Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thankful Thursday

"being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." ~ Romans 4:21

I am thankful ~ for a dear friend's mother who sent me this verse today. She has committed to pray for my girls' healing, from this scary infection, and continues to encourage me with a mother's heart.

I am thankful ~ for a naturopathic doctor who has cared for Madeline and Olivia (and me) for over a year. She calls on her days off, beginning the conversation with "I was thinking about Madeline today and had an idea...." Dr. Crystal really, truly cares.

I am thankful ~ for Genea and Jimmy, missionaries at Rancho de sus Ninos orphange in Mexico. They called me this morning during a meeting with their local pastors and asked if they could all pray for Madeline by speakerphone. They prayed for 9 1/2 minutes straight for my daughter's complete healing (allergies and all).

I am thankful ~ for Joy. My friend who has called me everyday to check in and make sure we are OK. I am convinced if she thought otherwise, she would book it straight across 3 states to help us out.

I am thankful ~ for a friend who values our friendship so much, she would invite me to tea just to share some news with me that she thought may be hard for me to handle. Compassionate, thoughtful and kind just begin to describe her heart.

I am thankful ~ for in-laws who shared with us a commitment they made to cover Madeline's health in prayers until she is better. They also drop me emails with Scriptures and words to encourage. And they give me good books to read. Now that's speaking my language!

I am thankful ~ for modern technology. But mostly for my friends Cassie and Colleen. We were blessed to meet at a Young Marrieds Bible study years ago. And although both have been led out of the desert, they both keep in touch and pray for my family faithfully. Both check in on the girls (and me) consistently. And although I would prefer to have them live just a bit closer, I am grateful we have email which allows us to "visit" almost every day! Colleen, thank for the nurses' perspective. And Cass, thanks for thinking of my girls like family and directing me towards the natural MRSA remedies.

I am thankful ~ for my sister who dropped everything today to search online with me, to find out whether the bug bites I had just received were cause for concern. (Yes, something got in my sundress and bit me - twice!)

I am thankful ~ for a husband who is strong enough to believe that God is using our family's struggles to work towards something good and who always encourages me that it will "all work out."

I am thankful ~ that God is with us, and that is all I could ever really ask.

Lastly, I am thankful ~ for God's promises. In case you were wondering, I did follow my plan today. I improved on going to the Word when I felt overwhelmed. I wrote Bible verses that represent His promises to me on cards and folded them so they would stand up. I strategically placed them around the house: in the middle of our pile of antibiotics, in the girls' rooms, by the computer, in the laundry room. It's no surprise that my emotions were much better handled.

Stop by and visit Iris for more words of thanks....


Serendipity said...

What a lovely thankful list! Madeline and Olivia are adorable!

Happy TT! Remain blessed!

Denise said...

I am praying for your dear family, be blessed.

Melanie said...

Beautiful post, Rebecca. I'll be praying for your girls health and for your family.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Laurie Ann said...

What a precious post, Rebecca. God bless you. Please know I am praying, too, for the health of your girls.

Jenileigh said...

What a wonderful thankful list. I love the idea of writing down God's promises and leaving them throughout the house. I continue to pray for you and your family. Have a blessed TT today. Hugs

hip chick said...

I just wanted you to know that I have prayed for your little family today.

Gigi said...

Rebecca ~ what a wonderful list of praise! Your girls are just lovely and we will be praying for them...we know the Lord has a special place in His heart for the littlest ones!

Thank you for visiting my blog and your nice words. I look forward to hearing your comments once you get to read The Shack! And I'd love to add you to my blogroll, if that's ok...

Rebecca said...

Gigi, of course! And I'm sure I'll be stopping by to visit too.

Next up, I just need to learn how to get one of those blogroll thingies...

Rebecca said...

I am thankful ~ for the body of Christ that I've met through this blog. What was intended as a way to bring glory to God through all He did in our lives when we lost the baby, turned out to be another way for God to shower blessings down on us! Thank you all for your prayers, my girls have no idea what is taking place in the heavenlies on their behalf.

Kristi said...

I love your note card idea and reading your honesty. You are dearly loved...God is showing you that in so many ways. Keep up the good work!

Marsha said...

What an endearing post. I'm praying your daughter's health is restored quickly.

Have a blessed weekend.

JesusRulzMe said...

Bless you dear sister Rebecca,

I was praying for you today and was wondering how you were doing.

I was thanking God for you today and how He continues to shine through you in the midst of your trials.

With much love in Christ,

P.S. The Bible study has moved to it's own blog. You can find the link on my personal blog.

Julie said...


We are continuously praying for your family. My heart has been deeply burdened for you the past few days and my Prayers have been often for your trials. God is using people in amazing ways to minister to you. What great love our Heavenly Father has for us!!

Continuing to pray and think of you,

Julie & family

*Also, could I add you to my blog roll?