...strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22
Any person who thinks that life will always be easy and happy is sadly mistaken. This is a test. A test of our will, our perseverance, our sacrifice, our dedication. There will be times when it is hard to think of something to be thankful for. Mornings when a tired mommy gets up with nothing on her brain but dark scummy thoughts left over from an awful mess of a week and with only another mess of a week to look forward to. It's times like these when counting blessings seems like running a marathon. Impossible. Yet, the simple act of thoughtful remembering and soulful searching clears a muddy brain better than anything else I can think of besides heartfelt, on your knees, prayers.
What I am trying to say is this. The process of assembling my gifts posts has helped to cleanse my brain and heal my broken parts. It is a great feeling. A small simple weekly step for thanking the LORD for such a gigantic gift of my life, my children and my Savior.
Thank you precious Jesus for;
the sun on my face
a breeze in the stifling heat
a red tomato
green beans that just won't quit
sweet corn and kids who love to shuck it
a summer of baseball memories
watermelon and the one year old who adores it
the hope of a new start
the countdown from two very excited elementary students to the first day of school
brand new shoes from the thrift store
coupons that add up to over $50 in savings off my bill
having time to use my coupons...even if it wasn't planned
lime green shirts with brown spuds on them
an awesome event in the works - spudtasticalafragilistic!