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Thankful Thursday ~ Rejoice

“Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” ~ Psalm 32:10-11 (ESV)

Yeah – Thankful Thursday again. I know that I haven’t been around much–just needed a little refreshing break. I needed to refocus on a couple of things 😛 . I am glad that the Lord refreshed my soul…I even have a decent post to share over at CWO on Thursday (hope you’ll stop by). I will post the link later tonight to it.

Here is what I am thankful for this week (although there is much more…)

  • I am thankful for God’s love. It was so wonderful to just ‘hang out’ with Him over the last couple of days. Just praying, reading, meditating…my soul longed for it…
  • I am thankful that God is using the Laced with Grace team blog to encourage women from around the globe to have a closer walk with our Lord. For the first time, LWG hit the 2,500 visitor mark last month. Thank you gals for your devotion to Him and your commitment to LWG…
  • I am thankful for EMI Records. They contacted me to listen to some new music. My first little taste was Mandisa’s two tracks from her first CD that will be released in July. I will share more in detail about it hopefully on Friday. All I will share today – POWERFUL voice…
  • I am thankful for fresh fruit. I love cherries and grapes. The are on sale right now in our local grocery store–Yummo…
  • I am thankful that I can drink everything for free at work–coffee, water, soda…at my heart’s delight. Especially since we should be drinking a lot during this hot season. Can you believe we will hit 115 by this weekend – yikes….
  • I am thankful that my dear friend Laurel will be coming back to Phoenix in February…Did you read her post about her brother in sweet Sister-In-Love expecting twins. How cool is that? I am so happy for them…
  • I am thankful that I had time the last couple days to visit an ‘old’ friend’s blog, but also had time to explore a new blog. I am really excited about Leigh’s blog. She not only shares my love for Him, but guess what she sells? Purses. And not just any old purses. Nope…She sells really neat ones with Bible verses on them. Why I am so thrilled? Well check it out:
    Tan Purses

    Did you see it? One of the purses has my LIFE verse on it (can you guess which one 🙂 ). Hopefully Leigh can ship it as soon as she gets back from a speaking engagement in NC…

So, what are you thankful for this week? I hope you care to share…Leave your link below. As your time permits, please visit others.

I hope to see you also at CWO tomorrow 😛 . Be blessed today and as always…

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Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Lynn Donovan
2. Angel ():)
3. Linda
4. Rachelle
5. mom2HandH/Ann
6. Nise’
7. Betty Jane
8. Tami
9. Mary
10. Karen from the Korner
11. Crystal@God is in Control
12. Denise
13. Multiple Hats
14. Cheaper By the Half Dozen
15. Zoe
16. Kim – So Loved
17. Sharon
18. In Light of the Truth
19. Jenny
20. Dana
21. Christine- Fruit in Season
22. Laurel Wreath
23. The Preacher’s Wife
24. SharonB
25. Devildogwife
26. Cara Newbie :
27. NspiredByFaith
28. Diane
29. Irene (The Green Greek)
30. Lori
31. Kahri
32. Susanne
33. chupieandjsmama
34. Melissa Lea
35. Deana (Housewife)
36. Gloria
37. Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity
38. Melissa @ Breath of Life
39. Training Hearts
40. Terri @ in His hands
41. Kathleen Marie
42. Andie-ProchnowBlessings
43. Mama Bear
44. Sharon-S.W.M.A.
45. Deena @ Wholly Devoted
46. Carrie of Natural Moms Talk Radio
47. Tanya
48. Michelle
49. Chocolate and Coffee
50. Patty
51. allhisblessings
52. Wendy
53. EllieMae
54. On the Journey to Victory
55. Mindy
56. Jenileigh’s Journey
57. Angie
58. Nancze
59. Ruth
60. Mindy
61. Gretchen
62. Suzanne
63. Bloggin Mom
64. M
65. maudie-mae
66. Melinda
67. Hopeful Spirit
68. Alycia@Where Your Treasures Are
69. For Such a Time as This
70. Angie

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39 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Rejoice”

  1. Linda says:

    I’m so glad you had a good time with the Lord this week Iris. You sound renewed and refreshed. I always enjoy reading your thankful list. Those purses are just adorable. I will have to go have a little look see.
    115!!! And I thought it was hot here. I guess I just won’t complain about the heat any more.
    I’m heading out for a few days with the grandkids. See you on sunday.

  2. Lynn Donovan says:

    Oh Iris,

    Your list is just filled with God and His goodness. How cool about Laced With Grace. Amazing about EMI records. Girl, how did that happen. Neat. Love it that you are thankful for the simple things like drinks.

    I sooooooo cannot wait to meet you face-to-face, in this life or in heaven. Love you, Lynn

  3. Angel ():) says:

    Dear Iris,

    I am so thankful to read and be in the Lords word also. It is so refreshing and I really enjoy your posts. Congratulations and thanks to the Laced with Grace team , you all are doing a wonderful job.

    The purses are darling and am glad you are getting one.

    Thanks for hosting this wonderful post every week it is so encouraging to read all of the wonderful posts.

    In his endless love,

    Angel ():)

  4. Rachelle says:

    Glad you had a refreshing break! I could use one of those very soon. I’m thankful for cherries and grapes, too!

  5. Ann says:

    Mmm…fresh fruit! Nothing beats cherries in season 🙂 I’m glad you had a refreshing week.

  6. Nise says:

    Love fresh fruit… Thankful that you are refreshed and renewed! Let me tell you, I have purchased a few of Leigh’s purses….LOVE them. They are darling!

  7. Tami says:

    Hanging out with God, huh? Sounds great.

  8. Mary says:

    Hangin’ out with Jesus…mmmm….nothing better! One thing I love about the summer is the fresh fruit. Yum! Those purses are wonderful! And thanks again for hosting this day. It’s such a blessing. Have an awesome day girl!

  9. Love your list! Leigh’s blog is really nice to visit and I love her purses also!! Have a blessed day!!
    Karen from the Korner

  10. God is so Good. Thankful that you are blessed!

  11. Denise says:

    I love your thankful heart sweet one.

  12. Lyndy says:

    I’m glad you had a refreshing week.

    Thanks again for sharing your thankful heart.

    Blessins, Lyndy

  13. Heather says:

    Great post! We also have the beverage “perks” at my office, and it’s such a blessing! Otherwise, I’d be packing bottled water, tea, etc. every day! Those purses are great, too 😉

  14. jen says:

    God is good

    enjoy listening to that music 🙂

    yummmy fruit

    like the purses

  15. Kim says:

    I love finding new friends and new purses.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Oh my goodness, those purses are adorable! I will have to check them out. Thank you for the suggestion.

  17. Dana says:

    Iris, Your Thankful Thursdays are always so encouraging and uplifting! I love the purses…Have a great day!

  18. Great list, I am thankful I get to see everyone (inculding you) in January too. It will be cooler then!!

  19. devildogwife says:

    I’m glad that you were able to take a break to refresh yourself. We all need to do that sometimes.

    Those purses are too cute!

  20. Susanne says:

    Loved your l list for this week!! I recently got a chance to hear one of Manidisa’s songs and I absolutely loved it. I may have to get that CD!! And I love the purses!! I gotta get permission from the hubby, but I have already picked one out, too!! Leigh is so wonderful! Then again, so are you!! Have a great day, my friend!

  21. Diane says:


    I am so thankful for Thankful Thursday. This week, we have been struggling with hopelessness in our home. How interesting that today as I sat to write my Thankful Thursday list, God used this time to renew my heart, my mind, and my spirit….and now, as I typed the security word…..HOPE….it became clear…..when we trust in our LORD, we always have hope!

    You have blessed me, especially, this day.


  22. Your Thankful post made me smile. I love fresh fruit too and those purses are adorable! Have a blessed week 🙂

  23. Gloria says:

    The purses are pretty! That will give me a project idea. Was the word embroided or…?

  24. Melanie says:

    What a great list! Sounds like you had a wonderfully refreshing week.

  25. You “sound” very upbeat, Iris! I can “hear” the joy in your voice. 🙂 Love the purses!

    LWG is such a blessing!

    How cool that Laurel is going back to visit!

    Have a wonderful Thursday!


  26. Andie says:

    Iris…I can’t wait to check out the purses…I’m a bit of a purse-aholic. I’m glad you got to spend time with God this week, that is so important!

  27. how cool that emi is asking you to listen to mandisa!! wonder if they could fix me up with casting crowns in august??? :))

    love you, iris…you are such a refreshment to us all!


  28. Carrie says:

    🙂 I finally figured out how the link thing works. I’m glad I found this.

  29. Crystal says:

    Wow…..I loved your Thankful list this week……what a blessing….and I Love those handbags with the verses on them…..where did you get them?

  30. Michelle says:

    And I thought it was hot here at 94! Thanks for sharing your heart … Thursday are my favorite day. Yum-o about the fruit!

  31. Irene says:

    I am amazed, too, at how God is using the web to weave a loving circle of women meeting in His name…

  32. Wendy says:

    I enjoyed reading your list today. We all need a break from the day to day rush of life. I am going away in August and am planning on taking one or two of those days as a mini-retreat for myself, a refresher for me.

    Stay cool and enjoy the fruit!!

  33. EllieMae says:

    Loved reading your blessings. Adorable bags!
    Have a great day!

  34. Leigh Gray says:

    Iris, Iris, Iris – thank you for the shout out about the purses. If I could only tell you how awesome you have made me feel!! Thank you!!!

    I tell you what – If I have 5 people that are coming from your blog referral that order a purse I will GIVE you that purse for free!!!

    Girl – you have blessed my socks off today!!!

    Thank you

  35. Ruth says:

    115!!!! oh my….wow! i was wondering where you were. you were missed! but blogging breaks are good and necessary… God bless you my friend. Shalom and love,

  36. Hi Iris:

    Glad you had a chance to rest and get refreshed. That is so vital for our mental and spiritual health. Try to stay cool . . . I saw Phoenix on the news at 112 degrees and thought of you!

    Happy Thursday!

  37. Alycia says:

    Hi Iris! Thank you for hosting TT again this week! My post is up but late! I enjoyed reading your list and I especially miss fresh fruit! We mostly have frozen fruit here and so I miss the yummy fresh fruit back home. I have to go check out those purses they look so cute! Thanks again!! Blessings!

  38. Debbie says:

    115?! You poor thing! I was watching the news the other night and they were featuring Phoenix and the temps. I was thinking of you. Not that it really matters at 115, but is it the humid hot, or the drier air hot? Does that make sense to you? Just wondering.

  39. Millie says:

    So wonderful a thankful list after your refreshing break…each time I read your thankful list, it make me feel your warm heart for life, for the lord, for everything…..

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