So very often, in the hustle and bustle of everyday live, I lose sight of what really matters. I focus on the frustrations, the stresses, and the never-ending to-do list instead of the multitude of blessings from my Father above. His Word reminds me,
"Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again,
and in all things,
(1 Chronicles 16:34)
Because He knows that when I do so, my eyes and my heart are not cast downward... towards a sinful, dying world, but upward... to the One who made me... to the One who saved me... to the One who loves me more than I can ever comprehend. And that makes all the difference.
So as an act of obedience, as an act of worship, and in an effort to glorify Him more, I'm going to start counting my blessings every. single. day. I'm also joining the Gratitude Community... a community dedicated to seeing His gifts-- both large and small-- in the everyday... a community committed to rejoicing in the blessings that abound, even when times are tough.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows."
Today I'm giving thanks for:
quiet time each morning (while my little ones still sleep!) to spend time with my Lord
angel wing begonias, blooming right outside my window... oh, the beauty of creation!
wonderful books... and these 2 precious boys who shared them
a suitcase in the living room, evidence that daddy's finally home from his business trip
the last pile of laundry, folded... thanks to the help of little hands
freshly sliced strawberries-- an afternoon's perfect snack
this tired-- yet joy-filled-- face at the end of a wonderful afternoon
back-to-school shopping... DONE! And on a tax-free weekend, too~
curly blond locks, bright blue eyes, a precious button nose... and the sweet little pea to whom they belong
an outpouring of the Lord's favor and the accomplishment of a lifetime