Tuesday, November 29, 2005

So Thankful...

...for everything!

I've been finding myself more and more overwhelmed with God's grace towards me. I know this is something that should happen every minute, but I realize that I have never experienced it so deeply before now. I am grateful for His grand redemption. "You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from from your forefathers...with the precious blood of Christ." 1 Peter 1:18-19

The walk to the dorm from dinner has become a precious time of reflection for me. I am grateful for the stars and the solitude and for the ever-present feeling of God's care. "For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand." Isaiah 41:13

College is a scary time--because of the stress, because of discovering truths you hadn't realized before, because of decisions that will last the rest of your life, because of the independence which sometimes feels oddly like loneliness. I am grateful that God will always direct my steps. "This God--His way is perfect." Psalm 18:30

Sometimes I get homesick. It's unlike any loneliness I've ever experienced before--but God continues to show Himself strong on my behalf. I am grateful that I never will be truly alone. "Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me." John 16:32

It's such an awesome privilege to be a vessel of God's love to the lost world. Sometimes I am overwhelmed that God would use me. I am grateful for the gospel, and for the opportunities I have to share it. "I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls." 2 Corinthians 12:16

This list could go on and on and on...I have so many spiritual and earthly blessings! Who am I to merit this affection? All I can do is give glory to my generous God. He alone is worthy of all our praise!


Caleb said...

One, Two, Three, Four!

Happy happy birthday...may all your dreams come true...we wish it was our birthday...so we could party too...hay hay!

-- Emperors New Groove

Happy birthday, Jill!

Anonymous said...

What can I write?...tears don't seep through this keyboards and make yours wet as you read my comment, wiping them from my hands. I am thankful for the comforting, all powerful presence of God to my lovely, far-away daughter whom I long for. Check your laptop anyway and make sure that there isn't any tears on the keys.

Kimi said...

Caleb! You stole what I was going to say!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JILLIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lydia said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Ji-ll
Happy Birthday to youoooooo!

I'm really sad that I can't see you on your birthday Jill, but I hope you have fun, anyway!

Marcie Jo said...

Happy Birthday, Jilly Rose!

Cool Jake said...


Treat yourself to a treat and go watch "The Madagascar Penguins In a Christmas Caper". It's on the "Madagascar" DVD.

Where's the gosh-darn squeaker on this thing!

I'm gonna need some cover fire sir.

Chug! Chug! Chug!

No thats the walrus credo!

Santa Claus has come to town!

Commence Operation Special Delivery!

Lydia Lee said...

Hey Jill, was it your birthday yesterday by chance? Because, guess what? It was my birthday, too!! Whoopee for birthdays . . . happy birthday, by the way! :-)