I got an early morning start on Saturday. It was great. I stopped by the 24 hour pharmacy at around 6am and picked up my medicine and got on the road to the grocery store. As I arrived at the grocery store I saw the wheel chair carts. The memories of the past few years came flooding back into my mind. I clearly remember shopping with those carts many times because I could not make it through the store on my own.
There was one Saturday that we got to the store and there were no wheel chair carts available and in my stubbornness I said I really didn’t need one. But before we could finish the trip I had to find a place to sit down and rest because of the pain. I remember walking back out and sitting on one of the chairs waiting for Bob to pick me up when he finished checking out.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you realized something in your life had gotten better? Just all of a sudden it occurs to you that you can do what was once impossible for you. This week I rejoiced that I was able to take a regular cart and shop for my groceries without a problem. Sometimes God will use a skillful surgeon to fix an issue and get you back up and running. I thank God for those people who have dedicated their lives to helping others with physical problems.
I am thankful for the days that I struggled with pain and suffering because it allows me to see what others are going through. Though I did not enjoy the suffering, it did give me a better perspective and for that I am thankful. I don’t want to completely forget those days because they keep me humble and more empathetic toward those who are currently suffering. I am not without occasional pain but I am miles ahead of where I was last year at this time.
I listened to a sermon this morning where the preacher was talking about the fact that life is but a vapor and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. This makes me thankful for today and every day that I am allowed to live on this planet. And I will be thankful for the day when God allows me to enter into eternity with Him. I am going to strive to remember that every day is a gift, whether it is good or bad and treat it like one. Will you join me?
I am thankful that:
- God is in control
- I have a have a wonderful family with great children and their spouses
- I have six wonderful grandchildren
- I have an awesome husband and best friend who keeps me in line…OR HE TRIES TO AND STILL LOVES ME!!!!
- I have a job with a steady paycheck and can pay my bills
- I am generally healthy
- I have enough to give to others in need
- I am blessed to be able to work out my salvation with fear and trembling
- I serve an awesome God
- The OSU and Dallas Cowboys are winning this season
- The election is over and we can try to get back to some sort of normality
- I have people who read this blog and are encouraged by it
In the spirit of thanksgiving make sure you take some time to thank God for all He has given to you and done for you this year.
Daily God reminds me that He cares for me. I am always astonished that the God of the Universe cares for someone like me. I am amazed at His love and concern. Recently I had to deal with someone who was very difficult to handle. I did the best that I could but still had my doubts that everything was done right. A couple of days later while reading my bible God showed me a scripture that described the person and how to handle them. It was a confirmation that I had handled the situation the best way possible. I know that He guides my steps and cares for me.
Sometimes I feel so small and insignificant, but when I look up to God I feel completely different. I feel like anything is possible because God is with me and as long as I follow Him I am protected and cared for.
So today I just want to say “Thank You God for loving me. Thank you God for loving my friends who read this blog. Thank you God for caring.” I know that world is a chaotic mess right now,but knowing that You are there, makes it livable.”
Take some time this week to thank God for all He has done to help you. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
We harvested the spaghetti squash that took over the compost pile today. It appears that the squash bugs were trying to eat them all so we harvested what we could. I believe we have 21 squash and now I am trying to harvest the seeds while the squash bake so I can freeze them.
This weekend has been full of blessings. I spent all of Saturday with my two youngest grandsons. Rex has begun crawling. He can crawl from one end of the house to another in no time. You really have to keep an eye on him. When he starts walking I am not sure you will be able to stop him. I turned my back one time and he ended up under the kitchen table. It took me a moment to find him.
My daughter and son-in-law took us out for lunch today to celebrate my birthday that is later this week. It was great fun with party hats, balloons, cake and ice cream and great chinese food. I have also received some gifts in the mail for my birthday. the blessings are tremendous from my family. After a long time of struggle with finding a chair that I can sit in without pain I found one at my daughter’s house. And being the wonderful daughter she is the chair is now mine.
It makes me want to praise God for all that He has given me. Without Him I would not have my loving husband and three wonderful children, their loving spouses and six adorable grandchildren. God has given me food for my table and family to share it with. He has given me peace and love in my heart.
1 Chronicles 16:8 (NKJV)
Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Join me this week in remembering everything God has given us and thanking Him for it. I will be back next week with more.
This week I have been truly thankful for:
- God who holds my hand 24/7.
- My husband who loves me through all my ups and downs.
- My doctor who is working on diagnosing and treating what ails me.
- My co-workers who were excited to see me back at work
- My family who are always there to support me.
- My friends who show concern and make me feel loved.
- My dog that lets me pet him when I want.
I am looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with family. It is always great to spend time with my children and grandchildren and sisters.
In this season of Thanksgiving remember if you keep in mind what you are thankful for, you will distract yourself from feeling sorry for your circumstances. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
I have had a challenging week, but I feel compelled to write at least a short blog. I appreciate your continued prayers for my health. I am awaiting results of some more tests taken on Friday. Hopefully all will be known and understood soon.
I am thankful this week for many things and with Thanksgiving coming up I want to begin my thankful list.
I am thankful for God the Father who cares for me through all things. In the middle of my deepest fears he comforts me with His word and gives me the peace that surpasses all understanding. He speaks softly to my spirit that He loves me. He guides my steps and shows me the right way to go.
I am thankful for my husband who is by my side day in and day out keeping watch and caring for me. I could not ask for a more caring person to live with.
I am thankful for my daughter who is a wonderful help in time of need. She even loans me her son who puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh.
I am thankful for my wonderful children and grandchildren.
I am thankful for all of my family and how they care for each other.
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
July is a month of celebration. This July is an exciting time for me. With this blog post I have written a blog a week for one full year. WOOO HOOO!!!!! It is also the month that my daughter and I were born and the anniversary month of my salvation!!!!
I honor God today for faithfully helping me make it to this point in my life and walk with Him. I see His faithfulness daily—mostly in the little things. He makes me smile when I see a flower facing the sun in the morning and I am reminded of being a glory reflector. When I go to Wal-Mart I remember the woman whom God healed of a headache. As I walk each day with my dog I remember the lesson of the worthless penny that made me realize that no matter how a person looks they are worth a lot to God. I think about going through tests in order to have a testimony–the tests are hard but the testimony is grand. I think about my children and how I chose to give birth to them and raise them to be Godly men and woman.
I feel excited and give Him the glory when I accomplish a goal. I hear His voice when I get quiet and listen. Sometimes He speaks through unexpected people and lifts me up when I am down. He shows me that with Him all things are possible.
When I look back over this past year it has been one of the most difficult but also one of the most rewarding years of my life. It has been financially difficult but spiritually rewarding.
My challenge for you this week is to be thankful even in the tough times. Give God the glory and focus on what He has done for you. And look forward to another year of reading my blog.