A Look Back {Thankful Thursdays Linkup #86}

Several months I prayed for guidance before taking the leap. Writing a weekly subject was something I felt drawn to do, but was afraid of getting off course, as in the past and not being able to keep at it. As a member of a large blogger help group on Facebook, I found my answer, the Thankful Thursdays Linkup.

For 21 months, I’ve hosted the Thankful Thursdays Linkup.  I shared things I was grateful for and the things I was not really all that thankful for when they happened. But as I continued sharing every week, my heart softened towards them.
A Look Back On Thankful Thursdays

A Look Back on Thankful Thursdays


Over a brief time span, my Thankful Thursday posts moved on to a study of the names of the Lord found throughout the Bible. Each week, I learned much as I studied and shared what I found. Many of you left words of encouragement or a quick thought that stood out to you. Some of those thoughts and encouragements taught me even more than what I had learned; many of them are written in my devotional journal. It blesses me to know for many months what I have learned helped encourage you.

Because of the Thankful Thursdays Linkup, I have made many online friends who are striving just like me to continue in our walk of faith with the Lord. I’ve found new bloggers who have a genuine heart for the Lord and others and it shows in every word they share. My heart was softened to decisions many families are led to make with their children. Through the linkup, I was introduced to new authors and new books. My reading list is a mile long thanks to the reviews being shared. :)

Since May a lot has taken place within our family. While praying for something, the Lord shook my world. Hopefully, soon I will share our story. During this time, the Lord has shown me a project I  started three years ago that I need to finish. He has also shown me that my family  needs me during those times of visiting, reading, and scheduling links on social media (not just for Thankful Thursdays).

When I started the Thankful Thursdays Linkup, the technical goal I had was to make certain every link shared had a visit and comment by me. I understand what it is like to share a link and not receive a visit with a quick comment from the host(s).  Because of this, I wanted those who took the time to linkup to know I was grateful for them and the post they shared.

When I asked the Lord for direction on what to do in creating more hours in the day, He showed to me to not continue hosting the linkup. While I preferred to wait until the end of the month to share about this decision, the Lord has shown me now is the time.

While I will be writing my Thankful Thursday post every week (hopefully), the linkup will be put on hold until the Lord shows me differently. If/when that time comes, I’ll share it on social media.

Dear friends, I just want to thank you for sharing with me each week for I have truly been blessed. I pray each of you has been blessed by the links you’ve visited while here at Thankful Thursdays. I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas.

Since this is Thankful Thursdays, one last linkup is needed.



You can view the LINKUP HERE.

23 comments

  1. I said it back in May, and I'll say it again, Now you have my curiosity up! I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the story! :)

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  2. I enjoyed your linkup and will miss it, but when your family needs you and the Lord leads you in another direction, you have to obey. I understand.
    May the Lord bless you richly for your obedient heart of worship.

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  3. I enjoy your posts Lori and have so appreciated you hosting these linkups every week. It has been a fun place for me to get to know some great bloggers, including YOU! What I REALLY love is that you are following the Lord's leading on this. That to me is what is more important than any linkup. :) I have been tossing the idea around of hosting a weekly linkup too, but over the past few weeks several bloggers have discontinued theirs which really gives me pause in this season of life. I am so glad you were obedient to the Lord in this. He will bless this decision for your family beyond measure! May you enjoy the extra, precious time with your family! xoxo

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  4. I will certainly miss this community, but I honor your decision to order your priorities around family and the Lord's next step for you. I'll be following your future posts with interest!

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  5. I'll miss this linkup, Lori. You've been a wonderful host! I'm glad you're being obedient to God, though. I'll be praying for you, and I look forward to hearing your story when you feel God wants you to share it.

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  6. Thanks for your faithfulness in hosting here for 21 months, Lori! You’ve been so consistent and so welcoming. I can’t begin to imagine how time-consuming it is to visit everyone so I totally understand your need to step back from it. May the Lord bless your act of obedience. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  7. Thank you, Lisa. Merry Christmas!

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  8. Thanks, Kelly. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Thanks, Michele. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Thank you, Nicki. I'm a little sad this is what the Lord wants, but I know He has a plan. Merry Christmas!

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  11. Thanks, Ruth. Merry Christmas!

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  12. Be on the lookout, Deborah, I'll be sharing it. Merry Christmas!

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  13. Merry Christmas to you as well, Lori!

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  14. Lori, I've marveled at how you read my post every week. I don't know how you did it all. Thank you so much for hosting and encouraging. May the Lord richly bless you, your obedience, and project.

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  15. Lori, I'll miss linking up with you, but I totally understand. I know you are obeying God and seeking to put your family in their rightful priority. I have always appreciated your sweet comments. Thanks for your faithfulness. I'll look forward to reading more about your journey with the Lord. Christmas blessings to you and your family!

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  16. Thanks, Debbie. I managed a little at a time to get through them all. Thanks for your kind words. Merry Christmas!

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  17. Thank you for your kind words, Donna. Merry Christmas!

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  18. Love you Lori! Praying for you. Mom

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  19. Thank you, Lori, for your faithfulness and for the care you placed on each one of us over this time with Thankful Thursdays. You have blessed me again and again by tweeting, linking up my posts, encouraging my heart, and loving me across the internet. You are strong and obedient in following the calling of God to do His will, to care for you and your family. May He rain His blessings upon you and continue to reign in your heart.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  20. Lori, You have done a beautiful job hosting this linkup. I have appreciated all of your visits and comments. Thank you!

    God bless you and your family!

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  21. Thank you for your kind words, Mrs. White. I have learned so much from the links you've shared.

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