Wednesday, August 31, 2011
When I was reading Ann Voskamp's Journal Post a couple days ago, I decided I was going to make my list today. Ironic, because today Lupe called to tell me they had hired his replacement at work, he would be there to train the new person once they start- so we don't know his exact "exit date" yet, but know it's coming- and he has yet to find a new position yet. But, today is the day I was planning to make my list on "One Thousand Gifts"- being thankful in every situation and circumstance.
It was actually prompted a bit by my friend Rachel. Rachel posted on my Facebook wall after reading my last post, "What if we woke up today with only the things we thanked God for yesterday?" She is absolutely right! This situation is not fun and it is testing the core of my very being. But, I will give thanks.....
1- I am alive and well.
2- I have the most incredible husband.
3- I have to little miracles, Tenly and Gianna.
4- God's Grace.
5- I woke up today in my bed, surrounded by my things, with a roof over my head.
6- Today, we still have an income.
7- I have loving and wonderful family.
8- I am surrounded with genuine friends.
9- My family and I have clothes that I 'get' to wash.
10- I have a wonderful faith filled church.
11- I get to help Tenly with her homework in the afternoons.
12- I get to stay home with Gianna 2 days of the week.
13- I have a job that allows me to take my girls to work with me when I need to.
14- I have a hardworking husband.
15- I have people who pray for my family and I.
16- My husband brings me coffee in bed every morning.
17- I was able to get Tenly squeezed in to a Doctors Appointment when there was NO space available.
18- I fed my girls dinner tonight.
19- Although I lost my patience tonight, Tenly forgave me and learned all at the same time.
20- I'm surrounded by the ocean.
21- I picked Tenly up from school on time today (close call).
22- I'm going to Tenly's open house tonight.
23- Tenly has a loving teacher.
24- My heart still jumps when Lupe is home from work.
25- I'm still Gianna's favorite Mommy.
26- I made fall trees today- creativity is a welcomed release.
27- My creativity was valuable and welcomed today.
28- I have so many wonderful memories and reflections of God's grace, goodness, and favor.
I intend to continue this list- especially on days like today- when it feels like you have done nothing but tackle unmovable obstacles. I will be thankful, I will choice to rejoice in all things. Lupe has continued to search for work, and we are trusting God for God ordained appointments and situations that will bring us into the perfect job opportunity. We will stand on Jer. 29:11, "I know the plans I have for you, says The Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm, plans to give you a hope and a future." As Bishop Tony Miller has said many times, "God's Will, will not take you where the Grace of God cannot keep you."