From the fullness of God's grace we have all received one blessing after another - John 1:16
It is so good to set aside one day a week to be intentionally thankful. Because I find that I don't have a very good thankful habit. Oh the thankful thoughts flit in and out of my mind during the week, but I don't take the time to dwell on them like I should. Because I have to focus on things like what to wear, and if I'm having a good hair day, and taking my dog to the vet. You know, important stuff like that. Life is just so busy you know. So I really enjoy having these mini-Thanksgivings each week. It turns my mind and heart to what is really important and how blessed I am.
This week I am extra thankful for my home. My home is my safe place where I live and create and decorate and keep clean and entertain and grow children and where I love my husband. I am a real homebody. I would rather be home than anywhere in the world, with the possible exception of Hawaii - okay the probable exception of Hawaii! :-) Being a pastor's wife I just always assumed I would live in a church provided parsonage. I never dreamed of having my own home. And I was okay with that. That is until both my father-in-law and my dad died in accidents. Suddenly I realized that if anything happened to my husband I would have 4 children and no home. That bothered me. It bothered me a lot. So I began to talk to God about it and told Him all my worries. He listened. He provided. Long story short, we were provided with the means to build a beautiful home - all our own on a whole acre of property. I never imagined. And seven years later I am even more in love with my home than I was at the beginning. Somedays I just walk around in it and praise God for such a wonderful gift. He is so good. He knew where my heart was and He knew I needed the security that a home would offer me and He provided it. Just like that. Because that's how He is you know. He is just like that.