Nov 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday - November 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey
Joining Sonya at Truth for the Journey for Thankful Thursday. Thank you Sonya for hosting this.
This isn't your typical Thankful Thursday post and I have listed more than five. Sorry for breaking the rules this time.

Can I be honest here? Sometimes not having a man around who will take care of stuff like this, drives me to the brink of tears and cussing like a sailor. I didn't cuss like a sailor, in case you're wondering.

Instead, God sent me over to visit Karen at Surviving Motherhood. Karen was encouraging us with the Psalms. Specifically this one that speaks of boasting in the Lord.

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3

So I cranked up some Casting Crowns and praised, worshiped, and boasted in the Lord.

  1. Today I am thankful for our Veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom. It was so wonderful to see so many people honoring our military men and women on Veteran's Day yesterday.
  2. I am thankful for Sue J who remembered my birthday and made me a bloggy birthday cake.
  3. I am thankful for Karen for redirecting my focus.
  4. I am thankful for Tammy, Heidi, and Kelly who helped me feel normal in dealing with this battery situation.
  5. I am thankful for Warren's advice and perspective that gave me some direction.
  6. I am thankful for Alice and her husband who even called me to see if they could help and prayed that God would help.
  7. I'm thankful for Kurt who told me to get away from the positive terminal. That's what you get from a military, Christian biker type, protection. :) I really wasn't going to mess with the positive but I sincerely appreciate the concern.
  8. I'm thankful for Rosel for asking her husband and providing a suggestion.
  9. I'm thankful for Kat who was also concerned about the positive terminal and suggested AAA. I didn't even think about AAA. Will they come out to disconnect a terminal and they reconnect it after a minute?
  10. I'm thankful for Greg's advice about the terminals too.
If you are wondering why I want to disconnect my battery terminal, it is just to reset the Service Engine Soon light. My gas cap was popping off and it caused the light to come on. I replaced the cap with a new one but the light won't go off. With the light on, it won't pass inspection so I can get my new tags. I can't afford to take it to a dealer and pay for them to *find* something wrong with it. If I disconnect the the terminal, it will reset the light. If there is still really something else wrong then the light will come back on even after I reset it. It's a very simple procedure... if you're a man.

Thank you LORD for all of my bloggy friends who make me feel not so alone when simple things turn into major undertakings. I ask that you pour out rich blessings on them this day and throughout their lives. ~ In Jesus Name, Amen


"A girl needs to be so lost in God, that the guy is going to have to seek HIM to find her!" ...Maya Angelou


Jane In The Jungle said...

Gald you got it taken care of with help!! Alas, I had no idea.....


Debbie said...

Edie, I'm so glad you got the help you needed. I saw your request yesterday but had no clue and my hubby is not good in that department. I'm sure it is hard at times trying to raise your children and not having a husband in the house.

I'm so glad that you call on others though for help.

Love you,


Terri Tiffany said...

Wow-- I was amazed at the number of blogger friends who were there and ready to help you out! It sounds as though you really needed their advice and God sent them right at the correct time. I'm thankful for so much today but I know I didn't wake up ready with those words on my lips. I woke up wondering how to get through the day without grumbling or worrying. Thank you for some perspective:)

Andrea said...

WOW...what a day...what a week! GOD BLESS YOU and each of those who came to your aid. No thought or deed is to small. What a wonderful group of bloggy friends!
Blessings, love, and lots of hugs,

Tammy said...

I'm thankful for you and that song!

God always sends those that can help in times of trouble.

love and hugs~Tammy

From the Heart said...

You are so special, how could we not offer to help. To God be the glory for making that possible. Let us know when your car is fixed.
Blessings on you all day,

Irritable Mother said...

"It's very simple procedure...if you're a man." LOL!!!
Why are so many things simple - if you're a man? Not fair!

So glad God surrounded you with people to help. He knows what we need. Amen?
And JESUS is exactly what we need. Hope you do have time to stop back and listen to the song.

Glad to be His instrument. Love you!

Warren Baldwin said...

Nice post. You are welcome for the direction - was that on the battery terminal? Wish I could have helped more!

When my 17 year old daughter left a light on in the truck and ran the battery down, I had her jump start it the next morning. She had to hook up the cables, start one vehicle, then try to start the dead one. I wanted her to learn that now.

Glad you finally got it! And good article on Titus 2.

Heart2Heart said...


Yes, the AAA will come out and assist you with disconnecting the battery. It will just go against the number of service calls you have for the remainder of your year. It would be worth it to watch while they are there as well to see just how they do it so you can learn in the process. I do that everytime I have someone come out and service anything. I watch and take notes. You just never know when it will help again.

Thanks for mentioning me and anytime, sweet lady!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sandy said...

This was such a neat blog. My previous car did the same thing! Glad you got the help you needed. The Lord always provides!

KrippledWarrior said...

Thank you dear-heart. Stay well and beblessed.

Jackie said...

Hey Edie!

Was so blessed by your post and deeply touched by all the wonderful people that came to your rescue! God is so good isn't He!

I love your scripture...... I needed to hear that today...extol Him always, praise Him always, boasting in the Lord always....Gloryifying and exalt Him!!!

Sweet Blessings friend!


Oh - Edie - I'm right there with you honey! Today my gutters are leaking because they have holes in them from rusting through....... my daughter came here for her birthday as we celebrated it in this Northeaster storm. She said to me, "nice gutters."

Yep - when there's a man around - these things get fixed easily. I am thankful for some of the men at my church who came for a workday before I went to Mexico on my missions trip - they raked and blew half the leaves in my yard into a huge pile. One man said to me, "And your husband used to do this every year by himself? It must have taken him months."

It did - and last year it took me all winter [even with some help] to get them all done. It's hard being a woman living in a man's world!

I hope all got fixed with your car. I just know how hard it is for me - and you - so we share that place in our lives.

But like you, I am thankful for those God sends to help...

But it would be nice to share the burden of taking care of home and cars with the men who love that stuff! We still have hope - that God will bring someone to us one day!

Love you sister........ love this honest post!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
[JESUS - the One I Wait For]

Kelly Combs said...

Thanks for the shout out! I seriously could not do that either. There are some things I can do that surprise me, but car stuff isn't one of them. I got a flat tire in NC when I went to She speaks and handled the whole thing myself (getting to a garage and getting it fixed) but it threw me for a loop!

Glad you got it did, didn't you?

Sue J. said...

I'm glad you took the safe route. Car issues are no fun, even when they aren't that complicated. It seems the simpler things can become rather complicated. (Like a certain "Check brake light")

Dealers are not my first choice because of the expense. But, I've been fortunate to see the smaller guys out there offering more and more services--just to stay in business. My car inspection guys would probably do the terminal thing without charging. The bigger problem is when the car makers (and, eventually, the dealers) are the only ones who can fix the problem (i.e., car computer issues).


I admire your fortitude in trying to make it a DIY job. (We "weaker vessels"--aka fragile, beautiful collectors of grace--have to delegate sometimes.)

2Thinks said...

You are so awesome! I do hope I get to meet you in person one of these days before I die. It's on my bucket list.

Why do I think you are awesome? Because you just stomp around a little bit, cuss it out (not literally, but word picturally) then you crank up your Casting Crowns and praise the Lord for being your mighty savior, your deliverer, your all in all. AND. I love that, because then I see how you handle the very frustrating and maddening situation with which you are faced and it makes me wanna sing!! Because really- it's perspective, right? I love how you re-align the perspective.

And then I crank up your video and praise Him, too!

I'm amazed at all the truly helpful responses you got- I just love these people, don't you?

You're simply wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hope it all works out for you - I so get the "without a man" thing. I need some help too - heavy stuff - construction stuff (hanging closet doors, fixing a leaking toilet and faucet) but will do it myself - with lots of prayer!!!

On Purpose said...

Just stopping in to wish you a very Happy Belated Birthday! Just keep celebrating are loved!

LisaShaw said...

Precious Friend, the LORD always knows the needs and sends the relief. I love you and I'm praying for you and I'm SO glad you weren't cussing like a sailor (smile).

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Hi Edie! Oh how I love Casting Crowns too!

I am so glad I have found you and your blogs. You are one very creative and special person. I know that God has you under his wing and will help you through it all. And being your bloggy friend now, I hope I can be a encouragement to you also.

I love this quote from Corrie Ten Boon which is a small reminder to me when I am discouraged over something;
"Don't wrestle, just nestle."

So glad that God wants us to nestle with HIM.

Lee Ann

Beverlydru said...

Hello friend! I loved what you had to say over at Titus2 about being a grandmother. I know when we "speak over" our grandchildren to call forth God's purposes in their lives that we have a special spiritual authority because of our relationship. I am so blessed to see that along with you. Blessed aand grateful to be positively connected with you - Even though I know WAY too little about cars. : )