White was the mother of Ralph, David and Doyle White (and the rest
of their clan). She was a talented person with an enduring
influence. One of her gifts was that of expressing thoughts
you're enjoying this year's brilliant fall leaf display, then you will
White's "Ode to Autumn." It's reproduced in the block
has passed, but not the attitude of gratitude. Consider these 17
Thank you, God for the times You have
said "no." They have helped me depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer.
It reminds me that You know what's best for me, even when my opinion
differs from Yours.
Thank You, Lord, for the things you have
withheld from me. You have protected me from what I may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have
closed. They have prevented me from going where You would rather not
have me go.
Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain
You've allowed in my life. It has helped me more closely relate to Your
sufferings on my behalf.
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in
my life. Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You.
Thank you, God, for the uncertainties
I've experienced. They have deepened my trust in You.
Thank You, Lord, for the times You came
through for me when I didn't even know I needed a rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have
experienced. They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears I have
shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able.
Thank You, God, for the times I haven't
been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me that You
are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for those people in my
life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this
earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Thank You, God, that I have an
inheritance in the heavenly places . . . something that this world can
never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.
Thank You, God, for the greatest gift
You could ever give me: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on
the cross on my behalf.
Thank You, God, for the righteousness
You credited toward me, through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
It's a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own.
Thank You, Father, that You know me, You
hear me, and You see my tears. Remind me through difficult times that
You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.
And thank You, Lord, not
only for my eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford every
day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own
limited insights, and my frailties in light of Your power and strength.
look forward to seeing you Sunday with a Bible, a smile and a
positive word! RA