Saturday, June 4, 2011

Appreciating comfort...

I have been thinking a lot lately of the things I take for granted.  The things that I do regularly and don't always think twice about.  Things like this:

  • the ability to get in my car and drive
  • the ability to wash my clothes in a machine
  • the water that comes out of my faucet
  • coffee - brewed
  • music and the fact that I can listen to it
  • my church
  • freedom to serve my God
  • clothing for my children
  • shoes
  • air conditioning
  • doors
  • microwaves
  • phone calls
  • blogging
  • praying
  • confiding in a friend who just understands
  • sunblock
  • the oven and stove
The list really goes on and on...

Then...I read an email from Make Way Partners and I was really overwhelmed with how much I take for granted.  One of the things I take for granted most:  My children lay in their beds at night and my work is done.  It is really the only free time I get through out the day.  They are good and I don't have to worry.  But the people of Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda...are on alert ALL THE TIME.  Probably even more at night when rebels from the LRA are likely to attack them and their families.  The things that they do...are far worse than I could even begin to imagine.  I pray that this will come to an end (will you?), and I am reminded that I need to be thankful.  I need to appreciate the list above and live my every day life with appreciation for ALL things God has blessed me with.  ALL THINGS.  Because His plan is perfect.  And part of resting in His plan is being thankful for His plan.

This is how my babies look when they are at rest....SO...PEACEFUL...

I want to REST in God like this...with complete peace.  Giving Him all my fear, concern, worry, and allowing my life to be full of thanksgiving all the days I have here.

To My Sweet Owen,
You have changed me forever.  I look at you and think over and over again how blessed I am to be your Mommy.  You laugh and smile and make show how talented our God is with His creations.  You are becoming such an amazing little guy.  And you LOVE to run.  Your little legs move so fast.  Your Daddy and I are so proud of you.
Love you more,

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