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Thankful Thursday ~ Joy

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” ~ Psalm 51:12 (ESVemphasis mine)

As I was sitting down to write my Thankful post this week, the words “Lamb of God” kept coming back. As I was sitting in church today for the Ash Wednesday service, tears were flowing down my face. Not because I was sad, but because my heart was overflowing with joy. A joy that comes from knowing that the Lord loves me – no matter what. So, I though it would be an appropriate theme for me this week…

  • Thank You Lord for going to Calvary for me so that I may spend eternity with You. Lord, continue to uphold my willing spirit to serve You where ever I can…
  • I am thankful that the Lord reminds me that I am at where He wants me. Although I am not always happy about decisions that are made at work, I can have an attitude of joy (more about that in my devotion tomorrow at LWG)…
  • I am thankful for my marriage. Although we have had our ups and downs, I am joyful to be married to my Sweetheart. He makes me laugh when my day was not that great…
  • I am thankful that our son is doing so well. I already have gotten used to him no living here. But then again, we also have regular contact with him. He is going to Japan with his friends this summer – I think that he might check things out to see if he would like to live there for a little while…
  • I am thankful that I learn more and more about Photoshop. It is such a joy to create digital LO’s with Photoshop. I am even scanning photos from our son’s baby-age 😛 …
  • I am thankful for Mugs of Truth. It gives me great joy that a company has made its goal to share God’s truth on merchandise 🙂 . Mugs of Truth is having a sale right now on their bracelets. I will be drawing one name of all the Thankful Thursday participants to receive a Philippians 4:13 bracelet. So make sure you link up your Thankful post below 😉 …

What are you thankful for today? I hope you will leave your link below to share with us. If you don’t have a blog, still share with us your grateful heart 🙂 …

Thank you for stopping by today. May our Lord give you renewed joy daily as we reflect on His sacrifice at Calvary.

Blessings to you and yours…

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Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Kim @ Hind’s Feet
2. Cheryl
3. Detroit
4. Lynn (Spiritually Unequal Marriage)
5. Speaking from the Heart
6. Laurel Wreath
7. Livin’ With Me
8. snippets
9. the cookntchrmom
10. Denise
11. Natural Paths
12. To Know Him
13. lori@allyouhavetogive
14. Home with Amy
15. Mary
16. ellen b
17. gina
18. Sheri@PurelyHis
19. Denise Walden
20. Twinkle Mom
21. Angie
22. Sharonb
23. Ann/mom2HandH
24. Crystal@God is in Control
25. Alycia@WhereYourTreasuresAre
26. kathy b
27. Marsha
28. Hopeful Spirit
29. Birgit
30. mama meji
31. poor man’s nicole richie
32. Kim @ Scattered Stones
33. Dana
34. Heather – Not a DIY Life
35. Mary
36. Susan @ Forever His
37. Tina ~ Awakened…to know
38. Missy
39. The Walker Household
40. Kim @3peanuts
41. Lori ~ Simple Life at Home
42. Mama Bear
43. Trina @ Daddy’s Chicks
44. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings
45. Andrea
46. Rosheeda
47. BP
48. Chandra
49. Your Word is Life to Me
50. Michelle
51. Gina R
52. Andie @ ProchnowBlessings (I’ve been MIA for a long time!)
53. Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage
54. Jenny
55. Tami @ The Next Step
56. Michele
57. genny
58. Irene *The GreenGreek*
59. In Light of the Truth
60. Nise’
61. Nichole
62. Kim – Just a Thought
63. Heather@mommymonk
64. Blessedw4mom
65. Dearest Jessica
66. Deidre
67. Wendy (MomLady)
68. Susie
69. Shannon – CMA
70. Jen@Guidance for Victory
71. Nichole Heart4MyHome
72. Amanda

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39 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Joy”

  1. Detroit says:

    As always such a joy to be able to participate. Be blessed this week!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Great post Iris. Hope you do well with your son leaving. I am about to face the same thing. It is so hard trying to let go. I used your words ” not because I am sad, but because my heart is overflowing with joy” on my blog today. Hope you do not mind. Thanks for “Thankful Thursday” I have really enjoyed participating! God Bless!

  3. Denise says:

    Awesome post dear.

  4. Lynn Donovan says:

    Hi Iris,

    This is just a beautiful post. It is neat to think about the joy we have and it flows out of a thankful heart. I am thankful for you and for the time you invest in this online community.

    Can’t wait to read your post at LWG tomorrow. Thanks again for the encourager award. Thank you.

  5. Melanie says:

    What a great thankful list. I’m also thankful for my marriage to my wonderful hubby.

  6. snippets says:

    am so thankful that I have the chance to learn photoshop, too! though it does take much of my time. 🙂
    take care!

  7. Princess says:

    Great to be thankful. Grateful to have read your post, Iris.

  8. Mary says:

    A beautiful post. Thank you for once again hosting Thankful Thursday.


  9. ellen b says:

    How great God’s love for us is. It’s hard to comprehend but good to dwell on. I love the joy theme! May His joy continually fill our hearts with praise for Him…

  10. I used to cry all the time because I was broken…. I cry all the time now because I have been made new……………

  11. Angie says:

    What an enormous blessing to be here tonight…with you Iris! Thank you for hosting…for reminding us—-every week of all that we have to be thankful for.
    I loved your heartfelt list of thankfuls! God is good. All the time. You are a blessing to me!

  12. Everytime I read your Thankful Thursday, I am in awe. Thank you for remindiing me of the joy of knowing Jesus.

  13. Ann says:

    Thanks for a great post. You know it is joy when its in the midst of hardship–I’m glad you can see God in where you’re at work. I love your anti-spam words!

  14. Mama Meji says:

    It’s just great to be here again. And i agree about Photoshop. I wanted to do more with Photoshop- learn more. But I’m taking it slowly because I still have a 2 yr old to take care of.

  15. hi iris!
    it’s really a joyful day.
    i know it’s not too late to share my gratefulness today.
    thanks again!

    Morning Sniffles

  16. oh btw, photoshop is really fun. i’m still learning the 411 of it.

  17. Kim says:

    Thanks for another week of being able to talk about the goodness of the Lord!

  18. Dana says:

    Hi Iris, thank you for sharing your thankful heart this morning. Your testimony on LWG today is a real blessing – learning to be thankful where God wants us. Sometimes that is so difficult because we think we know what we want — Thank God he doesn’t listen to us all the time! Be blesse today!

  19. Susan says:

    Good Morning Iris,

    Thanks so much for help starting my day with a “Thankful Heart”. I love the theme for today “JOY”.

    Your list was great…as always.

    I’m going to read your post on LWG next!

    Blessings to you my friend.

  20. Mary says:

    Hey Iris. I’m also thankful for the great JOY that comes only from Jesus! Thanks so much for hosting TT. What a special day. I’m glad you’re adjusting to your son not living with you….but possibly living in Japan??…to that I say, praise God for the internet and better communication in this world that has become so small. Blessings of great joy on your day.

  21. Girls ~ I just love this group. It is the BEST! I am so thankfull for you. May God bless you in all that you do today.

    Growing in Him,

  22. Mama Bear says:

    Thanks for hosting TT. Loved your list. China is a long way away. They must find their own way, though.
    Have a great week,

  23. Rosheeda says:

    Thanks for hosting, Iris! I look so forward to Thursdays!

  24. BP says:

    Hope you have a good day! Thank you for having this each week.

  25. Dori says:

    So much to be thankful for today in Tennessee!

  26. Gina says:

    Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful verse. I love participating in TT although I am only three weeks old. 🙂

  27. Carrie says:

    Being full of Joy is such a wonderful trait to cultivate.
    Thank you for sharing and for hosting TT.

  28. Jennifer says:

    I’m so happy that you are still hosting Thankful Thursday. I have gotten out of the practice of participating and have noticed the difference in my life of no longer cultivating an attitude of gratitude. So I decided to stop by and see if I could get back into the swing of participating.

    Blessings to you this week!


  29. Tami says:

    Your post makes me want to burst into song:

    God is so good.
    God is so good.
    God is so good. He’s so good to me.

    Amen, friend.

  30. I’ve got the joy joy joy down in my heart…
    Thanks to you 🙂

  31. Thanks for the Thankful Thursday posts!

  32. Mary Lou says:

    What a beautiful post….I am thankful for answered prayer. I am thankful for the scripture and the Lord showing me new things every time I read it. What a great God we have that loves us so much to keep showing us new things in His Word. Blessings on you and yours Iris…

  33. Deidre says:

    Oh, I wish I knew more about photoshop! I just need to dive in.

  34. Wendy says:

    I can’t help but sit here smiling, wanting to burst out with a joyful noise unto the Lord after reading this. Your joy and love of the Lord shines through in everything you write. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Be blessed.

  35. naturalpaths says:

    I am so grateful for your comments on my blog and for reminding me that David went through so many emotions as well. That’s an area where I’ve really been struggling the last few months. So many other Christians have made me feel that it’s NOT okay to feel sad, discouraged, etc. and your comments were just reinforcement to me that it IS okay and I knew that all along.

  36. Irene says:

    I enjoyed reading your list. In fact, it is great to see how many different reasons we find to be thankful for.Thank you for hosting.

  37. Joy, what a great theme! I’m joyful today that you host this every week, and you’re such a blessing to others. Thanks Iris!

  38. Marsha says:

    I totally can relate to your list! Thank you so much for sharing it. (Although I STILL don’t know how to use Photshop!)

  39. Amanda says:

    I know I am late. but it’s ebtter late then not at all


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