November 24, 2009

Just Thanking Him over & over!

Hey ya'll!

Well, I didn't get the news alert.....I guess there's a shortage on pumpkin so pumpkin pies are in short supply..... You gotta be kidding me! It must be true because the sales clerk in Ross Dress for Less said so! What! I was in Ross doing a little Christmas shopping and the clerk loudly alerted holiday shoppers to this potential Thanksgiving delima and my goodness, she nearly caused a stampede out the door! First I'd heard of it and wouldn't typically think of getting my food news alerts at Ross, but hey it put a little extra pep in my pumpkin pie step! So off to Cosco Club I went not knowing what to expect when I arrived! Was it gonna be civilized or was extra security on the scene to manage us pumpkin pie diva's or what?!! I mean, I'm just saying..... I gotta have me some pumpkin pie with whipped cream or it just isn't Turkey Day - you feeling this!!! So I arrived at Cosco, navigated to the bakery and grabed me one of those pumpkin delights and noticed just about every basket in the place had plenteous amounts of pumpkin pies (hmm, had they all been shopping at Ross too when the potential pumpkin pie shortage was anounced?!) Whew!! I'm resting easier knowing that the pumpkin loving population in Northern AZ is safe!! Thank you Lord!! I'm offering thanks to You right now!!

Funny isn't it.....thanking Him for something as non essential to life as pumpkin pie - mercy!
But it got me thinking about how much I love to hear my kids say "thanks mom, love ya!".... it always melts my heart and it always will!! As I got into my car with a smile on my face and my pumpkin pie securely nestled into it's carrier I turned on my favorite Isreal Houghton CD Deeper Level and I kid you not the song that immediately came on was the track "Thanks be to God"! LOL!! So away I drove with my prized pie and thanking Him and rejoicing all the way home!

I've been meditating this week upon the familiar story in Luke 17:11-19 about the ten lepers who were healed and the one that returned to thank Jesus. I love to study the Word and I also love personalizing scriptures as I study - I put myself in them. What stirred my heart the most was the reality that on a certain moment in time, the "one" came to the realization that Jesus had touched and broken the power of his disease and he made the choice to leave the "thankless" crowd and seek the One who healed Him! And in choosing to return he received and even greater impartation from Jesus!! All ten lepers were healed of their disease, but the one thankful one was made whole!! (Luke 17:19 KJV).

I love these verses from the Amplified...

Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured,
turned back, recognizing
and thanking and praising
God with a loud voice
And he fell prostrate at Jesus' feet,
thanking Him over and over.......
Luke 17:15-16 amp (emphasis added)

Can't you just see him......turning to his nine formerly diseased buddies and saying, "wait a minute - I've just gotta go back and find Jesus and thank Him. What a miracle He's worked in my life!" And as he ran, leaped, rejoiced, shouted and sang his way back to the feet of Jesus, his formerly broken, oppressed heart was lifted and he proclaimed with a loud voice I've just gotta thank you Lord, I've just gotta bow at your feet and give you praise, over and over and over.......
And as Jesus told him to get up and go on his way (vs 19) I imagine as he faded from view down the path of life's journey he continually had a grateful, thankful heart and his life pointed others to Jesus! Glory to God!!

Lord, help us to have a heart like the "one".......... may we be the "one" that speaks from a heart of gratefulness and gratitude of the wonders of Your amazing mercy, grace and love!

Praying an abundantly overflowing thanksgiving for you my dear friends!

Sweet Blessings!
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Deborah Ann said...

Another fantastic thought-provoking post. I'm going to try putting myself in Bible stories. Never did that before.

We had our Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday cuz we won't be home this Thursday. The pumpkin pies and pie fillings were plentiful in the stores here. Thank God! You should have seen my grandson wolfing down the pie - he ate 3 pieces, and when he was done, his nose was covered in whipped cream!

RCUBEs said...

Glad that the Lord blessed you with that pumpkin pie!!! Been eating it since yesterday :) Of course, with whipped cream!

May we all have a grateful attitude not only on Thanksgiving but in every day of our lives. Yes, to God be the glory! Happy Thanksgiving to you and God bless.

Andrea said...

Thanking him with you for the small stuff.
Blessings, andrea

Beth Herring said...

Thanking Him with you and for you my friend.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Karen said...

Loved the pumpkin pie story...and yes, I believe we should thank Him for the little things as well as the big...we matter to Him, so the little things in out lives matter to Him...He is so good to us...we could never thank Him enough....

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

AMEN!!! What a blessing to read this tonight. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving & enjoy that yummy pumpkin pie!!!

Denise said...

I have always studied the bible in story form and walked through it with each person in the "story" .. It is amazing how you can learn the word of God and it give life to the word...... I love this post.... and I am soooo glad that you got that pumpkin pie!

Edie said...

My daughter is making pumpkin pies now. :)

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Jackie!
Much love to you!

Andrea said...

Thank you, Jackie, for an awesome post! I am trying to focus on thankfulness! And I know exactly what you mean when you say you love to hear your children say that they love you or thank you.

God bless you and your family and may you have a very, very blessed Thanksgiving!

Beautiful post! :)


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thankful for pumpkin pie, for God's great grace, and for new blogging friends to bless me on my journey toward home. So privileged to share the road with you.

Blessings tomorrow for some feasting and fellowship!


Peggy said...

Blessings Jackie...Yep...pumpkin pie
...big & small blessings...just thanking Him over & over! I so enjoyed your story & now that God made a way, Israel Houghton with Thanks Be to God...great finish!

I too have been reflecting on the Ten Lepers and only one returning to say thanks! You are so right! And if you as a mom love hearing "thanks"...imagine how the Father
wants to hear us & melt His heart with our Thanks! So refreshing!

May your Thanksgiving be full of thanks & many sweet blessings!

Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Dear Friend,

I loved your post and I love you dear sister! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. May the Lord abundantly bless all of you as you embrace the day for what it is...thanksgiving. May He be ever so present at your table and may His light shine through the loving minds, hearts and souls of your family and friends. Yes, Glory to You Lord in the highest!

Thank you for your encouragement, inspiration and faith-filled prayers left in your comments at my site. I'm so happy that He has crossed our pathways at this time in our lives and may they continue to cross as we venture on in our journey in life.

Love, Blessings & {{{Hugs}}},

Carol said...

Pumpkin is a strange, vile squash. :)haha

I found your blog through Gladwell - very good.


Precious Gems said...

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you abundantly :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great glad that I stopped by....Taking a few hours to read some favorite of my favorite things to do and something I have done very little of in recent days. You still have time to stop by my holiday blog and be eligible for 2 great giveaways.....

Nana Jul said...

What an Awesome God to want to bless you with pumpkin pie! I know He just Smiled ever so brightly when you "got it"! And stopped to Thank Him for it! Like the turned around!
So amazed by His love!
Happy Thanksgiving!!


Jackie, We love Pumpkin Pie here. I always bake our own though. So no shortage here lol. It was so good to hear from you. Enjoy your Coffee and have a great Monday. Blessings,

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