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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday ~ Electricity

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!”
~ 1 Chronicles 16:34 (ESV)

It may be a strange theme to be thankful for; let me explain. A couple week’s ago I read Terri Blackstock’s novel “Last Light“. It was one of those books that I could not put down; I finished it in one weekend. I had it on my Nook since Christmas, but never had a chance to read it.

At any rate, this novel was about electricity; more the lack of it. An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) knocked out all power world-wide. The story was about a family in Birmingham, Alabama and how they dealt with living without electricity…

Believe me, I so felt for the family. I was thinking about how I would fare with having no electricity; not well, that is for sure. I wouldn’t know how to cook, or hunt for food. I don’t even own a gun! I think that I would be dead in the first two weeks without power. Sad, but true.

These days, every time I turn on the light, get in the hot shower, or even turn on the stove, I am thankful for the convenience I have. I know that I take a lot for granted, and the novel reminded me once again, that we cannot take these conveniences for granted; they might be gone tomorrow.

So, 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: don’t take today’s conveniences for granted; they may not be there tomorrow.

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1. LaughingLady
2. Rita
3. debi @ Who Says 8 is Enough?
4. Joshlin@Saving Moms Sanity
5. Casey
6. It Feels Like Chaos
7. More Than Words
8. grace
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10. amazing grace
11. Stefanie @ UpLIFTing Words
12. Life is a Battle
13. Thoughts Of A Working Mom
14. Karen
15. Melanie @ M&M
16. Amy Snow
17. Lynn ~ Spiritually Unequal Marriage
18. Noreen @Life Blessings
19. Marsha @ Heart Song
20. bp
21. Dawn @ Guiding Light
22. Answered Prayer
23. Jenny Anne@Royal Little Lambs
24. Growth in God
25. Faith Hope & Cherrytea
26. 1,000 Gifts – My Gratitude Journal – Day 18
27. Laurie @ Women Taking a Stand
28. Heather@Becoming A Titus 2 Woman
29. Lisa Maria
30. Krista @ From The Pages of Love
31. Wendy Gunn @ Faith’s Firm Foundation
32. annies home
33. Ann @ Honoring The King
34. What’s in a name @Doorkeeper
35. Rons Road 2 Recovery
36. Julie
37. Joyful Penny
38. Thankful list
39. I Don’t Even Know Anymore
40. A Grateful Heart

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22 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Electricity”

  1. LaughingLady says:

    Something to be thankful for, indeed! Running water is the big one for me. A while back I listened to a couple of Revive Our Hearts broadcasts featuring the ministry, Daughters of Hope. (4-part series starts here: http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/roh/today.php?pid=10323) Ever since then, several times each week, I’m thankful I don’t have to walk seven miles BOTH WAYS to haul water, I don’t have to gather firewood to start a fire to boil my water before I can use it for drinking or cooking, and that I have HOT running water as well!!

  2. Rita says:

    I always thought I could do just fine without electricity, but the truth is that it would be difficult. We’re so used to our modern conveniences that we’re more dependent on them that we think. Thanks for hosting! Have a great week.

  3. debi9kids says:

    How funny. I was JUST talking about this today.
    What would I do if I didn’t have electric, could I survive?
    I think I could, but geez… you are right. I am very thankful to have my electric.

  4. Bernadine says:

    That’s not strange at all Iris. I was without electricity for about a week after we were hit by hurricanes a few years ago. It was definitely no fun, so electricity is something I’m quite thankful for:)

  5. Joshlin says:

    I know how you feel. I have been left without electricity after a hurricane too. Let me tell you. There are some places that you just couldn’t live with out it. In Louisiana it gets so hot (over 100 in summer) that you could easily die. Then the bugs and all that! You would have to be prepared for sure. But the truth is, that some people still live without electricity to this day. I guess if we don’t know any other way to live it wouldn’t bother us. I am very thankful for my electricity too!

  6. Casey says:

    I have not been here in awhile but it is good to be back!

  7. So true! I gained a new appreciation for electricity when we had rolling power outages during the last cold snap!

  8. genny says:

    i did experienced no electricity for two months and i am fine with it. now, it is hard as I am doing stuff online. mine is up! happy TT!

  9. Amy Snow says:

    Falling in love with Thankful Thursdays. <3 Thank you!

  10. Lynn says:

    Oh Iris,

    I am uber thankful today. God allowed me to be part of something spectacular.

    Praising Jesus. Praising Him. I LOVE JESUS SO MUCH. Love you too my sister. With a full heart. Hugs, Lynn

  11. Marsha says:

    I live in hurricane country too, and after Katrina our area was out of electricity for over a month, some parts of the county, a couple of months.

    And, as someone else mentioned, it gets VERY hot down here!

    I am VERY grateful for electricity and for running water…honestly, since Katrina, I don’t take these things for granted anymore.

    Then last year, I read a book called “One Second After”, which was also about life after an EMP attack; what a ‘wake-up’ call that was!

  12. bp says:

    Oh yes, what a great thing to be thankful for and not take for granted. Sounds like a reaally great book too!

    I smile when I see the photos in our house 🙂

    Love ya!

  13. Kenna says:

    I have a dear friend who teaches in Africa. They frequently lose power and she reminds me to be thankful for a consistent power source, internet that works, and a predictable grocery store. But I also remember that people live like that everyday and can still rejoice in the Lord. So thankful it doesn’t require electricity to pray.

  14. Mama Zen says:

    That sounds like an awesome book!

  15. Laurie Adams says:

    Amen to that Iris! We take so many things for granted. Thanks for hosting this month, looking forward to hearing your grateful heart! ((hugs))

  16. It sounds like an interesting book!! I will have to check into it!

  17. Wendy Gunn says:

    Amen and Amen! I know I take for granted all the little conveniences. We have been reminded, though, not to take electricity as much for granted, because, for some reason, we have had our electricity go off fairly often over the 17 years we’ve lived in this house, and sometimes for days! I now keep oil lanterns and flashlights in convenient places, my gas grill is ready to use (even in winter), pantry stocked, and I try to have extra water on hand. We also bought an emergency radio which does not require electricity. It helps that we live on a lake, but only in the summer, when we can get water for flushing that way. When there’s no electricity, I find we spend more time together and get a lot more sleep! When it gets dark, there’s pretty much nothing to do but go to bed! Early!

    Thanks for a provocative post, and very interesting, Iris! Food for thought!
    Blessings,
    Wendy

  18. angie says:

    sounds like a great book I am reading a book about signs to see of God when all else is wrong I will be posting a review on my blog of it very soon

  19. Every time we lose power (which is several times a year on this windy island), I wonder how in the world people live without it. No hot shower, coffee pot, microwave, TV, computer, blow dryer, or lights to read by. For a few hours, it is fun sitting by the candlelight, but let me tell you. It grows old real fast! So, yes, thank you Lord for electricity.

  20. Joyful says:

    Electricity is a great thing to be thankful for. I once got caught in the dark in the middle of winter in a large city where I live. All the power went out and it was incredibly dark. I was on a bus powered by electricity and all the power went off. Thankfully I didn’t live too far away and managed to make it home. I also travel to Kenya on a fairly regular basis. There are many villages and villagers who do not have power or indoor plumbing or much of anything. It makes me thankful indeed for what I have. A wonderful meme you have going here -)

  21. Andrea says:

    Conveniences are the little things that we forget to be thankful for! Thanks for the reminder that especially on foggy, icky days like today, I don’t have to hang my clohtes to dry…I have a dryer!

  22. Patti says:

    When I was in the Peace Corps, I lived on an island with no electricity. One thing I learned, was how much we can take for granted in this country if we don’t remember to give thanks. It is good to be reminded how much we are blessed. Thank you for the reminder.

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