Thankful Thursday


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I was reading through some old journals and journal entries on My Devotional . Something I do often when I trying to remember the priorities of life, when the busyness is leading me instead of me leading it. Today in honor of Thankful Thursday, I thought I would post something I read that reminded me how thankful I am to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. When the storms of life are all around us the Lord is the same today as He was yesterday. Today is Thankful Thursday, which was created by Rhondi from Rose Colored Glasses. Please stop by her blog to read the Thankful Thursday posts. I look forward to this day of reflection each week. Fields of Gold is something I wrote a while back when too many trials had me questioning my faith.


Fields of Gold

"I had a dream two days ago that I was beneath this field of golden flowers. I could hear joyful laughter of those that were walking in this field. I was attempting to climb to get to the field, but I could not. I could just peek into the golden field beyond my reach and hear the joyful laughter in the distance. The Lord walked up to me and asked “Why have you lost your faith now?” When I awoke from this dream I wept, selfishly I wanted to stay in that beautiful field with the Lord. I felt sad that He had asked me that question, even in my sleep I felt ashamed that I had lost my faith after so many lessons of blessings. Yesterday I had struggled yet one more day looking around me for my answer going through a trial. Then I found a poem that made me see that I was choosing to dwell on the gloom and not on the promise:

Fields of Gold

One Day At A Time

Just for one day I will promise
To see God’s love in all things,
In the calm, the joy, and the peaceful
In the burden, the pain and the sting.

I will look to His love in the moonlight
In the wave of each swaying branch,
In each breath, in each step, in each moment
I will pause to my Lord and give thanks.

Though the turbulent waters surround me
I’ll be still as a calm peaceful lake,
For if He is in charge of this temple
Then the outcome to all will be great.

So with my new mind I’ll sing praises
And release alleluia’s sincere,
For if God and I are this temple,
Then the outcome to all will be clear.

So do not sway for a moment
When dark clouds are somber and gray,
Just look to the sunshine beyond them
And just let the Lord have His way.
Chris Zambernard

Celosia

Suddenly it was all clear…I had forgotten the basic rule in maintaining Faith…I had forgotten to count my blessings. I had forgotten to Thank God for my trial and that I believed in Him and that He had a purpose for my suffering. I ran to get all my journals to read, reminding me of countless times like this when He had allowed me to go through a trial for His purpose. He had always blessed my life and shown me why He had allowed me to go through a particular trial. I had my answer, even though He has not revealed the purpose yet for this trial, He clarified what I must do to climb back to Faith. Back to the golden fields of the Lord’s promise, back to walking on the path of golden fields with the right mind believing in God’s promise.

Fields of Gold

A Recipe for Finding Faith

To remember the Blessings the Lord has given.
To Praise Him in the middle of a trial,
To Believe that the Lord has a reason for any suffering,
To Choose Faith instead of Doubt mindfully,
To Renew my mind with the Word of God.

Fields of Gold

I stopped today and for the first time since I had that dream, I no longer wished that I had remained there. I knew now that we can have that dream on earth. When we look at the gloom all around us and fall beneath the fields of gold we cannot be blessed with joy. We walk through golden fields of heaven and laugh in joyful song when we have Faith in Our Lord and Savior. It is in the renewing of our mind that we build up our faith. We must keep things in perspective and focus more on the good, renewing our mind with the Word of God."

I remembered the verse from Romans chapter 10 verse 17:
"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message,
and the message is heard through the Word of Christ."

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The song for this post is On My Knees.
Beverly said...

Just lovely, Karen. Remembering my blessings always makes me feel better. I'm so happy you have that comfort in your life, too.

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Hello Karen,

You always have such wonderful messages...
Love all your digital work and paintings!

~ Gabriela ~

Jane Marie said...

Wonderful post. Great Music.

Rhondi said...

Dear Karen
What beautiful reminder for all of us. Isn't it wonderful the way the Lord is able to comfort?
Hugs, Rhondi

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Such a great message. I too have been trying harder to be thankful for all the many blessings i n my life...m...

Kathleen Grace said...

You are so right Karen! Our attitude makes or breaks us when we go through tough times. I always feel that God rewards an attitude of thankfulness for what we DO have. So many people are going through tough times right now, this was a perfect post!

Bettsi said...

That is a beautiful Thankful Thursday post. How good God is!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Lovely post! Counting my blessings to! Have a wonderful weekend to come! Hugs, Maryjane

Cottage Rose said...

Karen; What a very thought provoking post. I so agree with each and every word. Amen.

Hugs;
Alaura

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