Everyday Blessings | 8.31.17

Every single day we are surrounded with blessings, many of which we neglect to pause and notice. I am guilty of this myself, all too often… what grace the Lord shows us through His gentle reminders to give thanks, to count our blessings, and to rejoice. Here are just a few things I have seen and/or remembered today, enumerated in no particular order. 🙂 

  • cooler temperatures as summer comes to an end
  • freshly-mown grass
  • times to talk over everything with my dearest, and the oneness we share in Christ
  • stacks of clean diapers, ready for use
  • learning, in a deeper sense, to abide in Christ, and His patience with His children
  • red & bright pink flowers visible from our front porch and kitchen windows
  • smiles from our little man
  • time to read together
  • the ability to venture into the kitchen in the middle of the night, with the purpose of satisfying my ravenous Mommy-cravings, without meeting a cockroach or cricket or spider… usually 🙂

What are YOU grateful for? 

Manifold Witness

With the exciting solar eclipse passing across our nation on August 21st this year, many thoughts come to mind. Often, such glorious natural phenomena bring with them numerous theories… questions as to what might be the cause… creepy speculations about what major catastrophe is about to happen… wonderings about what might be our Creator’s deeper meaning behind them… and while I cannot say this is wrong, thoughts such as these have tended to generate deep notes of fear, anxiety, or doubt in my heart. 

Yes, it is true that we do not know what lies ahead. It is possible that there are serious trials on the horizon of our lives or for believers in general. The Lord could be using this coming eclipse to signal something monumental in the history of the world.

This past weekend, though, the Lord brought to mind a beautiful, reassuring promise to hang on to when the temptation arises to give in to the inner turmoil that seeks to crowd out my joyous rest in Him. While singing the familiar hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” on Sunday, He highlighted verse two:

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Summer, winter, spring, and harvest… the sun, the moon, the stars… they join in with all of nature as a manifold witness to the abundant faithfulness, mercy, and love of our God. HE IS unchanging. His faithfulness is sure. His mercy endures forever. His very nature is love. While we do not know what the future holds, we DO know Who holds the future, and we can trust Him.

What renewed peace it brought to my heart as He reminded me to use the eclipse (and other similar natural events) as a reminder of these steadfast elements of His character. All of nature sings of His glory; may we join them in praise to His goodness, rather than allowing fear of the unknown to cripple our joy!

“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever… The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Psalm 145: 1, 8-9

“…the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3

“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

“O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 117

Amarillo Highlights

As part of the celebration for our first anniversary, the Lord allowed us to take a trip north to Amarillo, TX, to spend a few days together! Such a joyous, blessed time, remembering what God has done and looking forward to what He plans to do in the future. 

A few highlights included visiting the Palo Duro canyon, enjoying the sweet fellowship and incredible hospitality of our dear friends, the Kerr’s, eating at the Big Texan and Abuelos, stopping by the Cadillac Ranch, and just spending time reading, relaxing, and seeking the Lord together.