Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Let's Just Stop

...and give thanks!  Despite failed budgets, the Euro tanking, and Egypt & Syria in, in, words fail.
...and of course, Black Friday roaring toward us like a train (wreck?!).  Yikes!

In the midst of mayhem and marketing, I will be thankful--I choose to be thankful!

-for the fact that  God is sovereign and over all--my convoluted circumstances as well as the global turmoil

-for family that's healthy, happy, employed, and walking with the Lord

-for friends old and new, near and far

-for my church family spread all over the world

-for the pleasures and comforts of home(s)

-for beauty that God has created, or allowed man to, simply for it's own beauty

-for being able to do something just for the joy of it--like sewing!

-AND that all things Christmas were dropped off at the post office today!!!!  Yes!  Yay!

I must muse.  Yesterday my devotional scripture was in Matthew 6 and vs 25 really struck me:

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

then 33:  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, 
and all these things shall be added to you.

Wow.  It occurred to me that Jesus wasn't just talking about dealing with perspective during lean times; in fact, isn't it even easier to worry about this stuff during times of abundance?  I find it so.  Blessed with so much, sometimes it's all so worrisome and consuming.

The Father knows what you need
Mtt 6:8

Peace I leave with you...not as the world gives do I give to you
Jo 14:27



Rita MacLean said...

What an awesome viewpoint, Laurie. We are more stressed in times of abundance because we worry about how to KEEP it or MANAGE it. Poverty has its place and should be experienced in some fashion just to balance out that perspective. As you noted though from John, God does not give as the world gives. (Thank God!)

Jana said...

Thanks for sharing Mom, the things you're thankful for, and the Scriptures too...such good reminders. Thank you! I thank God for you...I'm so thankful for your ear, and words and help and comfort to me during these days. By the way, those boxes in your picture arrived at our house today! (I have not opened them yet, waiting for the kids to go to bed). Also, that "Give thanks" picture struck me as so familiar! You know how you forget about things, but when you see them again, they are extraordinarily familiar and you wonder how you could have forgotten! Patty Pal stitched that, didn't she? And it hung in our dining room!