Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thankful Thursday ~ Perfection...Not Required



I am so thankful today that I don't have to be perfect, say the right things, think the correct things or be on a "spiritual" high all the time to be used by God or better yet, loved by Him. I AM FORGIVEN...and I try to do better the next time...that is what matters the most. I may fall down on the same issues over and over but if I truly have a repentant heart...He is there to pick me up and set me back on the right path to try again. As long as I allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me...then God isn't finished with me yet.

He takes me daily just as I am...sometimes, He has to take me one minute at a time...just as I am. I am so thankful that He continually is working on me and in me...sometimes, with refining fire to shape me into what He wants me to be.

I have been so overwhelmed this week with emotions that has originated from work, housework, finances, child not living for the Lord and the state of our nation. Needless to say, it has come out through buckets of tears...uncontrollable at times, agitation, irritability and just not being a pleasant person to be around.

But, God reminds me everyday that I am a work in progress and that no one is perfect. I am so thankful for a loving, caring and forgiving Heavenly Father. I have so much to be thankful for because I serve a God that is bigger, so much bigger than any problem or situation that I have in my life.

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Psalm 103:8-12
(8) The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (9) He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; (10) he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. (11) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; (12) as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us

17 comments:

  1. So true non are perfect and God continues to bless us where we are. May your days get better, be blessed

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  2. He is the potter and we are the clay - we are broken vessels, imperfect but God loves us anyway and desires to use us. Thanks for sharing your grateful heart even during your difficult week. -love ya, Laurie

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  3. Jenn,
    check out Lisa's blog post, I thought it was good...

    http://thepreachers-wife.blogspot.com/2008/11/its-what-we-do-with-disappointment.html

    -Laurie

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  4. Very true! Thank you for sharing your thankful heart. Happy TT and God bless!

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  5. Isn't is just so awesome we can leave our perfectionism, our "musts" and our "shoulds" behind and we can do it all because we love him knowing if we mess up He will still love us and forgive us if we truly ask! AWESOME!

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  6. God loves you dearly, you are very precious in His eyes.

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  7. Oh, have I had weeks like this! I just blogged about the storms coming and it helps to go back and read and get inspiration all over again.

    Life is NOT easy, and we are NOT perfect and happy all the time. We have JOY through Christ, but it isn't revealed all the time in the way of happy, go-lucky Christians 100% of the time.

    I LOVED your Thankful Thursday! It is a reminder that we don't have to fake it all the time if we don't FEEL it. It's alright. We are forgiven.

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me!

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  8. Great post about God's love for us, despite us. Happy Thankful Thursday!

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  9. I love that passage of scripture! It is so comforting that His love reaches the heavens! I mean, even with our technology, we've still not been able to penetrate heaven, and we will never be able to penetrate the limit of His love!

    I'm like you, I thank God He takes us as we are -- a work in progress. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Hey, I think we can ALL identify in many ways with the way you have felt.

    I pray things are looking better for you now.

    Blessings to you this TT♥

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  11. Here's a comforting thought about all those tears. Psalms tells us that God holds all our tears in a bottle. Casting Crowns Praise You in the Storm says that "every tear I've cried, you hold in your hands." Isn't that mind-boggling.

    The God of the Universe cares about your tears---and mine.

    And, yes, perfection is not required to walk this walk of faith that we walk. There is NO condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. Amen!! And thank you, Lord, for your incredible grace!

    Love in Christ,
    Patti

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  12. GOd truly deserves our thanksgiving. God Bless YOu as you continue to thank Him.

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  13. Phil. 1:6 is my life verse "Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you, will perfect it til the day of Jesus Christ." I chose and memorized this at age 16. Like you said, it promises that God is not giving up on us, He is molding and shaping us to be more like Him. That's a wonderful promise because sometimes I feel like at my age, I should have "arrived" by now. Yet I still have some of the same old struggles, still don't listen to Him the way I should all the time, still lose my temper or get annoyed more than I'd like...always in the process of "arriving" but not there yet. How very lovingingly He lead us. He is so faithful. It's a process of learning and growing and depending on Him. I'm glad my "arriving" doesn't depend on me.

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  14. nobody is perfect and still God loves us so much. something worth thanking God for most definitely. be blessed. ♥

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  15. You are absolutely right. God accepts us for who we are. I often forget that at tries to be perfect in everything I do. At the end, I am the one who gets crashed and burned. Thank you for the reminder.

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Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".

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