Pondering by the Tree

Counting my blessings
Some are covered in paper
Shiny bows on top

Full of surprises
Treasures bought with cold hard cash
Carefully chosen

Looking around me
Seeing blessings cash can’t buy
Priceless Precious Hearts

Some are family
Some are friends both old and new
Each one here by God

Thank you for the gifts
Thank you for my family
And my treasured friends

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Thankful Thursday: Today and Tomorrow

Today seems like a great day to bring back Thankful Thursday with a list of the things I am thankful for today and things I am thankful for because I believe they are mine even when it’s a struggle to believe.

A God who sees
A God who reveals
A God who protects
A God who loves

Friends who support
Friends who pray
Friends who protect
Friends who love

Peace
Joy
Restoration
Redemption

Many of the things are on my list tonight because I KNOW them TODAY! Some of the things are on my list because He has made a way for them and I am believing for them even in the moments when I need a magnifying glass to find that minuscule mustard seed.

God IS faithful to fulfill all his promises! God is good! All the time!

Yes, Yes I Will

The handsome fella and I went to a marriage conference on Valentine’s Day and renewed our wedding vows along with close to 1,000 other couples. We each repeated the vows looking into the eyes of the love of our life. We each exchanged the same rings we had worn into the event. We said I do and I will all over again.

Sunday night the preacher shared with us God’s opinion of David and what made him a man after God’s own heart. He was willing to say I will to anything God asked of him.

22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ – Acts 13:22

Is that a little odd to any of you? This is the same David who committed adultery, tried to cover up the sin and ultimately had the husband murdered. But who am I to argue with God when he calls someone a man after his own heart. He does know what he is talking about. Perhaps God was speaking from a place of grace and mercy when he made that statement? Or could there be something to a redeemed, repentant life that God admires? Could it be that God really isn’t looking for perfection when he is looking to see what our hearts are made of? Wouldn’t that be a relief? Wouldn’t that be a game changer if you could believe that about God’s heart toward you?

This scripture was part of my daily bible reading today and I was amazed at the timing.

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. – Matthew 21:28-31

How many times have you said you would and didn’t? How many times have you said you wouldn’t and then did after you thought about it a while? I’ve done both more than once. Sometimes my follow thru is just not what I’d like it to be. Sometimes I allow fear to speak and then later decide to take authority that I forgot I had at my disposal so that I could say yes. Sometimes I am just stubborn and rebellious.

I am so thankful to serve a God who ALWAYS means it when he says I will. I am thankful He is the God of second chances who is way more concerned with the outcome than all the missteps and mishaps along the way. I am thankful He looks at the heart thru a completely different lens than I do.

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. – Revelation 21:5-7

And I am thankful He gave me a handsome fella who wanted to say I will all over again.