And be thankful...
sing songs, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your heart to God.
And whatever you do,
whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Today was a day to sing songs and make music. It would have been really easy to wallow in self-pity and feel down, but to what end? God has every situation in our lives under control and He is working out all of the details for our good and His glory.
Geoff is enjoying a much needed break from work this week and we are all enjoying having him home. Our day started off with a (very expensive) visit to the travel clinic in order to get the required vaccines we need to travel to Ethiopia. One step closer, and we were actually able to enjoy some laughter in between the needle pricks. Here's to staying healthy!
Our next stop was a delicious late breakfast, followed by an afternoon at the Oregon Zoo. Like yesterday, the weather couldn't have been nicer. We ended up spending quite a bit of time in the new Africa exhibit. (I think it made all of us feel just a little bit closer to our missing family member. And besides, who doesn't love banging on African drums and watching lions sun bathe?)
At the close of a near perfect day, I'm left remembering how important it is to stay focused on all of the blessings I have in my life. It's so easy to focus on the negatives, the things that need to be done and the problems I have yet to resolve. Honestly, though? I really don't think that is what God's intention is for my life.
When all is said and done, this life on this earth is just a blink of an eye. Yes, it's important. God has exciting adventures for each of us to pursue--and our lives here do have eternal value. But I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in the details that we forget that our number one purpose is to love God and love each other.
Today God gave me an opportunity to just be. To enjoy the incredible creations He has surrounded me with. To rest in His love. And, to laugh and make music with my beautiful family. And that, my Friend, made for one incredible day.
Sure, I came home and there were laundry and dishes to do, my new son is still sitting in an orphanage in Ethiopia and I still have a hurdle of problems to face. But, I can rest in the fact that God's got all of the details under control. He is holding the world, and each of us, safely in the palm of His loving hand. And that, is a very good thing!
There are so many things wrong in this world; so many things that can steal our joy and peace. It's a battle we all face daily. Whether to give in to life's struggles or press into God's grace. May we, together, choose to rejoice in all that's right and make a little music for our Glorious King.
Today is a day to rejoice and enjoy LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!
Singing for Him,