Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, The Message
For the past couple of months I have been keeping a thankful journal. After reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts I knew I had to keep one also. It has become a way that I worship God. When I write down what I am thankful for it helps me to praise God and focus on him the way I should!
This month at church our sermon series is on worship and David said something on Sunday that really struck me...are we letting God into the secret places of our heart or are we just keeping him where we want him? (Tracy's wording) I know I do exactly that! Yesterday as I was looking back in my journal I realized I had thanked God for lots of awesome things...Jason, our kids, flowers,coffee, clean water, salvation, grace and on and on but I hadn't thanked him for the hard things. Of course that is the whole point of Ann's book...thanking God for the hard things and bad things. Thanksgiving in everything...worship in every situation! Well, I hadn't done that yet.
So...here goes number 229. I am thankful for Waiting. UGH!! That one is tough to put down! I don't like waiting. I want J home right now!! I don’t like not being the one who is in control of this process. I don't like not knowing the timing. I want to be the one putting him to bed and I want to read him books and be the one who gives him hugs and kisses right now! But there was such freedom and joy that came from writing that down! Yes I thank you God that your timing is perfect and you know more than I do! I thank you that in the waiting you are molding me and changing me to be more like your son! I thank you that this is for your glory! So, I praise God for the waiting!!
I hope this song blesses you as much as it has me!