My family celebrated Thanksgiving differently this year.
This is the first year we've celebrated alone.
Just the four of us.
I know that may be normal for some people,
but it's not normal for us.
Yesterday, I found myself feeling grateful to my Jesus-
for all the things he's shown me the past two years.
And I cried.
I cried good tears- my heart filled with His joy- joy of the lasting sort.
In years passed, I would have probably hidden out today.
I probably would have jealous tugs at my heart as I watched neighbors
leave to celebrate with their families.
I would have felt pity on myself, thinking of what could have been.
But that's not what happened today.
Nope, not at all.
Instead, I found myself embracing the small moments today.
You know, the little things.
The things I may have missed if we would have celebrated on a bigger scale.
On a normal Thanksgiving,
I'd probably be thankful for my family, health, home-
you know, the "usual thanksgiving things."
Of course there's nothing wrong with being thankful for those things,
and I am thankful for these things;
This Thanksgiving is different for me.
In the quiet, solitude of my home today,
I found myself thanking Jesus for...
-The sweet note Mr. Mustard Seed left for the boys and me today.
(He's working all day today.)
-The happiness I feel knowing Mr. Mustard Seed starts his week of tomorrow.
--The snowflakes that danced around outside my window.
-The little phone calls we received, and the sweet care behind them.
-The boy's friendship; how kindly they play. Their love for one another.
-My first "made-by-me" Thanksgiving meal actually turning out.
(I've messed 3 recipes up in the last week, so this is a small miracle!)
-The time the boys and I had outside,
exploring animal tracks, admiring snowflakes.
-My church family and their love for my family and me,
the care and accountability we share with one another.
-Christian Family Radio, and the songs that ministered to my heart today.
-The kindness of a neighbor who shoveled for me today.
"Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit the righteous to be moved."
John MacArthur's Bible Commentary says this:
"The word 'burden' implies one's circumstances, one's lot.
The psalmist promises that the Lord will hold
the believer in the struggles of life."
I am thankful for the work the Lord has been doing
to show me I CAN find complete contentment
in knowing Jesus as my Savior,
and His amazing, unfailing love for me.
Thank you, Jesus, thank you for loving me.
This page is dedicated to living my life on mission for the King of my heart, and planting seeds of love and hope along the way.