Tuesday, November 17, 2009

THANKFUL TUESDAY!!!

It's Tuesday, and I am thankful! I decided some days ago that I should learn to say more thank yous to God, less requests, less complaints, less ranting etc

(I started writing this post with just like 3 things I wanted to be thankful for....My list started to get longer and longer, is true that ‘count your many blessings, name them 1 by 1 ….it would surprise you what the lord has done, I actually have 10!)

Ok, so here go my Ten Things Tuesday!

1) I was involved in a very serious car accident some weeks ago, for like an hour, I thought the other party involved in the accident was dead, and for 30mins, it seemed my world stood-still, it was like I was a character in some feature film, I could not believe what was happening was reality. I was almost mobbed that day, but for the intervention of some police men passing by, my car was seriously damaged, the police impounded my car, I was in an hospital, the police station, another police station for hours that day and I was due to travel that same night! I am thankful to God, that I came out of the accident whole, the other party in the accident got around very well, I got my car from the police that same day, and I got to the airport early enough that evening to catch my flight, God showed up for me!....and on time too!

2) I am thankful for my mind,. …you may be wondering, your mind? Yes o…we know a lot of disheartening things happen around all us, and for me, I tend to think about issues a little too much. Thoughts of a suffering child I see on a street could stay with me for days. I find myself over burdened with other people’s plights, other ‘s reasoning, attitudes, decisions, injustice in our worlds, man’s inhumanity to the fellow man etc, I’ve also known what it is to perpetually live with FEAR, ( fear not of things imagined, but of terrors that stare you right in the face!). I’ve had to fight for my faith, I’ve questioned my own convictions, doubted my doctrines & fought my theology. When I ponder on this issues so much, I sometimes feel like I’m gonna loose my mind. Some days, I rant like I did here, but most of the times, I internalize these thoughts and feelings.

And I know that If there is anywhere the devil likes to win his battles, its in our minds! It amazes me today that, despite all I have to contend with ….I am just myself, whole, together, better and sound minded, see this scripture just came to mind now.….He has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of LOVE, POWER and a SOUND MIND! God has helped me put it all together…..I like Col 1:17(NIV) In Him, ALL things hold together

3) I just changed jobs, my new job is not my idea of a dream job though…..but I got this job in a season where people are loosing their jobs, most companies are not recruiting at the moment and new jobs are hard to come by. You need to know I got this offer on a platter of gold (just a phone call, no dreaded interviews, no drills) plus my former employer still wants me to stay, in fact I have been privileged .Its not me, its God ALWAYS working ALL things out for our good!

4) I am thankful for friends, someone might say ‘no big deal!’ but I’ve noticed a lot of people do not have friends (I don’t mean acquaintances that you say hi to on the street or your colleagues in school/work) I mean people that share your life with you; they share your pains, they relish with you every sweet moment, celebrate every victory with you, the give, they sacrifice, they stand by and show up for you! I am thankful that when I something or a favour, there is someone I can call (not that I do not know that my sufficiency is in God, or that no man is infallible, I have also known the betrayal & neglect of friends too), but it’s a special blessing to always have a hand to hold on to, and a shoulder to cry on. I am thankful for my friends!

5) I am thankful for 'hope'. I don’t know if life is worth living at all without hope....God has given us this remarkable ability to hope! I am thankful that every morning I wake up, there is always something to look forward to, something special to hope for , a dream to achieve, a milestone to hit, a target to meet, a job to be done, a road to cross etc, ..........

6) I am thankful for my health, I used to be known for being ‘weak’, but that is changing very faaaaaaaaast! Now, I am strong, I can do ALL that I choose to do, I even push and over push my body sometimes, I have been on the other side of ‘strength, I know what it is to be weak, not to have any desire to achieve or do anything in this world, ‘cos you just know you are not up to it, and probably wont be around for long. So, I do not take for granted the fact that I can jump up any time, go anywhere, dance all I can, shout all I want drive all I could, sleep and eat all I can, God been ‘health and life’ for me

7) I thank God for protection, I am learning to always remember that God is with me, everywhere I go! He watches over me,

8)I am thankful for my family, I used to take for granted the fact that my family members are safe everywhere and every time, you can imagine how your altogether, well planned good life changes if something terrible happens to a member of your family....all busy schedules suddenly comes to an halt, savings dip, you loose your peace of mind and so many other terrible things better imagined.

9) I am thankful for my country Nigeria, I just think somewhere deep down my heart ( even though my mind disagrees with me) that Nigeria would be a better place. I am grateful though for the fact that I can go to church, pray anywhere and preach if I want to without fear of being persecuted. Can I say I am proudly Nigerian? This is thankfulness in faith, because so many things happen around that makes one wonder if our generation would really see a better Nigeria. Anyway, God bless Nigeria.

10) I am thankful for blogville, I know this has been over sung. The undeniable truth is that I have become a better person since I started to blog. I have been blessed by you, yes, you all, you read my blogs, you make those comments, you send me those mails, some of you call me, and you post those wonderful things ...that challenge me to be a better person, that entertains me or just makes me relax. I am just awed!.....I have and I am still making some special friends in blogville even from very far ends of the earth. I am glad I did not stop blogging.

What are you thankful for?



39 comments:

yankeenaijababe said...

@Olufunke

Truly so many things you have to be thankful for, I am happy for you, the new job, being healthy, safe from the accident. God truly has been there for You. I pray for more of his continued happiness your way especially as the year comes to an end. I love thankful post. YNC is thankful for health and to be alive at this time of the year. E wa gba mi shout Halleluyah...God is Good.

jhazmyn said...

I have so many things to be thankful for, if i start i'd end up leaving a post on ur comment page. But one thing i'd say is that i'm thankful for posts like this cos in days to come when we begin to feel like God isnt listening, we can come bak here and be reminded....

Thank you God over an over again

Myne Whitman said...

Thanks for sharing this post first, it warmed my heart. I'm thankful for so many other things, for love for life and for family. God is awesome all the time.

NoLimit said...

Wow such a lot to be thankful for my sister and rightly so!
I am thankful for the gift of life and ways where there seem to be no way!!!

Beulah! said...

Wow!!!...seems so good to be here again. I've missed u dear!...im so happy for u, especially on ur new job. Congrats!...

God is really awesome, His faithfulness is forevermore.

Tricia said...

I have so many things to be thankful for, i started a gratitude list too, which helps me stay humble and thankful...
your number two is exactly me...but God's helping me out..
I'm glad you are safe and okay!
blessings!

Enkay said...

Yeah! Thankful with you too!

I understand what it means to have your faith attacked and your theology questioned by the things that happen in and around you.

Could be quite daunting sometimes but just like you I am thankful for the victories I have had in these battles.
Adds flavor to our lives and strengthens us.

aloted said...

i thank God with you and for you especially for saving you from the bad accident.

God is good...

Meanwhile i dey vex for u ooo..

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m1ke said...

i am thankful for after a heavy heart breakdown i can face ma studies and move on. its been a long time. hw u doing?

David C Brown said...

I am thankful to find so many people on these blogs who trust in the Lord!

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Afronuts said...

Thank God for your big heart!

Its not an easy thing to come across people who are always thankful to Him.

His eyes search to and fro to locate such people...and I know He will locate you too.

histreasure said...

i love thankful posts...
there are always reasons to be thankful to God..His grace is amazing.
May you always continually have cause to be thankful

Olufunke said...

@YNC: Dearie, I join you shout Halleluyah, thank God for seeing us through the greater partof the year.

@Jhzmyn: Oh! Really so many things to thank God, I just thought I shoudl do a short list, and as I started to count, my list kept growig bigger and bigger, I had to stick to 10,I wouldnt have minded hosting your post, on my blog :-)

@Myne Whitman: I am so happy it warmed your heart. I agree with you, God is awesome, I tell God I really do not know the words to describe His 'biggness' and 'goodness'. thanks!

@Tricia: Many thanks, how are youdoing?

@NO Limit: Yes o....Ways where human beings woudl have thought 'no road dey' . Thank God for He alwasy hows up! HOw are you doing now?

@Beulah: I am missed you soooooooooooooooo much, wWhere art thou? thank God for the job o.

@Enkay: Dear, I know you know o....thank God for he carries us through those stages inlife that we cannot walk through all by ourselves. Thanks!

@Aloted: My dear thanks, I thank God for you too, and fo ryour bundle of joy! Thanksgiving would not cease in our lives!

@M1ke: I am so sorry about your heart break, I am fine thans to God . How is your study goign on, May God strenghten your heart and give you a new, beautiful song ...and very SOON too!

@Doja: its OK, thanks for stopping by

@David C brown: I am thankful too for a lot of bloggers that trust God, I am encouraged and challenged by your blog and a lot of other blogs I come across all the time. thanks

@Afronuts: smiling @ 'big heart' , I say big Amen, may God locate me o, and you too! thanks so much!

@ Histreasure: Thanks, I amlearnign to be thankful, I say a big Amen to your prayers!

Rita said...

I told myself that I was going to do one of these thank you posts, but when I sat down to start, my list was endless, and I am not exaggerating. So I decided that I will do it 1 post per what I am grateful for. That will keep me long in blogville.

Thanks for your, as usual, lovely comment on my post. I am fine.

When I looked at your 10 things, I cannot help but join you to be thankful to God. He is indeed faithful.

Kémi Penélopê said...

You have been through a lot this past week and I am sorry I did not bother to get in touch with you until now but God knows that I am thankful that you are doing fine through the grace of God. I guess I take some things for granted, thinking that I might be disturbing someone if I keep bombarding ur email account. Thank God you are alright...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

wow, haven't been here in a while and was catching up on old posts. First off, I join you in being thankful for your safety. That is a blessing, especially given the accident.

Glad you got a new job, sis, it definitely is not easy in this economy.

I read your last post, so I will offer my condolences for your loss. I hope all is well with your family and yourself otherwise.

See you around!
=)

NIGERIAN CURIOSITY
IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN I ONLY HAD ONE...

Tisha said...

@olufunke
I am thankful too. God has being faith too the whole year and His being with me just give me confidence beyond the physical. How are you dearie?

akaBagucci said...

Yes o.. loads to be thankful for.. the car accident could very easily have morphed out of control....

Writefreak said...

Our God is indeed merciful and worthy of praise!
And i'm so glad he saved you from that accident...He's faithful!
It's been a long time since i read anything from you!

Beulah! said...

Thanks for christen-ing me 'oluwa-beulah'..LOLOLOLOL..very funny!!!!!!....thanks for checking up on me...how u doing?? Hope u enjoyed ur sallah break?

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Thank you for this.. yes it is good to be thankful. I have so many things to thank God for, that I would run out of space on the internet to write it all.. but I thank the wonderful 'Baba' all the same. He is just too good, even when we don't deserve it, He is still gooooooooooooooood!

thanks for sharing.. have a great week. :-)

My World said...

M'dear,it pays 2b thankful o!

StandTall-The Activist said...

We sure have a lot in common with our minds.

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Anonymous said...

I'm so very happy to know u've gotten a new job! An answered prayer. I'm grateful to God that the accident was under control! (how is the car now?) Ur blog seem to be a place to catch up with happenings around u.
Giving thanks to God lifts one up from wateva doldrum the devil & situations/(un)happenings mit av placed one. It a good balm to the soul. I'm grateful to God for life , amongst other things.

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doll said...

wow..thank God..especially that the other party in the accident did not die!

Remi, United Kingdom said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR luv,

Happy New Year :-)
I pray the year has started in a wonderful way for you. In God, it can only get better.

I would like to say Thank You supporting 31 Days thanksgiving series on my blog. God indeed was glorified and I am sure your comments made Him smile too.

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Geebee said...

Happy New Year, Olufunke. We've sure got a great deal to be thankful for especially for the grace to see 2010. Been a while. Hope you're good.

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