I am grateful…

I haven’t done a 5 Minute Friday in a couple of weeks. This one, however, really spoke to me. If for no other reason, I’m doing this one because I need to do it. I need to be reminded that all the little things that frustrate me are actually there to show me how strong God is. Here we go…

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I am grateful…

For the toys on the floor that I seem to pick up 200 times per day…
It means the kids are full of life and love to play.

For the dishes that continue to stack up no matter how much I clean them…
It means we have food to eat, no matter what else may be going on.

For all of the little things in the house that need to be fixed…
It means we have a house that God has provided for us to live.

For the noise, the screams, the fights…
It means the kids are healthy and have some grit about them.

For the disrespectful phase that we seem to be going through right now…
It means God has trusted us enough to teach them how to come out of it.

For the financial struggles…
It means God trusts us enough to let go and trust Him (even though we fail).

For the tears, the feelings of failure, the spiritual warfare…
It means God wants to use us for something that we can’t even see yet.

For the years of wilderness that have brought us to now…
It means that God never gave up on us and has a bigger purpose.

For the things in our lives that hurt. The things that we just don’t understand…
It means God is teaching us that He is in complete control.

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What are you grateful for today? Would love for you to tell me… and also to jump in with Lisa-Jo and link up.

If you are finding this blog today and you have experienced any kind of pregnancy loss, I also want to invite you to see my post from July 4thThe Pain of Miscarriage. I’m doing a survey to help my research to put together a resource booklet for women who are experiencing miscarriage. Would love for you to take the survey if you feel led.

6 Comments

  1. Love this, Paula! Great gratitude list. You reminded me that I am thankful for the light bulb over my dining room table that burned out over a week ago and still needs to be changed…means I have a house to live in and a dining room table to eat around. :)

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  2. I'm grateful for God's grace that meets me every morning, even after I mess up royally. I'm also grateful for my husband's job that allows me to stay home and homeschool our children. I'm grateful for friends to exchange playdates with, and I'm grateful for moments when all my children want to make everything better is a kiss.

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  3. Wow, love the last two. "The years of wilderness that have brought us to now."…. Couldn't be more appropriate. Sometimes you step out on faith, thinking God will take care of you. But instead God leads you through years of wilderness. It reminds me of Hagar, Sara's servant girl whom she gave to Abraham. Hagar got pregnant and bragged about it to Sarah. Sarah had her beaten, and Hagar ran off. But God spoke to her there in the wilderness and comforted her. God will comfort us in the same way while we are enduring the wilderness.

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  4. Oh, yes. I agree with just about all of these. And these troubles that push us to seek Him and trust Him completely. Grateful for those pushes!

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  5. Oh, yes. I agree with just about all of these. And these troubles that push us to seek Him and trust Him completely. Grateful for those pushes!

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  6. I'm grateful for God's grace that meets me every morning, even after I mess up royally. I'm also grateful for my husband's job that allows me to stay home and homeschool our children. I'm grateful for friends to exchange playdates with, and I'm grateful for moments when all my children want to make everything better is a kiss.

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