December 9, 2008 by Stacy McDonald

I Am What I Am: Growing in Thankfulness

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My article, I Am What I Am, appeared in the Nov/Dec issue of Homeschooling Today magazine and I’m happy to be able to share it here with my readers.

I Am What I Am: Growing in Thankfulness

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain….” (1 Corinthians 15:10)


Every once in a while, when I am feeling extra sorry for myself (we all do it sometimes), I wonder why God wasted His time on me. In fact, it seems He still does it. Every day He gives me the grace I need to get through the day. He blesses me with food, shelter, clothing, beautiful children, and a husband who loves me. He has blessed me with health, a lovely home, a wonderful church family, and immeasurable joy. But why? Doesn’t He know who I am?

It happens at night. All my sins, undone projects, fears, childrearing failures, and secret flaws invade my thoughts. I think about the cellar I have wanted to clean out for months now, the garden that just didn’t quite make it this year, and the fact that William still isn’t potty trained! (You didn’t expect me to tell you my worst fears, did you?)

Then I idolize my friends and their families. I think about others who seem to have it all together and I dwell on how I will never measure up—then anxiety comes. I don’t know about you, but I find it impossible to be thankful when I focus on my failures, or when I compare myself to others. In fact, when I focus on myself this way, I am more likely to give up, become depressed, or grow angry and bitter toward those I have idolized. And when I compare myself to others, I either blame myself or I blame others for being so…so perfect! The nerve!

But deep down I know the truth. You know the truth. They are not perfect. Jesus is the only perfect One. Don’t do it! Don’t compare yourself to others. No matter what it looks like from your vantage point, the people in the family you have idolized still sin: the children are not perfect; the mom sometimes says unkind things; the father speaks in sinful anger from time to time; and their family creates messes that have to be cleaned…just like yours.

Regaining a Right Focus

So how do you take your eyes off other people? How do you break the habit of comparing and placing burdens upon yourself—burdens that God didn’t put there? How do you keep from having those late-night anxiety attacks? First, repent. Turn your eyes away from your own works and off your feeble idols and turn them toward your Lord God—the only perfect One!

“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119:37, ESV)

Focus on Jesus and His grace toward you. As I reflect on God’s redeeming power and providence in my life, I stand amazed. I’m so undeserving of His grace and so deserving of His wrath. But then again, it is not about me.

In my weakness, I occasionally forget that God’s mercy toward me has nothing to do with me. It is all about His grace. And I must remember that “His grace toward me was not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:10). This is where I must be in order to truly be thankful for the work He has done in my life and for any blessing He gives me.

God is Faithful, Even When We Are Not

I am reminded of His faithfulness toward me when I recall that He has never left me nor forsaken me—even during those times when I thoroughly deserved it. As unworthy and insignificant as I am, never once did God forget me.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)

As I sat in a foster home as a child, awaiting a family to adopt me, God was there with me. He was my Comforter.

When He put it on the heart of my parents to adopt me, even though they knew it would mean many future doctors’ bills, God was caring for me. He was to me a “Father to the fatherless.”

When I endured my first major back surgery at five years old, God guided the surgeon’s hand, keeping me from being forever paralyzed. He was my Healer.

When I cried out to God as a young teen, “Why did you make me this way?” He heard and He answered; though He had not yet opened my ears to hear Him. He was my Creator.

When I left the home of my parents and rebelled against the good things I had been taught, He shielded me from total destruction (1 Corinthians 5:5) and taught me hard lessons I would need later. He was my merciful Protector.

A few years later, God pulled me out of the pit. I didn’t “find Jesus.” He found me—kicking and screaming.

Looking back, I don’t believe I have a “salvation date.” I think it took me a good two years before I surrendered my life to God and truly trusted Jesus for salvation. It was a process. I was spiritually broken, bruised, and bleeding. I was like the bird with a broken wing—trying desperately to fly away on my own (Obadiah 4).

Even when God brought me to my knees, I would have fled if I could, but God had me where He wanted me. As I lay struggling, He bandaged my wounds, healed my hurts, and won my love (Psalm 147:3). He forced me to see me my sinful stubborn heart, and I repented. He forgave me and life finally truly began.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

It was during this time that I realized God had been with me all along. His handiwork had been woven into the very fabric of my life—even before I was born.

Although I was called to walk through many painful and difficult things, most of which I brought upon myself, God guided and protected me in the midst of it all. I live with many consequences of a sinful past—consequences that are daily reminders to me of His grace in my life; but God has redeemed it all and is using it for His glory. That is what it is all about—His glory.

His providential hand in my life has never slowed or weakened. There’s no way to deny it—God leads and protects us, ordaining our steps from the very beginning.

Before I ever knew Him, He knew me, and set me apart for His own purpose (Jeremiah 1:5). Every one of His children is set apart in this same way. How awesome is that?

Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving

“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

And every one of us, each of His children, is a work in progress. We may be in different places on the path of sanctification, but we are to be one in Christ, as a testimony of God’s Truth to the world (John 17:22-23).

If we rely on our own miserable works or blind ourselves by idolizing the imagined “perfect” works of others, we will never be thankful, only hopeless and covetous.

Remember, by God’s grace, we are what we are. He has redeemed our past; He is sanctifying us now; and He has secured our future. His grace toward us is not in vain. For that, we should all give Him thanks and praise.

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107:8-9)

Copyright 2008
Homeschooling Today magazine, November/December 2008



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46 Responses to “I Am What I Am: Growing in Thankfulness”

  1. Daniel's Helpmeet says:

    A blessing I am thankful for has come by way of a 2 year struggle. We learned, as a family, that God is changeless. In the past 2 1/2 years we’ve changed churches twice, my husband took a job 2 hours from home, we had our home on the market and now we’ve moved away from all our family. The end result has been a blessing to our family, but looking back, the lessons we learned from the trials were the true blessing. We learned how important a church family is. We’ve learned to become more reliant on each other as we walked through the disappointments. Most of all we have learned that God is our Rock and that He is changeless. He walked through these trials by our side and continues to walk next to us today.

    To sum it up, I am thankful that God is changeless and we can rely on Him whether our days be dark or sunny.

    Malachi 3:6 “ For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”

  2. Amanda says:

    There is so much for me to be thankful for this year. One of the top things are that we are finally home schooling our children!!!! It took 3 1/2 years of research, praying, convincing, patience, and more praying to get to this point. I am so thankful to have my children home and to spend more time with them. Also, Kaitlin is walking on her own and she started walking a year before she was expected. Yea, no more walker!! Now she can run, dance, and give mommy the best workout ever ;)!

    Blessings,
    Amanda
    Ldfrdfam5@aol.com

  3. Shelly says:

    I am so thankful for our good health. We just had a virus move through our house and I missed all the wonderful craziness of a large healthy family.

    My email address is:
    mrs.frugal(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  4. Tina in AL says:

    It may sound strange but I’m thankful our house was hit by a tornado. Last Feb. a tornado hit our neighborhood and our house was hit. We (my husband, myself, and our 4 girls) were all home at the time (a Sunday afternoon);we actually had 3 of the girls’ friends over who were planning to spend the night and rode through the tornado with us. The tornado picked up our garage, tore it from our house and set it in the backyard, broke most of the windows, blew in the front and back door, and took away our storage shed, fence, and big, sturdy wooden playset my husband built the kids (along with most of the trees in the backyard). Compared to others in the neighborhood, our damage was really not that bad. My girls and I were discussing again today how thankful we were that we were hit by the tornado. We got to EXPERIENCE God in a totally new way. We got to feel His presence as He cupped us in His hand and carried us through. We got to experience His hand over us in the hallway. (We were in the south side of our house and the north side took the damage. All the houses around us had damage on the south side.) We got to experience amazement at the pure peace God gave us during and after the tornado. (Totally Him!) We got to experience God working through His people as help flooded in for days afterward helping us and our neighbors clean up, pack, move, etc. God truly supplies every need!
    The first morning the girls and I tried to get back to our school routine in the rental house, I got to hear my 8 year old tell me that, just like Ester didn’t expect to be queen, God had a purpose in it and He had a purpose in the tornado. My 5 year old then said, “I always knew God was there but because I couldn’t see Him, I wasn’t sure if He could REALLY help us. But now I KNOW He helps us even though I can’t see Him.” I knew then that I’d go through another tornado tomorrow to have that written on my 5 year old’s heart.
    We were in a rental house until July when we were able to move home. What a blessing. The house was able to be fixed and is practically remodeled.
    I realize that really what we went through is minor. God didn’t call any of our children home. We didn’t get hurt a bit. We did, however, get to see Him at work with our own eyes in amazing ways. It’s an experience we will all remember and are thankful we got to experience it.
    In His love,
    Tina
    rendleman6 at yahoo dot com

  5. A Dusty Frame says:

    Thank you for entering me.

    I have much to be thankful for.
    God has carried us and blessed us through a trial that has been and continues to go on for a long time.

    My husband was/is incarcerated and we are still tired and ready for it to be over, but God has provided, helped us to grow, kept our marriage together, and allowed me to stay home and homeschool my son.

    I could go on but I won’t!

    Lizzie
    http://www.adustyframe.com

  6. Mrs. Pear says:

    I am so thankful for the wonderful gift the Lord has given me in my family. I have a wonderful husband and two sweet girls (3 and 12 weeks). I learned to be especially grateful and not take them for granted lately. In October we found out that our oldest will likely need preventative open heart surgery before she is six, but she looks like the picture of health. A week later our the 7 week old was hospitalized with viral meningitis, and this morning she was fitted with a harness for hip dysplasia.

    While none of this has been fun, I have learned to appreciate my family in a new and richer way (not that I didn’t before of course, but it is a process), and am learning new things about God and His incredible love for His people.

  7. Fruitful Vine Lady says:

    This past year has been one where the Lord has shown us His steadfast care of us. He has walked beside us, tenderly caring for us as we faced great trials. He showed us His great love for us, giving us a deeper love for each other, showing us that we cannot take each other for granted for a moment. I am so thankful for what He has taught us, so very patiently, about His character and love for us. I’m thankful for the family He has given us. And, I’m thankful for the church family He has given us. We are truly blessed!
    Blessings,
    Tonya

  8. Kelly says:

    This year I am thankful for all that God has blessed me with. My 4 children and I are are lucky to live in a country where we can woriship God whenever we want, we have the freedom to homeschool and we are healthy. The past few years have been very hard since my husband died but each year I am blessed to have the my wonderful children and friends to celebrate the wonderful love of God and the way he carries us through and how his love is unchanging.
    Kelly Albrecht
    m311@aol.com

  9. Mary says:

    Wonderful article – we’ve all been there and done that – compare our selves to others and become very discouraged. Thanks for the reminder.

    I am Thankful that after 6 hospital stays during the past year, it is looking like the surgery that I had in June most likely was successful. We won’t know for a few more months for sure as I have meds that I need to slowly be taper off of and more tests, but it is looking very encouraging. I went through a time after the surgery where I was very depressed. I hadn’t lost my faith but God felt very remote and I was extremely discouraged. I hung on to Him during that time and now I am feeling better (I think that a lot of it was physical) and I feel that my Christian walk is now stronger and deeper. We do seem to learn the most through adversity.My email address is livingwater35(at)trustinghim(dot)net

    Blessings,

    Mary

  10. Teresa says:

    After a year of trying to sell our house while my husband started a job in another state, we are finally reunited and living in our new home. Thank you, Lord.

    Just in case my name is drawn for the subscription, my email is rkm559@juno.com

  11. Sarah says:

    I am so thankful this year for the beautiful house the Lord has blessed us with. Everything has fallen in place so perfectly…even our other house going under contract after only a week and a half of being on the market. I can really feel us putting down some major roots here and raising and growing our family here. It has been a great year so far!!

    Please enter me in your drawing. That magazine would be an awesome resource for this pre-homeschooling mommy.

  12. KB in IL says:

    I am thankful that God has provided for my husband and I to homeschool our girls. He has given us many clear blessings this fall that have strengthened that resolve. Our family is a close-knit unit and it is great to see my girls grow in God every day.

    Kristyne
    bnuts2@mchsi.com

  13. Anonymous says:

    I am so VERY thankful for the Lord’s grace without which I would be a miserable soul!
    Then I am thankful for my family, my wonderful husband who loves me anyway, and 3 gorgeous boys who know the Lord and one adorable granddaughter (born 3-06-08)and an unbelievable daughter-in-law.
    There is so very much to be thankful for: friends, a house, health, a car that runs, my husband’s job,living in the U.S., Christian bloggers who let me know that I am not alone in my short comings. The Lord puts strangers in our lives just as he puts friends, Thank you Stacey!
    DawnBeardmore
    dawnbeard@fuse.net

  14. Laura says:

    How can I can a say just one thing that i am thankful for when i am so blessed with a husband of 39 this Christmas day and 4 daughters , 2 son-in laws, 12 grandchildren and still have my dear mother, and all my siblings ?!
    i must say that this year i am so thankful for discovering the blessedness of my sisters in Christ. As we have studied together the women of the Bible and have realized what a privilege it is to follow God’s pattern of relationships. I am so grateful for the example of those we have studied , for the courage i see in others near to me in home , church, and community and am encouraged to go on. As with many, this has been a difficult year , but one is always here, our youngest daughter, and we have ,cried, prayed and laughed together. Sometimes she has reminded me that all will be OK, no words, but just a hug. She was born when i was 42 and she will be 18 next year. Oops! did i give away my age?!
    I cannot leave out those far away and i ‘m encouraged as we keep in touch and that includes this blog.

  15. Mama Hen says:

    I am so thankful for my family. As I grow older I realize more and more each year that things don’t matter. It is the time and moments and memoires with our families that matter.

  16. het lieveheersbeestje says:

    It is difficult to find something that I am not thankfull of.. Many things happend overhere the past year, like with most readers of your lovely blog.. Still, at the moment I a thankful that my husband still has his job, although I realy feel for the 50% of people that have lost their jobs at that company. Overhere in the Netherlands, it’s an awfull resession and we don’t know how to survive it with four children. But we keep praying..

    mama lieveheersbeestje

    berrykoopman@hotmail.com

  17. homeskoolmom5883 says:

    We brought home our 2nd son nearly 5 years ago. It was a miserable transition and he was one ANGRY child, and our family got the brunt of it. For over 3 years our home was upside down at times. He would rage, and rage and rage. This past year has been a year of healing. We have worked through the anger and are back to “normal” (whatever that is) for the first time in a long time. There were times we thought we’d have to dissolved the adoption, but I am SO very thankful that God has freed our family from this devastating cycle and we are enjoying life again.

  18. Kristi says:

    I am thankful that my husband finally accepted the Lord Jesus this year. The Lord led our family out of a situation where He couldn’t get through to us, to somewhere peaceful (that in and of itself is blessing enough!) where we could hear Him. And there, He showed Himself to my husband. It’s been SUCH and amazing blessing, that I can’t even begin to describe it!

  19. Jen says:

    There is so much to be thankful for! It is hard to pick just one thing. I am so thankful for the blessings He has given me. Besides being able to know Him as my Savior, and knowing that I will get to spend eternity with Him, He has also blessed me with a wonderful husband and daughter who also know the Lord. I feel blessed that God brought our daughter into our lives through adoption. She is such a wonderful gift to us!

  20. tami says:

    this is easy! all during my pregnancy i was told there was a chance my baby would die. there were some problems obviously but none came to fruition and even tho he decided to make his appearance a month early on top of all the problems he was PERFECT! as my dr said- that is the Lord! so i am thankful andrew is perfect!

  21. Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks says:

    I am thankful for my children and grandchildren. (One child was homeschooled, all the grandchildren are homeschooled.)

    It is very good to see spiritual routes taking hold in the next generation.

  22. Kate says:

    I am most thankful that we were able to come home. We lived in MN for the past year. We discovered many good things there but were called to come back home. We are very grateful that we did. We are more secure here and in these times and those to come that is very important.

  23. Anna says:

    Something I have been so thankful for repeatedly over the last year, is the precious little family God has blessed me with… To love and be loved by a wonderful, Godly man, and raising with him, our two precious babies who bring us joy constantly… Just the beauty of a secure, loving, God’s peace-filled home, has really made me thank God, especially when realizing how this is the exception, rather than the norm today. I thank Him for His goodness!!
    Anna
    ahoanna86(at)gmail.com

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is a very sweet and encouraging post. Thanks!

    Just out of curiosity- what’s wrong with American Girl dolls? I saw the “Christian Alternative” on the side bar and just had to ask. I can understand being against Barbie, but I don’t see anything immoral or immodest about American Girl. Your girls are so into history-have you let them read the books? Just wondering!

  25. Anonymous says:

    oh, and my email address (I asked about the American Girl dolls) is michellemfc20@yahoo.com. Sorry I didn’t put it in my last post! Have a great day!

  26. Stacy McDonald says:

    Hi Michelle,

    We gave all of our older girls American Girl dolls when they were small. And yes, they read the books, though my daughter, Tiffany, told me she thought a few had feministic attitudes. We loved the dolls, the dresses, the accessories. We were thrilled to give them a quality, wholesome doll that didn’t promote the strumpet look.

    But in 2005 we were disappointed to hear that The American Girl co. joined with Girls, Inc. for an extensive promotion venture involving the “I Can” band for girls. Girls Inc. supports abortion. I had heard online, through several outdated news articles that Girls Inc. also supported Planned Parenthood, but I can’t verify that information anywhere.

    And when I called just now to verify, the lady said they do not support PP because they are a non-profit group and cannot financially support anyone. She also communicated to me that they are in favor of a woman’s choice to murder her child (my language, not hers, obviously). They also support sodomy.

    http://www.girlsinc.org/downloads/lesbianbisexualgirls.pdf

    http://www.girlsinc.org/downloads/lesbianbisexualadults.pdf

    http://www.prolifeblogs.com/articles/archives/2005/10/american_girl_c_1.php

    American Girl claims on their website that the “2005 program and partnership ended on December 26, 2005. However, the American Girl Promise, which is the foundation of the program, will remain on our Web site so girls can continue to sign the promise as a reminder to believe in themselves and in each other.”

    Again, it does seem that American Girl has had no further ties with Girls Inc., but I find it difficult to trust a company that is so friendly with an organization that openly promotes abortion and homosexuality.

    http://store.americangirl.com/shop/ican.php

  27. Sarah Mae says:

    What a wonderful giveaway!

    We actually received that issue of Homeschooling Today as our free issue and really enjoyed it. My husband has been supportive of me homeschooling, but not completely on board with how long we should do it. He picked up this magazine and loved it! So here is what I am thankful for right now:

    My husband being more open, supportive, and even happy that I want to homeschool. It is a blessing to not only have his approval to homeschool, but that he actually thinks it is the best thing for our children. He works in a public high school, so I haven’t sold him on homeschooling through high school yet, but I’m praying that God will align our hearts to His will – whatever that may be.

    Thank you for this giveaway!!!

  28. Sarah Mae says:

    Oh, my e-mail address is truthhasfoundme@hotmail.com

    -Sarah Mae

  29. Kristi says:

    I am thankful for God’s discipline. We messed up! We have been irresponsible with our resources and are now struggling because of it. I can tell myself that it’s because of a whole list of “other people” who failed on us and that is the reason we are in trouble, but no, it is our fault, we sinned and have been forgiven. Now, we get disciplined- the consequence of sin! The “recovery” process has been fantastic for our family! We have discovered that our world doesn’t need to revolve around the TV, that mom can be happy in a skirt and being feminine (shocker!!!), that we can make do with far less than we ever thought possible, that homeschooling isn’t just a “good idea” it is an essential plan, that though we deserve to be homeless and starving, we are not. God’s mercy and grace just astound me and I am thankful that it doesn’t just stop at grace and mercy for our sin, but that in His love, He disciplines us as well in order to sanctify us to be like Him. This has truly been a time of growth like no other I have ever experienced!

    Thank you for the opportunity to post this!
    Kristi Gatzke
    ekgatzke@gmail.com

  30. jamie lyerla says:

    This year I have been truly blessed in finding several lovely friendships. We have gone through a lot of changes in the past several years- the life-changing kind. This past year God has brought into our lives several companions with which to share our journey. We have been blessed by the fellowship of like-minded families. God is so good to us, and we are thankful to Him for His care.
    Jamie Lyerla
    jjlyerla@hotmail.com

  31. Bethany Hudson says:

    Of course, I am thankful for my precious daughter, my baby on the way, my beloved husband, my husband’s incredible job, family, friends, a good church, this wonderful nation, and the many other blessings that so many of us can count.

    This year, however, I am most thankful for a vision of family life that God has re-inspired me with and that I have recently come to recommit to. I have been a stay-at-home wife for the three years that I have been married, and while I have loved it and especially the time home with my baby girl, the siren song of the world started calling all too loudly to me, particuarly as I know very few other Christian ladies who stay home. I started taking steps to return to the workforce, but God, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, pulled me up short, and I am blessed to say that I will be continuing to build the Kingdom here at home, helping my husband and raising our precious children.

    ~Bethany
    bethanyhudson(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. Christy Baker says:

    Wanted to sign up for the free homeschool mag. drawing.

    My name is Christy Baker email address is monte99gc@yahoo.com

    Praise the Lord,
    Christy Baker

  33. Tina says:

    My heart is overflowing with joy! Three weeks ago I gave birth to our eight child (our fifth son) after suffering 4 miscarriages in a row (totaling 8 losses). I am so very thankful for this precious life, for these oh so busy days of raising so many little ones! Praise Jesus!

  34. Sandy says:

    I am so so thankful for my husband! He’s been in Iraq since may. He came home on leave last month…and God has blessed that time and given us our fifth child on the way! God is so good! My husband will be home sometime next year…and we can’t wait!

  35. Martha A. says:

    I would love to win a subscription! What a wonderful article you shared!
    martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  36. Angela says:

    Good afternoon…The very first thought of thankfulness that came to mind is life. I feel so very blessed by the Lord! My husband and I enjoyed the birth of our 6th child (little Jacob) in August. I am very thankful for life and that we’re all healthy. Praise the Lord!

    Angela H.
    angdesa@gmail.com

  37. Tasha says:

    The Lord has blessed me this year…it was a year of healing. Our family had experienced a very trying experience. One that shock our faith. But the Lord was faithful. He was our Rock as we trust Him to lead us through this dark place. It was not easy, but He used it to purify areas of our lives that seemed to be “ok.” For that I am very thankful. God is good. I may not always understand why He allows things, but I will choose to try Him.

  38. Cinnamon says:

    What am I thankful for? Gee do I have to pick one thing? I’m most thankful for a large loving family that I get to stay home and be with. A husband who completely loves me and supports us as we try to keep the house clean, school and be quiet :-)

    All because of Jesus,
    ~Cinnamon

  39. Patti says:

    I loved your article…and I love Homeschooling Today. I think my subscription lasts for another 2 years. It’s the homeschooling magazine I do not want to be without.

    The first comment by Daniel’s Helpmeet talks about growing through trials. We learned that too. My husband was unemployed from June 2003 to July 2005. That’s 25 long months!! And yet during that time, God put upon my heart that I needed to begin a thanks journal. I was to record five things for which I was thankful every day. At first it was hard, and I could hardly think of anything for which to give thanks. As I faithfully did so, though, my perspective changed, and I began to give thanks not only in the circumstances but FOR them. For through them, we saw God in a way we had never seen him before.

    This year, we are in the process of adoption, and I would say that is what I am most thankful for this year. I look forward to adding another blessing to our family through adoption.

    Blessings,
    Patti

  40. Anonymous says:

    From Charmayne Khan in Alberta Canada,

    I am thankful for two reasons:
    the first is that God is a wonderful God. He is there leading me and guiding me. He is especially there correcting me and refashioning me into what He desires me to be! I am so thankful for His steadfastness, His patience, His faithfulness to me.

    The second reason for my thankfulness is my husband. For the past year or so, my husband has been blossoming into a stronger man as a husband and father. I am thankful that he loves and cares for me. I am thankful that God has made these changes in him.

    Truly thankful,
    Charmayne Khan from Alberta, Canada
    charleekhan@hotmail.com

  41. homeschooling says:

    This is very interesting site…

  42. Rebecca Nugent says:

    Thanks so much for your post, Stacey. It was most helpful. I will say that it is funny to read that you struggle with thinking other people have it so together…I’m sure so many people think the same about you and your wonderful family!

  43. Bethany W. says:

    Thank you for this encouraging post!

    Bethany

  44. Anonymous says:

    I copied your post and read it to my sunday school class. I had been so blessed with reading it. After class a dear young lady shared with me how that just was so much of her…comparing herself with all the other ladies in church. So I just wanted to thank you for sharing a bit of yourself today in our class. I learned to know you thru the the homeschool magazine. I count you as a dear friend. Mary Weaver

  45. gloria says:

    Oh stacy…… what a beautiful post that reveals your beautiful heart…… I was truly blessed by reading this…. I have so little time for blog reading these days and tonight, while the house is still and quiet and as I sip my tea and read … I am blessed…. blessed by women like you who write from the heart of God’s goodness, His faithfullness and His provision. God pulled me out of a “pit” too.. I was not seeking Jesus…. but He truly made me His…..He has released me from bondage and given me a gift I simply do not deserve.
    Praising Him,
    gloria

  46. Civilla says:

    Such a good admonition.

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