4.01.2011

Thankful For :: 321 - 330

This week has been better (in some ways) than last week, and yet I'm still in a bit of a funk (see Monday's post for details about how I'm dealing with that issue). It's certainly time to count my blessings and remember that every good and perfect gift comes from my Father. When I came home for lunch one day, I was having a major pity party and the thought went through my head, "I need an attitude adjustment because I have a really bad attitude. If only there was a verse about attitude in the Bible." Which was just about the time that the Holy Spirit jabbed me and brought this verse to mind: Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

I like the NLT version of this as well...

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

And I'm whining about my job? It was a brilliant wake up call for me and totally humbling. I know I've been sharing a lot of Scripture and personal growth on the blog lately and if that bores you...well, I'm really not sorry. It's part of who I am and it's part of what I'm going through and it's part of the many "busy nothings" (or somethings, as the case may be) that make up my life. I hope that for some of you it has been an encouragement that even though life isn't always sunshine and daisies, there is a God who cares for you and for me and He wants to help. He set the stars in their places and yet he cares about the smallest trials in our day-to-day lives. This simply astounds me - even after all these years of knowing Him.

And I'll end with that thought...and share my 10 thankfulness items this week...and let you know that I'm not feeling very bloggy right now, so if you see a slowdown of posts you shouldn't be surprised. I already have one ready for Monday, but beyond that I can promise nothing. Have a delightful week-end everyone and Happy April (no April fools jokes from me)!

321. The Holy Spirit who brings Scripture to mind at the perfect time

322. Parents who encouraged their kids to memorize Scripture - thanks Dad and Mom!

323. Getting off work an hour early

324. A working washer and dryer

325. Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies - stored in the freezer of course

326. A surprise lunch

327. The smells of spring - flowers, cut grass, that after-rain scent

328. Medication to help with the allergies that come from the smells of spring

329. Naps

330. Coming home to find a branch from our flowing cherry tree on the table - thanks Honey!

Blog,Flowers

4 comments:

  1. For the record, I'm loving all your personal growth stuff. I am enjoying reading what God is doing in your life. Plus, I feel like for the last few weeks you seem to post just what I need to hear for my OWN life (because apparently the pity party/bad attitude/funk is contagious!).

    Thanks for sharing despite feeling non-bloggy :)

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  2. Dear Carrie,
    I understand about not feeling very "bloggy." Sort of in the same place [hopefully no one noticed there was no Fearless Friday post today].

    I'm so thankful for your honest sharing, your focus and the Lord, the love you have in you marriage, and so much more. And how do I know these things? Through your blog. So, take a break, continue to let the Word wash you from all that exposure out in the world, and have a beautiful weekend with your hubby.

    Then, when you're up to it, come back and blog, and let us know you more...ups, downs, joys, and troubles.

    [And I'm really feeling convicted right now that I better take my own advice!]

    Thank you for always pointing us back to the Lord, and His Word! Never bored of that!!

    Prayers for you, Linda

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  3. ..um that should be "focus *ON* the Lord."

    Must begin previewing comments..

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  4. Those cherry blossoms are so stunning!
    Glad to read that this week has been better. Hopefully next will be even better yet.
    Regardless, it sounds like your head is in the right place (in scripture).

    Happy Sunday :)

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