While I was spending so much time sitting in bed with my legs wrapped in cold, wet towels I realized something. This summer felt like I was cursed with injuries and illness. Yet I noticed that I was spending a lot of time thinking about the things for which I was grateful. It made me think of 1 Thessalonians 5:18; In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In Everything Give Thanks – the tough stuff
The rash I’ve had since last weekend is something for which I’m giving thanks. That may sound odd but because of it I wasn’t rushing around doing other things. As I was lying in bed in an antihistamine-induced haze I noticed how pretty the sky was on that day. There were big, puffy brilliantly white clouds and the sky was a bright, deep blue. I was thankful to have noticed the loveliness of that “every day” scene.
Another reason the rash is a good thing is that I know how Pete feels when he gets poison ivy. He doesn’t get mild or even moderate outbreaks. When Pete gets poison ivy it’s a major thing. It’s a rare instance when he doesn’t have to see the doctor and take steroids. And now, because of this rash, I can empathize with his misery. Before I could only sympathize. “In everything give thanks” so I’m thanking God for allowing me to have the rash.
I was also reminded how lucky I am to have Mr. Comfortable as my husband. It’s not that I’m not always grateful for him. I know he’s a real catch. But in the day-to-day it’s easy to overlook just how great he treats me. Watching him heat soup, butter crackers, and make tea all day while he really had other things to do caused me to reminisce about other occasions when he’s gone the extra mile to show my his love. In everything give thanks so I’m thanking God in a big way for my amazing husband.
Thinking of Mr. C and how he’s done everything he can to make me comfortable got me thinking about Pete and Andi. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them. They are always there for us when we need them. They make us feel so loved and that we’re wanted in their lives. Jami and John live farther away but even if they were closer they’re not as family centered as Pete and Andi. With Paul & Jen being out-of-state having Pete and Andi here is a particular blessing. It’s another reason I’m thanking God.
In Everything Give Thanks – the great stuff
Before I knew it I was thinking of all the things I’m grateful for in my life. I have a great family, wonderful friends, a comfortable home, and room to grow vegetables and food. I’m even grateful that this year the vegetable garden was a total failure. It taught me I need to schedule myself better if I want flower beds and the vegetable garden!
I have wildlife in my own backyard and birds of so many species I had to buy a book to identify them all! There are wild edible plants growing everywhere in the grove, the field, and right in the grass. I’m thanking God for the incredible bounty He provides!
God tells us “In everything give thanks” and I have so much for which to thank Him. My family, friends, beloved pets, and my home are just a few examples.
It seems that every time I wanted to feel depressed about the things that have gone wrong this summer something else popped up that I was really happy about. So I’m thanking God that in spite of sprained ankles, concussions, and the rash from hell I still am pretty much a cheerful idiot! And I won’t just thank Him for just the good things. I know adversity comes my way to teach me. In everything give thanks? You bet!
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