Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I'm joining Iris at Sting My Heart for Thankful Thursday.

Last night I came across a list my oldest beauty made when she was 8 (she's 13 now). It was during a time when I was trying to teach her to pray using the ACTS model. So on her thanksgiving list she included the following:

  1. Daddy's new job
  2. Passing the End of grade (EOG) test
  3. The money granny sent
  4. My family that loves me
  5. A roof over our heads
  6. Food to eat
  7. Clothes to wear
  8. Beds to sleep in
  9. A table and chairs to sit at
  10. You, Jesus, in my heart
  11. The love that we share
  12. The bible to read and study

Wow! This was created with no prompting from me.

Fast forward to today. I asked her to make a list of things she is thankful for. Here is her current list:

  1. My Family
  2. Vanessa, Evan and Quentin (my three best friends, I heart them)
  3. Food and water
  4. Our house (thankful we don't live in a box)
  5. Mom and dad's jobs
  6. My education (mom's note: this is my child who was struggling severely at school and is currently getting all A's and one B --she attends year round school in case you're wondering)
  7. God <---- most important (mom's note: this is just how she wrote it)
  8. A good life

Her list is different than what I was expecting. What a pleasant surprise. So I am thankful that, even though my daughter sometimes acts like an alien, she still loves God and still knows what is important.

I am thankful I have held tight to this verse:

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, NIV)

Part Two Next Thankful Thursday!

9 comments:

Denise said...

This was very sweet, bless you.

Mary DeMuth said...

Thanks for putting Wannabepublished.blogspot.com on your blogroll. I pray it's a blessing to you.

Warmly,
Mary DeMuth

Serendipity said...

Welcome to TT! What a lovely post! Remain blessed!

Nancie said...

Your daughter has such sweet thankful lists. Praise God that He is most important to her! Thank God for enabling you to train her up in the right way. May God continue to bless you and family. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Take care!

Audra Krell said...

Hi Marietta, What a beautiful, beatiful list! Children are so precious.
And on another note - I agree, you must take a trip to the Dollar Store this weekend! : )

Amy said...

I need to start doing these Thankful lists myself.

Both of your daughter's lists are very sweet.

I especially loved this one:
~# Our house (thankful we don't live in a box)~

That sounds like something my Daniel would say, so it just made me smile. I love how our children don't mince words.:)

I'm thankful you shared this today!

God Bless,
Amy:)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

What a blessing this is to readers, so I can imagine what it does to your heart! Thanks for sharing.

Yolanda said...

I can't imagine a Mother's heart any prouder and thankful!

Love to you,
Yolanda

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Keep to it, Mari. She's well on her way to becoming the woman God has called her to be, and the daughter you've always knew she could be.

peace~elaine