I am pert’ near overwhelmed this week with thankfulness, that I had to stop, and in the spirit of praise, take a minute to share just a FEW of the many little things worth celebrating lately in this journey of life.
1. For my “big baby,” Josiah who is learning to sleep the WHOLE night in his own bed…we’re not there yet, but we’re close.
This transition has been hard for this mama to enforce because I fully understand he only has only 4 months left to be the baby of the family, and I want to savor every minute with him as such.
Funny too, because he seems like such a BIG kid by day, but at bedtime…when those jammies go on, the binky goes in, and he wants to be snuggled close…he’s ALL baby.
2. For my almost-4-year-old, Joshua, who has nearly given up naps altogether, but is FINALLY learning the meaning of having QUIET time in his room all by himself. Thank you Jesus.
3. For the love of God so evident in my 5 year old’s heart, and the way she gently ministered to the seniors at the nursing home last week, even at times when I expected her to revolt or be fearful. It blessed my heart beyond words, and I know it did theirs too.
4. For the joy my rambunctious Joshua brings to my life, even in his unintended naughtiness (ex: taking the liberty to push wheelchairs WITH shocked seniors in them down the hall without my or their permission).
5. For this mostly “hidden life” I’ve been called to embrace as a stay-home mom. Here I have found that there is such richness and depth in the Lord in the quiet and simple things. He meets me here in ways I never expected, and I am so grateful.
6. For treasured friends and family, both near and far. For the kindred spirits I see less often but are never far from thought or prayer, and who I can safely and unapologetically “pick up with where we left off” each time we see one another, write or talk. …and for the ones God has so graciously given me the chance to see regularly–what a gift they each are!
For reunions and visits and time spent in person with friends
just this month; it has been much needed, and so refreshing.
7. For a hard-working, God-fearing man who loves me and our kids like crazy.
Seeing him walk through the doors and come home to us each night is the highlight of our day.
8. For trials. Internal and external. The flesh always resists them and tries to wiggle out from them, but ultimately, they refine us, if we allow the Spirit to do its work.
Help us, Lord, to fix our eyes upon You.
What are you thankful for this week? This day? This moment?
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thes. 5:18