thankful tuesday

Thank you, Jesus, for loving me so much when I’m so full of sin. Thank you for becoming my sin so I could become righteousness. I don’t understand it. I can scarcely believe it, yet I know it’s true. It makes no sense, but that’s only because you’re God and I’m not. Forgive me for the times I start to think I’m a pretty good person and didn’t really need your salvation as much as several other people I know. Thanks for the uncomfortable reminders of my own depravity.

Thank you for a night away in a hotel with my hubby and a speaking engagement in the morning that will pay for our stay.

Thank you for the manager at BD’s who got us talking about what brought us to Indianapolis (on our way to Chicago). For what? Wife’s speaking engagement. You a lawyer, a doctor? Ha. No, an author. What do you write/speak about? Sex. Long story short–he treated us to free caramel apple dessert and bought Is That All He Thinks About? for his wife.

Thank you for my mother-in-law (who’s running on fumes from a weekend of virtually no sleep) who came to stay with our girlies while we’re away–and brought cousins Morgan and Reesey as playmates.

Thank you for my brother-in-law, Tug, and all the cool talents you’ve given him–and that he gives them right back to you.

Thank you for all the beautiful gals who have offered us a place to stay in Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee. We’re staying with 8 different families. Guess how many of them we’ve actually met in real life. Zero. Guess how many of them I’ve “known” online for more than a month. Maybe 3. Guess how many of them sent me a blank check to pick her up some goodies from Trader Joe’s. One. “See how much I trust you?” she said. I love it.

Thank you for Good Friday and the time and energy our church puts into their service each year. I know some Christians say that they don’t like sad, gloomy Good Friday services. “We should be HAPPY! Jesus is ALIVE!” My personal opinion? You can’t truly appreciate the resurrection until you let yourself experience the horror and agony Jesus’ followers must have felt on that awful day.

Thank you for wrapping your arms around Gabe’s extended family after the death of his cousin. Thank you for a chance to love on some of them this coming Saturday.

Thank you for some good quality time with my Grandpa Figley and my Grandma Yoder this past weekend. Thank you for so many years with all four of my grandparents before you took two of them home.

Thank you for an extra hour of sleep tonight (driving from Ohio to Illinois).

Thank you that Livi’s artwork will be displayed at the library for the rest of the month.

Thank you for my girlies who make me laugh and smile. I love them, I like them, I want to enjoy every second of them.

Thank you for orchestrating our Zoo Trip. I can’t even tell you. (you already know)

Thank you in advance for the moms you’re going to bring to hear some words from you tomorrow morning. May I be totally surrendered to you. Give me the exact words they need to minister to their spirits.

Thank you for a special day last Friday with two special friends–love you, K and A!

Thank you for the girls (and a handful of guys) who take the time to read my blog each day. And especially for those who take an extra moment or two to leave encouraging and/or thoughtful comments. I really appreciate them.

Thank you that I have so much to be thankful for that I could be up all night, but even with an extra hour, it’s nearly midnight.

Thank you for my sweet hubby who’s softly snoring from a comfy-looking king-sized bed behind me.

I love you, Jesus. I want to live my life for you.

What are you thankful for today?

33 thoughts on “thankful tuesday

  1. Kara

    Thank you for the inspiration. Your thankfulness feast has been a blessing! I have started working on my own serving of thankfulness…

  2. Meghan

    For answered and unanswered prayers. I am thankful that God knows best and for trusting in and praising Him.

  3. Colleen

    LOVE this post Marla! I love how you put words together and make them LIVE!

    I’m thankful for 3 beautiful, healthy girls that love each other, their Mommy & Daddy and their Jesus! And for an incredible husband that fathers his daughters in such precious ways that it makes me love him all the more!

  4. Rhonda S

    Your words are beautiful – I’m thankful for you. Thanks for sharing with me everyday. My list of thankfulness could go on for a very long time for I am blessed in countless ways. Right now I am thankful that God is allowing me to foster a beautiful baby girl. Please pray that I will be able to share God’s love with this hurting family as I care for this precious baby.

  5. Stephanie

    I am thankful for my wonderful husband, and for the amazing gift of what I already considered a really great marriage getting crazy awesome the past few months. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for the sun shining outside. I am thankful that God always pushes me to be better than I am (i.e. less like me and more like Him). I am so very thankful for God’s peace, the kind that gets way deep down in my heart. And I am thankful that I have people to love and who love me back.

  6. Sarah

    I am thankful that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I am thankful for a husband who loves me so much and works so hard so I can stay home with our daughter. I am thankful for my beautiful little girl who brings me more joy than I could have ever imagined. I am thankful for wonderful family and friends.
    What a splendid post Marla!

  7. Laurie

    I’m thankful that God can take a mess and somehow make it right – make it good – make it glorify Him. This is the God in whom I place my trust.

    As stated previously, I’m very thankful for online friends and the fact they point me to Jesus.

    I’m thankful for real life friends who bring such laughter and craziness to my life!

  8. Laurie

    I’m thankful that God can take a mess and somehow make it right – make it good – make it glorify Him. This is the God in whom I place my trust.

    As stated previously, I’m very thankful for online friends and the fact they point me to Jesus.

    I’m thankful for real life friends who bring such laughter and craziness to my life!

    I’m thankful for 2 incredible teenage daughters who are seeking God.

    I’m thankful for a husband who is like McGeyver (sp?) — he can fix anything!

  9. Rachele

    I’m thankful for your words Marla (God’s words to me) and for my son Timothy and husband Dave, who bring me joy each day.

  10. Kaye

    Thankful you are feeling better and praying your day goes well! Travel safe and enjoy your time away.
    Blessings to your family this most Holy week,
    Matthew 21:22

  11. Jennifer

    Thankful for two healthy little girls. It may not always be like this and we may not have them with us forever, but I’m thankful that we have these days and that we’ve had the days that have led to today.

  12. Marla Taviano

    Laughing at my mom-in-law who’s thanking Jesus from my computer back home.

    And Gabe is warning me that I will never be on time if I don’t get in the shower NOW!

    Love you guys!

  13. Martha

    A post from a very Thankful sister.

    Lord this brings us all to our knees praising You for every good and perfect gift. Because You loved us first. And now You’ve seen fit to give us the blessing of one another so that we aren’t walking alone. And now the internet so that we can share so easily and immediately.

    Bless You Lord.


    PS I am also thankful that the Tavaino’s never steal a thing from anyone- ever!

  14. Carrie -clearance sticker issues

    I am thankful for a new day with Jesus and getting back on track in our quiet time together. I am dry! We just returned from Disney as chaperones for a high school band trip -170 kids! I am so weary and worn – 17 hour days. I tried to spend a few minutes with Him every morning but it wasn’t sufficient. He is patiently waiting for me–gotta go!
    I will be praying for you Marla and your speaking engagement.

  15. Amy

    I am thankful for Jesus – for being held.

    I am thankful for my husband.

    I am thankful for my church family & friends who love me.

    I am thankful grace and forgiveness.

  16. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    Thankful to hear things are feeling better for you.

    Thankful for the sweet family from a state far, far away coming to have a sleepover here next week.

    Thankful for my amazing and supportive husband and my precious girls.

    And coffee. Oh, coffee. So thankful.

  17. Lisa

    I’m thankful for YOU, Marla, because you continually remind me to be thankful for all things, big and small. Off to say a prayer of thanks. The first of many today, I think. Blessings!

  18. Holly V.

    THANK YOU for following God’s leading and writing this post. Great words…..

    Hope you have a great speaking engagement this morning. Mostly hope you have a good time away with your hunk of love!

    Hugs to you!

  19. Joyce

    I always find it hard to answer this question on a post because when I start making my list of things to be thankful for it overwhelms me.

    Today I am thankful for my own sweet girlies who make my heart sing and who, even though they are literally thousands of miles away from me geographically, are so much a part of me that the miles don’t really matter. I’m thankful God thought up families : )

  20. ginger

    Thank you for leading me to online friends who love You & point me to You.
    Thank you for your Son & His obedience so that I can be thankful.
    Thank you for loving me.

  21. Lacey

    Can I just say I am so bumbed that we are goging to miss you guys completely on the zoo trip. Our trips are like opposites! 🙁 sniff, sniff! Have LOADS of fun!!!! Can’t wait to hear about it and see the pics!

  22. Kelli


    I am thankful for a healthy one year old in the next room.
    For my husband who works so hard so I can stay home.
    The start of a new day and a new chance to get it right.
    For new friends from the internet that we can’t wait to meet! 🙂

    (We are headed to the zoo tomorrow – to make sure everything is up to par for you guys! LOL!)

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