In Which I Count the Blessings

in my wee life, blessings overflow.
Right now it’s busy. School and
(God-given) work demands my attention. Four or five rambunctious 1st
graders require some devotion every Sunday morning. Trying to serve my wee
family while Mom’s away (and to keep sweet about it) seems to take every moment
not already given away.
But with all this comes so many blessings.
j Watching God
literally meet my financial needs. Being a student with a seasonal job
sometimes makes winter a little tight. Yet, my Father has so faithfully
supplied my needs. Trust me, the gas tank always gets filled through His care
and oversight!
k Being a Sunday School
teacher is way harder than I
expected. But watching little hearts take in the Word of God . . . it is
amazing. (And being loved by little hearts isn’t so bad either J)
l Sometimes, ahem, I
mean more often than not, I lose my patience when it comes to serving around
the house. It amazes me how quickly a clean kitchen can turn into a disaster
zone; therefore, I am learning the beauty of family life outside a clean
kitchen. My family is amazing–full of laughter and moments of closeness. A
clean home is wonderful but building friendships is much more rewarding.
m I’ve also discovered
the beauty of honesty. I had been feeling insecure about something and was
allowing it sour my relationship with my dad. Only after I brought it up did I
gain peace and understanding about who I am (accepting the abilities God has
wisely given me) and how I can grow.
n Talking on the phone
isn’t easy for me; therefore, when Mom’s on a military deployment I tend to
shell up. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened. Both she and I have purposefully
talked and though I miss her, I feel our friendship has grown in news ways over
the last two months.
o Speaking of blessings
. . . Lord willing, Mom will fly home within the week! How wonderful! Also, do
I hear retirement-bells ringing somewhere in the near future? . . .
p I do! In honor of those retirement-bells I
foresee a wonderful celebration trip to Florida . . . March 8th! Eeek! Disney World, princess crowns, sun
rays, family time, freckles, and photos with Belle and Rapunzel coming soon! (I
wonder if Eugene Fitz Herbert will be there too? Hmmm . . . J)
q Classes are going
well . . . although homework is never done in a timely fashion. I thoroughly
enjoy my New Testament class and am seeing God’s Word in a brand new light!
r This weekend I am
blessed to accompany my church’s young people to St. Louis. There we will spend
time serving and learning about the city’s homeless. SO excited!! I have been
praying for a door into city missions and feel God will use this. Excitement!
s Finally, throughout
life’s busyness and interesting turns, I am blessed to find God’s peace real and tangible. God is
interested in our lives and surrendering to His will brings so much joy and
quiet peace. I definitely do not abide in Him as I ought and so I am thankful
he keeps seeking and caring for me–even when that means diciplining me.
“Yes, in me, in me He
I in Him and He in
And my blessed soul
He filleth
Now and throughout eternity.”

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