It would be hard to be grateful for a wedgie.

I am grateful for caffeine to keep headaches at bay, but more grateful for a new resolve to drink more water this year and slowly decrease my iced tea intake.

I am grateful for rest.

I am grateful for memories of vacations.

I am grateful for a time in my life that was instrumental in my walk with Jesus. I was 15 years old and had a serious motorcycle accident. The verses I held onto for two and a half years were Psalm 46:1-3:

God is our refuge and strength, 
a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, 
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, 
when its waters roar and rage, 
when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. Selah

My devotion this morning spoke of these verses:

I am with you and for you. When you decide on a course of action that is in line with My will, nothing in Heaven or on earth can stop you. You may encounter many obstacles as you move toward your goal, but don’t be discouraged – never give up! With My help, you can overcome any obstacle. Do not expect an easy path as you journey hand in hand with Me, but do remember that I, your very present Helper, am omnipotent.

Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things happen before their times have come. One of the main ways I assert My sovereignty is in the timing of events. If you want to stay close to Me and do things My way, ask Me to show you the path forward moment by moment. Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal, let Me set the pace. Slow down, and enjoy the journey in My Presence.

 

Romans 8:31; Psalm 46:1-3; Luke 1:37

 

I am grateful for this message today – because I want certain things to happen that are not happening, and I was reminded this morning that God sets the pace, not I. I just need to remain in His will and live in His grace and PRACTICE His grace towards others, all the while enjoying the journey with God holding my hand, even when it is not easy.

I am grateful for a special voicemail I received yesterday from a lady at a local jewelry store.

I am grateful for dinner with the Allards last night and lots of laughs as a result of Pete’s stories.

I am grateful for dreary days because they make me appreciate sunny days.

 

And that makes me grateful for memories of Nanette sending me the Hoops and YoYo card about having a happy, sunny day…

I am grateful for a new opportunity today.

I am grateful for a very funny but horrible news story last night about a “murder by fatal wedgie” that made us laugh. Only in Oklahoma…

And I am grateful for spearmint gum.

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