Well, today is going to be my last day to post before we move.... I know I won't have time to touch the computer tomorrow or Saturday..... so this is my last post until we get settled at Eric's parent's house. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will post again as soon as I am able!
1Th 5:18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
As I thought to join in on this Thankful Thursday (my first) I sat thinking of all I could write.... the little things, the everyday things, my children, my husband, but I kept coming back to this verse.... and my heart was pricked and tears began to flow.... see, as many of you know, we have been having a difficult time these last few months..... Eric lost his job, and now has been without work for the past 6 months.... and this is the thing God keeps showing me to be thankful for. How, you may ask, can you be thankful for something like that.... easy..... it is commanded. My eyes are more open today to this verse (and others like it) so much more clearly than ever before. Oh, its easy to say it when you are not the one going through troubles.... it is another thing entirely when you are the one in the valley. I can name so many things I am thankful about during this time ....
First, I am thankful that God provided a way that Eric could be home to enjoy the first months of our new baby Jed's life.... seeing the pure joy on Eric's face as he plays, cuddles and just being a dad over again has been priceless.
Second, we have been so blessed by family and friends. You really can tell who is pulling for you in this life when you have gotten into a trial... we have had so many prayers, thoughts and well wishes sent our way (as well as other blessings too) that we have been overwhelmed by LOVE.
Third, it has been a great teaching tool for the children. Although they have never asked for much, they have learned in these last few months that happiness really does not mean having lots of things or money to do stuff with..... we have spent more time together as a family doing nothing more than throwing a frisbee or ball and it has brought us so much closer together as a family.
I could name so many more things I can honestly say I am thankful for even while in the midst of this valley..... God knows what we need in life...... and He allows what we need even if we don't really fully understand why we have to go through something...... God is so very good!