Oops. Did I say 31 “consecutive” days? Well, this is me having to make a modification. :) I definitely will do 31 days, but I may miss a day or two for which I will make up. Life just took over from Thursday on through today, which caused us to be extremely busy, but with GOOD things. We had out of town family here because we were celebrating my JuJu’s birthday (more on that on Wednesday), and we had several church functions to attend over the last few days because it was our Fall Bible Conference.
Today, after a great fellowship meal, and after our company left, we took a much-needed nap and then Mark and I went for a Sunday Drive. Growing up, that was one of my favorite things to do with my Grandparents. We would just set out with no real destination in mind and drive, drive, drive. Fall is probably the very best time to do this because of all of the beauty, but it’s also nice when the winter cabin fever sets in just to get a change of scenery.
We made a pit stop for some ice cream and then played “connect the roads”. Since we are still relatively new here, it’s fun to figure out where all the roads lead and connect. The kids weren’t really interested this time, so it was a date! We drove and chatted for about an hour and then finally came home. I was so grateful for this weekend and for the chance to celebrate our precious girl. I am so thankful that we had a full schedule rather than being lonely (even if I do get tired easily nowadays!). And I am extremely grateful to be able to break away to spend some uninterrupted time with my very best friend. I love that man so much.
Everywhere I look in Scripture now, it seems to point to giving thanks. Isn’t it funny how God opens up our eyes to things that we may have looked at a thousand times before, but for the first time are really seeing? I love that because it means that He is speaking! And gratitude is extremely important to Him!
Today, for example, we had a guest speaker for the aforementioned Bible Conference for our Sunday sermon. His text was Psalm 100, which reads as follows:
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
I hope to get a link to the sermon on this text put up here just as soon as it’s on the website. It was so encouraging, and it even spoke of the importance of giving thanks even in the very, very hard places (because He is good!). I will let you know as soon as I get it. I pray that we all have a week with our eyes wide open to His daily gifts.