Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Forget Not His Benefits

Thank you all for your sweet words of encouragement. I typed that post last night right after Katie & Mo walked out our door and I was a hot mess. But this morning, as I read over what I wrote last night, I feel like I need to get that post out of the way and write something hopeful. Don't get me wrong, those things I wrote last night were very real and very much what I was thinking and feeling at the time, but I serve a God of hope and a God of peace. And I want to set my mind on things above this morning.

A few verses that have been on my heart this morning:

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength, seek His face always." - 1 Chronicles 16: 8-11

"I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me" -Psalm 57:2

"Ah, Soverign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You." - Jeremiah 32:17

Yesterday's post was me complaining. And I realize that over the last several weeks, I have been talking so much about the house hunt and how horrible it has been and yada yada yada. But I need to fix my mind on things above. I need to "tell of all His wonderful acts". The Lord gives me blessing after blessing and I choose to write about the stuff that I'm not happy with.

Just a few of those blessings:

I'm another year older
We are building some great friendships through our Sunday school class at church
Our church is growing and we are getting more involved
The Lord has been blessing Grant in his job
The Lord has been blessing me in my job
Some relationships with co-workers that used to be strained are now flourishing.
I drove in a horrible storm the other day - hail included- and had no visibility, but the Lord protected me
I've been loving the skies lately... beautiful sunny days and really cool clouds
I have some great blog world friends that encourage me every day
The Lord has protected us, for whatever reason, from 3 houses that were not in His plan for us.
I am so thankful for His provision and protection. I have NOTHING to complain about. God is GOOD. He is merciful and He is a God of HOPE.

He will fulfill His purpose for me.

And today is going to be a GREAT day!

I love y'all...

5 comments:

Taylor said...

Jen,

Thank you for this en-COURAGE-ment! I needed it desperately today...He is Everything! And always, always good.

Love, Taylor

Lulu SQ said...

good girl! YAY!

There's nothing wrong with sayin' it like it is and letting it out aka, complaining. It's good to be real. I am also glad you see the bigger picture and found awesome things to be thankful for! You're better at that than me. I'm just such a REALIST although Sergio just says it's pessimism. (pah!)

You're awesome! :)

YAY GOD!

Anonymous said...

Know that you are Blessed.
Happy Birthday

Jess said...

I love you girl!

Rusty and Jennifer said...

I am a little behind in blogworld, so I just read last night's post and this one. First of all, I am so sorry about the day that you had yesterday. I know that you had to be feeling so much loss.
I know how you are going to miss your sweet friends, but I am so proud of your support of them. They need your friendship now more than ever, even across the miles.
Hang in there, girl. Your faith is encouraging and you know that God has got you in His hand.