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Update on Life & New Hostess for Thankful Thursday

I have been a little quiet. I have been busy with family and my work. Actually I have changed jobs within the last couple of weeks. I still work for the same company, just in a different department. I have been busy training my replacement (not sure if that went well) and I started to learn my new responsibilities.

I also still work on my portrait business, but I guess I am not corky enough to attract new business. Why I am saying that? Well, as I watch other portrait photographers in town, I notice that I dress too conservative (no multicolored socks or funny skirts in my wardrobe…just Converse and a pair of great jeans). I did book a maternity and newborn session for May and June. And I have a pending job for product photography. So, I guess I do book sessions, just not enough to quit my day job…yet!

Also, our son landed an awesome job. Wow – I wish I would have had that kind of pay and perks at his age (almost 29). But then again, I don’t have the education he does. I am very, very happy for our son that all the studying and ‘nerdiness’ finally paid off for him.

On another note, Jenn from Busy Being Blessed has taking over the Thankful Thursday meme that I was blessed to host for 7 years. Please visit her blog “Busy Being Blessed” on Thursday to continue sharing your thankful heart. Jenn created some beautiful new buttons that you can use. Here is one of them:

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Now you know why I have been quiet; just busy – nothing special.

Thanks for stopping by today.

In His love,
Iris

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Thankful Thursday ~ Goodbye

I have been praying about this step; it is time to say ‘goodbye’ to “Thankful Thursday” here at “Grace Alone…”. The meme has been going since 2007 and unfortunately I have had not the time that it takes to keep it going over the last months. If you are interested in hosting the meme on your blog, just let me know in the comment section.

I have ‘met’ some incredible women through the meme that I have become friends with in real life. Rest assured that I am thankful on a daily basis. I am especially thankful for God’s incredible grace, love, and mercy over the years I have been online. Honestly, I am not sure where I will go with this blog. I may just write about my journey with God, or will host a Bible study. I know that God will direct my next steps with “Grace Alone…”.

I am still running “Laced with Grace” which is a great ministry God has blessed me with. I am certainly thankful that He is using a broken woman like me to share His grace with the world. And I hope that He will give me continued courage to spread the Word with a darkened world.

I also continue to work on my business of portrait photography. I pray that God will expend my boundaries and give me the courage to step out of my comfort zone.

Thank you for making “Grace Alone…” a meeting place for thankful hearts over the past 7 years. I am closing Thankful Thursday with one of my favorite verses of the New Testament:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
(Philippians 4:8 ESV)

Love & peace,
Iris

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Thankful Thursday ~ Another Random List

For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
(Psalm 31:3-5 ESV)

There are so many daily blessings that I am thankful for each and every day, so I thought I will share some with you with you this week.

  • God is my number one this and every week! Without His guidance and strength, I do not know where I would be. I guess that is why I love readying the Psalms of David. He struggled in life too, but he knew Who to turn to when things went from bad to worse.
  • My beloved! Sure our marriage is not perfect, but we are two imperfect people. However, we love and respect each other and I guess that is what makes our marriage work. And of course grace! We truly enjoy each others company.
  • I am also very thankful for my dear son. He is a wonderful son, respecting us, his parents. We had our differences, but as he got older, he knew that we just wanted the best for him.
  • Incredible friends that are there for me when I need encouragement and just someone that listens to my challenges.
  • A fantastic pastor who teaches us the Word of God. We are working through Matthew 5 right now. LOVE it. You know, I often read ‘over’ passages. It is interesting what God shows me through our pastor.
  • My awesome car. It is so easy to drive and it gets great gas mileage. Oh, and it so comfortable. Even my husband enjoys it.
  • My new hair-stylist. I love that girl She is always smiling and I finally have my favorite hair-cut back. I am thankful that some dear friends recommended her.

What are you thankful for this week? Please do share with us by leaving a link to your Thankful Thursday post below.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember: a thankful heart, is a blessed heart.

Love & peace,
Iris

Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Just Keep Going 2. Daily Journey 3. Jhunnelle

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Thankful Thursday ~ His Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
(Psalm 119:105 ESV)

Often times I feel like that I just keep putting ‘fires’ out at work. It seems like that I never get ahead. On Tuesday morning I woke up already exhausted and tired just thinking of my day ahead. I think I need to stop doing that!

However, as I was having my quiet time that morning, God directed my thoughts to Philippians 4:4-7:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)

You see, it is good to be in His Word on a regular basis. Even though I always think that I don’t remember verses of the Bible, I do. I may not remember the exact wording of a particular verse, but I know where I can find it. So, when mornings are a little rough for me, I am thankful for His Word hidden in my heart.

What are you thankful for this week? Please do share with us by leaving a link to your Thankful Thursday post below.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember: Hide His Word in your heart and it will help you to refocus your day.

Love & peace,
Iris

Thankful Thursday Participants

1. It Feels Like Chaos
2. Ask, and You Will Receive | Serving With Joy
3. Mercury Fillings And The Detox Plan That Counts
4. LaughingLady
5. Melanie @ M&M
6. Daily Journey
7. Slave or Free?
8. bp
9. Lindsey @ Reading Red Letters

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