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Thankful Thursday ~ Vacation

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
~ Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV ~ emphasis mine)

Oh, what a blessing not to have to get up at 4:30am getting ready for work. Although it does not take me 2 hours to get ready in the morning, I like to have a cup a coffee and meet with God. At any rate, vacationing this week (at home) by relaxing, reading, and refreshing body and soul.

Although I had plans to leave town, it is really nice to take my sweet time in the morning. Oh, and reading the marvelous book “Red Ink” brings to mind how truly blessed I am to live in a country where I can mention the name of Zhu Yesu Jidu without being thrown into jail. I can read my Shengjing in public if I need encouragement.

What are you thankful for this week? Please share with us by leaving your link to your Thankful Thursday post below.

Next month we will be meeting up at my friend Lynn’s blog “Spiritually Unequal Marriage“, and in the month of November we will meet up at my friend Laurie’s blog “Women Taking a Stand“…

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember: trust in Him who will strengthen you and do not lean on your understanding.

Thankful Thursday Participants

1. Pam
2. Heart Choices
3. Lynn (Spiritually Unequal Marriage)
4. LaughingLady
5. Wonder and Will
6. Simply a Frugal Mom
7. Amanda@ Confessions of a Wannabe Supermom
8. the woman whom Jesus loved
9. Joshlin@Saving Moms Sanity
10. Rocks @ Made to Worship
11. Whidbey Woman
12. Laurie @ Women Taking a Stand
13. Pia
14. It Feels Like Chaos
15. jackie@God Brought Me Here
16. che
17. Denise
18. Kids Turf # 5
19. hip chick
20. Joan @ Reflections
21. Karen
22. Nicole@ComingAliveInChrist
23. Melanie @ Musings & Meanderings
24. Susan @ DCS
25. Heather@Becoming A Titus 2 Woman
26. Claudia @ A Girl After His Heart
27. bp
28. Kimberly
29. Exceeding Abundantly
30. becky aka theRAV
31. Sherry@MyJourney
32. Jerri @ Jerri’s Journey
33. Cora
34. Christi
35. Peggy
36. Debbie @ The Way we Are
37. Harter@ Servant, Wife, Mother
38. Jess @ Homestead 4 Him
39. Lindseys Log
40. Krista
41. Charlotte
42. Story of A Woman
43. Tiff @ The Faery Inn
44. McMama@RubySlippers

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35 Responses to “Thankful Thursday ~ Vacation”

  1. Debbie says:

    I think more and more people are now doing staycations. Enjoy this time at home Iris. I hope you had a good birthday.

    Much love to you,

  2. Lynn says:


    Love LOVE this scripture. I had to post about it as well. Enjoy your week and hope your Birthday was absolutely special. You are a treasure to me. BIG hugs, Lynn

  3. Martianne says:

    Enjoy your time of refreshment.

    I love that my anti-spam word just now was Jesus. He modeled pause, reflection and refreshment for us so well when he’d stop to pray or be alone.

  4. […] post is being shared at Grace Alone’s Thankful Thursday, where the following verse was shared.  It is one I find very apropos as we celebrate the […]

  5. Joshlin says:

    Vacations are wonderful. Being able to be lazy in the mornings is the best!!!! Enjoy it all! BTW I love the scripture in this post:)

  6. Rocks says:

    I copied your title because right now I am also thankful for our 5 day vacation next week!! 🙂 Blessings!!

  7. Glad you are getting “refreshed” this week! I will think of you when I get up again tomorrow at 4:15 a.m. (Lol). Must have lots of coffee to get going!
    Thanks for sharing from Proverbs. I so love that wisdom-packed book!

  8. Denise says:

    So glad you enjoyed your vacation. Hope your birthday was very happy, love you.

  9. Laurie Adams says:

    Thank goodness for vacation. Glad you are getting some well deserved rest! Love ya!

  10. Thank you for hosting this month! I so glad you got to enjoy some vacation!

  11. che says:

    Thankful for today to join:) I am happy that you got a break.Be blessed!

  12. Oh that is one of my favorite verses.
    I wake up about two hours early also. I like the quite time in the morning. I can drink my tea and sort of “get it together” before my day begins. I had two weeks off in August. One of them I was away but the second one I stayed home. It was so nice and relaxing!

  13. Joan says:

    I love “staycations”. Enjoy your time of relaxation and refreshment.

  14. Melanie says:

    Thank you for hosting this month. Thankful Thursday is a blessing in my life. Enjoy the rest of your home vacation. I think sometimes they are the best kind : )

  15. LaughingLady says:

    Wow, you get up at 4:30 every morning so you can spend time with God??! Now THAT’S dedication!! I believe God rewards those who make these kinds of sacrifices for Him. Whether it’s an unexplainable source of energy to accomplish day-to-day tasks despite your early mornings, or whether the rewards come in eternity, your faithfulness will not go unnoticed.

    Enjoy the rest of your staycation!!

  16. Claudia says:

    I’m envious of your morning rendez-vous with the Lord.
    And yes, what a great reminder of how blessed we are to love Jesus publicly in this country without having fear of being thrown into jail.
    God bless!

  17. It’s great to not be rushed and just relax! Have a blessed day!

  18. bp says:

    So glad you are enjoying your vacation time this week!

    God bless you,

  19. Kimberly says:

    Ah, vacations. I missed mine this year because of an accident. I posted about it on my TT post. Happy Thursday Iris.

  20. Pia says:

    happy birthday, iris! God bless you!

  21. Kathryn says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to share how God is working in our lives!

  22. Kathryn says:

    P.S. How did you get your anti-spam words to be so heavenly minded? Love it!

  23. This is right up my alley… as I am about to embark on a girl’s weekend with old friends this weekend. Everyone has been telling me I need this; that I need to get away. Glad you are enjoying your vacation.

  24. Lisa Shaw says:

    Enjoy your vacation time with the LORD dear friend. May you be refreshed and renewed every moment.

    Love you.

  25. Harter says:

    I am so thankful for this blog hop! I always look forward to reading what everyone is thankful for!

  26. I just love this verse! It is so refreshing to remember that He is in control of our path! I am so thankful that He is. Thanks for sharing!!

  27. […] I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you want to read more, Iris is hosting today. […]

  28. Krista says:

    Wonderful TT post! Isaiah 55:8-9 says our thoughts & ways are not like His…so when we don’t understand we have to remember that! His thoughts and ways are higher than ours! 🙂


  29. Charlotte says:

    I am so silly, I was so sure yesterday was Thursday that I inserted my blog a day too soon. Well, I’m sure thankful to still be in the process of learning and leaning for life holds so much richness to be enjoyed. Please visit my sight when you can.

  30. Debbie says:

    So glad you were able to get a restful week of vacation. Sometimes those vaca’s spent at home are the very best ones. Hugs and blessings to you, Debbie

  31. Joan says:

    I’m so happy that you were able to sleep in this morning! I hope that your vacation plans go well and you return refreshed and rested. Thanks for hosting the Thankful Thursday posts this month, Iris! I’m not joining in this week, but I am definetly thankful for so many things in my life! God is showering blessings on my family!

    Living for Him, Joan

  32. Mylene says:

    I am also thankful that in our country, we can declare our faith without being imprisoned and we can shout to high heavens the greatness of God freely.

  33. Nicole says:

    What a wonderful Thankful Thursday! Lots to be thankful for!! Glad you had a wonderful vacation!

    ( I thought I had commented earlier but guess not. Sorry!)

  34. Christen says:

    Eph. 3:5-8 is one of my favorites, definitely one to memorize! I’m starting a Christian Women’s blog myself. So far I only have just gotten the site up & running and have posted a simple welcome blog. The direction I’m going is quite a bit different than what I see here but I would appreciate any advice you have to offer, I’ve never blogged before but I’ve always been a writer. I think that Thankful Thursday is really cute. We always have something to be thankful for. I was just talking with my boyfriend today about how lucky we are to worship freely. If you have a minute sometime, check out my site & let me know if you have any thoughts. Thanks & keep up the good work (: http://everythink-pink.net

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