In the midst of our personal family trials – it has been so important for us to stop and CELEBRATE! Last night we celebrated America’s birthday, last Saturday we celebrated my Mother- in- law’s birthday. This past week we have celebrated little Lucas’ milestone of being able to sit up all by himself!

I have found all of this celebrating to be very therapeutic for me and my precious family. God has blessed us with so much to be thankful for and celebrate about! I read a Facebook status the other day that said, “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?” WOW – that really puts it into perspective doesn’t it? How many things, people, times, and experiences have we failed to thank the Lord for lately? I can think of so many right now as I write: my dogs, a pantry full of food (even if I don’t feel like eating any of it), at least 19 sources of clean water on my personal property (most of which we use to clean things or flush things away), a dozen pair of shoes to choose from daily, air conditioning when it’s 100 degrees outside, mobile devices that keep me instantly connected with the people I love at all hours of the day, make-up to hide my imperfections on my face, etc…You get the idea right?

We have so many reasons to celebrate even in the midst of our trials and tribulations. It’s the attitude of finding the glass to be half full, even in your sorrow. It’s being able to praise the Lord you were able to conceive – even if it ended in an unexpected miscarriage. It’s being thankful for the many years and memories you have of your favorite pet after its passing. It’s celebrating the here and now with your loved ones when the future is unknown. It’s being thankful for the Lord’s timing (in all things) even when things don’t happen as you planned. It’s even being thankful for the time you had to discipline your children (because that means you are raising them to be obedient and live a life pleasing to the Lord). We come across so many situations to celebrate in our day, but do we take the time to do it?

At my house it truly is the little things that are so important. Recently we have gone through the potty training process with our oldest child, who is just 2.5 years old. We celebrate every success with cheers, candy, or a full blown dance party. What if we were this excited about all the good things in our life? No one would ever have to ask us how we were doing, because it would be obvious! I’m not trying to say you shouldn’t mourn the loss of a child, or pet, or be sad that things didn’t go as planned. But there has to come a time when you realize that God cares for you, and that His plan is greater than your plan. Let me leave you with a scripture that our pastor preached on just a few weeks ago – may your soul meditate on this scripture as your go forward in your day:

Psalm 139

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

Until Next Time, Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

 

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