Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday #70

There are a lot of changes taking place in our world. Some are good but some are bad. And because of the bad changes, a lot of people are worrying. And because they are worrying, they are getting sick. Then they worry about being sick and not being able to take care of the things in their life that they are responsible for and then others around them begin to worry and they get sick.

Have you noticed now many people are getting sick these days? It is alarming. Some people say it is because of the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. But a lot of it is simply due to stress from worrying.

So today I want to center “my” Thankful Thursday about worrying, or more importantly not worrying because only God knows what tomorrow will bring.

Matthew 6:

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

I am thankful for my life and the fact that I am able to get up every morning and head out to work. I am not confined to a bed or a wheelchair but even if I was I would be thankful just to be alive.

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?

I am thankful for the birds and all the other animals that make up this great world.

28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

I am thankful for my gardening abilities and the fact that I can (with God’s help) grow lovely flowers.

30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I am thankful that no matter what has happened over the last few years, I was still able to put food on the table. Even when I was totally broke (or at least it felt like it), we had food to eat. And sometimes I didn’t know where the food came from but it did come and I am thankful for that.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I am thankful for today and even though I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I will not worry about it. I am confident that even in all this chaos God has a plan and it is a great plan. I want to give a special shout out to Kat over at Heart to Heart. She is having an operation today and I ask that you keep her in your prayers.

Have a great day,



Kelly Combs said...

Greg - this was my most favorite TT post you have ever done. It was wonderful! you have such a way with words, and a wonderful attitude. It is a joy to know you.

Jewel said...

Great post! Beautiful pictures and Matthew 6 is always encouraging! Thank you for sharing.

Jenny said...

Awesome Thankful Thursday Greg. I needed that. This verse needs to be embedded in my brain - 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. I worry way too much.

I will keep Kat in my prayers.

2Thinks said...

You put this together so well. That section of scripture is healing balm for a harried heart. I'm always encouraged by your positive attitude and by your efforts to keep that positive attitude- positive.

Carmen said...

Well done post. Love the pictures too. Thanks for sharing!

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

Hi Greg,

You are amazing with the camera. You've captured some of God's amazing handiwork. I'm so glad you shared it! I love to see His beauty in the world around me.

Hope you have a great evening.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Greg... I looooooooove this post. I looooooooove this scripture. I've used it numerous times in my posts. God is more amazing than I can comprehend! Praise You God!

Wanda said...

Wow Greg ~~ This is an amazing post, in both wonderful Scripture, wonderful pictures, but most of all the personal application you gave each segment.

Greg, can I just say I'm thankful on this Thursday to have met you, and your blog!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Greg - I just LOVE this post today! You are just awesome!

Sorry I didn't link up - I was having a BADDDDD day yesterday and posted what God led me to post.

Love you though! - Beth

Denise said...

This was such a wonderful post.

Terri Tiffany said...

Greg, you did a wonderful job on this post. It struck me straight on. Your words could be my family. I'm thankful to be still eating here too. Not sure how I can keep my job much longer but thankful that I have so far:)

2Thinks said...

I was reading blogs tonight and started feeling kind of bad that I hadn't blogged anything since Thursday. So, I checked in over here. Now I feel better. :)

Susan Skitt said...

So good to give thanks! I love that the Lord gives us all good things, even in the tough times we can be so thankful for who He is and what He has done by giving us His precious Son to save us!

I like how you used Scripture in this post, verse by verse and talked about what God is doing in your life. Have a great week Greg!

P.S. I'm having a book tour and giveaway on my blog - all are invited!

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