Has it seriously been almost 2 years since I've written a blog!?! How can this be? Life is busy. Life is crazy. Life has been insane the last year and a half, not just for me, but for ALL OF US.
Wow. Who would have thought we would be where we are as a country and that we would be walking through a global pandemic? I never dreamed any of this could happen. But, alas, here we are. And, no, this isn't a political blog, I promise. :)
I am currently on the road in my hotel room. It's actually quiet for a bit. My girls are with my husband down in the hotel breakfast area at a table doing their school work. I am working on my message and worship for this weekend's ladies retreat I am ministering at. It's been a busy summer and fall of traveling which I am eternally grateful for. It's different out here on the road than it was before the pandemic, but it's still so good to be with the people and get to sing to real faces and not a camera!
I find myself, in this crazy season, with all of it's uncertainties, still incredibly grateful.
I'm grateful for my husband, who, in spite of a difficult few months with his back and neck and now some new challenges we have to tackle, that he is persistent to still go and preach and sing about Jesus, even when he feels awful. I'm grateful for how he loves me even when I'm not at my best.
I'm grateful for my girls who are so loving and so sweet (most of the time) It's hard to believe they are 6 now and in first grade! Time really does fly! I'm thankful for the privilege to be their Mama!
I'm grateful that while the world was shut down last year that we were with my parents and had the privilege to record services each week together. I am grateful for the weeks I am not on the road that I get to lead worship and minister with my Mom and Dad. I'll never take any of it for granted. I am grateful for their love, sacrifice and dedication to their family and the Kingdom of God.
I'm grateful for my father in law who exhibits grace, humor, love and strength daily to all of us. He loves his family BIG and I'm thankful to be his daughter in law.
I'm grateful for every opportunity the Lord gives me to go and sing and share His Word and preach The Gospel. It's all I've ever wanted to do and to GET to live this life, with all of it's challenges, is AMAZING and so blessed.
I'm grateful for my friends, the ones who know me well and get me. :) I've been so blessed, while being home more to really foster relationships and I am soooooo incredibly grateful for that! I've hit the jackpot for sure and I am beyond thankful.
I'm grateful for the family of God! I could write a book on this one- and maybe some day I will. We made it through this last year and a half, and still are because of God's people. The generosity and love still blows me away. The Lord used so many of you to send in gifts, encouragement and love at just the right time. I'll never forget it and I'll be forever grateful.
I could go on....It's so easy in these times of uncertainties and challenges to whine, complain and forget. Let me tell you, if we will remain with an attitude of gratitude our days will be a lot brighter! I am sure of it!
I know things seem dark and bleak. I know we wonder if life will ever get back to normal. But, let's work on our perspective a bit. Let's remain grateful for what we have and keep our eyes on Jesus! He really is faithful in ALL things and we can find something to be grateful for no matter what....come join me!
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18