1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
There's plenty in life that can get me down.
- I see people hurting
- I see injustice
- There are wars and rumors of war
- There have been drastic changes in my lifestyle
I've been reading in my Bible about making a point of remembering what God has done in my life. I thought if only I could just hike back up 'my mountain', I could look out and thank Him for many answers to prayer.
It's a gated community but I knew where there was a space I could easily walk through. However, I hadn't realized that since I moved they installed cameras. As I approached the gate a faint buzzer began sounding. I decided it wasn't worth attempting to go in only to be embarrassed by security exiting me out. So I hiked adjacent to the gated community.
I prayed and thanked God for always being with me and providing me with His strength. Yes, there have been many changes in my life. Changes that I would not have chosen. Changes that I didn't anticipate.
If my life had continued the way it had, I may have lived in a very comfortable and beautiful environment. I may have had lots of money to travel and buy whatever I liked. I would have been able to visit family more often. I would have been able to not work full time and continue with my volunteer work.
But then the Lord showed me how far I've come.
- I would never have met many of the people I now get to work with and call ...friends.
- I would not have the pleasure of being greeted each morning by the sounds of little children calling "Hi Miss Debbie".
- I would not have grown closer to my husband.
- I would not have realized how loosely we are to hold on to things of this world.
#924 Good health
#925 Strong legs to hike
#926 Beautiful views of Phoenix as I hiked in the desert
#927 Lots of water to drink
#928 Good friends
#929 Lots of children to love
#930 A cute condo to live in
#931 The best next door neighbor
#932 A close relationship with my husband Greg
#933 Learning to depend on the Lord
#934 So thankful for the strength He provides for me each day
I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.
I'm also linking up with Joan of The Beauty in His Grip for Sharing His Beauty.
Blessings and love,