Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today, I had planned to share my thankfulness for a particular ministry that is near and dear to my heart and the heart of my family. If you'll oblige me, however...I'll share that next time.

Instead, today, I want to express thanks for my son. He has been blessed with the gift of expression his entire life -- in drama, in music and through his writing. It was around middle school that he began writing poetry and song lyrics. In the last couple of years, his writing has increased in frequency and taken various forms...thoughts, observations, poetry, screenplays and various ponderings, often raw and with stunning depth.

I'm quite a simple person. My "deep thoughts" aren't too incredibly deep, which is why I'm so blessed by the gift of my son's perspective. God continuously challenges me through his life, his observations and his passionate example.

He told me last night he started a blog called
Paradox Ponderings. In his first post, he reflects on an awakening God gave him last year (January '07) at the Passion conference in Atlanta through a message by John Piper. He was half-way through his senior year at the time, just a couple of weeks shy of his 18th birthday. This was one of several encounters with God he was privileged to take part in that week. I remember when he came home, he could not stop talking about all he had learned and experienced. I was overwhelmed with praise and gratitude. Having seen (since then) the ways God continues to fuel, and shape and mold my son gives my heart reason to rejoice and thank Him all over again today. If time permits, please check out his blog. (Thanks!)

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May this Thursday find you Thankful...
Tracy

14 comments:

Denise said...

May God sweetly bless your dear son all the days of his life.

Princess said...

Your lovely post brings tears to my eyes for I, too, have sons. Such a blessing to have a son like yours.

eph2810 said...

Isn't it wonderful to see when God takes a hold of our children and inspires them to great heights?

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Blessings to you and your precious family.

Nancie said...

Thank God for giving you such a sweet son and for guiding your son in His wonderful ways. May God continue to bless your family as you seek Him together. Have a blessed day!

Betty @ On the Journey to Victory said...

How wonderful and what a proud mom you are. Thanks for sharing your blessing.

~Betty~

Nancie said...

Hi Tracy, thanks for stopping by my blog and your encouraging comment.
I just visited Brennan's blog. He wrote so well! Thank God for His mercies to Brennan. It is such an encouragement to see this young man knowing the Lord and loving Him. May he grow up to be a man after God's own heart.

May God bless and keep you and family near to Him always. Take care!

Natalie said...

Hey Tracy. Thanks for your kind comments and visit. I look forward to getting to know you better.

Susan said...

Hey Tracy,

What a beautiful tribute to your son and to YOU!!

I know there is nothing that makes a mom more proud.

I can't wait to read what he wrote.

Blessings to you this TT♥

twinklemom said...

Wow...what a wonderful tribute! That is just an inspiration to the amazing Glory of what God can do!

Tiffany Stuart said...

What a dream for a mom! To experience alongside her son God moving! I am blessed to know your son is growing in his calling and in his relationship with God. I'm going to visit his site now.

Happy TT.

Becky said...

That was such a beautiful tribute to your son. And what depth in his blog! I know of few middle-aged Christian men that have that kind of understanding of the Lord and His ways. For him to have that this early in his life...the Lord surely has big plans for his life!

Mary said...

It's awesome to see our children grow closer to Jesus. There's such a need for godly writers in all avenues to make a difference. That's very exciting!! We have a friend that God has laid Hollywood on his heart. He's writing stories and working with film. Lots of opportunities. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings on your day.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You take those steps of faith...you move out into the abundance that God has for you. Little by little...leap by leap...and pray like mad for the courage of David. Giants fall like water when God places the stone within our grasp.

I don't know about you...but I don't want to waste (and I mean waste) one more day in a shrunken state.

God has called you to MUCH, my friend! Pray boldly to march in that calling, and know that this night...in the next few moments...I'll be praying for David's courage to be yours!

peace~elaine

Melanie said...

Tracy, you must be so proud of your son. I stopped by his blog and was just amazed. What thought provoking insight he does have and is able to express so well in words. Thank you for sharing this with us!