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The Todays


"Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself" (Matthew 6:34, HCSB).

There’s a countdown in my brain that won’t turn off. I push it to the back of my consciousness, deciding not to dwell on it. And then I look around me and utter a prayer of thankfulness for today.

Because today has so many blessings. The weather is finally warming up. My daughter is full of smiles for her momma. And my husband will indeed walk through the door in time for supper tonight. He will help feed our little girl her sweet potatoes and applesauce, make her giggle as he plays with her, and then tuck her into bed. Then he and I will play a board game or cuddle on the couch while we watch a movie.

Today is a blessed day indeed.

For now, I’ll be thankful for all of the todays on our life together, and let God take care of the tomorrows.

For He is an all-knowing God that can truly handle it all. He knows that some hard days are ahead, and He’s ready and willing to carry me through them.

Last night my husband and I were reading in Isaiah 40. I thought I’d share with you what we read:

“Jacob, why do you say,
and Israel, why do you assert:
‘My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my claim is ignored by my God’?

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding.

He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.

Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,

but those who trust in the LORD
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint”  (Isaiah 40: 27-31, HCSB).

I am so thankful that nothing is hidden from His knowledge and understanding. He knows that there are hard days in the future for my family. And He’s ready to see us through when those day comes. But until then He tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:34) but to focus on today. And what a wonderful day today is!

What I'm thankful for


Photo 2I'm just in a thankful sort of mood today. I don't know why, but I'm going to run with it and make a list of some of the things I'm thankful for.  Even if you're having a rough day, I encourage you to do the same.

Here's the first few things that came to mind for me today.

I am thankful:

1) That it's almost September, baby's birthday month!
2) For my wonderful friends, new and old. You all bless me in different ways!
3) For Starbuck's Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Yum!
4) For Autumn being just around the corner.
5) For my military husband. He's such a hard working, considerate man of God. I love him so much!
6) For our church. Not a Sunday goes by that I don't learn something about myself and my God!
7) For the ability to stay home and write. I truly have found a passion in blogging. I love it!
8)For a fixed laptop, free of charge!
9) For the days of motherhood that are just ahead. I'm so excited to meet this little one!
10) For the blogs I read daily. You all bless me with your words of honesty and encouragement!

My Husband the Helper


114_1319_2“Sometimes the daily gifts are light and easy, and other times they are hard to receive” –Chatting at the Sky

Chatting at the Sky got me thinking today. She made me think about how truly I am blessed. This morning I was fussing around the house, making a list of the cleaning that needs to be done. Being 8 months pregnant, I’ve let a lot of chores go, leaving me with a feeling of discontentment as I wake up in the morning.

A part of me doesn’t feel as if I’m fulfilling my duty as a homemaker. Instead of cleaning, I spend my days walking outside, surfing the internet and napping. The smallest of tasks get accomplished. The biggest things stay undone until my hard working husband gets home from work. Usually I don’t have the heart to even ask him for help. I’d rather cuddle with him in the evenings in front of a movie, instead of asking him to help clean the house. I’d rather avoid the chores then face them.

But they still need to be done. And so, I have to ask for help. And graciously, my husband gives it to me without complain. Graciously he does the dishes, cleans the toilet, and retrieves things for me when I’m too tired or sore to get them for myself. He’s so loving, so giving, and so self-sacrificing, when he has every reason not to be. He gives to me, even when he himself is exhausted. And I’m oh so thankful for that.

Soon this baby will enter our world, and along with it a whole new list of responsibilities. Still my time will be crunched and I’ll have to turn to my husband for help. Hopefully, with time, I’ll get a handle on most of the household chores again, but it’s so nice to know that I have a husband who will help when he’s needed. Sometimes his help may be hard to receive, but I’m thankful for that gift just the same.

What gifts are you thankful for today?

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Ordinary Thankfulness


Today I am sitting here in my sweatpants in desperate need of a shower. There’s a pile of laundry waiting to be washed, a carpet that desperately needs to be vacuumed, and some chicken that needs to be pre-cooked before dinner. I also need to write, blog, connect with some friends, and oh, that shower, right. That’s still a must at some point today.

Yesterday was much the same. I ran through a day of ordinary errands and responsibilities and did what was expected of me. Tomorrow will be much the same. It’s ordinary. It’s normal. It’s somewhat mundane. But it’s my life just the same.

Today I stopped by Chatting At the Sky, I blog I frequent from time to time. I was once again reminded of how extraordinary the ordinary is. Seriously. My life may seem pretty boring, but it’s the life God has given me. Each and every day He shows up, ready to teach me things, if I’d only listen.

There’s so much that needs to be done today, but for once, I’m slowing down for a moment. For once I’m remaining still and listening for what God has to say (Psalm 46:10). For once I’m going to embrace the ordinary and ask God to show me the extraordinary in it. For once, I’m going to rejoice instead of grumble.

So what am I thankful for today, you may ask? Laundry. I’m thankful for laundry. I’m thankful that I have a husband who works hard, sweats hard, and needs a wife to do his laundry for him. I’m thankful for the washer and dryer that work so easily, for the money for the detergent to clean the clothes with, and for that matter, the money we used to buy the clothes in the first place. I’m thankful for my ordinary life today, what about you? What are you thankful for?

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. (Psalm 100:1-5 NIV).

For more posts on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary check out Chatting at the Sky’s Tuesday’s Unwrapped.