If I am going to feel blue, it will be in September, so it’s especially important for me to keep on being thankful for the small joys that come every day. I know from experience that acknowledging the little gifts from God’s hand helps in times with hard providences, and also in times with many minor irritations that make our lives stressful. So here are a few things I’ve been thankful for lately.
- Leaves and rakes. My yard is a beautiful carpet of yellow. Yesterday the grandchildren, their mothers, and I raked up a few piles of leaves for them to play with. They walked through them, laid in them, piled them in the wagon and toy wheelbarrow, and pulled them around the yard. We all had fun on a crisp clear morning, and I’m thankful for it.
- Ice on the pond. Yes, there was a layer of ice on the pond yesterday morning and we all enjoyed cracking it with our feet and our sticks. That ice was a good gift from God. So is the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of preschoolers.
- My youngest son’s work. He had work lined up starting in August, but the project was delayed. Finally, last week he started back to work again and I’m thankful for it. The time off gave him time for fix my fence and paint it, but still, it is not good for a young man to not be working.
- That we might be seeing the end of the process of settling my dad’s estate. Who would have thought it would take 3+ years? But it did—and maybe it will soon be over. I’m thankful for God’s timing. I can’t always (or usually?) understand it, but I can trust it.
- For the people I can call on to help me when I need it.
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