Saturday, August 23, 2014


Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything

There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I will give you JOY (regardless of your circumstances). 

This is a spiritual act of obedience - at times, blind obedience. To people who don't know me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.

Thankfulness opens your heart to My presence and your mind to My thoughts. 

You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. 

It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.

Jesus Calling

TEN things that made me smile this week...

1. Henry

2. Pink daisies and pigtails.

3. My three big boys, their first day of school, and the reminder of all the ways that He is faithfully providing for our family.

4. A birthday present and the newest member of our family. 

5. Sunglasses and a sweet {and spunky} spirit. This is one brave little girl! {I will share more about Faith Ana and our trip to Children's Hospital in Birmingham after we go back next week for a sedated MRI of her brain and then the following week to have her fitted for her wheelchair.}

6. Hand-me-down clothes, curly hair, and these crazy two who are constantly getting into mischief and constantly making me laugh!

7. Haddon and the way he reminds me to smile even when it hurts. {Cutting teeth is no fun!}

8. This girl's determination. {The doctors might consider her non-ambulatory, but I think the way Faith Ana is able to move is pretty remarkable.}

9. Small victories and the ability to celebrate even when it's hard. 

10. Ten years sharing life with this guy. 

I hope you have a happy and joyful weekend!

A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. 
I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

John 10:10


P.S.  Coming up soon, more on what the Lord is teaching me about joy...

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