Friday Finds: Defining Thankfulness

What is Thankfulness?

This Friday I leave you with a short clip from the Creative minds at Igniter Media. May it remind us to consider thankfulness in every area of our lives!

Blessings

I Thank Thee

O Thou whose bounty fills my cup,
With every blessing meet!
I give Thee thanks for every drop—
The bitter and the sweet.

I praise Thee for the desert road,
And for the riverside;
For all Thy goodness hath bestowed,
And all Thy grace denied.

I thank Thee for both smile and frown,
And for the gain and loss;
I praise Thee for the future crown
And for the present cross.

I thank Thee for both wings of love
Which stirred my worldly nest;
And for the stormy clouds which drove
Me, trembling, to Thy breast.

I bless Thee for the glad increase,
And for the waning joy;
And for this strange, this settled peace
Which nothing can destroy.
-Jane Crewdson (1860)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Poem

Satisfy me not with the lesser of You
Find me no solace in shadows of the True
No ordinary measure of extraordinary means
The depths, the length, the breadth of You
And nothing in between.
Etch the words upon my heart, knowing all the while
No ordinary roadblocks plague extraordinary miles
Your power as my portion, Your glory as my fare
Take me to extremities
But meet me fully there.

-Beth Moore

Friday Finds: Poetry

 

HEAR ME OUT.

I know what you’re thinking… or at least I can guess.

“POETRY?  You are recommending I purchase a book of poetry?  THIS ISN’T SCHOOL!”

You have a point.  This isn’t required reading.  You can totally forget that I ever mentioned it.  But this little book, God is No Fool by Lois A. Cheney, is one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME for devotional reading.  It’s a spiritual workout.

It was first published in 1969 and went out of print by the time I wanted to get my hands on it when I was a freshman in college.  My roommate, Joy, had a precious copy that she kept in a ziplock bag because the pages were falling out.  The good news for all of us: they printed a 40th anniversary addition!

I’ve given this poignant and clever book to countless people.  My grandmother ended up selecting it for her book club to read last year.  I quoted one of the poems on Wednesday.

If you even think that you might enjoy this book, order it or put it on your Christmas wish list.

“In 1969, God Is No Fool delighted readers, consoled them, provoked them and inspired them to consider God and life in new ways. The short musings in the book are funny, earnest, loving, probing and full of joy. Reading this book, you will embark on a journey whose ultimate destination is a better understanding of faith, people and the world around you. On the 40th anniversary of the original publication, Lois Cheney’s reflections are as powerful and necessary as ever.” (Amazon.com)

Yes and yes.  Happy Reading!

Following,
Ginger

Who am I?

seventy-one by Lois A. Cheney

Once, I prayed,
Who am I?
If only I knew who I was.
If only I knew what I could do.
And I prayed more earnestly,
Who am I?
If only I knew, faith would come.
If only I knew, strength would spread.
If only I knew, I could
work and serve and grow.
And I demanded in prayer
Who am I?
And he smiled,
And said,
“It is enough that I know,
Follow me.”
And I did
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It is enough that He knows who I am… it must be enough!

It is only when I place my identity, dependency, and hope on Him that I even begin to know who I am.  What matters is who I am in Him.

On my own I am broken, arrogant, desperate, and searching.

In Him I am victorious, humbled, loved, and satisfied.

My job is not who I am.  My friendships and relationships are not who I am.  My talents aren’t who I am.  My name isn’t who I am.  I am, plain and simply, a child of God.  How refreshing.  How encouraging.  How challenging.

I hope and pray that your spiritual journey, wherever you are on that road, is grounded on your identity in Him.  How He sees, loves, and saves is the only thing that counts.

Following,
Ginger