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Thankful Thursday ~ Relationships

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
~ 1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV emphasis mine)

Over the last couple of weeks I reflected about relationships…My relationship with my Lord and Savior, with family and friends. The one thing that became clear is that if you speak out, share your heart, be honest with each other, things can be resolved…

So this week, my focus is on relationships…

  • Thank You Lord that I can share my heart with You. No matter what happens in my life, You always find a way to comfort me…
  • I am thankful for the relationship I have with my beloved. Although we sometimes do not agree on all things, I can talk with him about everything. I am thankful that he listens to me and I have an ear for his concerns. I think that makes our marriage work…
  • I am thankful that I have a good relationship with our son. Although we don’t see him often, we do talk on the phone often. I guess we did something right 😛 …
  • I am thankful for the relationships I have with some gals across the country. Although I have not been on the ‘net’ the past couple of weeks too often, I know that I can count on them when I am in need…
  • I am thankful for the relationship I have with my mom. Although 6,000 miles away, we have still a strong friendship…
  • And I am thankful for the relationships that are not friendships, but that help me grow and stand firm in what I believe in. I think that our Lord puts some people in our lives to make us stronger – stronger in faith and reliance on Him (does that make sense?

What are you thankful for this week? Please do share with us. I want to thank all 113 women who participated last week – God is so AWESOME bringing us together here on the ‘net’. Just imagine all the people that are searching for hope and come across your blog. God is using you ladies to reach out to the hopeless 😛 …

Thank you for stopping by today…remember – YOU are HIS people – made holy through your relationship with Christ Jesus…


Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Stacy
2. Tammy
3. Melanie
4. the cookntchermom
5. Felicity
6. Tracy @ Seed Thoughts
7. Cheryl@Hope
8. Denise
9. Gina’s Public Diary
10. flmom
11. Ann/mom2HandH
12. Peggy@3Ms…aMazingGrace
13. Angie
14. Paula @ Refined By Him
15. toknowhim
16. Kathy
17. Tracy @ Thirsty for Him
18. SharonB
19. BP @ Raindrops & Rainbows
20. Karen – Thankful for God’s Work in My Life
21. Millie
22. Susan @ Forever His
23. Lynn (Spiritually Unequal Marriage)
24. Willnette
25. Serendipity Park
26. Twinkle Mom
27. Colleen
28. Beth@The Accidental Pharisee
29. Mamasmurf (Chrissy)
30. Nancie
31. Pia @ My Life’s Journey
32. ari_1965
33. sharon
34. Lisa@blessedwithgrace
35. Kristi @ Kikis Corner
36. Janera – My Garden Hat
37. Colored Heart
38. Miriam Pauline
39. candyQ
40. Kim aka GoofyMamma(hubby)
41. Tere {Blessings in Life}
42. Liza’s Eyeview
43. Renee @ In Christ Alone
44. Linda
45. sherry
46. Beverly (by Grace)
47. Heather @ Not a DIY Life
48. Aisha @ The Holley Herald
49. Nichole (Heart 4 My Home)
50. Heather@mommymonk
51. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings
52. Mary
53. Dawn’s Daily Life
54. Sarah @ Burgeon
55. Darlene
56. Peculiar
57. Laurie Ann
58. Mommy Magee
59. Prairie Chick
60. Bright Sunshiny Day!
61. Mary
62. Erica
63. Kim @ Scattered Stones
64. Chelsey at Joyfully Living
65. Bird Poop & Relationships
66. genny
67. in the masters hands
68. Kim @ cowhumor
69. Katy Lin
70. Tania
71. Nancy @ Homemade Blessings
72. Tiffany @ The Faery Inn
73. Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage
74. Susan (A Happy Heart at Home)
75. It’s All About Him!
76. Lea
77. Lalaine@Day to Day Miracles
78. Rosheeda
79. Tami @ The Next Step
80. LaDonna
81. Tracey @ Cheese and Whine
82. Susanne
83. Nichole @ A Call to Higher Places
84. Linda aka Yellowroseli
85. Tara @ Feels like home
86. Irene *The GreenGreek*
87. Julie
88. Cara Lynn
89. Michele
90. Rabia
91. Pat
92. Tea with Tiffany
93. Donetta at a life uncommon 🙂
94. Dorothy Bowen Klass
95. Amanda Bowers
96. Kim @ An Artful Life
97. Chandy @ Out Standing in My Field
98. bvoylesal@aol.com
99. Cheryl
100. Janet @ Daily Provision
101. Nessa @ Ramblings of a TX Housewife
102. alihsee
103. HisFireFly
104. godschild
105. Edie
106. In Light of the Truth
107. Rocks
108. Abby
109. Heather
110. Tessa @ Jesus-Filled Hope
111. Bella Mama
112. Stacy
113. Laurie @ womentakingastand
114. Trish @ Venturesome Sojourners
115. Jen–Scraps & Snippets

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70 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Relationships”

  1. Becky says:

    Hi Iris! I have been away from this but I felt like participating today and counted my blessings. I loved your post especially the last part. It reminded me we may be one person but we may be the world to that one person.

  2. Cheryl says:

    WOW! I was late with my TT this week but when I got here you have really lots of bloggers to join!! How neat is that?? Thanks for a wonderful post again Iris. You always seem to have the right words. Happy TT!

  3. Hi Iris!

    I can so relate to your post…Oh, how thankful I am for the blessing of relationships! Like you, I also am VERY thankful for the relationship I have with my husband! The Lord has helped us so much in our marriage…A God-centered marriage is able to flourish!

    See ya next week!
    Love in Christ,

    P.S. Hey everybody, come check out my post, called “Fount of Blessings” at:


  4. alihsee says:

    A great topic today! Just what I need focusing on! Thank you & have a lovely TT!

  5. HisFireFly says:

    Thanks for starting us thinking! I realized I need to thank for the hard things. Blessings.

  6. Rocks says:

    my list is short and brief..but really am thankful for what God has done to me this week 🙂

  7. Abby says:

    I really enjoyed your thoughts and reminders about our relationships with those we love most this week. I needed to be reminded that listening and understanding my fiance’s point of view is one of the things that helps bring us closer together!

  8. Edie says:

    Hi Iris – There is an award waiting for you at my blog. 😀

  9. Stacy says:

    You really hit home with me this week. I thank God for all the God given relationships he has ordained in my life! Have a blessed weekend in Christ Jesus.

  10. Willow says:

    Thank you for the thankful Thursdays. My walk with God has been virtually nonexistent of late and I finding that there are multiple multiple ways He is pulling me back to Him — and you have been one of them with your attitude of gratitude. I don’t know if it will mean anything to you to receive it but it means an awful lot to me to give you an award. Thanks for being a part of how God is working His purpose in me.

  11. Irene says:

    Dear Lynn, Please stop by to pick a tiny Thank You from me to you. Be blessed.

  12. tnchick says:

    I am thankful I have a moment to visit and say hello and I’ve missed talking to you. I hope that you are well… and all is well at work, etc. School is soon to start – can’t believe it’s August, already! Anyway – drop me a hello when you get a moment… just makes me smile to hear from you, even if it’s short… BTW, about the shooting that you mention… it was in Knoxville (3 hours awaY).

  13. Mama Bear says:

    This is a beautiful post. I can see where we would need difficult people in our lives to help us grow. I don’t deal well with them though, I get too emotional and I am too old to cry in front of them. I’m speaking of the difficult instructor I’ve had with my mastery lessons on the new machine.
    I’m so glad you have your Mother still and a good realationship with her.
    Mama Bear

  14. Linda says:

    I haven’t done Thankful Thursday in a long time Iris, and it is such a joy to read yours. I agree – it is the people God has placed in our lives that greatly influence who we are. He uses others to do the work in our lives He wants done.
    I think your relationship with your beloved and your son are very special indeed.

  15. Nancie says:

    Hi Iris, Thanks again for hosting Thankful Thursday and encouraging us to count God’s blessings in our life. I am greatly encouraged by God’s goodness to each of us.

    There is an award waiting for you on my blog 🙂

    Take care and may God grant you a blessed weekends!

  16. Kathy says:

    That was really beautiful. I was especially touched by your being thankful for those relationships that are not friendships. I think we don’t think often enough about how those are orchestrated by the hand of our Father. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  17. Cheryl@Hope says:


    Isn’t is awesome how Thankful Thursday is growing. We are so blessed to have you host this every week.

    Hope you had a great weekend.

    Come visit me today, I have something for you!


  18. Devita says:

    I woke up at 8 o’clock this morning. i was very tired yesterday for having a dance show. I took a shower in a rush and wash my hair. I know that i have been clumsy lately because i have so many exercises to do. I mess my hair and my body.And before i realize it, i mess my study.

    I take a couple of time to check my email and read several news about arts (you know, i love arts). I read several message across the world which is stated in every updated blog from all blogger friends. I sometimes add it with what i call “relaxing activity”. It is a short minutes playing game which sometimes could refresh my mind about anything ~but sometimes it makes me addicted to it~. i really enjoy my moment before suddenly Mr. Sexy sends me a message, “Honey, do not forget to do your thesis”.

    aaarrrggghhhh…… Mr. Sexy, you ruin my perfect moment. 😀

    This is not enough, my mom and my brother suddenly become very busy moving the plants. the are replacing the plants from upstairs to downstairs. They are very noisy putting the plants here and there. I should not let it just happen around me without doing nothing. I should help them. then i help them with that and i am sweaty now. hikzz..

    But then i realize, this makes me alive. Mr. Sexy did not mean to disturb my perfect moment, he wants to create a new perfect moment for me instead. Well, i really should finished my study right? this is why he is really concern about it. I really thankful that he cares for me. He reminds me to finish it soon so i could do another activity, the one that i really want it right now. Working. I want to work but i must finished my study first. well, thank you Mr. Sexy, i really appreciate what you have done to me.

    My family is also the other blessing i have today. It is good to redecorate our home together. Becoming sweaty together and laughing together. It is good to be at home with your family in togetherness. I really thankful that they are still here with me right now. This might be the moment i could not get when i have got married (because i must be very busy managing my own new home). i really thankful for my parents who always love me no matter who i am. i also thankful for my naughty brother ~although we sometimes fighting each other and disputing each other~ for always be there for me when I need him. I love them all.

  19. elvz says:

    I participate in your meme because i know there are so many things to be thankful for.

    God is so good!

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