Monday, May 23, 2011

One of those days

Today was one of those days. You know the kind I'm talking about. A day when the only thing you can think to be thankful for is that you woke up. And then about an hour later you begin to wonder if that's really a good thing or not. My mom would say I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I would say that I woke up overwhelmed with all that needed to be done today.

I attempted to just set my mind to the work that needed to be done. Tune everything out ... including my own bad attitude ... and just get down to business.

It sort of worked.

But deep down, my attitude still stunk. (Is "stunk" a word?)

And then this afternoon, I was driving home, running a couple of errands before our mission team came over for a meeting. I stopped at Sonic to buy ice and thought, "Thank you, God, that I can buy a bag of Sonic ice for $1.50!" And I meant it.

Then the Lord kept bringing to mind one thing after the other of things that happened today that I could be thankful for.

My drive home went something like this ...
  • Thank you, God, for Sonic ice.
  • Thank you, God, for the Chick-Fil-A lemonade in my refrigerator.
  • Thank you, God, that you gave me the energy to clean my house last night so it's basically done now.
  • Thank you, God, that my husband put gas in my car for me.
  • Thank you, God, for a friend that got me lunch today so I could work during that transit time.
  • Thank you, God, for friends who will listen.
  • Thank you, God, for friends who will pray for you when you're having a hard day.
  • Thank you, God, that we got our tax refund check.
  • Thank you, God, that we got a tax refund at all.
  • Thank you, God, for co-workers who offer to help out.
  • Thank you, God, for a hug from a friend I haven't seen in years.
  • Thank you, God, for 14 people who want to serve you in New York this summer.
  • Thank you, God, for three teams that are serving in India, East Asia, and Southeast Asia right now.
  • Thank you, God, that I get to be a small part of those three teams.
  • Thank you, God.
  • Thank you, God.
  • Thank you, God.
Talk about a change in perspective!

... giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ ...
Ephesians 5:20

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