It has been soooooo fun to read all the responses to my BACKWARDS Works For Me Wednesday post. I can’t believe some of the stuff you all have tried! To be honest, I haven’t tried any of the suggestions… although I did have some spicy enchiladas for dinner (but I’m not in labor yet). I spent MOST of my day planning and organizing the next four weeks of homeschool lessons for the kidos. And I managed to get some housework done too. Needless to say there wasn’t much time for conjuring up all the helpful tips and recipes (maybe tomorrow).
On to Thankful Thursday…
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
God has blessed my family abundantly with many seasons. Some have been joyous and filled with much happiness and others have been times of trial, sorrow and sadness. In either case, God has always been with us and His plan has proven it’s goodness and perfectness time and again…
I am thankful for the times I have been blessed with friends and fellowship and yet also for the times that friendships have been scarce because through each, God has blessed me and brought me into a more intimate relationship with Him.
I am thankful for my husband and the time apart from one another that God took us through prior to marriage. While I longed to be with Stephen, God longed to teach my heart. During that season I learned much about God and His plan for marriage and His desire to be first in my life.
I am thankful for my brother-in-law and his passing. I had never known God’s comfort like I experienced through the season of mourning. Nor had I ever seen two people so full of peace and faith. My mom and dad in-laws have been such an amazing witness to me and have challenged and taught me to trust God more… in any and all circumstances.
I am thankful for this baby I am carrying and the blessing he/she will be to our family. The season of pregnancy (despite my current uncomfortable state… and worry about being past due… or my parents not being here for the delivery) is one of my favorite and most cherished seasons. It’s absolutely amazing to have a tiny life growing inside of me and being pregnant allows me to experience God in no other way. Life is so miraculous and beautiful and God, the author and creator of it all, has given me the blessing of life and life to care for.
I am thankful for this season of homeschooling (however long it lasts). I never imagined myself as a homeschooling mom, but I absolutely love it. I love the time spent with my children and the opportunities to teach them and watch them learn and grow. God has done a work in me through this season and also in my children. I am thankful for the lessons He is teaching all of us.
As the summer turns into fall each season of life also has a beginning and an end. God is faithful to carry us through to that end, in His perfect timing. And He is good to bring just the season we need in order to be perfected and refined. I am thankful for the seasons to come… I know God is not through with me yet and I feel so blessed that He should love me so much to change the seasons in my life in order that I may know Him more.