Thanking You With My Whole Heart

My dearest heavenly Father, how much thanks I owe You. During these trying times of this COVID-19 outbreak… this pandemic that has brought out the worst of people and the best of people. I see negative memes, encouraging memes, and even funny memes. Some not funny at all, but there are some to smile over. I particularly LOVED the little girl who was hugging the first fish she had caught. It was as big as her, but she kept hugging it so dear and say, “It’s okay, fish. It’s okay. I love you, fish. It’s okay.” How that must have tugged at your heart. ❤

From the first time I heard about this virus, I had been thanking you for so much, but have failed to share it with others. Sometimes I had simply been so scared. When I has scared, like serious scared, I tend to go quiet. The more afraid, the more withdrawn. It’s not a good place to be. You were the one who brought me out of that fearful and confusing time of my life when I became afraid to even leave the house. You have taught and given me peace in Your word… faith in prayer… and beauty in You unconditional love.

Lord, please don’t let me go back to anything
I had to Pray my way out of. Don't let me go backMy friend Charity (aka Confession and Thoughts of a Reluctant Preacher’s Daughter) shared this after seeing it on Facebook. It did not have a name attached so we do not know who to credit…. down here anyway. 😉

How unfair of me to withhold Your praises… and keep such good things to myself. You convict me of others who are locked away in a corner of their room, horrified of the killer germs just behind the wall, or creeping so near the door. My dear friend Caralyn (aka Beauty Beyond Bones) has been shut in over a couple of weeks in her New York apartment. They NEED to know, You are with them. They need a way to distract their mind, a reminder of Your goodness and mercy, Your mighty power, and Your never ending love. ❤

Thank You for allowing our quarantine, our shelter in place, our Stay Home, Stay Safe is in the comfort of our home. Thank You for the comfort of my own bed, a private toilet, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and even blessed with toilet paper. I know many think that is pathetic. I even took part in sharing a fun post about it (which I ended up removing). But when one has a family full of digestive issues and on medications that have unpleasant “side effects,” one cares about these things. 😉 So thank You! And thank You for locking me down with family, family times, and family devotions. Thank You for the much needed rest You have clearly instructed many times… Convalesce. ❤

Lockdown is a very stressful word for those in prison, detention centers, hospitals, and more. Thank You for internet connection that allows me to check email, check FB, do a daily bible reading plan on Lent through YouVersion, do doctors appointments and therapy at home, and encourage others… whether through Facebook or WordPress. And, Lord, what a blessed family I have in WordPress. Many are stressed, scared, or simply trying to get by. They need to be remind You are there… with them… in this world… on the throne… in charge… and full aware of what is going on. You are right there with them, even if the world is locked away, and they are forbidden to leave. Thank You that we have food, shelter, cool in the heat, warmth in the cold. And a nice hot shower either way.

Thank you, God, with my WHOLE heart.
Not just the happy heart,
or the got it altogether heart.
I love You with ALL of my heart.
The beaten, the broken, the bitterness of heart,
the weary, the tired, the scared, the uncertain.

There are no better pair of arms to cling to.

Psalm 9.1“I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;
 I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
 I will be glad and rejoice in thee:
 I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
– Psalm 9:1-2 KJV

You make me think of the song
Whole Heart by Brandon Heath.

Praise Your Holy Name, Lord!
You are worthy to be praised!
There is no other like You!