Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thankful Thursday meets Women of the Bible

Rachel Olsen is guiding us through the women of the Bible, and today's feature is Sarah. Our children's church just finished learning about Abraham, Sarah and Issaac too, so it's a good time to be thankful for Sarah!

The verse that strikes me the most in Sarah's story is Genesis 21:1-2:

The Lord was gracious to Sarah, just as he had said he would be. He did for Sarah what he had promised to do.

I am so thankful that God is not only gracious when we doubt him, but that he keeps His word!

We've also been listening to a lot of Justin Robert's Why Not Sea Monsters, and my favorite song is about Abraham and Sarah:
Lord, Sarah is ninety years
And I'm no spring chicken either
And you know ther've been tons of tears
So please be gentle with your words
Cause when I see those stars you made
I can't help notice how they fall and fade...

Abraham, you must have faith
That your whole line won't be erased
And I know there've been many trials
And roads are dark for miles and miles
But just beyond your line of sight
This rumbled road is paved and bathed in light

I'm thankful that God knows the outcome of the story--that he knows what's around the bend and the trials we've been through. Even though we'd like the easy path, the rough road shows that it really is all due to Him, no work on our part.

I'm thankful that God is gentle and full of compassion, even when we're not.

I'm thankful that even when we doubt and laugh at his promises, He is faithful to complete them--he doesn't give up on us.

I'm thankful that God gives examples of how women have dealt with jealousy and the consequences of taking things into your own hands to force God's will in your timing, so that we can learn from the example and (hopefully) not repeat it.

I'm thankful for spring break and the rejuvenation it brought, and the opportunity to visit my mom and dad.

I'm thankful for our friends in Christ--that God can use us to serve each other even when we don't know about the other's need.

I'm thankful for the time change and for light in the evening--it's been great to play outside with the kids after school and in the evening!

And thanks to Iris for hosting Thankful Thursday and to Rachel for hosting the Women of the Bible study!


twinklemom said...

(Hugs) What a beautiful post..God Bless You!

Susan said...

Wow, this was just GREAT!!

Loved the song.

Blessings to you this TT♥

Denise said...

This was awesome, thank you.

snippets said...

beautiful post ... thank you! :)

Ellen said...

That's so neat that God uses us to serve each other. What a blessing to receive and to be used in the giving.

mamasmurf said...

I totally agree with your thankful list!
Thanks for posting it

Heather said...

What a great list! I love reading the stories of women in the Bible. Even though the culture is different, we can learn so much about being godly women!

Thanks for sharing!

Laurel Wreath said...

I'm thankful that even when we doubt and laugh at his promises, He is faithful to complete them--he doesn't give up on us.

Amen!!! Great words of wisdom.

Cheryl said...

You have nice post. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it. God Bless~

eph2810 said...

Oh yes - Sarah. You are so right - when we take matters in our own hands the outcome might not be pretty. But God's grace is still there to guide us gently back to the road He has paved for us.

I have to check out the study you are doing :)

We don't change time here in AZ, we just move to a different time-zone...

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Blessings to you and your precious family.

Blessedw4mom said...

Beautiful T.T. post and beautiful song. Thanks you!