Posts Tagged ‘thankful’

While I Wait

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Have you ever had to wait on something? Of course you have. Everyone’s eaten out in a restaurant or sat in a drive-thru waiting on food or drinks. Waiting can be frustrating! It can push you to lose your cool or to act out. For some, waiting isn’t a big deal. For other’s, it’s stressful.

If you’re waiting on important test results or a job opening…waiting can be overwhelming and painful. It can set you back and rob you of your peace. My own experience with waiting has been a wild ride of emotions. No way would I have believed anyone if they’d told me last year that I’d be stuck in the longest season of waiting of my life this year. I might have smirked a laugh or even shook my head in disbelief. Yet, here I am…. 314 days into a waiting that has beaten me silly and refined me into a whole different person.

Waiting can be useful. It’s not all bad. There can be a lot accomplished in a season of waiting. However, waiting can feel so useless too. Our minds are almost programmed to be productive and that just doesn’t seem to go with waiting. Have you tried sitting still doing nothing for long periods of time? It’s maddening. That’s what waiting can feel like to someone wanting to get out there and DO SOMETHING amazing!

Something I’ve learned in my waiting is that God absolutely has a different time frame than me. His timing is not the same as mine. I’m a “let’s do this” kind of person and God is…well, HE’s GOD – He doesn’t answer to moi! HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS and I have learned to stop pushing and expecting my desires to happen WHEN I WANT and to trust HIM to do even better on His time schedule.

Talk about building up your faith muscles. Yowza!

Also, waiting fine tunes character. Let me tell you, I’ve wanted to go crazy and roll around on the ground out of sheer frustration. Waiting can make you lose your dang mind! Especially if you see others moving forward fast and easy with a blessed life. Waiting can feel like a punch in the nose! Staying close to God through scripture and prayer has shown me some very valuable insight – God is way more concerned with my character than He is with my hubby’s employment. Oh, I believe He understands the importance of jobs & paying bills…but all that’s going to go away someday. There’s no mortgage payment in heaven. My soul needs Jesus, my earthly body needs money to live.

I can wait on God. He has a perfect plan. He will do exactly what I need and do it precisely when I need it most. Trusting Him has been my only choice, believing Him has been my source of survival.

I’m a living testimony that God can and will do abundantly more than we ever deserve.

What are you waiting on right now in your life that’s weighing you down?

How can you stretch your faith muscles and push on in spite of grim possibilities?

Start by thanking God for every. single. thing. in your life. Open your Bible and read His Word every day. Soon you’ll find your heart softening and your worries slipping into a hole that after a while, you’ll kick dirt over and walk away from. Use your time of waiting to build your relationship with Christ and those around you who need you most.

Don’t let waiting make you disillusioned with God’s goodness. He is always working and He is always blessing. Don’t miss it during the wait.

Oh yea, I’m thankful

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I’m so THANKFUL to share a great blogger with you and her really awesome giveaway challenge! Go meet Susie.

I’ve been seeing posts on Facebook all week from friends sharing what they were thankful for. Everytime I read one….it sparks my own heart to the many blessings I have in my life. I’m seriously blessed! Even when adversity comes my way….I feel gratitude (whining about it sometimes too). I know that all things work to the glory of Him and I just have to be willing to LET HIM WORK! For that, I’m thankful!

I never mind sharing the things I’m thankful for.

My salvation. I know….one day, I’ll see His face. WoW!
My husband. Who on earth could love me….like him?
My son G. God went out of His way to pick the perfect kid. He’s a best all-around winner.
My daughter A. She’s a precious daughter and I see a forever fun relationship with her ahead. An angel.
My daughter G. She makes my heart melt. So many qualities to list. Caring. Loving. Sharing. Fun. Beautiful. Happy.
My family. Each one so unique and awesome!
My home. It’s a fun safe-haven! And my family is there to share it.
My pets. They can be more loyal than a human friend. And they always like you…even when you’re unlikeable! πŸ˜‰
My friends. They make me see my weaknesses and I’m thankful they do.
My life. It’s not been a bed of roses but I’ve come out smelling sweet more so than not.
Who I am. While I recognize completely that I could be anyone else….I’m blessed to be me. Flaws and all!

What are you thankful for?

Camping Adventure

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

It’s just our style to get craaaaaazy at a campground! You can judge us if you want. We don’t care! We’ve not had a vacation this summer nor the last….and spending a weekend at the lake was better than a sharp stick in the eye. So…if you dare, take a look at our get-a-way on Lake Monroe!

We are thankful for some much needed time away from home. Going away always reminds me to be thankful for a nice home with amazing beds to lay my pretty CLEAN head! For that…..I’m blessed!

Gates and I just sharing a snack moment at camperville!

Smiling…even though we look….umm like we’re camping!

Ally & Lizzy happy to be in the shade!

Our trip down to the beach at Lake Monroe!

Our cool dad! Driving us to the fun!

Ally & I before we knew we were golfcart thieves and well, you’ll see..

After we found out we were wanted in 50 states….and couldn’t make it up THE HILL!!! Oh the pushing we did……

Look, I know what you’re thinking…..what is it with this family? Well, if you must know, WE’RE CRAZY!! And we wouldn’t change a thing! We like us! πŸ™‚

HOME SWEET HOME!!!!

One of those days

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

I’m feeling stressed! Overwhelmed! Aggrevated! Mistreated! Forgotten! Frustrated! Really low, actually!

Do you get the idea?

My day has been “one of those days”! I woke up with a huge zit on my face that hurts like nobody’s business (TMI, I know!). I managed to get everyone up and out on time for Student Council meetings this morning. We even had all of our lunches ready. πŸ™‚

Work is wearing me down. I miss my old job! My new job hasn’t even started. I’m stuck in limbo still. Nothing is happening with my room. No tables, no computers….and no students! We are in our 5th week of school. I’m still so nervous about even doing it….which makes me feel uptight. In the meantime, I’m doing clerical type duties! I DESPISE IT!!! I would rather be substituting! I like that!

I don’t want to be a whiner…..but I guess it’s exactly what I’m doing. So, I’m going to focus on what is good in my life. I recognize that I have so many blessings….and I see that God has me covered. I just need to relax and trust Him.

GOOD STUFF–

My family. I have a loving family. We are all alive and healthy. Who am I to complain?
Jobs. Both hubby and I have jobs! That hasn’t always been the case. I don’t ever want to suffer that reality again. Thank you God for providing employment. (But could you work out a raise or two?) πŸ™‚
Kids who love God. What can I say about this? It’s a wonderful feeling to know my kids choose to love God.
A home. While we have struggled to pay for it….we do still have it. I’m thankful for everyday that I live in my house!
Food. We like eating regularly. God makes sure that we can do that. It’s a great blessing!
My computer. I really love it. It’s my favorite toy ever. Someday, I’ll get a real one. Right, honey?
My husband. He’s trying so hard to provide for us. He works all the time and I appreciate him for that. I wish him big success! It’s not a get rich career and he keeps a great attitude about it. Thanks, Don.
The fall. It’s my favorite time again. Even though I can’t afford to buy mums and such to decorate with….I can still enjoy all the great smells and the beauty around me. I will cherish each day of it.
Family weekend at IU. I will finally get to see my sweetboy. I can’t think of a better way to spend my weekend. He’s so worth it!

I have much to be thankful for. God is good to me…even when I’m feeling my lowest. Thank you Lord for loving me and providing for me in so many ways. Help me….to feel at peace!