Today I find myself completely in awe of the goodness of God. I’m also feeling a wee bit of trepidation towards how this year will unfold. Everywhere there are hallmarks of this being a marked year for me, my family, and, I think, my church.
Yesterday, I read a devotional based on Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Oh what a thing of wonder and comfort! To know that despite what is going on in the world, in my country, my city, my family; that HE is the constant, the “Steady Eddy” in it all.
Nothing derails Him. Nothing will change His love for me, or for you. Nothing.
Nothing will ever change who He is and what He is. He is grace personified. He is love incarnate. He is truth and freedom for all who believe.
My calendar devotional put it this way:
“The promises He gave yesterday are as true today. Yesterday He was the Shepherd. today He is out good Shepherd (John 10:11). Yesterday He provided manna and water. Today He supplies all our needs (Phil 4:19). Yesterday He guided His people. Today He says, ‘Lo I am with you always’ (Matt 28:20)” (James Comte; Choice Gleanings 2013; Gospel Folio Press)
For this, if nothing else, we can be thankful.
This week my heart feels full, with the big and little things.
1. I am thankful for people who speak into my life, whether I know them personally not. Kelley, Idelette, Sarah, and several others. This week I was touched, encouraged, and blessed by each and every one of you.
2. Other people who write and can show me the way. Here are some of my fave links that blessed me this week:
On learning to own my own authority, by Sarah Bessey – I fight the very same fight. Nice to know I’m not alone.
Sea Legs, by Kelley Nikhondeha – My heart broke a little reading this. Being a functional single parent is never easy.
3 Habits Every Marriage Needs, by Ann Voskamp – So nice to know I’m doing something right; not everything, but something.
3. Thankful for new opportunites that have just begun. My hubby was sworn in on January 2nd as the new VP for his union local and today had his first executive meeting. Lots of learning, lots of stretching, for both of us becasue of this.
4. Learning a new skill. I’m getting excited, and so am jumping the gun a little here. I get to learn how to make soap this weekend. A friend invited me and it should be a lot of fun. Not sure if the instructor will be able to handle the two of us, though. *wink*
5. Family examples. Had to attend a memorial service this past weekend for my mom’s cousin. It was held at a Baptist church in Tswwassen. The best guess is that about 900 people showed up! Crazy right? It is an example of how being connected and doing life full-on can cause your net to be thrown broad and touch so many. I’m sure Elly had no idea of the number of people she touched just by persuing her passions.
6. Thankful for the things that my teens come out with that make me laugh. This week, it was my son. The hubby and I were spending some time alone together one morning and our son knocked on my door, “Mom? you in there? What are you…….never mind….” And as he walked away we could hear him say,”No birthday sex Mom. Please…..no birthday sex”. Hubby and I looked at each other and laughed and laughed.
7. Dishsoap. Yes, dishsoap. I ran out and no one told me and there sat my kitchen counters buried under dishes that no one could wash because there was no soap to be found. Ran out last night and pick some more up. Hoping the kids will take the hint and do some washing up today.
And so, my friends, I hope that this first full week of 2013 finds you thankful. That you will be brave, stepping into the things that God has placed before you, and doing so with a heart full of thankgiving for ALL that He has done for and through you. I’m challenging myself here as well, so won’t you join me?
Stretch. Step. Grow. Be Thankful.