Begin your week by watching or listening to this song, a new favorite of mine. Broaden your experience and appreciate a different genre of music for a change:
“Seriousness is not a fruit of the Spirit — Joy is.”
Today, I am grateful:
For popsicle drips on the kitchen floor, evidence of children in our home
For a deep down joy
For burnt hotdogs
For laundry all done
For Olive Garden salad dressing
For a hug from my Dad – there is almost nothing better in this world
For ironing all done
For a long bike ride, the wind in my face, the peaceful solitude and feelings of safety and security
For sitting at breakfast with my family on a Sunday morning – ahhhh.
For a lovely lady named Louene who turned 99 on Saturday
For a relaxing afternoon: Royals on TV, Dad on the couch, visiting with Marlene and Sara
For a husband who does laundry and unloads the dishwasher and makes beds and sets out bagels and fruit in the early morning for company
For watermelon balls
For reminders to pray for Munfordville, Adrian, and Magnolia
For a beautiful sister who spent the day at the ballpark instead of at the office
For a sack of cucumbers and gift cards, a thank you from the neighbors for Sam’s help
For the sound of rain and thunder during church
For a nephew who smiles
For a Sunday afternoon nap
For “Love Does” books on clearance
For a box of costume jewelry leftover from the church rummage sale, just for my Bingo ladies
For my middle name
For seeing John and Rachel
That I am not condemned, I am FREE!!
For the tickle in my tummy when swinging on a swing, when walking across a really high bridge, when just a few miles away from seeing my daughters and grandchildren
And for this devotion that my Dad tore out of his book just to give to me:
Newspapers recently told of a woman in China who has lived with a thermometer inside her lung for 44 years. Apparently, she accidentally swallowed it during a routine checkup when she was twelve years old, but her family couldn’t afford the surgery to remove it. Now doctors are planning to remove it before it breaks and leaks mercury into her body.
We all have an internal thermometer that measures our emotional health, and that thermometer is gratitude. You can tell how happy someone is by noticing whether they grumble or give thanks, whatever the circumstances. In Acts 27, the apostle Paul was drenched to the skin, reeling from a vicious storm, and trapped on a sinking ship. But he found something for which to thank the Lord, and he led his 276 fellow passengers in thanksgiving. The ability to be thankful in any given set of circumstances is an indication of the health of our souls.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:18