I decided today would be a good day to write a thankful Thursday post, because honestly I don't remember the last time I did. It isn't like I don't have MANY MANY things I am thankful for, but it just seems as if there has been soo much negative things going on it might be hard. And yet, sometimes for me that is just the time I need to get busy and look for those blessings.
James 1:3,4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
2 Tim. 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Even though I know that we are taught in the book of James to count our trials as blessings, as these trials bring about patience, I have to remember that this doesn't mean that the trials themselves are blessings, but rather the results that can come from patience. A patience that is needed to finish this race of life to the end. Also remembering that if our trials are not met with joy, then they usually bring about bitterness and discouragement. And sense these are two emotions I can and want to live without, I need to look for the blessings, NO MATTER WHAT the circumstances may be. Soo, these blessings I am mentioning today will be ones that I am finding in the midst of my personal trials right now.
I am grateful that even though my step dad is living his last days here with lung cancer that has spread pretty much through his whole body, he seems to be in very little pain....how could this be? And yet he sleeps peacefully most of the time with very little medication. I am grateful that my mom is doing as well as she could be expected to, and that my step sister is now staying with them to help care for them both until the end. I am grateful that it is summer time and warm, as he tends to get cold sooo easily now. I am grateful that even though my stomach continues to be an issue, I know now that it is nothing serious, and that SURELY sooner or later I will find a way to keep it in check. I am grateful that even though my husband took off a FULL week of work so that we could make the visit to New Mexico, his sales team did well last month, as did he, and our expenses can easily be met this month. I am thankful for my kids, grandkids, and family who have pulled together to get us through this season of transition and change.
I have a busy week-end coming up. Tomorrow morning I am going to whip together another "cloak". This time for Capri's little sister Tella, as she has now decided she just has to have one too Grandma, haha. Her's will be purple, and I am looking forward to seeing her sweet little face in one too. And then I have an appointment to address these grey roots, and after that we will go over to my parents house for a visit. Sat. will be a LONG day of organizing over here. And Sun. we will go to church and then it is hubby's turn to do the prep for the same test I just did. Is it bad to say I am grateful my turn is over? haha
Hope you all enjoy your week-end. How I love to escape to blogland sometimes and read inspiring, funny, uplifting and interesting posts from you all!
Enjoy this picture of sweet Sam....I am still missing him I will admit, but I am grateful my sweet girl sends me pics and videos every day....
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