So it's not often that I get nice, quiet showers or long pauses to think these days. But today I had both (at the same time :)) and thought about my often "woe is me" perspective: I'm tired, I haven't lost my pregnancy weight + the extra I had, I have stretchmarks, I have to get up at night and still function all day, I never have the house totally clean or very clean or in this case with stomach flu last week clean at all. Marriage has ups and downs, I never get enough time with my small group girls or time in the word, I don't cook enough good meals anymore, I'm not a good enough friend (read this post - very well said and convicting as I struggle with this as well http://smamak.blogspot.com/2012/12/resolute-part-2.html ). The list could go on and on, but then I stopped and with tears I thought, "I am SO blessed." Blessed beyond measure. I know Jesus. I have friends who love and care for me, I have a wonderful, Godly husband who helps me and loves me, I have 2 beautiful babies who make me laugh and smile constantly, I have a house. period. A comfortable place to sleep, a warm shower. A bible in my language and multiple copies on our shelves. An amazing church with amazing people.
Ok, you get my drift.
I have so, so much to be thankful for and it's hitting me after Thanksgiving. But I wanted to share anyway.
Also, Joe has been going through Galatians in the youth group and this week we were challenged to pick a work of the flesh and a fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5 to work on this week. It was hard to pick just one from each list, but I did and this has been a really great thing for me. Thought about that in the shower as well. And I challenge you to do this too, always good to read the fruit of the Spirit and to see them grow in our lives!
Happy Tuesday to you all :)