Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

These are the five people who make me who I am.  I live and breathe for them, with them and sometimes in spite of them.  My husband, who tomorrow I will celebrate 10 years with, and my four most beautiful blessings and trials.  Each day I awake to these faces and I am reminded of the God who promised me years ago to be patient and walk in Him, then He would bring me the desires of my heart and this, folks, is them!  Life is not perfect, that sounds so cliche, but the will of God is perfect and I am trying to realize that more and more each day.  And I must admit, that whining, frustrations, and disagreements teach me this just as much as smiles and giggles.

The truth, the will of God is Thanksgiving.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

I've been meditating, memorizing, and repeating this verse for a couple of months now.  I've had it written out on the top of my markerboard in the kitchen, and I figured I would take it down whenever I saw it realized in my life.  That this, whatever this is, is the will of God for me in Christ Jesus.  The past year has been a trial of sorts in our home, with God challenging us to uproot every preconceived notion we have of Him and how we choose to live in regard to who He is.  I'm not there yet, so the verse will remain for now, maybe forever.  Maybe I should suck it up and stencil it directly onto the wall!  But I must tell that it has changed the daily struggle I have to be content with the mundane nature of home-making and it is beginning to shed light on some of the pain-causing circumstances we are walking through right now.  
Just the other day, I had a mini-breakdown coming on, my hubby could see it from across the room.  He made his way over to me, put his arms on my shoulders and turned me to face the board....

give thanks....

give thanks...

because this stupid pipe under my sink that we have fixed three times is leaking again less than 48 hours before my family comes to have dinner at my house....

give thanks...

for this is the will of God for me--right now...right the midst of frustration or pain or suffering beyond compare.  

That I would turn my eyes heaven-ward and see HIM for who HE is and I would throw my hands up, in surrender to what I want, in praise to His glory and his plan that is so much broader and grander than I could think or imagine.

"For from Him, through Him, to Him are all things" and our hearts in Thanksgiving can respond, "to You be the glory forever, to You be the glory Lord amen!" (Matt Maher, Kari Jobe)

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." Jude 24-25

Love and Butter,


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