Thanking the Father for YOU!


I saw this on Facebook on Precept Ministries’ page.  Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus and though he is a wee bitty bit perturbed with these believers he is telling them that he loves them so much that he NEVER stops praying for them!  

I would be willing to bet my paycheck (which I cannot really afford to lose) that you have some people in your life that you feel exactly the same way about!  No matter how bad it gets, no matter how messy the situation, no matter how deep the trouble, no matter how far away they run, or how long it has been since you spoke, YOU ARE PRAYING!  I mean praying to the point the Lord could say (He never will), “Ok, all right all ready, I heard you the first 5000 times you asked me to do what you think is best..  Could you just once ask ME what I think is best in this situation?  If you would hush, I could work on it!”  This is love that knows no end!  Love doesn’t give up, it keeps hoping, it continues to believe, it watches the horizon, it keeps the phone on, it turns the porch light on to help light the way home, it weeps, it warns, it wishes, it WAITS.  

I am thankful for you.  If you are reading these words I thank you for the time you have given, the honor you show by “listening” to our hearts.  I thank you for your feedback, all of it!  I thank you for coming back each day, for signing up to be sure you do not miss a single post.  I am thankful I think of you as I write.  I am thankful that by thinking of you I carefully choose words so they are clear, or at least I really try because these words are what I believe the Lord wants me to write.

The love of God is not based on what you do or don’t do it is based on who you are.  Prayer is one of the greatest gifts we can give.  Prayer is a fancy word for talking to God and telling Him thank you for all He has done, will do, and it is listening to get His point of view.  I pray for you as I write.  I ask the Lord to use this site to speak hope into your weary, wounded, and worn out heart.  We are sisters (and brothers for you brave men that read us too) in this thing we call the Christian life.  I fail to live to the standard more that I succeed.  The reward is in the small and seemingly insignificant to the world.  The hearing one day of “well done” is all I will ever need!  It IS MUCH! (November 9, 2015)

So, you are on my thanksgiving list!  I am so thankful for Y-O-U!  I will never cease to make mention of you in my prayers with thanksgiving.  

Blessings for today and everyday,


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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait.Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do!So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

3 thoughts on “Thanking the Father for YOU!

    1. Beth Brown

      Thank you Von and other “sisters from the south ” for teaching and encouraging me and countless others! I am praying for each of you and your families. May God’s peace, healing, and direction cover each of you . I pray this in Jesus’ name.

  1. Brenda Sigler

    Wonderful testimony. Praying that your prodigal is already on the way home. Your life will be an example to him her. You are a blessing.


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