This is a testimony of God's mercies and goodness to me in my endeavour to understand and manage bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness (a medical condition that can be treated) and other challenges in my life, by God's grace. Thank God that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! (Romans 8:37)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thankful Thursday - We are God's precious children (Letter to My Child)
Thank God that I am finally able to join Thankful Thursday again! I do miss all of you at Thankful Thursday. Thanks for stopping by!
♥ I have been very ill over the last few months and I am thankful to God for preserving and strengthening me daily as I continue to look to Him and wait upon Him.
♥ I am thankful to God for His Words and His presence which comforts me daily.
Isn't it wonderful to remember that God (our Heavenly Father, our beloved Lord Jesus Christ and comforting Holy Spirit) is with us always and He loves us dearly?
I saw this very encouraging "Letter to My Child" on Amy's website. I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for His love for us and what He has done for us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hope this letter will encourage you too as you remember with thankfulness the love and goodness of God.
You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1). I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2). I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:3). Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:29-31). For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27). In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17:28). For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28). I knew you even before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5) and I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12). You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:15-16). I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17:26). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13) and brought you forth on the day you were born (Psalm 71:6). I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44). I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16) and it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1) simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3:1). I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7:11) for I am the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48). Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17). I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33). My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11) because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18) and I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40) because you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5). I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul (Jeremiah 32:41) and I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jeremiah 33:3). If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:29). Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). It is I who gave you those desires (Philippians 2:13). I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20). For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1"3-4). When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34:18). As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11). One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:3-4) and I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Revelation 21:3-4). I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17:23). For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed (John 17:26). He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1:3). He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8:31) and to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4:10). I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Romans 8:31-32). If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1 John 2:23) and nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Romans 8:38-39). Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15:7). I have always been Father, and will always be Father (Ephesians 3:14-15). My question is will you be my child (John 1:12-13)? I am waiting for you (Luke 15:11-32).
Love, Your Father,
♥ I am thankful to my family, church and friends for their prayers, encouragements and kindness. I thank God for blessing me with them.
♥ I am thankful to all of you, my dear blogging friends and visitors, for your friendships, prayers and encouragements. It's a joy and blessing to know all of you.
♥ I am thankful to God for Iris in hosting Thankful Thursday. Thanks Iris and thanks to all of you at Thankful Thursday for sharing with me your thankful heart and encourages me in my walk with the Lord through your sharing. Some of you have been visiting me although I didn't manage to participate in Thankful Thursday for many weeks and it so encourages me in my difficult times. Thank God for sending you in my time of need. Many thanks again and may God bless your kindness to me!
How about you? How has the Lord blessed you through the past week?
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a blessed and thankful day!
For more participants of Thankful Thursday, do visit Iris at Sting My Heart. It will be a very blessed and spiritually uplifting experience for you!
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Hi Nancie, so glad you are feeling better now. Have been wondering about your absence but praise God you are good to go again!
Keeping you in my prayers.
You have been missed sweet one. Praying for your well being, may God watch over you.
I praise God for your thankful heart..I'm blessed!
Take care and praise God that you're feeling better now.
Glad to know that you are feeling better and that how much you have helped me and inspired while we both go through our lows...you are such a gift from God.
I'm glad you're feeling better and am praying for your continued improvement and health. God bless you for such a wonderful post, and for the kind comments left on mine. Hapy Thankful Thursday, friend.
Your TT list and your WFW always show your beautiful heart and your deep love for the Lord. Blessings to you today!
Praising God with you! May you continue to be blessed with better health and strength to persevere. Wonderful list!
Hi sweet Nancie,
Hope you are feeling better and glad you're able to be back with a lovely Thankful Thursday. Thank you for sharing this lovely letter. I love how each sentence is backed up by verse.
Praying for you,
I'm sorry to hear that you've been sick..but then I'm glad you are feeling better now. May God continue to heal you. I'm praying for you dear sister.
BTW, thanks for your kind words and prayers for my son.
Very nice list. I love the Letter you posted. Thank you for sharing!
Wondeful list of thanks! Glad you are better and back with us!!
Thanks for sharing your heart!
Have a fabulous day.
Welcome back, Nancie! So glad to see you drop by my TT. I'm happy you are feeling better and you have such a blessed TT list. I love the letter from God how the writer have put together those verses. Beautiful!
I am so glad you are feeling much better now. I didn't know you were sick... but had missed seeing your name here and there!
I will be praying for you okay?
Blessings to you.. and hello to SINGAPORE!
I'm so glad you are feeling better.
Thank you for posting the Leter to My Child. I saw that a few years ago. Such a wonderful reminder.
Have a blessed weekend.
Glad to see you are feeling better.
I love this letter you posted. Thanks for sharing!
Have a restful weekend!
Nancie, I love the posted letter from God for all of us to read and embrace. Thanks for sharing that.
God is our keeper and comforter isn't He? It sounds like you already know that from what you've said He has brought you through, or the fact that you're feeling better now. Praise God for that.
Glad I stopped by your blog.
Appreciate your thankful heart--and your desire to walk closely to God day by day.
I'm sorry to hear you have been ill for so long. I am Thankful, however, for your post and that you are feeling better.
Have a blessed day,
I'm glad you feel like joining us again. This is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Enjoying the visits from Thankful Thursday participants such as yourself--I enjoyed your list and although I don't know your whole story, it seems that you are hopeful and positive in spite of many struggles. It makes a Thankful Thursday list all the more impressive, that you can feel such gratitude in the face of illness.
Nancie---what a GREAT thankful list! So many wonderdul reminders for all of us!
So glad to know that you are feeling better again. May God continue to lay His hand on you. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful list. I enjoyed the letter.
Glad your feeling better:) Praying you continue to feel better and know I love you:)
Your sister in Christ
What a beautiful post.
I'm guilty of getting busy and forgetting where my strength and peace comes from.
Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I'm glad to find your blog and look forward to reading more of your post as soon as time permits.
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.
Glad to hear that you are trusting in God's presence and strength through your illness and your good days.
Hi Nancie, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and encouraging me with your kind words. Knowing that the Lord is carrying you through bipolar is encouraging to me. Thank you for being so open and sharing your journey with us.
I'm going to print out that Letter to My Child so I can read it frequently, especially when I'm going through times of depression.
May God fill you with his wonderful, beautiful peace that passes all understanding.
"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalm 103:1
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! It's always a blessing to hear from sisters in the Lord!
Nancie, praise God you are feeling better! I came down with malaria 2 days ago or I would have been here sooner. I love the letter to my child..
Thanks for the comment you left at my site, God bless you.
Thank you so much for stopping by my site and encouraging me through the loss of my father. What a blessing!
Tänia of www.weirblessed.com/faithprints
Dear friends, thank you so much for stopping by. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements. Thank God for strengthening me day by day. It is such a joy and blessing to be back at Thankful Thursday to count my blessings and to read of God's goodness to you. All praise and glory be to God. Take care and God bless you!
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