Usually on Friday’s I list about 3-5 blessings from the past week. This week I’m going to share something different with you. This is not to say that there weren’t blessings. There were. But there’s something special that I’d like to share with you.
Today was a different kind of day. One that has occurred far too often in the last few years. It was a day of discussions. We talked about various things. Things that I need to work on, where I want to go in life, and things we wish we knew sooner.
Through all of this, I have come to a couple of conclusions.
- God wants us to find joy where we are in life NOW.
I know that I have said this probably a thousand times before but it’s something that I am still trying to learn. So often I wish that I knew how to do this or had that new thing or looked like that T.V. personality. Something that I am continuing to be reminded of is that everyone’s life is different. God has a very different plan for each of us. And that’s okay. The earth would be a very boring (and stressful) place if we were all identical. Our job is to find where God wants us to be and to live right there. In the here and now. Making the most of every opportunity that we have (Eph. 5:16). He wants us to be content right where we are. Finding our joy and confidence in Him alone.
2. God really does want us to pray about everything.
The truth is sometimes this seems crazy. There seem to be SO many people suffering in this world that need prayer. Why would I pray about this seemingly small thing that doesn’t really seem to be that big of a deal when people are facing life-changing health scares, cancer, and surgery on a daily basis. And the truth is that God does want us to pray about those things and these people. But He also wants to hear from us. What is going on in our neck of the woods. The big and the small of OUR lives. Even if it doesn’t seem huge. He cares about what we care about. And the best thing is that He is willing and wants to help us right where we are. Right here. Right now.
After all of these discussions, I decided to let Trinity out to play. I loved on her some and was able to put her collar on her without her jumping on me (a VERY rare thing. I have hardly EVER put her collar on her). And then we took her outside to play. Our backyard is somewhat of a muddy mess right now but it felt amazing out there. I was in shorts and a t-shirt and was very comfortable.
Trinity loves to play with the soccer ball. So we played with that for a while. Once she began to get tired Bradley threw me the ball and told me to hold onto it until he got over there.
Not really a big deal. Until the ball goes into the briers. Long story short, my hair got stuck on one or two of the branches. That wasn’t a very pleasant experience but I was able to free myself rather quickly and avoid too much embarrassment. Afterward, I grabbed my camera to take a few pictures.
I guess I tell you all of that to remind you to live your life and to pray about even the smallest things. God cares about you and for you (1 Peter 5:7). Don’t ever forget that.
Until next time,