Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thankful Thursday - February 12
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV ~)
I love this passage (chosen by Iris at Grace Alone) because it's something that we all need to be reminded of a lot. Jenn at Growth in God posted earlier today about love and she hit the nail on the head when she said that love is not a feeling but is an action. If we go through life based on what we feel, we're going to miss love.
This week is full of challenges but that doesn't mean that I can't be thankful. I'm reminded of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister, Betsie, as they sat in a nasty German prison. They praised God for fleas because they kept the German guards from checking in on them and they were able to hold to Bible study with a Dutch Bible they'd smuggled into prison with them. They were able to share the love of Jesus because of hardship.
This week I'm thankful for the difficulties I face because I know that when all's said and done, God alone will receive the glory for what will be accomplished. I am thankful for the chance to minister to my oldest son as he is ill. He's had to humble himself and allow me (and others) to help him when he's been too weak to do things on his own. I've been given time with a captive audience - what a chance to let my faith shine before men!
I'm thankful for the upcoming challenge of two surgeries, the bills they will incur, and the opportunity to tell others how God will provide. Our income will be reduced by 1/3 for a while and only God can keep us going. I'm excited as I wonder how He'll work it all out. It'll be nothing short of amazing.