Thankful Thursday

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I missed last week’s Thankful Thursday due to computer challenges, and I almost missed this week due to our Internet going down in the storm last night! It looks like I’ll make it today after all – we’re back up and running.

I have a number of things to be thankful for this week, but I am going to focus on the one that has had my heart soaring and my joy overflowing all week.

Our son Ryan (almost 20) has been seeking the Lord for several years about his future and what direction (career-wise) God wants him to go. He has spent those years testing out a few possibilities while working full-time, all the while asking the Lord to show him what he was to do. He put off college, because he didn’t want to go there not knowing his direction.

One evening, earlier this week, Ryan came to us and told us that he had his direction from the Lord. He doesn’t know the specifics of where it will lead him, but he does know which direction to head. He wants to study God’s Word and serve Him in some form of ministry – yet to be revealed. Ryan has been a Christian for a number of years now, having trusted Christ as his Savior in his childhood, but he said that he has come to the realization that nothing in his life is as important as serving the Lord and while that can certainly be done in any career – for him, it needs to be a career in ministry. He plans to begin taking classes at our local community college this summer, and transfer in a year or so to a college where he can get his undergraduate degree. After graduating, he plans to go to seminary and then see where the Lord has him go from there.

Needless to say, my heart has been smiling all week! Jeff and I have thought for years that Ryan might possibly end up in ministry, although we only mentioned it to him once or twice (really! – no pressure whatsoever!) We have been waiting on the Lord just as Ryan has to see what He would have for him. It is the desire of my heart that my children would love the Lord, first and foremost, and would center their lives on Him, no matter what their life’s work is. To hear Ryan share his heart with us was such a tremendous blessing to my heart. It ranks up there with my wedding day and the births of all of my children (no, I don’t exaggerate!).

So, this Thankful Thursday, I am so thankful to the Lord for answering prayers, for leading and guiding us, and for showing us His will. I am thankful that He revealed His specific will to my son and that Ryan’s heart and life are His.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” -James 1:5

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6 Responses

  1. Praising God with you sweetie.

  2. How awesome! Praise the Lord! What wonderful news to hear of a youn man wanting to serve the Lord!!! God bless.

  3. It is so hard to not influence our children’s futures as we see the gifts and talents they have and yet, could there be any greater blessing than allowing the Lord to lead them? Reading through this testimony gave me :::Godbumps:::

    Rejoicing with you!

    Tammy ~@~

  4. Oh Nancy!! This is simply MAH-velous!! He will make an excellent minister in any way, shape or form God chooses. What a blessing – please give him a hug from the Millses. 😆

  5. Nancy, my heart also soars with joy everytime I think of our Ryan going into the ministry. I’m not surprised, knowing him as a person. Even as a little boy, he was unusually caring. Perhaps the Lord has had his eye on him for a long time.

  6. Oh, wow, Nancy – that is just awesome. How wonderful that your son was seeking the Lord to reveal where He wants Him to go. How smart that your son waited for directions.
    Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this past week.

    Blessings to you and your wonderful family.

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