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Thankful Thursday ~ Love

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
~ John 3:16 (ESV ~ emphasis mine)

Since this Thursday is Valentines Day, I thought to reflect on love would be appropriate 😉

  • I am thankful for God’s unconditional love. He loved me before I loved Him. Even though I wandered away from Him, He still loved me; waiting with wide-open arms to welcome me home…
  • I am thankful that because of God’s love I am able to love others in return. I am so glad that the Lord has been guiding me over the past couple weeks to even love my enemies…
  • I am thankful for the Thankful Thursday blogging community. It is so wonderful to see each week how you share your love. You open up your heart to share the funny, not so funny and your hurts. Thank you Ladies…
  • I am thankful for the love of my Sweetheart. Although I was not a happy camper the last couple of weeks (actually a little on the grumpy side after a long day at work), he always finds a way to make me laugh-out-loud…
  • I am thankful for my Sweetheart’s love of photography. Because he is so interested in photography, he shares with me all the little secrets how to get a good picture. Last Sunday afternoon we went downtown Phoenix, and I was able to get some really cool shots…
  • And last but not least I am thankful for so many women in the blogging community who are not afraid of sharing their love of Christ on the Internet. It has been such a joy to see the Christian women blogging community grow in leaps and bounds…

Before I close tonight, I want to congratulate Michele from ‘No Place like Home’ for winning the bracelet from last week’s Thankful Thursday blog.

What are you thankful for this week? Please do share with us in leaving your link below. I know that we all have very busy lives, but this week I would like to challenge you. I leave Mister Linky open until Saturday mornings so bloggers have a chance to still link their Thankful posts. Would you consider to visit some of the ‘late-comers’ and leave some comment-love?

Thank you for stopping by today — blessings to you and yours…

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Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Home with Amy
2. Trina @ Daddy’s Chicks
3. on the Rock
4. Speaking from the Heart
5. Livin With Me
6. Twinkle Mom
7. kathy b
8. lori@allyouhavetogive
9. To Know Him
10. Deidre
11. Cheryl
12. Onward Christian Woman
13. Denise
14. the cookntchrmom
15. Nichole Heart4MyHome
16. Lori ~ Simple Life at Home
17. Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage
18. Susan @ Forever His
19. Lynn (SUM) the correct link
20. Pia @ My Life’s Journey
21. Grace in Alaska
22. Birgit
23. mama meji
24. poor man’s nicole richie
25. Liza’s Eyeview
26. Karen H.
27. Tonya@ Safe in HIS Arms
28. genny
29. Ann/mom2HandH
30. Mill Musings (Rest in Christ and Newborn Smiles)
31. Irene *The GreenGreek*
32. Elisa
33. Nise’
34. Sheri@PurelyHis
35. Natural Paths
36. Robyn @ Overflowing Grace
37. Heather – Not a DIY Life
38. Missy
39. Rachelle
40. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings
41. Susanne
42. Heather@mommymonk
43. Kim @ Scattered Stones
44. Rosheed
45. Chandra
46. Gina’s Public Diary
47. Jessie
48. Donetta at a life uncommon
49. Michele
50. Mandy
51. Mama Bear
52. Kim @ Hind’s Feet
53. Ella
54. Terri Sue
55. My Husband, My Hero
56. Susie
57. Texastanya
58. Tami @ The Next Step
59. Vashonnte
60. Tea with Tiffany
61. Dawns Daily Life
62. Shannon – CMA
63. denise walden
64. Stacy
65. Beth
66. anm
67. BP
68. Your Word is Life to Me
69. Blessedw4mom
70. Michelle
71. Laura
72. deb

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49 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Love”

  1. Amy says:

    Your honey does photography? Cool! I’m starting to get into it in a BIG way.
    Iris, thank you so much for hosting this week after week *hugs*

  2. I am always so blessed by reading everyone’s post. Today will be AWESOME as always. Your words are right on my friend about God’s unconditional love. Have a blessed day.

  3. Melanie says:

    I am also thankful for the TT group of blogging ladies. They are a wonderful group of women. And of course- God’s unconditional love is just amazing!!

  4. Iris,

    Thank yo for hosting Thankful Thursday every week and for helping me grown in my walk with Christ.

  5. Kathy b says:

    Oh my, we had the same thoughts on the verse to top a love post. Thank you for making this special event happen each week. God bless you!
    Kathy b

  6. Iris….
    It’s all about LOVE…and THANK YOU for sharing your wisdom and faith out here too…what a blessing you are to this community! Mine is ALL ABOUT LOVE today!!

  7. Denise says:

    Thanks for such a lovely thankful thursday post.

  8. Deidre says:

    I loved reading ‘downtown Phoenix’. When my hubby and I were first married, I had to go to Phoenix on business (cross-country for me). I was so sad to leave my husband. When I got off of the plane there, he was waiting at the gate for me. I was in shock! He had surprised me and flew there an hour before me so we could spend the week together there. We have great memories of that trip.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Love is what it’s all about! A wonderful Thankful Thursday week. Thanks for hosting. Love your post! God Bless

  10. Lynn Donovan says:

    Oh Iris,

    This scripture is PERFECT!! The love of Jesus on Valentines Day. What more could a girl want….. I am so thankful too for all that you listed above. You are my friend, I am thankful. Love you, Lynn

  11. Shari says:

    Loving your enemies – that must be some heavy duty stuff you’ve been dealing with lately. That is hard, hard, hard to do. Yes. It is so awesome that so many Christian women are worshiping and serving God through blogging.

  12. Princess says:

    Hi, Iris,
    A great Thankful Thursday to you. My hubby also loved photography before, but lately, because of his eyesight he sort of leaves it all to me (chuckle).
    Ditto for the women in the blogging world. They teach me many things.
    Love your post.

  13. Carrie says:

    John 3:16 is a perennial favorite text because it sums up the gospel story.

  14. Bernadine says:

    You always have such beautiful TT lists.
    Thanks for sharing

  15. Today is my mom’s birthday, so that is my focus of today. I think I will go back and add another post too. I have a lot to be thankful for in the love department! God bless you!


  16. Nadine says:

    I’m thankful for you and your words of encouragement. You spread the love of the Lord through your posts.

    Have a great Valentine’s Day.

  17. Mama Meji says:

    What great thoughts you have here. Thanks a lot for keeping us inspired. Happy Valentine’s day!

  18. that’s why I’m not sad that I don’t have significant other to celebrate the Vday with because I know that there’s the One who loves me unconditionally.
    Thanks for the inspiration iris!

    Morning Sniffles

  19. Karen H. says:

    Good Morning Iris,
    “HAPPY THANKFUL THURSDAY & VALENTINE’S DAY”!!!! I so enjoyed reading your post today and it is so fitting since today is Valentine’s Day. We all have so much to be “THANKFUL” for each and everyday. But today, I am especially “THANKFUL”. I have my “THANKFUL THURSDAY” up, so when you have time, please be sure to drop by. I also have a couple of things for you on my post today. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Love & Hugs,
    Karen H.

  20. genny says:

    Thanks Irish for sharing the list of thankful Thursday. Thanks also for hosting this community it helps me a lot and i feel comforted. May God bless you always. Happy Valentines Day.

  21. Ann says:

    How great is our Father’s love for us! Thanks for your marvelous list, Iris.

  22. naturalpaths says:

    I’m thankful you host Thankful Thursday each week! It’s something I look very forward to each week now. Your thankful list is great!

  23. Elisa says:

    Iris, thanks for be faithful to hosting, and leading so beautifully, Thankful Thursday. Each week I think of you on Thursdays, even when I don’t participate. With doing more teaching and leading a women’s group on Thursdays, it is hard to find the time to read everyone’s posts, especially as the list grows and grows. I’m glad it will be up until the weekend. I’ll make a special point of getting to the late comers in the next few days.

    Love and blessings,

  24. Mar says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!

  25. Kim says:

    We have so much to be thankful for!!! Have a happy Valentines day with your sweetie!

  26. Rosheeda says:

    What a cool post! I’m so thankful for this chance weekly to remember how great God is to us! Love you.

  27. Susanne says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  28. Jessie says:

    I like all of the hearts! Pretty!!

  29. Sharon says:

    I just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy Valentines Day.
    Hope it is beautiful and restful.

  30. Donetta says:

    Thank you for the kindness of hosting

  31. Michele says:

    WoW! Can’t believe I won. Thank you!

  32. Mama Bear says:

    Loved your list this week! I will try to come back each afternoon and visit some of the later entries. We already have a bunch of people posting. Thanks for doing this. I’m thankful for the Christian blogging community too. When I started blogging, it never crossed my mind how God would use it. Let it bring Him glory always.

  33. Ella says:

    Hi Iris

    What a wonderful thankful list, we are so blessed to have such a loving Father.
    Happy valentines day.

    God Bless

  34. Terri Sue says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for doing this!
    In Christ, Terri Sue

  35. Susie says:

    Great list, and I am so thankful that you give a voice for us to share our gratitude each week!

  36. Tami says:

    Good stuff as always, Iris. Thanks.

  37. Happy Valentines. Thankful for you. God bless.

  38. Linda says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Iris!! What a perfect list for this day. I need to get my act together and get back to writing my Thankful Thursday posts. For now, I have thoroughly enjoyed yours.

  39. Sarah says:

    Happy Valentines Day Iris. I agree with Linda – a perfect list for today. Where would we be without the love of God?

    Hugs and blessings.

  40. Ruth says:

    great list my friend. it stirred up a few “thankfuls” for me too!

  41. on the Rock says:

    Thank you for sharing God’s love!

  42. Thankful that I am not going to have to have surgery……. shots for now should help…… I believe…….

  43. Stacy says:

    Where would I be without His love??? Lost and without hope. Thanks so much for hosting and helping us to remember the love of Christ Jesus today. I enjoyed reading your list and look forward to this each and every week. I missed last week but am so thankful to be able to participate tonight. Be blessed.

  44. BP says:

    Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day! I was a late comer this week after being out of town but still wanted to participate. Have a blessed weekend.

  45. Dori says:

    How can I forget Thankful Thursday on Valentine’s Day?


  46. I look forward to reading these Thankful Thursdays every week … its so good for my soul! Thanks for hosting!

  47. Laura says:

    I would like to join this, but I’m not entirely sure I’m doing it right. 🙂 I need advice on “mrlinky”, please…

  48. Deb says:

    I am thankful to have read so many inspirational blogs this evening..

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