Archive for October, 2010

In Everything…

Give Thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6 – 7

Sometimes I focus on what I don’t have or on things that aren’t the way I want them to be. My mom came this week to visit. We had a wonderful time, and of course Michael & Kate love the special times with her. And then it always happens to me – on the day she leaves I get so sad that we can’t see her more often. She lives 8 hours away, which isn’t extremely far but isn’t extremely close either. And I happen to live in a city where many people I know & meet have their family very close – if not in our city then in the same state at least. A moment of transparancy – Sometimes I really struggle with jealousy 😦 Yesterday afternoon after mom left I was in a funk. I was sad & down about the fact that Michael, Kate & I can’t meet my mom (or the rest of my family for that matter) for lunch on a random Thursday, meet at the park or go shopping together. But then I realized that I am looking at it all wrong.

Instead of focusing on how I wish things were, I should remember how blessed I am – I have a wonderful relationship with my mom, my kids have an amazing grandmother (Mommom) and although it is a long trip I can drive to visit. I thought of people who have never known their moms; of friends whose moms have passed away too soon; of people like the Chin Refugees who my mother-in-law works with – they risk everything to flee their country & come to the US, knowing they will never see their families again. Yes, I have so much to be thankful for.

On Wednesday we took Kate to the local children’s hospital to have an ultrasound & a VCUG of her kidneys & bladder. She is perfectly fine & healthy, praise the Lord! This visit at the hospital also reminded me to be thankful. Michael & I waited in the waiting room (I couldn’t go back with Kate for her VCUG because I am expecting – my mom went with her.) We sat with other families waiting on their doctor visits. Many of the children were very sick. I was reminded to thank God everyday for the health of my sweet children and to not take it for granted. Yes, there is so much to be thankful for.

So, what are you thankful for today?? Our society seems to always be telling us that we need more and that the newest “thing” will be bigger and better. But we already have so much. I pray that God will help me be thankful – each moment, for the little things. Hourly, Daily, Weekly.

As I write this the beautiful rain is falling outside. I have plenty of food in the kitchen to feed my family. I am able to stay home with Michael & Kate – we are having a fun morning watching Snow White & eating popcorn. My sweet husband is at his job that God provided, working hard for our family. The laundry is spinning in the washing machine. Our home has clean water & electricity…Yes, SO much to be thankful for.

I would love to hear what you are thankful for today.

Have a blessed weekend,


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