Monday, June 6, 2016

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

"This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).

Our pastor preached about Nehemiah yesterday (my Bible hero)!  When the people were rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, they were receiving a lot of criticism from others.  It was easy to focus on all the rubble around them, rather than their task at hand and their many blessings (and the fact that the wall was built in an incredible short span of 52 days)! Nehemiah was a man of encouragement and he was a strong, wise, Godly leader.  He always prayed first, and then took action.  He was like a motivational speaker as he encouraged all of the workers!  

Our pastor reminded us how easy it is to focus on the all the "rubble" in our lives, rather than the many blessings all around us.  We need to hear the words of encouragment from our heavenly Father in His Word, and be encouraged.
"There is something good in every day"!!  

Continuing to give thanks...

-our view from our back yard this evening

-how he puts all his effort into all that he does

-her amazing althetic abilities

-when the whole school does activities together with all the grades

-staff support and encouragement

-how our friend challenged her to a race!

-freezies to cool off
-that her dad could cheer for her and her brother
-that he's not as busy and is home much more now!
-another great spring shipping season

-how she's learning to ride a two wheeler on her own

-that he'll join us for Sunday afternoon walks (even though he just likes to act silly at the park, but that's ok!)
-Sunday afternoon naps

-playing games together (even though they were strongly encouraged by their mother) and having fun!
-still doing tricks and enjoying the beautiful weather

-how amazing it is to watch/listen to her learn new words and learn how to read

-God's beautiful creation
-how she teaches him how to play and how well she plays with him

-her concentration as she tries to capture beautiful sunsets
-the fun that she had at spring formal
-great, loving friends

-his excitement to go on rides for the first time

-how he is such a patient, supportive big brother!
-having so much fun together

-a super, fun day in Toronto at Centerville

-how he was able to take a day off and take us to Toronto!
-being able to spend more time with him
-taking walks together
-date night/ movie night!
-that the boys could babysit

-how excited she was to go to Toronto and see the CN tower

-enjoying the rides and the beautiful creation all around us

-enjoying the ferry ride (definitely a high light)

-bright flowers and how they brighten my day!
-a few nights out with my hubby!
-his help around the house and with the children
-being encouraged by women with older children who have "been there"
-that there is something good in every day!

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