Monday, November 10, 2008

Tough Day....

So I'm having an unusually tough day and was reminded by this:

Thanks That Stands Out
It has taken me many years to understand the admonishment in
Scripture to be thankful in all circumstances. (1Thes 5:18) Sadly,
there were many years I even wrestled with a resentful heart at the
suggestion. It did not make sense to me to praise God when things in my life
were a struggle. My immature heart questioned how I could praise Him when
everything wasn’t “right”. I frequently wondered if He was aware of our finances,
loss, or fear. Miserably, it was with gritted teeth and reluctant obedience that I
praised our Savior.
Over the last few decades, as my relationship with Christ has grown more
intimate, my focus has completely changed. I have learned to trust Him explicitly
in every detail of my life. And it has become apparent that one of the reasons
God requires me to be thankful is to protect my heart. Thanksgiving is fabulous
insulation from discouragement and despair. In fact, one of the powerful secrets
of a thankful heart is that nothing can crush it; not disappointment or illness or
loss or any other overwhelming circumstance. A thankful heart is powerful. Isn’t it
just like God to make thanksgiving for our benefit as well?
And thankfulness has yet another dimension that I did not recognize until three
years ago. One day, in my effort to help us walk out Laura’s illness with
thanksgiving, I pulled out an old quilt top. For months, we discussed and
practiced being thankful by adding a Hot Pink embroidery stitch each time we
found something to be thankful for-new medication, a kind nurse, time together,
or a word of encouragement. Before our eyes those Hot Pink stitches
transformed the ordinary cream and navy patches into a real conversation piece
that could not be overlooked. We watched in wonder as giving thanks
transformed Laura’s heart in such a way that she began dramatically impacting
everyone around her. That’s when it dawned on us. A thankful heart cannot be
overlooked! Like a Hot Pink stitch in an ordinary quilt, so is a thankful heart in an
ordinary life.
Hot Pink moments of thanks come more often than we realize. Immediately I
think of my friend, Jannette. Just last week, I was talking to her about her
daughter’s terrible accident and near fatal head injury. We were talking about
trusting God with our children. As she shared her response after receiving the call
about the accident she said, “I hung up the phone and remembered to be
thankful. I started thanking God that I had a car and that I could drive to the site,
that her father was already with Eleora, that we could get her to a hospitalGand
now, of course, I am so thankful she is recovering well.” My eyes welled up with
tears as I heard her story. Jannette’s response was not ordinary; it was Hot Pink!
Her thankful heart cannot be overlooked and makes me want to know our Savior,
who so lovingly cared for her, all the more.
Lord, please transform my heart. I want to always give you Hot Pink praise!
“Give thank to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has
done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4-5

that I needed to remember to thank the Lord even in the midst of our roughest times. So here are some of the things I'm thankful for today.

1. A Savior who loves me even when I'm unlovable.
2. That I have 4 healthy children
3. Our "farm" animals
4. Food in the kitchen

So even though I've focused more on the negative things most of the day today I'm now going to choose to thank the Lord for these things and try harder to find things to be thankful for even in the midst of days that don't *seem* to have things to be thankful for!

PS. I went to our homeschool support meeting Tue after I wrote this and here's a picture I thought I'd share of the quilt top she was talking about :)


S.L.P said...

Praise God!

Kelly said...

That was beautiful Trisha! Do you need anything? I am sorry you are struggling. Our move has taken a huge toll on our entire family and I have had so many down days. I have felt like a failure as a mom so many days but it was nice to be reminded my savior still loves me. I will listen of you just need to talk!

sonya said...

What a great message! I'm sorry to hear that you had a rough day but your attitude was encouraging to me. :)