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This week’s Thankful Thursday is from Jani Dahlin, Pastor of Children and Adult Discipleship at Praise Community Church.

There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful. 

Three things I am thankful for today . . .

[ one ]

The 7 wonders of the world . . . touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight, feeling, thought. I received this in an email this week and could totally relate to how these “7 wonders of the world” were much more relevant to my world than the actual “7 wonders of the world” which I am likely to never experience in person (although I have been to the Taj Mahal if that counts). They are the lenses through which all of life is experienced and they truly are wonders to even the most intelligent of our world. They are true expressions of God’s great power, intelligence, love, and creativity.


[ two ]

A solid family. Both my family of origin as well as my husband and six children. I say “solid” not because we have it all together. But “solid” in the sense that we are fully committed, rooted in Christ, and know we are ultimately hedged in from behind, before, and all around with the wisdom, love, and power of the Lord. My parents and all 5 of my siblings and their spouses are believers and so are all the members of my immediate family. Knowing many other families who do not have this foundation helps me realize all the more what a wonderful thing it is to have that sense of being on a “solid” foundation. Where things aren’t what they should be, there is always an assured hope they will be one day.

[ three ]

Opportunities to make a difference. God has given us so much already and then to top it off He puts this value on our life by making us, to a significant level, a partner in his creative and redemptive work. Whether it be in the lives of our family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, strangers on the street . . . who is my neighbor? The potential is limitless! It’s awesome to know what He has done for us, but it is really awesome too that He would want us to be a part of his work. Just as a child sees a parent cooking a meal or working on a chore and wants to be a part it (OK a young child . . . I only wish my older ones wanted to help), so too we long to be a part of our Heavenly Father’s work and He, unlike us many times, is more than happy to let us join in.



How about you? What are you thankful for? Share in the comments!


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