Here it is Monday-the day I said I would share a moment of joy, but sometimes I just don’t like the path that I’ve been given. As I walk with another friend through a rough time, I am saddened. I am thankful for so many things , yet sometimes it’s hard to remember those things in the difficult moments.
I can’t always see what’s ahead and at times that brings fear. What if those things that I’ve hoped for do not come to pass? What if my desires for my life aren’t God’s desires? What if I am disappointed by the road that I take? What if something happens to those I love? How will I cope? How will others around me cope?
Tonight, I was with some friends. We began talking about the journeys we’re on. We’ve all had disappointments. We’ve all struggled with what our hope should be in life, but tonight we remembered together that we can trust in a faithful God. We don’t know the future and we don’t always know where He’s leading us, but we can know and believe that He is a God that loves us. He promises to work good in all situations.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always see how a situation can be used for good. There’s a step of faith that I have to take to put my trust in God’s promise. Sometimes gratitude is a choice. Sometimes I have to look back and see the glimpses of good that God has shown me in difficult situations in the past. I have to allow my mind and heart to be reminded that He is at work now even in this broken world.
Sometimes gratefulness is a choice. Today I’m thankful for the body of Christ who can remind me of God’s promises. I’m thankful for His Word that reminds me that this world is not all there is. I’m thankful that He has given us the hope of eternity with Him. I’m also thankful that He gives us glimpses of hope now. I’m thankful that He is making all things new. I’m thankful that He is with me through those times that I struggle and those times that I doubt.
I’m thankful that He hears my cries. I’m thankful that He knows my fears and my sadness and that He walks alongside me. I’m thankful that today He pointed me back to His promises.
Where did you see a glimpse of hope today?
Today I’m thankful for a new week.
I’m thankful for the joy that comes from watching students get excited about learning. It makes me wonder can I help to facilitate this joy more often?
I’m also thankful for….
-Fall weather and beautiful colors
-Full moons (I might have to remind myself of this as the week goes on and there’s a full moon and Halloween:) They are so beautiful though! Thanks God for your gorgeous creation.
-Friends who keep me accountable and encourage me to pray often
-God’s Word that reminds me that my hope is certain and it comes from Him not from my circumstances
-Family who listens to and encourages me daily
-The body of Christ
-God’s presence with me all the time
What are you praising God for today? I’d love to hear!
I sit here in shock, in sadness and in prayer. The last few weeks, it has been my goal to start blogging again. I thought that I’d start with a post on a Monday so I could begin, again, a pattern of praising God for what He’s done. I began thinking of things that I could share-things that God has done recently but today I realized I couldn’t wait until a Monday.
Today I’m mourning the sudden death of a friend’s son. It came as such a surprise. There have been conversations about why this happened. Our church has had many surprise deaths in the last few years. What is God doing? How come He took someone so young? How will this family and the body of Christ get through this again?
There’s hope in knowing that this world is not all there is but it doesn’t make the pain go away now. It did, however, remind me that today matters. We don’t know what tomorrow will look like or whether we’ll still be here. We don’t know what God has in store for us, but we do know that He is present with us today and that He holds the future.
How will I make today matter?
I don’t always understand why things happen but I know that I have a God who cares about me and desires to be in relationship with me. I can go to Him with my fears and my questions and my anger and my shock. He’s big enough to hear all of those emotions, and He promises to never leave me. He promises to walk alongside me in the good times and the most difficult times.
These things may have surprised me but they haven’t surprised Him. I don’t understand His ways but I can look back and see how He has been faithful in other hard times.
Today I’m thankful for His presence and that I can run to Him when I don’t understand this life. I’m thankful that He invites my questions. I’m thankful that even when I don’t know how to express my feelings, He is there listening to my tears and walking beside me.
What are you questioning today? Run to Him and talk to Him about those things.
Tonight I’m satisfied after spending some time in God’s creation. After several long, busy weeks, I had a few hours to slow down and enjoy some downtime. My friend found this great little park by the water. I read and prayed and enjoyed the beauty.
As the sun went down, music floated across the water and the sky was painted with beautiful colors. I’m thankful for the time I sensed God’s presence in His creation. Although it was only a few hours, it felt like many more.
I’m thankful for the time to take a few moments and just enjoy being still. Where did you see God’s presence today? Let’s remember to slow down and take those few moments to enjoy His beauty this week.