I am thankful:
~ for the clean slate of January around my house. All the Christmas decor is neatly stored away in the attic until next year, and everything feels brighter and more open.
~ for kids going back to school. They were ready, and so was Mom.
~ for a mini living room refresh. Christmas gift cards provided a new rug and floor lamp that make the room cozy and inviting. Of course, because this is REAL LIFE, we’d had the rug for EXACTLY 2 HOURS when our dog had a MOST UNFORTUNATE accident in the middle of it.
~ that FINALLY after SIX DAYS of REPEATED MOST UNFORTUNATE accidents ALL OVER MY HOUSE, our dog is over whatever made him sick.
~ for Sawyer’s first time to receive a Character Quality award at Chapel. He got one in JrK last year, but in that grade, awards are given in the classroom. This time, he got to hear his name called (it’s always kept a surprise) and walk up on the stage in front of the whole school to receive an award from the Principal and Vice Principal. It sure was special to see those little legs and that curly head march up all those stairs and shake their hands! And I love that he was recognized for “Contentment.” He really is such a great sport and is (usually) happy with whatever circumstance he is in.
~ for Josh’s new favorite dish to cook: roasted chicken quarters smothered with onions and peppers. Slow cooked all day, it is just completely delicious!
~ for Walmart grocery pickup, so I can get my groceries in my pajamas in the rain!
~ for an encouraging and productive Gold Network of ETX meeting. Our team is growing and I am SO EXCITED about what we have planned for this year! More details to come soon…
~ for Gavin’s bright, inquisitive mind. He is always asking questions and figuring things out. He found a game with letter tiles and spelled “ supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” I think I corrected 3 letters, otherwise he had gotten it right!
~ for my darling husband who understands me. He barely batted an eye when I told him I needed to drive across town at 9 o’clock at night to pick up a curbside treasure pile I saw listed on Facebook. BIG TIME SCORE! (I knew it would be gone if I waited until morning).
~ for an exciting opportunity for worlds to collide! I found out this week that a local boutique was hosting a Pop up Shop and had chosen to benefit Gold Network! When the shop owner and I realized we had mutual friends, we were thrilled, and she invited Giddyup&Whoa to be a vendor at her sale! So I have another sale to prepare for, AND it will benefit GNET! Is that not AWESOME!!??
~for my sweet dad who CLAIMS to have turned 71 today. I told him he must be counting wrong, because that sure does sound awful old. He agreed.
~ for these past weeks with my girl home. It’s like we suddenly realized just this weekend that she was leaving us again. We soaked up some last minute quality time: watched movies together, made favorite meals, she painted with the Littles, went on a walk. We went out to eat as a family, which we never ever do (I mean seriously, can you blame us?). She chose Posado’s. So over chips and salsa and soft serve ice cream, we laughed and loved on each other. Today we loaded up everything and drove her back to college. I miss her already. I pray for her to remember who she is and Whose she is and that she learns as much about herself as she does in her classes.
~ for the most encouraging worship and testimony mid-week service at church. One after another, people rushed to the stage to share what God was doing in their lives and in their hearts. Testifying of healing. Testifying of His faithfulness. My sweet 8-year-old niece, Kate, got up to share her simple, powerful testimony. “I have celiac disease. When I was in the hospital, Jesus was there. And He told me, “”Don’t be afraid.””
~ for BREAKTHROUGH. Josh and I have been praying through some things, some personal struggles, that have weighed heavily on our hearts. Actually SEVERAL pretty major prayer concerns. And I have to admit we have both been in a place of discouragement. This week…one of them just…BROKE. We were asking for a change, and God did it. Not AT ALL in the way we were expecting or asking for. It was an INTERNAL change instead of EXTERNAL. But that internal heart readjustment was a game changer in every way. The best part was how God used the healing in one area to reignite my faltering hope in the other areas I’ve been praying about. He spoke into my heart that He “will make a way where there is no way.” He reminded me of His goodness and His faithfulness…which of course have been there all along. I can look back and mark testimony after testimony after testimony of Jesus knocking our socks off over the years with answers to prayers that were so far superior to what we asked Him for. So why do I let myself forget that? Why do I whine and fret and impatiently doubt Him when my answer doesn’t come fast enough? I know I have an enemy that’s betting on me to fail, but why don’t I stake my life on the knowledge that My God is on my side, and will never be defeated? Thank You, Father, for the reminder of Your unending Love and unfailing Faithfulness. Even this evening on the way back home from dropping Carson Grace back at school, I was crying silently, wrestling with fear and sadness and anxiety (AGAIN??!!) when I heard soft singing in the seat behind me. Sawyer, buckled in his carseat, just looking out the window, singing to himself, not even knowing he was singing to ME, “Savior, He can move the mountains…my God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save. Forever, author of salvation, He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave…”
I have so much going on right now, if I take the time to list it all, I can guarantee an instant anxiety attack. Not even joking. But God. He is the God of my calendar, of my lists, of my responsibilities. He knows the tiny prayers I don’t even verbalize and the gut wrenching cries of my heart that wake me up in the middle of the night. He is the Provider of my energy and health and courage and grace. And I know it’s not all going to play out perfectly. Some things are going to fall apart, I’m going to forget to do something, and I’ll make a ton of mistakes along the way. But God. If I let Him, He will make beauty out of my messes. And anything that goes right will be BECAUSE OF HIM, and He will get all the glory, AS HE SHOULD!
What are you asking God for? Do you trust Him enough to ASK BIG? Do you trust Him enough to WAIT? Do you trust Him enough to LET GO? I’m sure trying…
Thanks for giving thanks with me.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.” (Psalms 18:30-33)
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
“God is with us / God is on our side / He will make a way / Far above all we know, far about all we hope / He has done great things / Lifted up He defeated the grave / raised to life / Our God is able / in His Name we overcome / for the Lord our God is able” (“God is Able,” Hillsong Worship)