Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Big thanks to loavesandfishes in the comments the other day. I followed her directions step by step and have a couple of podcasts!

I've been catching up with an old friend of my husband's through facebook and her blog. She's big on Thankful Thursdays so I thought I'd join in today.

What I'm thankful for might sound a little silly but I'm really thankful for the internet! I can't tell you how much I've learned from sites like The Simple Dollar, Money Saving Mom, and MomAdvice when it comes to our finances, paying down medical bills, and saving.

I've made some friends at The Homespun Heart and With All That I've Been Given. But the best is when I've been visiting a site and they link to another one that I haven't been to. I love finding new sites. And alot of times it feels like the Lord sent me specifically to certain sites.

I've been struggling with some trust issues lately. Specifically trusting that God can meet my needs. I tend to do things myself and say "God, I'm good today...I don't need you but I'll let you know when I do..." And often times I just figure I won't bother him. I've been hashing it out with Chad almost daily (I'm sure he's getting sick and tired of the same conversation over and over). It mostly consists of him saying "Why don't you trust him?" and me saying "Because what if he wants me to fail?" and back and forth and back and forth.

Yesterday I was reading one blog which led me to another and another and finally to this post. I was shocked. The whole post was exactly what I needed to hear. Especially the part where she says she'll praise him if she can pay her bills and she'll praise him if she can't. The other day I actually listed the ways I feel like God has let me down. Listed them! I have this image of God working out his plan and me being an afterthought. I'm not an afterthought. As a mom I should know better:

Luke 11:11-13 (ESV) What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent? or if he asks for an egg will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

So, I'm thankful for the internet but really I'm thankful that God is listening to me even when I'm not saying much...and he leads me where I need to go! What are YOU thankful for?

7 comments:

jennifer griffin said...

What a great Thankful Thursday post! ;) I love the internet too!! I learn more each day from others...including YOU! I'll pass your link on the Kendra. She'll be honored that something she posted touched your heart!

Kendra Lee said...

Tracy! Like I said, nice to "meet" you! I'm adding you to my "reader" list and I look forward to getting to know you more!! God BLESS!!

*carrie* said...

Tracy,

Thanks for calling me "friend." I'm glad you're posting again!

Catherine said...

Hi Tracey,

Well, I just stumbled by your blog via The Homespun Heart. What a beautiful new baby you have - and a dear, sweet name for her, too.

I am thankful for the internet, too. Like you I so often find things there, usually wisdom from other ordinary women like me - that is just what I need. We have also been accessing heaps of great talks and sermons through the MP3 player - such a great resource.

Thanks for sharing - I've enjoyed stopping by while I sip my cuppa!
God Bless!

Christy said...

I found your blog from leaving a comment on LeeLou's site. Don't you just love her designs? And they are FREE!

I too, am thankful for the internet. I never thought I would say that, but since I've started blogging, I have found some of the most inspiring, creative, funny, encouraging women who are pursuing to know God more.

I will be back to visit! Your daughter is beautiful by the way!

loavesandfishes said...

Tracy,

I'm so glad you and your iPod are making nice. :) I love to listen to my podcasts all the time. I saw that you are also into frugality. If you search in iTunes for Dave Ramsey podcast and subscribe, you might enjoy him. He is christian like us and his podcast is all about paying off debt and managing money God's way. I listen to him daily. He's my antidote for overspending. (Ok, you might already know of him ....sorry ....should have asked first before offering up my advice.) If you like him, you will enjoy his podcast.

Hugs,
Kat

thehomespunheart said...

Exact ditto what Carrie said! :)
Monica