In which I continue to give 1,000 thanks you’s to God…

by Craig on January 30, 2012

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Since I named this year “see” it’s been a tossing about…
light and faith on waves of darkness and doubt…
stormy…light splitting dark…nearly. every. day.

This naming of the year – it’s got a little magic to it.
Last year I named “connect”…
at the beginning I was overwhelmed by the connecting of hearts…
at the end…people I admired, trusted, believed in…brutally disconnected.

But I wouldn’t give back what I learned from that year of “connect”.

What I’m learning so far in this year named “see” has been laden with pain…

but still…and maybe because of it…

I’m thankful Lord…

#767… for how You are weaving Yourself though the darkness and helping me “see” light.

#768… that You don’t leave me alone…
You never leave me alone, us alone…to face battles…

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…without Your hand involved.

What kind of God loves his children that much?
To allow us to walk through the valley of the shadow of death (PS 23:4)
and while perfectly spinning the whole universe in order…
still be there to insure the best outcome in any trial… (Rom 8:28)
caring…protecting…guiding.

#769… that You always keep The Enemy from going too far with me, with us. (1Cor 10:13)

#770… that You guard us – and he can’t have us. (2 THES 3:3)

Without Your protection he would.
He’d demolish us…defeat us…
devour us heart body and soul.

#771... that the Evil One can try us…
tempt us…
hurt us…
wound us…
slow us down…
but You won’t lose a single one of us…

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…if we want to be found. (JN 6:39)

#772… that although my grip on You may falter…
Your grip never slips.
I am…
we are…
unshakably secure…
in.Your. hands. (JN 10:28)

#773… that You didn’t tell us to believe in You…
and not leave us without good reason to do so…
reasons discovered and added through the ages…
like this one I cling to…near the heart of my faith…

“There is an order of causes.
In no case is a thing found…
to be the cause of itself.” (Aquinas)

I heart that!!!

My mind, our minds, can’t imagine an endless chain of causes.

There is a reason I wrote that…
and something that brought me to that place…
and a reason for being in that place…
and the place before it…and the one before that.

I can’t imagine, nor can there be, an infinite and endless number of caused…causes.

But my mind can “see”…
and my heart can accept…
One…perfect…point…
at the center of any question…
One…uncaused…cause…
that started all other causes moving.

#774… that my faith, our faith, makes sense.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria January 30, 2012 at 10:03 am

very good

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

thank you Victoria, God bless you my friend!

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Stacy January 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

A tiny hand held in the father’s, a shepherd loving a lamb….such beautiful images. I do like #774. Once we believe it is hard to fathom how we ever thought God didn’t make sense.

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Stacy, I was talking to our Lord just yesterday about what it is to have faith – and that I’m glad that faith obviously doesn’t exclude doubt – because since salvation depends upon faith – if faith didn’t have room for doubt – none of us would be saved. I have to remind myself too often about how much sense our faith makes. Oh me of little faith. And about the pictures? There are such artists around – so many people who can do such magnificent things with camera or pen and pencil – I’m not one of them – but I heart their pictures on my blogs!!! so thank you, and God bless you!

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Mary January 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

I too am thankful He is always there, I especially like #772 – it reminds me of the old song “Keep Holding On” – thanks for sharing…

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Mary, for as many times as I’ve wandered I’m glad that he looks for us. For as many times as I struggle to be free, I’m glad he never lets go. Thank you Mary, and God bless and keep you.

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Carrie January 30, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love #770. I find strength and comfort in that fact – that fact alone. Funny, I was just thinking yesterday that if all the particulars didn’t happen in my life, I would never have befriended and married my husband, would never have the children I do, never have the life I live now.
“There is a reason I wrote that…
and something that brought me to that place…
and a reason for being in that place…
and the place before it…and the one before that.” AMEN to this!

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Carrie, thank you. It really is amazing how many thousands upon thousands of different paths our lives might have taken. I wonder if someday we’ll know just exactly how each and every path would’ve turned out – that would be an interesting question to ask our Lord – and I never thought of that before. One too many science fiction time travel movies for me I think (ツ) anyway, thank you my friend, and God bless you!

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kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing January 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

praying not all were brutally disconnected :) there is an ebb and flow to life that we cannot always understand- there are some hearts that stay through it all :)
You would love my story from this past week – unfortunately, on the blog I had to leave out the details – and the details are UNBELIEVABLE – God showed up BIG time for us this week! He was flat out showing off by the end of the week!!! Amazing love!!!!! hugs to you –

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Kelli – not all – not all by a long shot – but some big bloggy people I admired – it was a sad thing – I’m still not quite recovered. I’m really glad that God showed up BIG for you. Really glad. Thank you Kelli, and God bless and keep you and yours.

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Darnly January 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Thank you Craig. Lots to think about…..I especially liked #767, the first. So true, it takes the darkness to really see the light, to understand the light and what that means. Beautiful images to help also.

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Darnly, I imagine there will come a time we’ll be able to see all the different shades of light – and none of the darkness. I don’t think that darkness is an invited guest to heaven. And the pictures? I’m so glad there are people who can do magnificent pictures and drawings – because I can’t – I can only draw with words. God bless you my friend, and thank you.

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Kelly January 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

LOVE #770- he can’t have us! Cling to that promise daily! And I’m seeing lots too- the happy and the hard- this week- and grateful for El Roi- the “God-Who-Sees-Me”. Blessings this week, Craig!

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’m so glad for that one too Kelly! He can mess with us – he can trip us, entrap us, can be against us all he wants – but in the end he will lose – and he’ll never gain us. From everything I’ve read about missions – and seeing darkness – I can only imagine what you can see. You are right on the battle lines. And know that I have just finished praying for you and yours. God. Sees. Us.

God bless the Hallahans.

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Christina January 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Just what my heart needed! Blessings to you my friend!

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Christina, this is one of those thank you lists that I needed too. I think that’s why the words came out. Happy “feet in the pool” day to you – and God bless you my friend!

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Jennifer January 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

This was so beautiful, Craig!

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Jennifer, thank you. The beauty is all in the subject – the words and pictures just borrowed any and all beauty – you know what I mean? Anyway, thank you, and God bless and keep you!

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Deborah January 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

What an awesome list Craig. I especially love 212. Have a blessed week.

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Deborah – I just looked back – way, way, way back at #212 – and I didn’t heart that much – it wasn’t one of my better thank you’s. (ツ) so obviously you made a little typo – but anyway – thank you very very much – and thank you for making me look back – and thank you for making me smile – I hope you have a blessed week too.

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Deborah January 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Opps! I meant number 772. It’s been a long day at work.

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Craig January 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

smiling – and not to worry – I guess even those darned 2’s and 7’s are in his hands as well. (ツ) your mistake really did make me smile. God bless you.

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Martha Orlando January 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Heart! Heart! Heart!
Oh, our precious Father who never lets go of our hands!
Even in the darkness, when his light to us seems no brighter than a nite-lite in the daytime . . .
He is there.
Always.
May He bless you continuously in the Year of “See”!

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

first, sorry I’m so late responding – second – as I was going through that darkness – I knew there was light – how hard it must be to go through darkness without knowing the Light.I’m just now beginning to see a little broader in this year named “see”. But truth be told – I think I’ll name the next year Hershey’s kisses (ツ) God bless you Martha.

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Positively Alene January 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I want to see too. I want to count His blessings daily as I’m reminded in scripture of all that He is. Love 770 – that He guards us.Thank you Lord for seeing and watching over each of us. Blessings!

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Alene, your comment – your comment reflects a heart that wants to see blessings. I recognize that – my heart wants to see the glass half-empty – counting the thank you’s is still in the process of teaching me to see it half full – or just perfectly full the way it is. Thank you Alene, and God bless you!

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A. January 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Craig, this day, for some reason, your pictures and really speaking to me. That first one…so like the darkness that tries to prevail. The tiny hand in the Father’s gentle yet strong hand…I needed to be reminded of that tonight. Oh, my, that third one. I wish I could clip it out and place it beside my pillow as I sleep tonight. I will see it in my mind’s eye. I heart these photo messages!

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

you do know of course, it’s comments like these have me searching for hours each day for just the right pictures – you do know that right? (ツ) and do you think the artist actually wanted to make that look like a smile on the lamb’s face? because it does, doesn’t it? God bless you A!

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Deborah January 31, 2012 at 5:15 am

I love how reading other people’s joy and thankfulness makes you see more of your own. Thank you for sharing this and helping me to see.

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

It does! Doesn’t it!! So so true!!! and thank YOU for reading – taking the time to comment – and helping me “see”. God bless you Deborah!

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thefisherlady February 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I also love the images you’ve used in this post Craig…
Also I love…we are…unshakably secure…in.Your. hands.
~John 10:28

That is what I am leaning towards these passing days…

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Craig February 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Susan!! thank you – I heart pictures! And I’ve been leaning on that too lately – we ARE unshakably secure in HIS hands. God bless you my friend!

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karen August 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Sometimes we all need to be reminded how special we are!

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