Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Thankful Heart

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
--Henry Ward Beecher

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
-- William Shakespeare



Today I was listening to one of my absolute favorite CDs, Margaret Becker’s Just Come In, and it occurred to me that this song, "All I Ever Wanted" (just about my favorite one on the CD), would be perfect to share for Thanksgiving:

From where I lay
I can see the sun
Rising through the trees
Before I face
This morning rush
I get down on my knees

I lift my eyes
And thank You for
This life you've granted me
I pray that every day I live
Your heart will be pleased

I pray for
Hands that hold You
Higher than anything else
And a heart that loves You
More than life itself
This is all I've ever wanted
This is all I want to be
All I've ever wanted
Is to love You
Faithfully

From where I stand
I can see the dreams
That you have fulfilled
Such kindness I did not deserve
But You gave it still

What do I have
That You did not give
There's nothing that I can see
So all I have to give to You
Is what You've given me

I know I don't have the power
To love You like I should
But every day with everything I have
I wish I could
I'm standing here now
These words I pray
I want to love You better
Whatever it takes

I pray for
Hands that hold You
Higher than anything else
And a heart that loves You
More than life itself
This is all I've ever wanted
This is all I want to be
All I've ever wanted
Is to love You
Faithfully


-- Margaret Becker

Amen, sister!

And happy thanksgiving, everyone!

2 comments:

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I have just recently found your blogs and I must say, I am in love. Your beautiful paintings are enough to make me consider throwing out my oils and giving the old acrylics a try! And as a former Bossier City resident, you are making me very homesick for LA. Whatever you do, don't mention gumbo or poorboys! I will be keeping tabs on you. Tried to set you up as a blog I "follow" but it didn't work as you don't have a feed. Would love to see some tutorials on your painting techniques.

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments, Carol! But please don't throw out your oils ... I went to your blog and your work is lovely ... I love your style!

I will encourage you to try out acrylics, though. The main quality I like best about them is the quick drying time, so I don't have to be as patient (always a plus) when I'm using glazing techniques and layering of color. I've worked with oils, too - a little tougher for me, but really I love it all!