Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Another week has gone by and the Lord continues to show me how many things there are in my life to be thankful for.

1. This week we have had some unusual warm weather! It's been great. I've been able to take the boys outside in just their sweatshirts. We have had some nice long walks and lots of time playing at the parks nearby. I know that these warm days won't last much longer so we are trying to soak them up as much as possible!!!

2. I am super thankful for my husband.......God is so good to have given Jon to me! I appreciate how he shows me his love in little actions such as washing the dishes. What a blessing to come home from running an errand and find the dishes already clean, dried, and put away!!!

3. History! Yes, I am thankful for history. In our history curriculum we are going through Veritas Press: Ancient Greece and Rome with introduction to the New Testament. I love that I get to learn alongside with my boys. This week we are learning about the Phoenicians and their contribution to our modern day alphabet. I had no idea we had them to thank for our ABCs!

4. God's lovingkindness. This week's chapter in the book we are reading for my ladies' small group is entitled : "Am I willing to change my attitude?" The main idea is to encourage wives to have attitudes of gratefulness towards God and our husbands vs complaining hearts. The focus is on Psalm 92:1-2
It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare your lovingkindness in the morning and your faithfulness at night. (I love it when there are songs set to Bible verses like this one because I then sing the verse all day long) Anyway, the author writes how "the word lovingkindness is translated from the Hebrew word "hesed" which is used often in the Old Testament to signify God's covenant, steadfast love for me.  Hesed is the unmerited and generous favor of God. Hesed love is gentle and always reaches out to the object of that love-which means me." She then goes on to write:"Old Testament scholar Daniel Block(who will actually be here in Samara in a week!) describes hesed as "that quality that moves a person to act for the benefit of another without respect to the advantage that it might bring to the one who expresses it .....this quality is expressed fundamentally in action rather than word or emotion""

You know what's so funny? The day I read this section of the book I told Jon about what I learned about "hesed"and he said that he had just talked about "hesed" that day!!

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