Thankful

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This weekend I did a lot of praying as I walked along the beach at Little Hickory. I had a few folks on my mind and I knew that despite what a heathen I am, the good Lord would still listen to my prayers. And you know how it is when you start praying for the needs of other people; God reminds you of everything you have and just how fortunate you are.

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So as I walked, I began to thank him for what I have. I am thankful for the Shell Queen and our son.

I am thankful for our families and friends and the wonderfully unique people we meet on our travels and along the beaches.

I am thankful for our jobs. I am thankful for food to eat and a roof over our heads.

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I am thankful that we can go to a beach anytime we want and observe the beauty he created.

I am thankful for the ocean and the shells that lie beneath it.

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I am thankful that he keeps us from all harm….

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and under his “wings” I will find refuge (Psalm 91:3-4).

I am thankful that despite whatever turmoil is going on in my life, I have him to rely on (Matthew 6:25-34).

I am thankful that he knows my name (Isaiah 43:1, John 10:3, Jeremiah 1:5).

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I am thankful for what I am, whatever that may be.

Queenie and I had a discussion this weekend about purpose and not doing “enough”. It reminded me of something I saw on someone’s Instagram. I shared it on our Facebook page not too long ago:

“You are not here just to fill space or to be a background character in someone else’s movie. Consider this: nothing would be the same if you did not exist. Every place you have ever been and everyone you have ever spoken to would be different without you.”

We are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14) and as unique and intricate as the inside of this Alphabet Cone:

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So, think about that for a second.

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What are you thankful for?

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19 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. It’s easy with the hustle and bustle of life to get caught up in those every day things that weigh us down. Sometimes, we just need to take a peek outside and pause and realize how good we have it. “There, but for the grace of God, go I”.

  2. So true! Sometimes we need to slow down and re-ground ourselves in what is truly important. Your friends and family are blessed to have you covering them in prayer!!

  3. I have a lot to be thankful for and each day I thank the Lord in words in actions. I never want to get to a place where I don’t thank Him. I enjoyed reading your post. It’s such a blessing to see people take time out and thank God for His Grace and Mercies He gives us. I say all the time never take God’s Grace for granted. Have a blessed day you and your family.

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart <3 K.I.S.S. = Keep it simple sheller. Thankfulness is the most powerful weapons we have when things are going crazy in our lives. Being thankful for even the things we take for granted like a beach walk, a sunset, the air we breathe opens the floodgates for God's peace to envelope us. Your blog just gets gooder and gooder. You are journeying deeper into Poppa God's heart and writing like the son of His you are.

  5. Thanks for this post and the important reminder to give thanks. Things have been such a struggle the past 2 years and I tend to forget to give thanks for the blessings we do have. :-(

  6. I’M so thankful for the great sons the Lord Jesus Christ gave me. I love them so much. Wish I had more time to spend with them I’m thankful for the wonderful grandsons they gave me.

  7. Every time I see a shell I’m reminded to be grateful for our beautiful island and the wonderful opportunities it has granted our business. Thats why we created our Sealife line to keep reminding us and the Island’s visitors to do the same.

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