Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I'm excited to share these things for which I am thankful on this Thursday...

♥ Praising God that my precious nephew, Blake has been given the opportunity to travel with The Academy of Arts for the summer ministering through drama…not only is he willing, he is thrilled! I’m also thankful my sister and brother-in-law (after much prayer) have decided to let him go…(he’s only 14). They leave very early Saturday for South Carolina and he won’t return home until August 12th. Our whole family was together this past weekend for my niece’s birthday and also to say farewell to Blake . At one point in the evening, we all surrounded him and my husband prayed, asking for God’s blessing, provision, safety, and also for those who will be seeing these powerful plays. In addition, he prayed for his Mom, Dad and siblings who will miss him greatly. What a blessing to be able to do that as a family!

♥ Praising God that mid-morning YESTERDAY our Youth Pastor finally received word all the visas for a missions trip to Brazil were approved! 15 kids from our youth group and 4 adults leave THIS MORNING. Although it was literally down to the wire…we all know truly it was God’s perfect timing. (Another youth group that was to precede ours went through all the same steps our kids had, yet their visas were ultimately denied.) Can’t wait to see what God does through these kids!

♥ Praising God that this week, I learned of yet another co-worker who is interested in our office Bible Study. She’ll be joining us beginning with our next study!

May this Thursday find you thankful…
Tracy


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26 comments:

Nancie said...

It's encouraging to read of God's blessings upon your Pastor and your family. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Blessed TT!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Such great things! I'll be praying for your office Bible Study:)

Melanie said...

Wow.. what a wonderful opportunity for your nephew! I love how your family all prayed together and supports one another.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Wow. What a huge blessing that he is given this opportunity and that your family surrounded him in prayer. I think it is so wonderful to see young kids going to summer camps and ministering to others. What a wonderful beginning to a life of experiencing His ministry and His blessings.
Paula

Becky said...

I'm rejoicing right along with you. That's wonderful news...and it'll be great to learn what the Lord has in mind for them to do through these ministry experiences this summer. Praise God!

Laurie Ann said...

Major blessings to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing your heart!

Tanja said...

This whole post is just too great!What a special time in the life of your nephew... and those youth who will be taking part in changing our world. And I do love a good Bible study. We're starting the new Beth Moore one next Tuesday. I'm pumped!

Gina's Public Diary said...

How wonderful to be able to have a work Bible study!!

Angie said...

Yeah on the office Bible Study!!!
That is awesome!
I know KNOW that God is going to do great things through the youth in Brazil! PTL!!!

genny said...

Yes i remember long time ago when i accompanied somebody to have a Bible study an its a blessing. Thanks for sharing your TT.

godlover said...

What a wonderful experience! God can do powerful things through our youth. May God go before them on their trip and may He prepare the way. I just know that blessings and miracles are going to happen.

Marj
Calaveras Co CA
http://gdlvr.blogspot.com

BP said...

That is wonderful your nephew has such an amazing opportunity this summer.

Denise said...

Such precious blessings, thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Tracy,

What a wonderful opportunity for your nephew! And the youth group!

Thank you for visiting my blog and the kind words also. I want to stay positive regarding my sister, Jan's cancer. I think until we're told otherwise, why should we borrow trouble.

When I talked to her today, I told her to look on my blog and see the people praying for her. She was amazed.

She has a blog, but people rarely leave comments. They are very faithful in checking on her, but I think there is something more in seeing the words.

So, thank you for your prayers. They mean so so much to Jan and our family.

Yes, this vaccine looks very promising. Very minimal side effects. This would be wonderful for this cancer.

Thank you for visiting. I'll remember your nephew and youth group in my prayers.

Blessings!
Cheryl

sharon said...

Oh I love your post! Thank God for such opportunities to serve Him. God bless you!

Cheryl said...

Great thankful post. Thanks for sharing your greatful heart. Love your blog! Happy TT!

Daddy and Mommy Magee said...

Wow! God does move in neat ways and His timing is perfect! Really enjoyed reading about what He is doing in your life and especially at the office! How exciting!!!

Kelley said...

What a great list of blessings, it is so nice to see how God is working in the lives of others! And how wonderful that you are able to give Him the glory!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Thank you Tracy for your loving words on my blog. Family is important. I love my son. :)

I see you are thankful for yours this week too. Both your biological one and your spiritual one.

What a great opportunity for your nephew. And love it that your husband prayed for him. I'm sure that family prayer blessed him.

Prairie Chick said...

so exciting! Nice to *meet* you!

Peggy said...

WOW TRACY...what WONDERFUL NEWS for your gifted nephew and the Youth Group with a SPECIAL purpose in Brazil! Indeed that was a GREAT Blessing and prayer to send him off
with his family supporting him with prayer! How blessed to have a husband like that! Great leadership
so it is no wonder!

What an aMazing ministry to have an office Bible Study! I'm so thankful for your TT & PRAISES to Our King! Be blessed & enjoy!

Peggy said...

Tracy..I don't do WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY but after looking at yours, I am so inspired! I made of my own this Wednesday cause I just wanted to share part of the WORD on Wednesday & called it WOW but
your Heartlight graphics and all
are aMazing and awesome! I forgot to tell you how this blessed me also! Being grateful for your blog!

Beth K. Vogt said...

My son went with Teen Missions to Kenya when he'd just turned 14. He was gone for 9 weeks. It was life-changing for him--and me. I had to trust that he was in the center of God's will even while he was so far away. (My son turns 25 on Sunday!)
Beth@TheAccidentalPharisee

The Olson's: said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday! I am really enjoying Thankful Thursdays. We just don't seem to do enough of praising Jesus!

Feel free to stop by for another visit soon!
~ Leanne

mamasmurf said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your prayers!
I am so thankful that advances are always being made, which make it easier for me to share in my son's growing years fully.
~Chrissy

mama meji said...

Good news about this visa to Brazil. I pray god will keep them safe during the trip. Also pray for your nephew to be safe during his sojourn with the Academy of Arts.