Thankful Thursday: 37 weeks

Today is an exciting day. Today Titus is 37 weeks old, which is considered full-term in the medical world! Praise God for sustaining us through out this pregnancy! We have reached the point where if I went into labor all systems would be go. It’s kind of like the first finish line of pregnancy — but certainly not the only finish line! I continue to pray the Lord would be with Titus, my husband, myself, our doctors, and the hospital staff during the labor and delivery of our sweet son!

I bless God for giving us the gift of life in our family.

I thank God for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

I thank God for the prayers of my church, my sisters and brothers through out the world for Titus and myself.

I thank God for the kindness of our friends and family that we have had to buy practically nothing for baby Titus.

I bless God for the sweet daughters He has given us and all the excitement they have for their baby brother and their anxiousness to help and serve him.

I thank God for a husband that loves life, is open to life, who recognizes that God alone gives life, who has been so excited and loving … and will continue to be so 🙂

I know that it is only the hand of the Lord that has brought us through this pregnancy thus far. I’m so thankful he choose to give my husband and I another sweet, little soul to care for and pray for.

In Christ,

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Lists of Gratitude 12/12/11

So much to sing God’s praises for.

248. For the baby in the manger that grew up to be the man on the cross taking away the penalty for my sins. It’s impossible not be joyous as we celebrate the birth of our savior knowing what we know, seeing the picture clearly. Thank you God for your perfect plan.

249. An extremely helpful Emma. She has went above and beyond to help around the house, with a cheerful spirit, since I’ve been sick these first three months of pregnancy.

250. Political talks with my hubby. These always end with each of us smiling and laughing. 🙂

251. A wonderful Sunday sermon followed by joyful fellowshiping among the saints.

252. Seed catalongs in the mail!

253. Christmas cards in the mail, full of photos and sweet messages from friends and family.

“Thankfulness to God is a recognition that God in His goodness and faithfulness has provided for us and cared for us, both physically and spiritually.  It is a recognition that we are totally dependent upon Him; that all that we are and have comes from God.” -Jerry Bridges

Much love,

Hollie

Thankful Thursday – 9/9/10

Today, for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful that I do not live under sharia law. If you are not familiar with what sharia law is here’s an explanation:

Sharia (شريعة Šarīʿa; [ʃaˈriːʕa], “way” or “path”) is the sacred law of Islam. Muslims believe Sharia is derived from two primary sources, the divine revelations set forth in the Qur’an, and the sayings and example set by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad in the Sunnah. Fiqh, or “jurisprudence,” interprets and extends the application of Sharia to questions not directly addressed in the primary sources, by including secondary sources. These secondary sources usually include the consensus of the religious scholarsijma, and analogy from the Qur’an and Sunnah through qiyas. Shia jurists replace qiyas analogy with ‘aql, or “reason”. Source

I subscribe to the monthly Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. This is an excellent website to peruse if you want to witness the suffering of Christians from fundamentalist Muslims. Each year they also send out a prayer map so individuals can pray for the nations where Christianity is restricted. Many of the restricted nations are nations under Shariah law (whether it be officially or not.)  The things that are permitted under Sharia law are down right terrifying. And these are not just rules “extreme” Muslims came up with. Their prophet Muhammad believed these as well. The violent and extreme laws come directly from the founder of Islam in his Quran and his example in the hadith. Under Shariah law you can be beaten for almost anything: drinking, being a “bad” wife, fornication, and so on. Homosexuals and adulterers are to be stoned.

I’m so SO thankful for Christianity. Jesus says, turn the other cheek, love your neighbor … those among you with no sin cast the first stone. The oppression of Sharia law is unimaginable, especially for Americans … because all things considered we still have it pretty good over here. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

It saddens me that American Christians boast the peacefulness of Shariah law and Islam while numerous amounts of Christians suffer horrifying persecution at the hands of Islam/Shariah Law. It’s easy to make those statements in America. Most Muslims in America might seem peaceful, but I would challenge they are not following their religious beliefs to the fullest. Just as we have luke-warm Evangelicals, in my opinion we have luke-warm Muslims here also. I would encourage Christians to educate themselves on what Muhammad actually taught and what Islam is really about. Anyone can cherry pick verses to make it look peaceful. If you study it though you will find otherwise. There is no balance in the Qur’ran between the peaceful and violent verses … the violent verse win hands down.  And, it’s important to note that the “peaceful verses” have been canceled anyway.Most of the peaceful verses came during the first part of Muhammad’s “career” while the violent ones came later. Why does this matter? There’s a Islamic doctrine known as: Naskh.

In its historical application, naskh typically involves the replacement (tabdīl) of an earlier verse/tradition (and thus its embodied “Hukm” ruling) with a chronologically successive one. The complete suppression (izāla) of a regulation so that not even its wording remains is recognized as well, though only in the case of the Qur’ān. Source

This is but a glimpse into Islam/Shariah law. Books could easily be filled on the subject and already have been.

So, I am thankful to not be under Islamic rule. I am so thankful for freedom in Christ Jesus. I am also thankful for the Christians that are spreading the Gospel to the nations and stand fearless in the Lord to the persecution from Islam (among other religions/governments). May we remember them in our prayers and never trivialize what they are going through.

Thankful Thursday

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I am thankful for prayer. I am someone who, since receiving Grace, has always had issues with praying. Anytime I would attempt to pray my sinfulness, and my wretchedness was ever before me. I can relate to Isaiah when he cried: And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips …”

It’s only within recent weeks that I’ve actually started to develop a prayer life of substance. I still feel wholly unworthy to approach God, but I am forever in awe that He loves me enough to allow this. The Creator of the universe, the King of Kings, GOD has made a way for a lowly sinner such as me to approach Him – to fellowship with Him. It’s a concept that my mind can barely grasp; it’s a love that my heart cannot understand.

But it’s true. And it’s amazing. I’m so thankful Jesus has made away for us to approach God. That God saw fit to give us personal access to Him. What a beautiful and terribly frightening thing all at once.

Thankful Thursday: Friends

What am I thankful for? SO MUCH! I have a very blessed life. But, this week I’m thankful for friends. This summer God has blessed me by opening my eyes to what a real friend looks like and I’ve been so fortunate to realize I have a handful of true friends in my life :o)
Today I received a birthday package in the mail from one of my best friends, Tina. She made me an adorable hand made card and a CD of songs. She also enclosed a letter explaining the meaning/thoughts behind each song selected for my CD. It was so sweet and thoughtful. Her gift really touched my heart and I feel so lucky to have her friendship. We have many differences, but our friendship runs deeper than that and that’s a true blessing!

 That’s me and Tina at the March For Life earlier this year. We haven’t seen each other since then :o( Hopefully we can some how hang out again soon!

Thankful Thursday

I’m going to attempt to start doing Thankful Thursday’s. I think it would be a good thing to learn to acknowledge my blessings. The host for this month is Lynn @ Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

I am thankful for my boyfriend, who will someday be my husband (I’m hopeful!)I could write volumes about the things I love about Josh, but for now I want to concentrate on one thing: his spiritual guidance/leadership to me. We certainly are not yet married, but he has already made my “spiritual health” his top priority. He takes times to help me research churches in the area so I can find a solid church preaching Biblical truths and not just peddling feel good junk. He reads to me theological works and takes time to explain anything I ask. We have just started doing our devotionals together as well. He welcomes discussion on theological matters, and we have many fruitful conversations. This is all so wonderful because we are seven hours apart, yet this does not deter him from taking care of me in this matter. I feel so blessed to have a man that has his priorities straight. I know the rest of our lives together will be wonderful and we will continue to grow in the Lord together.