So, I’ve been in a little of a funk lately … can you tell? I apologize … I know my last 2 posts weren’t necessarily the most uplifting; based on the lack of comments, either no one reads my blog or my writing fell flat. I know I was being a spoiled brat … but for a day or two I just wanted to indulge my pity party – yes, even in the midst of a month of thanks!!
But God brings me back to reality every time I do this! He takes me outside myself and slams me over the head with His 2×4 … the Word of God and some good, old fashioned conviction … and I realize I am too blessed to be so self-centered.
In fact, being LESS self-centered is one of my goals in teaching my children! That is why this year we participated in Operation Christmas Child … which I regret to say we have never done in the past. Something we have done in the past – at our kids old Christian school – was to send Christmas packages to our missionaries – kind of the same concept.
Yesterday we went to Dollar Tree, and Drew and Annie-Belle picked out the items for their boxes. I loved seeing them put so much thought into what a child their age might like … and then realizing there were actually 2 other families in the store doing the SAME THING!!
I didn’t tell my children they had to pay for the items we bought … but I did suggest they consider it. And both kids gave me some money, which again, I hope teaches them it is more blessed to give than to receive!
Believe me, lately, our entire family has been learning this lesson. How we long to GIVE … but we have really been the recipients more often for some unbelievable and humbling blessings from friends and family. Yes, we were blessed … but we pray even more blessings on those who have been so generous to us in this time of our need.
So, today I am thankful for the blessings – of giving and of receiving.
And I am thankful for the simple things God gives us … like a gorgeous Fall day, probably one of the last where we could go outside without a jacket on:
A new-to-her dress for MiMi … one that is perfect for twirling and dancing and playing “princess”:
A son who works hard and rakes many, many, many leaves (there are lots more in the backyard!!):
Like I said on facebook, if this homeschooling thing doesn’t work out, at least Drew has learned a skill.
Working on being thankful in EVERYTHING and for EVERYTHING.
PS What are you thankful for?
PSS Here we go again: Daniel has a job interview today (Friday); it is actually a call-back (second interview), and he is now one out of 4 candidates for this position out of an original 100+. I’m not giving more information this time because I can’t go through the emotions I did with the Nashville job … but please, do say a prayer that GOD’S WILL BE DONE!! (<—that is, after all, “the prayer that never fails.”)