Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thankful Sunday

I haven't done a Thankful Sunday in a while. Lately I've been having a hard time trying to find something to be thankful for. I'd sit here on Sunday morning and have every intention of writing a post, but some how I just couldn't. Negative thoughts just took over. I wouldn't have wished this year we are having on my worst enemy. But in the midst of everything God still shows me He is in control. He is supplying what we need when we need it. Somehow the mortgage is paid, somehow we make it through each day. Somehow our needs are met. Even the things that really are not of the utmost importance. Things that are just important to us as mere humans. I realize even the things I don't dare to pray for, like say stockings for the girls or money for a field trip, have been supplied. God knows our needs and our wants. Even when we don't tell Him. Just as we know what our children need but also what they want. I was always raised to be thankful for getting what you need. God has had His hands on us, He has made sure we have what we need.

It's amazing what you can do without. I know this sounds a bit crazy , but even though this year has been by far the toughest, I'm thankful for it because I know God has a plan. I know He' s got something up His sleeve. I feel like this year... this year specifically has been a year of discernment and prayer and us having to absolutely rely on God.

I feel like we have been in training or bootcamp for something God wants us to do. And I cannot wait to see exactly what it is. With each passing day I know we are one day closer to God reveling His plan. I am so thankful that in despair I can still see hope. I can see that God has only our best intentions in mind and He loves us enough to put us on this journey in the first place.

I used to look at people who just glided through life and think , "Boy, God must really love them. They don't have a care in the world, everything always goes their way". And yes, of course God loves them, but not more than me. Not more than any one else having a tough time.

I'm thankful that God believes in us, He believes we can handle this time and come out stronger and better prepared to do His work.



7 comments:

summer said...

Steph - this is such an wonderful post!!!! Thank you!!!!!

mandd3 said...

Steph, I am going to add you to the vine club. The one where God prunes and prunes and prunes until you bear beautiful fruit. The pruning is so painful and it is so rare that a person can look up through all that pain and see God's hand at work, and know that He is working for your betterment. God bless, and my guess is since you are already writing beautiful posts like this, your pruning must be nearly finished.

Scrappy quilter said...

Sweet friend, the pruning is tough and yet we always come out better for it. I too firmly believe God has a plan in place for you. You'll know it, without a doubt. Loving you through all of this. Hugs (and yes I did post)

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

it is amazing how life turns out and works...and to reflect back and not know how you survived but you did...is an amazing accomplishment...smiles

Zoey's mom said...

Some wonderful,beautiful comments you have already received.Hardly can add to them.I think your first Thankful Sunday in awhile,was just perfect.

The VW's said...

I hope God reveals His plan to you soon, and praying that He gives you continued strength, peace and hope until He does! Love and Big Hugs!!!

"God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called."

Carrie said...

It is amazing to look back over the trials we walk through and see the tender merices of the Lord shining through. Your gratitude for the little (and big!) things is inspiring! <3