Love is not just as word.
It is never just a feeling.
Love is a choice. Always a choice. Surrounded by actions.
It is fluid and active. Shown in both big and small ways throughout the day.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NIV
The toilets need cleaned. Again.
The kitchen sink has scuzzy stuff in the drain covers. Ick.
The cats have scattered their litter all over the floor again…and I step on it, in my bare feet. Ugh.
Frayed nerves and not one more thing!
Poor decisions and consequences that are felt by everyone in the family, cause struggle.
Mud and dirt, and mess and mayhem…
And I just want to crawl in a dark corner, light one of my scented candles and not deal with it.
Life Is Hard.
It is, isn’t it? Don’t we all feel it?
Yes, there is a lot of good in this life, but why is it so much easier to see the bad?
The lens zooms in on the imperfect, the marred, and the spoiled.
And just when it seems under control, the fabric of life rips wide open.
It is a choice.
I preach to myself.
I know this is true.
God is good, He is always good. His ways are right and His decisions are solid, in an otherwise unstable world.
It is in Him and through Him that I can really see.
With Him I can choose joy. The lens is clearer, sharper somehow.
It always is a choice.
Being thankful is a choice.
In choosing to be thankful for all things, a person can experience joy.
Not because life is always simple and easy, as anyone that has lived for any amount of time can attest.
But, because God has provided the greatest gift of all, in His son Jesus, and He alone is enough…
And yet, God chooses to gift us with so much more, abundantly, lavishly.
Live life with your eyes wide open. Open to all His great and wonderful gifts.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all
times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
Today I am thankful for:
* getting ready for the trip
* anticipation for what is ahead
* making memories with my husband
* healthy children
* hugs and I love you
* playing with the dogs
* early morning, feeding the animals
* rainy Monday
* a clean house
* a beautifully mowed lawn
* the back property fenced in
* taking beautiful pictures of the country
* sleeping in late
I had an epiphany. It occurred to me that this might never have happened. This being my life as I know it. The decisions I
made led to other decisions. What I thought were small choices, really weren’t. Intellectually I know that, I’ve known that…but, on a daily basis it is easy to forget.
Isn’t that true for each of us?
As my husband likes to say, “Life is a series of small decisions.” The outcome is from all the choices made before…..
Each day I’m given new choices. Where will I be tomorrow because of what I did today? Where will I be a year from now? Five years from now?
And I ponder this…
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 NIV