Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I don’t know about you, but this week has flown by over here. As I was researching why our Facebook page was pulling the wrong image for the article posts, I ran across another lovely blogger who is hosting a Thankful Thursday Link Up. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what a link up was, but I’m thankful I took a look to discover it!
If you are familiar with link ups, then feel free to skip to the next paragraph, I just figured if it was new to me, then maybe an explanation can help someone else. As I understand it, one blogger or a group of bloggers work together to host a link up party, which is basically an open invitation to post links to their page. The host usually installs a plugin of some sort to help facilitate all the links for an easier and more attractive layout. This is a great way to create community among bloggers and support each other in respectful way rather than the shameless “this is a cool post…anyways, my blog is over HERE!” type of comments. Typically they choose a theme concept or prompt, maybe some rules about length or how to post, and generally they request that contributors include a link or linking image to the party page to generate awareness and invite others to join. Some hosts even invite readers without blogs to participate in the comments.
I have seen a few link ups that I thought would be fun to join down the road (or once I had a better understanding of what they are), but I am excited to join Thankful Thursdays as a means to keep my focus on God’s many blessings in my life. How easy it is to allow what hinders us to distract or consume our thoughts, but taking a moment to focus on what you DO have or what is going RIGHT in your life can be a game changer in the attitude and outlook department.
As I consider all that I truly have to be thankful for, I am humbled and don’t even know where to begin. Fortunately, this is a weekly link up and so affords the opportunity to select one focus each week. What stood out for me this past week was definitely, our Mother’s Day celebrations. 🙂
A few days before, my Eager Explorer started to say “mama”, so I was already feeling pretty blessed going into the holiday. We knew Mother’s Day was going to be packed and spent mostly with my Mother in Law, so we had a mini celebration for me as part of “Mother’s Day Eve”. My husband filled out some beautiful cards and gave me the perfect blend of sentimental, practical and fun gifts. Little Lizard was excited to join in by mixing up some chocolate milk in order to serve me my new mama mug. Then they gave me time to myself to enjoy the chocolate, read some bible and write about how much mamas need their daily bread. These simple and lovely gifts meant the world to me, even more so remembering the years spent as a single mother to a toddler. I’m reminded of Joel 2:25-27, and the restoration of stolen years and met with incredible thanks and gratitude for my wonderful husband and our beautiful family. 🙂
Initially Mother’s Day began a little hectic as usual, but I was thankful to enjoy the church message side by side with my husband. This is special for us because he typically runs the sound for church and we don’t always get to sit together. After church we went to my Mother-in-Love’s to honor her, and were blessed with delicious food, warm support, fellow mama sisters, cousins, gifts, cupcakes and best of all….Eager Explorer took his first steps!! What an absolute gift for it to not only occur on Mother’s Day, but surrounded by family to participate in the special moment. If that wasn’t enough, it fell right in line with Lil’ Lizard crawling for his first Mother’s Day 7 years ago. 🙂
Tuesday my own mother came into town and we were blessed to visit and catch up with each other while she stayed overnight. Our relationship has traveled many a rocky road, but I am thankful for God’s work in and through us. As He has helped me to let go of some bitterness, unforgiveness and pride, I have been increasingly able to really ENJOY my mother. It sounds simple enough, but for me it is a tremendous break through. We are never promised tomorrow, so to take such strides towards a closer relationship with my mother, while we are both still here to grow together is something I recognize as an absolute gift from God. A gift that not only blesses and heals my relationship with my mom, but truly helps me in EVERY relationship I have, since she was the first and strongest bond.
So yes, there are a million things I can appreciate when I quiet myself long enough to ponder them…which is why I am so thankful for this link up opportunity. What a wonderful way to focus on the positive, recognize how God is moving in our lives, and to give HIM the Glory. Here’s another link to the awesome party hosted by Marsha’s Musings, and I invite you to join us with your posts or comments about how God has blessed you this week 🙂
“And you will say in that day:
‘Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
‘Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.”