1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Message)
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
It's that time of year again- the crazy, unbelievably hectic holiday season. Why is it that we think the whole world has to go into crazy mode because of Thanksgiving and Christmas? I'm as guilty as the next person on forgetting the real reason we celebrate this time of year as I get caught up in the hub-bub and celebrations. I like to entertain and host people. I also have a slight perfectionist tendency. That doesn't always go well together with reflecting and enjoying this time of the year. Unfortunately, I get caught up in having everything just right and forget to relax, enjoy, and reflect.
This will probably be our last Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house in Snellville. I have very mixed emotions about it. When we bought this house 3 years ago, I knew this was the place I wanted to raise my kids, and stay until they were at least in college. It was ideal- big fenced in backyard with tons of trees, cul-de-sac where the kids could ride their bikes, neighborhood kids, and a not so great school district (ok, so that just keeps me focused on continuing to homeschool). It was so different from our old house- small and cramped, no yard, no safe place to ride bikes, but it did have a similar not so great school district. I continue to be thankful for this wonderful place God has given us to live these last 3+ years. Knowing all of this, I want this year to be special.
|Practicing sharing their faith|
In the midst of all the normal craziness, I'm adding the extra stress of knowing that this time next year will be full of packing and preparing to move overseas. (God willing) I have no idea where we'll be living or what the holidays will hold for us next year. I look back over this last year and am continually amazed at what God has done for us in less than one year. I start to get overwhelmed when I think about the future. Who wouldn't? Then I reflect on what God has done in the last year in our lives. I have nothing to be concerned over. We are following His leading, and He will take care of all the details. Of course, I need to let them go, which is really hard.
So, here are some things I'm thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day and everday:
- First and foremost- my Lord Jesus Christ who left all He had in heaven to come to earth to be tempted, rejected, beaten, wrongly accused, and ultimately put to death in one of the most humiliating fashions we know. He did this for me and for you, so we could be with Him and His Father in heaven one day. He did this because of His love for us. The story does NOT end at His death. He rose three days later to claim victory over death. Thankful that we serve a LIVING Savior.
- A husband that loves His Savior first and me second. I cannot thank him or God enough for having Tim in my life. He is an example of a Godly husband and father.
- My kids- the picture in this post was taken when we were down in Orlando at the Wycliffe Headquarters. They were practicing sharing their faith with the tribal man. I'm blessed as I watch them share with others and get so excited about our great adventure as we follow God.
- The salvation of both of my kids. The only things I can take to heaven with me when I die is people who have believed in God. They will now be with us in heaven. What a joy it is!
- The privilege of being able to be part of sharing God's Word with people that do not yet know His transforming power and have never read or heard His Word in their own language.