Dear God, Thank You For…

9/12/14
Dear sweet Father, thank you for:

  • A rainy, refreshing day
  • Your provision for the earth and the cows
  • Playing in rain puddles with Sam
  • Walking home with my boy in my arms as the rain poured on us
  • Sweet friends who bring me Whole Foods goodies
  • Little kicks in my tummy (and bladder!! :0)
  • A growing uterus!
  • Uterus jokes
  • Preparing the earth for our landscaping weekend!
  • Family cook-outs
  • Sam’s “happy face” and “happy feet”

8/30/14
Dear God, thank you for:

  • weekend get away with the hubs
  • that YOU alone are the great Physician
  • that YOU alone heal my brokenness
  • that YOU alone can restore anything
  • sweet visits with lovely Aunts
  • Bountiful House opening
  • a big belly & two growing babies
  • encouraging words from a sweet friend
  • helping Sam to nap
  • baby gifts

7/12/14
Dear God, thank you for:

  • fun times with family
  • that you are the Healer of yucky viruses & fevers
  • Gabriel’s health & journey back the States
  • cool summer evenings
  • Ruthie Lynn & Roy Bradford
  • hiccups en utero
  • homemade ice cream
  • European chocolate straight from France via my MIL
  • farmer’s market Saturdays & wonderful new friends
  • the Doublewide
  • your patience & long-suffering with me
  • your love that teaches me how to love better & more courageously

4/7/14
Dear God, thank you for:

  • Sunsets that wake me up before my child does
  • Sunday mornings & our church family @ FBC Mt. V
  • First National Bank
  • Mi Mi
  • Re-uniting Raymond with his family!!!
  • The beauty of your faithfulness & longsuffering
  • That we have IF Table this week!!!
  • Spring Rain, rain, rain
  • Budding blossoms everywhere
  • Rest

3/1/14
Dear God, thank you for:

  • great friends & family to help us move
  • a beautiful new home
  • quiet, starry nights
  • new city
  • new mercies each morning
  • contentment in Jesus
  • birthday blessings – SO MANY!
  • cold pizza on the road
  • display of longhorn trust
  • spring flowers (okay so they’re weeds..but they’re pretty weeds!)
  • new friends
  • a weekend away with my honey
  • old friends

2/14/14

Dear God, thank you for:

  • your long-suffering with me
  • Spring weather – the sunshine on my face
  • Sam & Hatch play dates
  • your healing
  • LOVE – you are love
  • your friendship
  • TEXAS LONGHORNS & the Tom Ramsay cattle drive from Hondo, TX!

7/30/13

Dear God, thank you for:

  • Creating Colorado
  • Tuesday morning talks over coffee and Bubba’s cinnamon rolls
  • People you have gifted as counselors
  • That the Honda just gets better with age
  • Amarillo family
  • Ouray
  • Bo Bo & Sanny
  • Victory in Jesus

6/8/13

Dear God, thank you for:

  • Sam’s green (spinach) moustache at meal time
  • Audio Adrenaline – “Kings and Queens”
  • Driveway workouts with husby
  • Your love for me
  • Teaching me to be a better friend & blessing me with incredible friends to “practice” on 🙂
  • The word clutch
  • Longhorn cattle
  • Mommy friends & play dates
  • surprise taco/fro yo double date
  • The Guy & Grace designs

3/29/13

Dear God, thank you for:

  • Your sacrifice that we celebrate today – Good Friday.  The cross standing as a reminder to me that my sin is paid for – “It Is Finished”
  • Sam’s singular long hair on the side of his head that looks like an antenna and makes me laugh
  • Getting to see the hubby twice today – once for lunch and once to rescue Sam & I b/c I locked us out of the house!
  • Spring blossoms
  • Convos with Grace over coffee – I will miss those next year 😦
  • Health – good bye colds!! – Spring is here!!!
  • French tulips
  • A good neighbor who is always keeping a watchful eye (Zach)
  • New bread maker I can’t wait to break in!
  • Getting to see family & help with a garden this weekend and next

2/14/13

Dear God, thank you for:

  • Dude, Sweet Chocolates at the end of a scavenger hunt cleverly & sneakily designed by Jordan Ramsay
  • call from the brother
  • Sam’s toothless gums that make me laugh every time he smiles
  • a friend sharing this YouTube link with me
  • sister-in-laws’ homemade tortilla soup delivered to my front porch
  • worship night with the hubs

2/8/13

Dear God, thank you for:

  • healing Samuel
  • Nosefrida
  • LONG nap = mommy is productive = happy mommy
  • getting to check things off the To Do list – so satisfying
  • beer & pizza… & coffee & chocolate
  • phone call from good friend

1/30/13

wolf

I love this story.  We keep it on our ‘fridge because it’s such a great reminder of the good & evil battle that we all deal with every day and the choice we have to “give thanks in all circumstances”.

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TWO WOLVES

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.

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Ah, convicts me every time.  And in lieu of what I’m fixing my mind on (feeding), I wrote out a little list in my head of the moments today that I’m thankful for.  Dear God, thank you for:

  • the rain…and seeing a squirrel out my window hiding himself from the rain with his own tail #smartsquirrel
  • watching Sam laugh in his sleep
  • fun times/ real times with other new moms
  • lunch with hubby
  • a clean sink (courtesy of hubby)
  • grass-fed beef
  • Newby eggs 🙂

Gratitude is not something that comes natural, and I guess God knew that when He inspired Paul to pen the words “Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:16-18).  I make God’s will so elusive sometimes, but here it is spelled out for me.  No matter where the moments of my days are or what they are filled with, I can choose to “feed” gratitude because my hope is secure in Christ.  It is not the same as Bob Marley’s feel good mantra “Don’t Worry, Be Happy“, because my circumstances are often not happy.  God does not force me to look at those circumstances and muster up a happy smile, but instead he lifts my head from my circumstances and fixes my eyes on Jesus for real hope in the midst of them.  I really can rejoice always, not because I’m so good at being happy, but because I have a God who I can trust.   #thankyouforJesus.

One Response to Dear God, Thank You For…

  1. julie andrews grant says:

    I do not know you, but I do know that you are a Godly woman and as I read your blog I sat here smiling and crying real tears and thanking our amazing precious Lord for you and your babies.

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