Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Thankful Thursday - April 9

This is a week that causes me to pause and reflect. How have I passed on the news that Jesus gave of Himself sacrificially so that others might know and receive that most precious of gifts? It is a voluntary gift given by Jesus - one that requires a voluntary receipt.

John 10:18 says, "No one takes my life from me. I give it up willingly! I have the power to give it up and the power to receive it back again, just as my Father commanded me to do." (Contemporary English Version) The emphasis is mine.

It humbles me greatly to realize that a sovereign God gave all that He had willingly in order to redeem mankind for His own. I don't deserve that kind of love. I don't know anyone who does.

This week I'm thankful for:

  • Jesus and His gift of life, given through His shed blood on a cross.
  • That Jesus didn't stay in the tomb but that He rose to fulfill the Scriptures. I can have full confidence that what He said will be, will be!
  • That He is alive forever - We serve a living God!
  • That this gracious and loving God cares about my day to day struggles. I can go to Him in prayer and He hears me. I am not alone and I am well cared for. Nothing can happen that God does not allow and He protects me. I can rest in the shadow of His wing.
  • My family - I am more blessed than I'll ever realize.
  • My friends - those I see in person and those long distance. Man is not meant to be alone. God created Eve for Adam so he wouldn't be alone. Friends are a special blessing.
I'd like to wish each and every person reading this blog a blessed Easter. It's my prayer that you won't let the message of what Jesus accomplished pass by you, and don't forget that He's returning someday very soon. May He find you ready and waiting.

Other Thankful Thursday posts can be found at: Women Taking a Stand.


LAURIE said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful TT post. May your Resurrection week be filled with great love and remembrance of the greatest sacrifice of all - Christ. -Happy TT, Laurie

Grammy said...

You wrote a wonderful post!
Happy Easter to you too.

Denise said...

Bless you dear.

Serendipity said...

A lovely post. Have a blessed Easter!

Angela said...

I LOVED this post...such awesome truths,,thanks for the encouraging me and pointing the way to Christ.

Beth in NC said...

Amen and amen! I am really enjoying the Easter TT posts!

What a great point -- Jesus did it WILLINGLY. Thank You Lord!

Have a blessed Resurrection Day!

Laurie Ann said...

Beautifully written! Very moving. Knowing He did it willingly for us just leaves me humbled. Happy Thankful Thursday and Happy Easter. Maranatha! Laurie Ann

Auntie E said...

Thank you and Amen. Easter is truly a time of Rejoicing. With out The Risen Savior we all would be lost or under Rabbinical Law. The Gift of Life has been handed to us by God. Have a Blessed Easter from our Household to your!

FromThe Creek said...

Wonderful blessings!

lupusurvivor said...

beautiful tt. have a blessed easter weekend.

Rocks said...

Jesus is alaive!! Amen!

HAve a wonderful weekend with your family girl :)

Donna Bragg said...

I loved this post! You said it all! Nothing left to be said about our SAVIOR! GOD Bless You!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!


Your sister in CHRIST,

Anonymous said...

Wonderful thoughts today! I hope you have a blessed Easter too.