risk girls.

    I'll be praying for your magazine deadline. You must do your best work under pressure, too. A blessing and a curse all rolled into one! haha!

    Have a blessed weekend.

    By Blogger Marsha, At October 16, 2008 at 8:37 PM  

  • Your quote of Spurgeon was so good. Bear in mind he battled depression his entire ministry life. He had people laughing so much in his meetings that he came under much criticism.

    I love the fact that he didn't give into the depression he sought joy and laughter in the Lord because of it!!!

    Best to you as you inspire us to seek the Lord's promised joy.

    By Blogger Kay Martin, At October 19, 2008 at 9:24 AM  

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