Our world is a tough place to exist, and it’s getting tougher all the time. Â When we’re bombarded by news headlines about drought and death, and saturated by media that glorifies Â the ol’ sex/drugs/rock ‘n roll trifecta, it’s really,Â REALLY hard to step out from under the little black raincloud that creeps in and robs us of the joy the Lord desires for us.
Enter “Grati-Tuesday”… my chance to dedicate some thought to the good stuff in my day(s) and record it. Â An opportunity to focus on the blessings instead of the burdens, and to give God all the glory.
“This is the day the Lord has made. Â We will rejoice and be glad in it.” [Psalm 118:24]
There’s nothing quite like knowing that there are a few people in your life who justÂ get you in ways that no one else does. Â I’m feeling especially warm and fuzzy about my friends lately.
Friends who fill in for me when my sick babe needs some extra snuggle time.
Friends who sit outside with me in (almost) any weather while our wild things get their wiggles out.
Friends who send unexpected emails that make me giggle so much and bring back such fond memories that I saved the email just so I could read it again the next day.
Friends whom I’ve known forever, but haven’t seen in – well – forever… but whom God has brought back into my life as if no time has passed.
New friends who feel like long-time friends.
Furry friends who would give their lives to protect me and my family, despite their age and physical conditions.
Friends who have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in my life, and still choose to love me everyday… and not just because it’s required by law.
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. Â He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” Â [James 1:17]
My friends areÂ good and God has sent me theÂ perfect ones for me. Â They’re earthly representations of His love and provision for me, and when I think of them I can’t help but give thanks. Â For gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Anyone else feeling grateful tonight?