How quickly our situations can change! This week we have discovered…
One child and one grandchild will be coming to live with us in our tiny, overcrowded home. That is OK… we will know they are safe, warm at night, and have food to eat. In order to make room we will get back to de-cluttering and tossing junk. Now we have a good reason to tackle that job we have been putting off.
We found today that my Mom will soon undergo open heart surgery. This means many trips back and forth to the “big city” to stay with her while Pop gets to come home and rest regularly. This is OK…
I am thankful that doctors today have such knowledge and technology that they can diagnose and treat things that were fatal not-so-many-years ago. I am thankful that I have a job that is flexible enough to allow me to help. I am thankful for a supportive husband who takes up the slack at home when I have to go out of town. I am thankful that I only have one more quilt that absolutely MUST be done by Christmas… the rest can wait until I can get to them.
Christmas will be different this year. That is OK… this all has reminded us about what really IS the most important thing about the Christmas season… remembering THE GIFT that was given by our Heavenly Father. And remembering that all the decorating, shopping, cooking and hectic things really are NOT necessary… being able to spend Christmas with my Mom and other family members is so much more important that all the other things we have labeled as “Christmas”.
But I am MOST thankful that when life takes us on twists and turns, My Lord is there! When the unexpected arises, HE reminds me that He holds me in the palm of His hand. When we are unsure about situations He reminds me that He has given me HIS peace. When fear tries to come in He reminds me that He has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. When I wonder if others understand He reminds me that surely, He will never leave nor forsake me. When life changes quickly, He reminds me that Jesus Christ IS the same yesterday, today, forever.
Now those are some POWERFUL promises to stand on!! I am so thankful I have them to strengthen me this week.
1 Thes. 5:18 (KJV)
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Be blessed this week!
PS: Lots of sock knitting in my future! I finished my socks for Judy L’s sock knit-along, promptly started another pair, and am almost half-way through with them. Pictures coming later, when I have time to deal with the camera.