Thursday, November 8, 2007


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melodie Beattie

Happy Thankful Thursday!

I would have to say that this would be one of my very favorite quotes on gratitude. I don't think we will every experience all that God has for us without a heart of gratitude. I do believe gratitude is the key that unlocks the doors of God's glorious riches. It would take me a lifetime to list all the events that seemed like denials, unanswered prayers, problems and failures, yet in the end I came to discover God's mighty hand working in the midst of it all.

One experience that stands out in my mind began when we discovered my son Jordan had a brain tumor. Oh, what a day that was. I remember being in total shock, and a spirit of fear tried to choke the very life right out of me. I felt paralyzed by those words, and it was as if someone threw me off a ship into the middle of a raging sea. There was no lifesaver anywhere in sight for me to grab hold. All I could think was, “Oh God, am I going to loose my son?” I wish my testimony was different. I wish I could say I called upon the name of the Lord and peace came flooding in like a river. In time this indeed did happen, but in the midst of the confusion and chaos, all I felt was a deep sense of desperation.

Looking back now, nearly five years later, I can see the hand of God that literally guided, carried, and comforted me each and every step of the way. I have had the chance to meet some of the most wonderful people along this sometimes difficult journey, but if you would ask if I would change one thing that has happened, I could honestly say NO! I feel so much gratitude and thankfulness toward my heavenly Father. He has taught me great things about who He truly is during these years. Lessons I never could have learned outside of these paths, and I am grateful for how my life has changed. I have held on to many Words over the years, but one that has carried me through countless dark nights is found in James 1:12:

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Thank you sweet Jesus for your Grace that has sustained me, your Love that even now upholds me, and for the Crown of Life that you have promised me when this journey will end. Amen!

If you would to read more great posts on what people are thankful for hop on over to Crystal's site. Thanks so much for hosting this Thankful Thursday Crystal!


Laurel Wreath said...

Wow Susan thank you so much for sharing that quote it really really blessed me!! I think I am going to print it out.

Have a great day.

Kathy said...

That is an amazing testimony! Thank you for sharing.

Crystal said...

Wow this is an awesome post and reminder! Thanks for sharing it!
I am honored to host Thankful Thurday, thanks for joining in!

e-Mom said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Susan. Praise God you heard Him more clearly in the midst of it all.

You have a beautiful family... of boys! Big hugs, e-Mom :~)

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Thanks for sharing the bumpy path to thankfulness. And, I agree - that is a powerful quote.

Nise' said...

I love the part of the quote "the unexpected into perfect timing". That is my line, "this is the worst possible time" and He ALWAYS proves me wrong.

Vicki said...

I tell you what, that's a powerful testimony, Susan. I felt so off-kilter and desperate when I first learned that my hubby had an aneurysm this past year. Can't imagine going through life without Christ. You have lived through so the grace of our Lord. Praising Him with you today! Thank you for this post. I needed to read this.

Denise said...

May you be forever blessed.

Faith said...

WOW! What a very powerful testimony. I am so glad I read this. I love the quote. God bless you. said...

Thank you so much for visiting me so that I found your blog!! This is
a wonderful post!! Thanks so much for sharing your heart! Blessings Grams

Cheryl said...

Thank you for blessing me today with your words. I enjoyed my visit with you. Loved your blog. Thanks and have a good weekend. God Bless!

Mimi said...

thank you for this beautiful sharing of your heart and it is so comforting to know that because you persevered under trial you have stood the test and you will receive the crown of life that God has promised ... and all of us have this same promise...
blessings to you and your family Susan

Angie said...

Welcome Susan!!
I love what you have shared ---"“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
You are right---gratitude is the key.
I am sorry it took me so long to get over here---it has been a "full weekend"!
I am so glad to meet you "via Bloggyland" and hope you will continue visiting. You have a great blog and I will enjoy coming back to again!

Lynn said...


I am just able to carve out time now to visit your TT post. I am so glad I visited. Powerful testimony.

Thank you for sharing your praise! Love and hugs, Lynn