I am thankful:
~ for the brave men and women who gave their lives serving this country so that we can enjoy so many freedoms today. May we never forget that our freedom isn’t free.
~ for a fun day spent swimming with cousins and stuffing our faces with watermelon and amazing brisket and homemade ice cream. So much fun we didn’t take a single picture!
~ for the kids’ excitement over going to the library. My bunch as a rule are not avid readers, but they love to GO ANYWHERE, and the novelty of so many choices is always fun.
~ for a hard day’s work with my Love. But man, we are not as young as we used to be, and our bodies are literally falling apart.
~ for the gift of hot pizza after a long day.
~ for cool rain on my face and the sound of thunder.
~ for somebody who knows I love Buccees salted caramels.
~ for my littles who aren’t so little anymore, but still snuggle with me. I’m blessed with very affectionate children, and I absolutely adore it.
~ for the most beautiful little nephew who made his entrance this week! Meet Russell!!
~ for the genuine and kind young man Cooper has grown into. Seriously, that kid blows my mind.
~ for a Sunday nap with my dogs.
~ for a freshly painted fence.
~ for morning Bible time with the kids. I love starting our day together in the Word. And I got each of them their own journal to write down their thoughts and prayer requests, so they can look back later and reflect on all that God has done from their own point of view.
~ for progress on a really awesome, but REALLY HARD puzzle.
I laughed that this week I spent my “free time” doing the puzzle and painting the fence: 2 measurable tasks that (UNLIKE PARENTING) have a clear ending point, can be successfully COMPLETED, and involve inanimate objects that cannot talk back to me. I needed to spend time with a puzzle and a fence.
It should have come as no surprise after making a bold proclamation ( in last week’s blog) that I would focus on my blessings instead of my lack, and that nothing is too hard for God, that I would be met with fiery darts and a gut check for my faith.
Life. Is. Hard.
And loving Jesus does not give me a pass from all the hurt.
But it does give me HOPE. And I’m so thankful that NO MATTER HOW I FEEL, HE IS ALWAYS GOOD AND HE IS ALWAYS WORTHY OF PRAISE.
HIS FAITHFULNESS IS NOT CONTINGENT ON MY FAITH.
Storms come. Hurts. Wounds. Failures. Disappointments. Loss. Life isn’t always easy or kind.
He is still good.
I’m weak and empty. HE is GOD.
I’m flawed and selfish. He is HOLY.
My VERY BEST attempts at love are so limited. HE IS LOVE.
I’m out of answers. HE is THE ANSWER.
So today I am spending my energies on thanking Him for all He has done, and all He is doing, and all He is going to do.
Whatever storm or valley you are in the midst of, He is there with you.
Thanks for giving thanks with me.
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalms 139:7-12)
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”” (Deuteronomy 31:8)