Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It's been quite awhile since I have participated in Thankful Thursday but my heart is overflowing this week and I wanted to share it with you.

I am going to keep it to 3 things that I am thankful for this week, even though, I could list so many more.

God's Protection:
If you read my post from yesterday and saw the pictures, you will know immediately what I am talking about. If not, click HERE to read.

God's protection is something that I never want to take fore granted because without many ugly things would happen to us. There are so many things that "could have" happened to us and it wasn't chance or luck that prevented them from was God's hand of protection on you or your family. At times, I wish I could see what God has spared us from but at the same time...I really don't want to know all the evil that the enemy has intended to harm or kill my family.

Isaiah 52:12
But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Psalm 145:20
The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

God's Provision:
It is amazing to me how you can go from being excited, ecstatic and happy to down, defeated and angry...all over MONEY! I don't know about you but I can. When things happen that "rock" my world, my first tendency is to fret, worry or get upset. Tuesday night was not different.

When Roger changed jobs last year, we knew that our health insurance was going to be very expensive at his new job. The same policy with the same insurance company was going to go from $300. a month to $800. a month. I was sick to think we had to pay that much for health insurance and I tried to find other affordable coverage. We found several companies that would insure us individually rather than under a group policy but with Roger's high blood pressure and would be pre-existing or excluded from our coverage all together.

I have worked in the medical field for 25+ years and I know that if he were to go to the hospital for any reason, they (insurance co.) could "relate" his health issues to his blood pressure and refuse to pay. So...we didn't have a choice except to go with the insurance offered through his job.

The job offered so many more benefits and they all out weighed the expense of the insurance. He works for wonderful godly, Christian employers, who aren't afraid to stand up, speak out and serve God openly in their work place. What a refreshing environment for my husband to work in everyday. Plus, it is 4 miles from home, he can come home for lunch and never has to cross the Mississippi River bridge to go to work anymore! That is a benefit, in itself.

Well, Tuesday night, I was working on paying bills, making out the deposit for his paycheck from the Friday before and I noticed it was short. I got out the previous pay stub and noticed the insurance had gone up another $20.79 per week. Making our insurance $895.00 per month. I was upset, called Roger at the police department and quite frankly....I was MAD!

What makes it even worse are really stuck and don't have another choice except to pay for it. I certainly don't want to be uninsured.

Needless, to ruined my great mood that I was in. I just went to bed...feeling sorry for myself and grumbling.

I woke up Wednesday morning and began to remember the first few chapters that I read in my new book that Laurie gave me last Friday...the same day the paycheck was shortened. It is called A Journey into Prayer.

Pray without ceasing - I Thess. 5:17, First Priority: Prayer - Eph. 6:18 and In All Things Give Thanks - Psalm 103:2-5.

I chose to start my day out giving thanks for my husband's job, that we can afford to pay for health insurance (maybe, hard but we can) and for God's provision. My heart wasn't joyous all day but it was a choice not a feeling.

I posted several statuses on Facebook starting Tuesday night and into, I had several friends praying for us as well.

God is so good! Out of the clear blue, yesterday afternoon at 4:43 PM, I received a text message from my bosses wife...stating she was giving me a raise.

Guess what? It is double the amount that we will be losing with Roger's insurance going up! PTL!!! God is so faithful and He is so good! Why do I ever doubt Him?

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

I am so thankful for the generosity of a bloggy friend that I have never meet in real life but through IM (instant messaging) on Monday...she was helping me with redesigning my blog layout...the subject of vacation came up. I told her that we were coming to Florida, she asked to what part, I told her and she asked if I would be willing to come a little further into Florida.

She offered to let us stay in their cottage for nothing, if we choose to drive the extra distance to the beach this summer. We have been longing to take Tyler back to that area of Florida. We haven't been there since he was 4 years old and he doesn't remember it. We normally used our timeshare but you almost can get a place on the beach anymore. So, it didn't look like we would get back there before he graduates in 3 short years. We are planning a trip up the east coast and out west over the next 3 years. We decided to just go to the panhandle of Florida this year. We would be able to say..."we went to the beach and had a great time."

She has never met me or my family but yet, she offered her cottage to us for vacation. If we can work it out...what a blessing that will be. We will get to return to our favorite area of Florida, meet my precious, generous bloggy sister, see all the sites that Tyler doesn't remember, make wonderful memories for our family and hopefully, meet a couple of more bloggy sisters if we go to Orlando for the day.

Thank you so much, my sweet friend for such a generous offer! You will never know who much that has meant to our family. My God richly bless you and your family.

Proverb 22:9
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

Psalm 37:26
They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.

God continues to richly bless my family and I am so thankful today for His protection, His provision and the generosity of a friend!

For more wonderful and truly thankful hearts...visit our host, Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Such an awesome thankful post.

  2. What a powerful thankful thursday. My goodness,,,God IS so amazing. yes, we KNOW that,,but WOW...How He so lavishly provides for us...

  3. Hi Jennifer, Your post today is so full of blessings. I am so glad Your hubby was saved from the bite. That in its self is miraculous. Thank you for you wonderful words on my post today. Big hug. Have a great week.

  4. Great Thankful post today. I know the stress of Money is hard...but God does always supply our needs and He will provide.
    That is awesome about the cottage. How cool and what a blessing!
    PTL for doubt. That story was amazing & scary & miraculous all in one!

  5. GOD is awesome and HE never fails us. I praise GOD with you for your husband's job, for the increase (double portion) in your salary, and for the outpouring of love from another who shares not only her heart, but her home with your family.
    What an amazing "Thankful Thursday" post. GOD BLESS you and your family, Andrea

    PS: I am on facebook as Andrea Bowling Perdue if you would like to friend me. Last week was discouraging for of the things that happened was facebook disabled my entire acct. Now I am rebuilding. No doubt..GOD has greater plans in every area of my discouragement.

  6. Jennifer,

    Praise God that he has blessed you so abundantly! He is certainly amazing! You do have a lot to be thankful for on this Thursday! Thanks for sharing it all with us, and here is offering prayers with you that things will work out well for you in Florida!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. God's protection is amazing Jennifer and am so glad no one was bitten by the rattler. PLT! for His provisions to you!!! That is awesome news. I often ask myself the very same question as to why I don't always have the faith and trust in Him that He so desires. And what a sweet generous thing to do to help you out during your vacation. Sure hope you all manage to work it out.
    I have a couple of awards for you to swing by and pick up. I love your blog, would not change the name, as it does remind us of the fact that there are storms we come to in our life's journey, but your blog shows how we can overcome and benefit.

  8. Praise the Lord Jennifer! What a wonderful opportunity! God is good! I love the song on your blog. I remember you were one of the very first blogs I visited and I would cry and cry while I listened. It was when my abortions were first opened up and I was hurting so bad. I've enjoyed your blog a lot! love, Pam

  9. Oh yeah! And I love the new picture and look!!!!

  10. Power-packed post! I am singing the praises of God for working so mightily in the life of your family through protection, provision and generosity. What blessings! You are such an encouragement to me.

  11. What a Blessed Provider our God is! He will always meet our needs! So glad your hubby is o.k., that was scary.

    I think your header picture is so pretty! Personally I like your name as is, but of course it's yours to do with what you want.

    You can change it up just a little and call it "Through the Sunshine and the Storms of Life" or just change it up totally.

    What a blessing to be able to have that place in Florida!

  12. God hears our cries and He wants to give us the desires of our heart. Praise God for His leading hand! love ya, Laurie

  13. Such a wonderful post, Jennifer. I am praising God with you for his faithfulness!

    If you make it to the panhandle of Florida, you better let me know...I am right off I-10 right on your way!!!
    Bless you,

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  16. I loved reading your post. It's always wonderful KNOWING God will provide, that nothing is a surprise to Him and He has it all under control but to SEE it happen and so quickly, too. Awesome! Be blessed and enjoy Florida!

  17. Wow Jennifer..

    This is just an amazing story and yet no... We serve an awesome God who loves to delight. What a wonderful delight..

    I am just getting around to my TT visits. Thanks for joining in and see you again this week at Lauries... Hugs.


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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