a life of gratitude (1139 – 1171)

Words spoken. Why can words spoken hurt more and cut us down? Words that were spoken this week did just that. They weren”t meant to hurt – just a question and a doubt spoken out loud.

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. James 3:5-8

Those words took me to a place that I didn”t want to go. They caused doubt, where before there was hope. Me –  the one who struggles to let go and give God control. Me – who has had to learn that He will do exactly what He said He would do. I was the one with the hope. While the other had doubts. Doubts coming from the one who speaks truth into my life. Doubts from the one who never doubts.

Words – not meant to harm – simply spoken and shared. Now two were doubting. Instead, God showed up and showed out. He sent hope in a way that we never suspected. While we were doubting, God was preparing to show us His great and mighty ways. Blessed assurance – He is working and His timing is perfect!!

Counting to count our many, many blessings….

1139. the love of an amazing man
1140. getting out of a computer class early on a beautiful – sunny and breezy – day
1141. dinner ready after a long day at work
1142. an unexpected conversation about God”s timings and provisions with an unexpected person
1143. Lil Sis” new loft bed coming early and easy to assemble 🙂

1144. funny little ones dressed up in silly customs
1145. love overflowing
1146. dinner with Middle Sis and the Man (while Big Sis and Lil Sis were out with friends) – hearing her heart
1147. reading Ann Voskamp”s One Thousand Gifts again

1148. a renewed determination to start and continue our family gratitude journal
1149. silly teens gathered around the kitchen table studying biology for three hours
1150. good coffee – this is new for me; I”ve never been a coffee drinker before

1151. the smell of bacon and pancake in the morning; when I haven”t even stepped out of the bedroom yet 🙂
1152. more free lunches at Chick-fil-a; still have free coupons
1153. hard eucharisteo: recognizing that my expectations might be causing too much stress
1154. accepting that the plans I made for May might not be God”s plan and being okay with it; because His plans are always better
1155. hard eucharisteo – doubts from another that break my heart
1156. a huge support check from an unexpected source that stopped the doubts
1157. knowing that the support check also comes from those who pray for us regularly
1158. knowing how to pray for them
1159. answered prayers with God”s clear direction for friends
1160. the youth choir and the leaders that teach them
1161. a beautiful performance

1162. getting off work on time and not missing any of the youth”s songs
1163. people who survived Katrina sending support and prayers to those hit hard by Sandy
1164. friends to share dinner and dreams with
1165. Big Sis” many opportunities to babysit and earn money for “the market”
1166. school work completed right on time
1167. bare feet in November

1168. a new crockpot recipe that pleased everyone – chicken and dumplings – YUM!
1169. a little rivivalry in the house that always ends in hugs – no matter who wins

1170. rainy days that wash the city clean
1171. time to fall back – an extra hour of sleep

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