Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Thankful Thursday

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's (grandmother's) God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2 (NIV- emphasis and word added mine) What a whirlwind I have had since the Sunday prior when I received a phone call after church that my beloved Grandmother was sick and not expected to live. She was the one constant in my life and my beacon in every storm!! She was so grounded in life and her foundation was in the Lord Jesus Christ!! Now, she has received her inheritance and is a joint-heir with HIM in Heaven. What a beautiful bride she must have been and how excited she must have been to finally be united with her bridegroom!! I am thankful for all the support and prayers from friends met and unmet!! I am thankful that my wonderful hubby was able to fly in late Friday night and be there for Grandma's service on Sat evening. I am thankful that the Lord worked it out that my hubby's company paid for his airline and car rental as he was previously scheduled to be 4 hours away on Monday. He was able to come in early and spend the weekend with the family and attend the service. I was honored to be asked to speak and offer a tribute to my granny. (I plan to post my eulogy in the next day or so) Praise the Lord for traveling mercies -- The majority of our family made the trip to back home to Florida on Sunday but my mother, Little Man, 2 of his cousins and I were able to stay a couple of extra days to help wrap up some loose ends. Praise that the Lord kept us safe and sane as we drove home 11 hours today with a 4, 5 and 6 year old in the backseat!! Thank you for portable DVD players and fast food! I am thankful for the upcoming vacation that our little family has planned I am thankful that I was able to call my buddy Trish last Fri when I was in crisis. I am thankful that the Lord allows us all to grieve in our own way. For forgiveness, salvation and the assurance that I will see my granny again some day!! That Granny went peacefully in her sleep to be with our Lord That the gospel was presented at her service - I pray that our lost family and friends were impacted.. Pray that seeds were planted and watered!! Thankful for all things!!! For more TT, check out Sting my Heart!! Blessings, Paula

9 comments:

Tänia said...

After having just lost my father a couple of weeks ago, my heart is right there with yours. Doesn't it make you wonder about those that don't know the Lord? How do they get through this? We rejoiced! We were blessed! We mourned... but we also smiled! PTL! We know where my sweet Daddy is today!

Have a blessed week!

Tänia of http://weirblessed.com/faithprints/?p=398

Nancie said...

My prayers are with you and family, Paula. Thank God that your beloved Grandma is in the presence of God now to enjoy eternal fellowship with Him. Thank God for seeing your family through this and comforting all of you. Thanks for sharing this lovely post and your thankful heart with us. Take care and God bless!

Cheryl said...

Paula,

What a great list. Will pray for you and your family as you walk this road. Thanking God your sweetgrandmother is with Him!

Blessings!
Cheryl

God's Girl said...

I love the name of your blog!
May God be glorified when he gives and when he takes away!

All for Jesus,
Julie

Denise said...

God bless you precious, my prayers are with your family.

Susanne said...

So sorry to hear about your Granny... but glad to know you have the HOPE AND ASSURANCE of an awesome family reunion some day!! Thanks for sharing your thankful heart!! Have a wonderful weekend.

Kristi said...

I had a special Granny too, and I still miss her so very much. Thanks for letting us know how to pray for you and your family. Enjoy your vacation. May God surround you with His great big arms of comfort today.

Renee said...

your post is so sweet and a fitting tribute. Glad your home.

Susan said...

Hey Paula,

I'm so sorry to read about your Grandmother, oh what a special woman she was...

I loved your description of her as a radiant bride meeting her groom.

Hope you have a wonderful time on your upcoming vacation!!

Blessings to you this TT♥