Thankfulness

A couple weeks ago we decided to try out a new playground in our neighborhood. It was supposed to be a “tot” playground, and so we thought it would be better suited to our kids. We walked to it (about a mile walk), pulling Ben and Bekah in our wagon and Cora walking. The playground was crowded with kids, and I didn’t really think it seemed any better for little ones then the one we usually go to. In any case, we let Cora and Ben go play. David was tired from pulling the wagon uphill for a mile so sat on a bench. Bekah was in the wagon looking cute. See?

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I took some photos of Bekah, and David says, “You need to go help Ben.” He didn’t seem to say it with much urgency so I wasn’t in any big rush. I glanced up, didn’t see Ben at all and said, “Why? Where is he?” “He’s on the ladder! He’s about to fall!” Then I was totally focused and searching frantically amongst all the kids to find Ben. I finally did, and when my eyes finally found him I saw him falling backwards from the top of the playground to the ground. I dropped the camera into the wagon and ran across the playground. I reached him already on the ground, and he was crying very loudly! I was actually very thankful for that. I did hesitate for a second though, because he had fallen about 7 feet, and I didn’t want to move him incase something was broken. However, he rolled over onto his side so I knew at least his back and major bones were not broken. PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I scooped him up, he stopped crying and breathing (he got the wind knocked out of him I think) and turned purple. That scared me. I blew in his face, jostled him a bit and he finally came back around after about 5 seconds, but was pretty limp in my arms. Now, mind you all of this happened in about a minutes’ time. We obviously left right away, and walked all the way back home, David carrying a crying/whimpering Ben all the way. We were finally able to get Ben to calm down enough to see that he was breathing comfortably (no broken ribs!!!!!), and he went right to sleep that night. We had ┬áhim lay on ice when we got home and gave him ibuprofen. The poor thing slept all night and was a bit stiff when he woke up but thankfully, he was totally fine! We are so thankful that the Lord spared his life that day and on top of that the Lord allowed Ben to have fullness of health and mobility. Of course, now after it’s all done, we have to wonder what the big deal was. However, it could have been very serious. I’m so thankful for the Lord’s providence in this situation and for his preservation of our little guy.

That night I hugged my Benjamin a little tighter and also Cora and Bekah. I’m so thankful for my children, and I hate that at times things like this happen that bring me a renewed realization of just how blessed I am to have them.

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To be Content

It’s hard to be content sometimes, isn’t it? I mean, there is always someone more beautiful, richer, has a nicer house, better clothes, etc. I think our society does a really great job at making us feel inadequate with what we have and who we are. However, the Bible tells us to be content in all things (Philippians 4:11). But, let’s face it, it’s HARD to be content in ALL things! At least I find it to be so sometimes. I don’t think I’m a person who is constantly looking for the greener grass, but I do go through periods of time where that is true. Have you been there?

I’ve been thinking about all this because of a Facebook page I’ve joined recently. It’s a page that women can buy & sell their stuff for cheap. All you have to do is go to the person’s house, pick it up and leave your money. It’s been a wonderful resource for us! I’ve bought clothes, shoes, items for all of us off the site, spending very little money. For example, a brand new pair of shoes for Cora for $5! Two pairs of pants for me, with tags that said $108 (each) for $7.50 a piece! You just can’t beat that. Although I find this site to be very helpful for many things I have also noticed that it’s easy for me to become discontent with what I already have and have been blessed with. I have driven to many a FANCY neighborhood, places I will probably never live, nor would really want to, and then come back to my humble home and think, “yikes! Hope none of these ladies will buy something I’m selling!” How silly! How ridiculous! It’s just stupid, really. My home is beautiful, well-built and exactly what we need and WANT. We can afford it and are not house-poor. We don’t worry from month to month how we’ll pay the mortgage. But, Satan knows just how to make us feel inadequate, doesn’t he?

The other night we took the kids to get ice cream, yes, for supper! It was so much fun, and we were all having a grand ol’ time. In walk a gaggle of kids and most of them were wearing designer winter coats. I looked at my kids with their faces covered in chocolate ice cream and thought, “I hope those moms don’t see I have hand-me-down coats for my kids.” Just as soon as I had the thought I was so ashamed! How ridiculous!!! My kids have perfectly good coats, they’ve been kept warm all winter, the coats are nice, not ratty, not torn, nothing of that nature. God provided these wonderful coats for our kids, and they’ve never questioned the labels on them. Why should I? That little internal incident made me stop short and realize just how ridiculous things have become in our society and have filtered into my mindset recently. We’re buying designer everything for our kids, who will only wear them for a season at best. And why? Simply because we want to be sure people know we love our kids and can provide for them. Pure silliness and insanity!

Don’t get me wrong. If I find good deals on items I know are well-made, I buy them. But, in our family our motto has never been to buy the most expensive just because. And, in all reality, our family is more than happy to take hand-me-downs! It’s all a matter of our selfish humanness. And, I suppose our insecurities and not fully trusting the Lord. And so, after the ice cream incident I am more resolved to thank the Lord for his GREAT and MIGHTY provisions and not give a whit what other people put on their kids or selves.

Is this something you have struggled with? What have you found to be the root of it?

Today…

Today I’m leaving my children in the capable hands of my husband for the weekend.

Today I’m traveling to the next state with my sister so we can have a weekend visit with our best friends.

Today I get to have 7+ hours of uninterrupted conversation with my sister as we travel!

Today I have to kiss my husband and children good-bye, but thankfully for only a couple days.

Today I’m thankful my husband is willing to stay with the kids, and do it on his own, so I can have some girl time with lifelong friends!

Today I get to hug 5 of my closest friends!

Today I get to eat supper with dear women who love God and encourage me to be a better person.

Today I’m thankful to the Lord for many things.

A Mind of Thankfulness

On my weekend trip to NY recently I was shown a very cool way to make mine a mind of thankfulness. We were sitting in church and I saw my friend, Heather, pull out a little notebook and jot down a quick sentence. I asked her about it later and she told me it’s a book that she is keeping track of everything she is thankful for. There is a book called, “One Thousand Gifts”┬áthat inspired Heather to keep this notebook. I felt very challenged because I have noticed in my own life and have often felt I needed to be more thankful, not so critical and change my overall look on life. I really believe this will be a great way to do so. I have purchased a small notebook and have begun to do so. Once I get to 1000 things I’m thankful for I’ll just start new (as was suggested by Heather). I’m excited to see where this takes me spiritually, how it will deepen my relationship with Christ and how it changes my outlook on life! Might I offer your the challenge too?

Give Thanks

Do you know this song?

Give thanks with a grateful heart! Give thanks to the Holy One! Give thanks, because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Give thanks with a grateful heart! Give thanks to the Holy One! Give thanks, because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

And now, let the weak say, “I am strong!” Let the poor say, “I am rich!” Because of what the Lord has done, for us. Give thanks!

I hope you have a really blessed day today!

 

Church

Today I’m thankful for the church the Lord has brought us to. I’m thankful he saw fit for us to serve in this church, for David to pastor these people and for me to get involved too. I’m thankful for their spirit of love and compassion. I’m thankful they don’t get bent out of shape over things that don’t matter. I’m thankful they are excited for me to be involved in the happenings of the church and that they allow David to use the gifts the Lord has blessed him with to minister to them. God knew what he was doing (surprise! surprise!). It was a long, two year journey to this church, but I’m so thankful the Lord brought us here.

Health

I am thankful for my new-found health! I am thankful that I no longer sit and wonder what on earth is wrong with me? I’m glad I no longer have to wonder if I’m going crazy. I’m thankful the Lord directed me to a wonderful doctor who is listening to me and helping me. I’m thankful that not only do I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m getting closer to getting out of the tunnel!