Think On These Things

     You all are so kind.  If I go more than a day or two without a proper post, e-mails and messages begin arriving asking if we’re okay.  Not only is that kind, it’s also very much appreciated.  We are okay.  We’ve had a few sniffles and coughs, but no one has really been sick. 

     This past week has been a very different sort of week for us.  My husband had A.O. (advanced officer) school this week.  Other than Sunday, he was in class for every one of his days off.  That’s upset the rhythm of our home a bit, and it’s upset Will’s rhythm quite a bit.  Yet, we’ve carried on, taking care of the business of our days, thankful for the work that the Lord gives us to do. 

     Several things have happened in and around our home in the last couple of weeks that are bringing us some challenges.  I am anxious to see how the Lord will work.  I am watching for His ever-present hand in even these seemingly difficult circumstances.  I watch for His provision.  I pray for wisdom and peace for my husband.  I pray that we would be open and ready for whatever changes, lessons or growth He might have for us. 

     My heart is full of thanksgiving!  I am grateful to know that nothing happens in life that is outside of God’s holy will for us.  Nothing!  I am so thankful that the Lord has taught me, over the years, to make these words my own, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  (Phil.4:11-13).

     While it is easy to rejoice and be glad when all around us is rosy, we also need to learn to rejoice when things are tough.  We are to rejoice in all things.  I’ll say it again, we are to rejoice in all things!  It is all from God’s good hand.  Guard your hearts (again I’m thinking of Philippians 4) by not allowing your hearts (and minds) to dwell on that which is not good.  Instead we are told to consider those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent and worthy of praise.  God’s precious Word tell us to dwell on these things, not on our troubles.  So I am doing just that!!!  Listening to praise music on the Zune .  Downloading some free podcasts of sermons and teaching that will edify.     

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      Today our family has abundant reason to be thankful and even to celebrate.  At the tail end of a tough week, and amidst a time of trial, today we are celebrating the birth ten years ago of a very sweet, precious, beloved son!

 

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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