Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Oh my aching back!

Believe it or not, I woke up at 2:30 this morning and started thinking about Thankful Thursday. The second thing I thought was; man my back is aching. And that is the first thing I am thankful for.

1. I am thankful that my back was aching this morning. The reason it was aching is because they are clearing the power lines along our street and we get as much free firewood as we want. My wife and sons have been loading it in the truck and bringing it home and in the evenings once it cools down to 90 Deg. We cut and stack it. Last night we spent about an hour cutting and stacking firewood. But it is free and that is a blessing. Our plants will be nice and toasty this coming winter.

2. My aching back also reminded me that I need to do more upper body exercises at the gym. So this morning, I started my workout with 100 crunches, then 100 back extensions and finally 75 butterflies. After that I had just enough time to get in 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer. So I am thankful that I have a gym to go to, the drive to keep going and some really good gym friends. Oh and also some great blog friends who encourage me to keep going.

3. After my workout I was nice and limber which reminded me not to be so stiff necked. I tend to be that way sometimes. (no say it isn’t so) As I was driving in to work I saw the most beautiful sunrise reminding me that God is still in control and I am thankful for that.

4. Thank God it’s Thursday. I made it through another week and now I have a three day weekend to look forward to. Three whole days off, whoot whoot whoot. Working at the market on Saturday doesn’t count because I really enjoy that. I have a plan to boost sales too and I will tell you all about it this weekend. If it works that is. :)

5. I am thankful for Faith, Hope and love. Throughout my life I have maintained my faith even though there were times it wasn’t that evident. No matter what life throws at me I keep hoping and praying for a better tomorrow. And finally I am thankful for being able to love and for being loved. So no matter what life throws at you remember this promise:

1 Corinthians 13
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Have a great day,


Susan D said...

Great post Greg! Being thankful for aches is great....that means we're able to do physical activity. Love that. Have a safe 4th. Blessings, SusanD

Deb said...

Must be something about those #5's today! Another TT participant had a great #5! If we could just wrap our hearts around that verse, what a difference it would make in our world!
Have a great and safe 4th!

Yolanda said...

Faith Hope and Love....blessings from above poured into our hearts.

May you enjoy your 3 day weekend.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Great Thankful Thursday, when we come to a place in our lives when being able to recognize an ache as a blessing, well that is wonderfully and spiritually mature!


skoots1mom said...

wonderful words of thanks...
great deal on that firewood
praying you have a safe and family-filled fourth :)
God Bless America!

Jenny said...

Great Thankful Thursday even though your back is aching ;) I hope it stops aching so you can enjoy your 3 day weekend.

Lea said...

I know what you mean about being thankful for your aches n pains.
I have a friend in the nursing home who is only in her 60's but she's bedridden and can't do anything for herself. She feels great despair and hopelessness at times. She wants to get up and walk to the bathroom. She wants to scratch her own feet and comb her own hair.
So even when we ache n hurt. THANK GOD stuff hurts and we get up and go to the gym, garden, run, FISH! (noticed your banner lol)
OH and awesome bout the firewood!

Chatty Kelly said...

Thank you for always being faithful in coming and visiting me! I appreciate you!

Great post, and I hope you back will feel better soon.

My legs are killing me after walking 1 million miles around a theme park today with two little girls. Well, maybe it wasn't 1 million miles, but it felt like it!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Ah, it's so good to get back here and read you, Greg. Great stuff, here.

AirmanMom said...

outstanding post!

Wanda said...

Greg, I'm so proud of you and your consistant exercise program...

I think Thankful Thursday is a wonderful post.... look forward to it each week.

Have a great 4th of July....


B His Girl said...

I like your attitude and work/workout ethic. I'm am impressed. Unexpected blessings are coming to your house from above. B

2Thinks said...

Refreshing reminder. Much needed. Working the farmer's market doesn't count as work- I agree, it's so fun,I used to work a market when I worked at an organic farm. Did you say 100 crunches?

Is that like 100 pieces of Captain Crunch? Prob'ly not.

I need to work out!

Susan Skitt said...

The greatest indeed! Taking what seems to be lemons and making lemonade, God is good at doing that. Happy 4th!

Jamie Dawn said...

I always get such a smiley good feeling when I read your thankful posts. It is an encouragement.
I hope you and your family enjoy a terrific holiday weekend.
Happy Independence Day!!!
God Bless America!

Carmen said...

Wonderful list today Greg! It is a blessing to get free or cheap firewood...but yes, lots of work!
I'm thankful:
For the beautiful wedding my son and his bride had this week.
For a safe trip to and from the Island.
For a wonderful time with one of my best buddies, who is also the mother of my sons new wife.
That I'm worn means I'm alive and making the most of life.
For my family...all of them. They're such a blessing in my life!

As are you and your posts Greg. Keep them coming!!

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