Yes, I know my title says "Friday" and that it's Saturday, but I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. That is not a big deal or anything since I blog all the time, but this is a very cathartic thing for me and I love it.
So my mom does this "thankful Friday" sort of email with the women in the small groups my parents lead, and I think it's a great idea. I was just emailing someone (you know who you are if you are reading this!) about how I really try to focus on praising and thanking God when I am in the midst of stress or difficult situations. That doesn't mean that it's always easy or something that I am good at all the time. But I find that when I focus on him, the stress I am experiencing at the moment dissipates and doesn't really matter. And when it all comes back up again, be it moments or even weeks later, I have to do the same process again. So glad God is patient!
Here are some things I am thankful for this Friday/Saturday:
God, who knows what we need.
Kevin's ability to make me laugh
Seth's love of trying new things
my family's constant and unwaivering support
IKEA meatballs that are now available
6 new placemats that cost a total of 67 cents
a car that we can drive
a bigger refrigerator
friends who understand
Of course my list could go on forever, but all of those things were at the forefront of my mind today as I spend several hours with a friend conversing about all sorts of things while trying to help her figure out what she actually needs for a baby due this winter. Sometimes I think we spend time focusing only on the really big things, which of course are incredibly important to be thankful for, but sometimes it's the really little things that I stop and thank God for. It's those little things that let me know that God is watching over me and knows me better than anyone else.