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2771 weeks on earth. 85 weeks since I began this journal of thankful. Life can be hard. Jesus is so very good!

8•14
1687. “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Matthew‬ ‭11:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1688. Thank you Jesus that you revealed the Father to me! Even though I am an undeserving sinner.
1689. Finding a lake close by to have a swim with my favorite #1son and seeing a herd of wild mustangs up close as they chase each other and play and perform in a live action documentary.

8•15
1690. “because God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him.” Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1691. That God is working in me to change, to want to do all the things that please him, that I don’t have to do any of it on my own.
1692. Even when a case gets booked at the end of a long day and I want to go home but don’t,want,to make someone drive in to work because I’ll only end up having to stay a little bit past the end of my shift and I’m tired and grouchy but the appendix was ruptured and the patient was suffering.

8•16
1693. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭ESV
1694. For the light that is shining in me today and each day I wake up‬‬ and the mercy of God when the light is dim.
1695. Finding out my plan to extend my contract in Tucson was thwarted by the corporation that owns the hospital because they say they have too many travelers must mean God has a different plan and I will trust in him.

8•17
1696. “But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.” Numbers‬ ‭32:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1697. That God’s justice always prevails no matter what people think and it applies to every person on the planet, including me. Because I don’t want to get away with my sin because if I do, then I am far from God and in a pitiful state.
1698. God knows the desires of my heart. He knows my Dreaming and praying.

8•18
1699. “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalms‬ ‭94:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1700. God always shows up. When things are great. When things are not great. I will trust in him because he is trustworthy.
1701. First power failure of the year happening during a full moon with plenty of solar lights because I’m a camper again. And the temperature is under 90°.

8•19
1702. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians‬ ‭5:22-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1703. That even when I’m at my worst your Spirit never leaves me and each day is a do over.
1704. A wonderful day of finding a new job in Phoenix and the hope of this being the last time I have to jump through all the hoops.

8•20
1705. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬
1706. Oh that we have a great high priest who fights for us in all our battles and delivers us from evil!
1707. Fun hike with great folks in a new place. Salt river canyon. Amazing creation from God !

Happy Sunday!

FiveMinuteFriday_Team

GO

Life is not a team sport. But I think it should be. Which blows my mind because if you would have told me 10 years ago I would make this statement, I would have laughed you out of the room with the most cynical bitter laugh you can imagine. Like the wicked witch of the west from the Wizard of Oz. Or was she the wicked witch of the east? Well never mind. The point is we’re better together. 

All of my best memories involve being with people. When I was a kid I used to just love a good snow storm. It brought everyone outside to shovel. It gave us an excuse to talk to each other about the weather and life and the craziness. When I moved to Florida, I drove through a massive hurricane that left people without electricity for weeks. Sure it brought out the worst in a few of us, but it brought out the best in most of us. I love extreme weather for these reasons. It brings us together. It’s as if the Lord shakes things up like a coach rallying  his team

So yeah. Life should be a team sport. For the encouragement. For the joy. For the camaraderie. For the love. 

STOP

Happy FiveMinuteFriday!

Generous_August18

Trust. It’s a very hard thing to be generous with trust. 

By the time I met Jesus, I could probably count on one hand the people I trusted. And then I don’t think I trusted more than 3 completely. 

Life has a way of beating you up. People hurt you all the time. I lost my faith in the goodness of mankind and along with it my trust in God. If he could allow this amount of pain, how could anyone ever trust him?

Since Jesus, it’s been a long slow climb up a mountain to trusting again. Every trial, every bump in the road, every missed opportunity, every closed door, every sickness, everything I want to control but cannot, is just one more thing to help me regain my trust in God. To decide if I will praise him no matter the outcome. 

I thought I had the rest of the year all figured out. I thought I’d stay at this job in Tucson for 13 more weeks. The manager enthusiastically said yes one day. But 2 days later said the corporation said no. What gives God!? 

My first reaction was my knee jerk before Jesus reaction of tears and the sky is falling and woe is me. But it only lasted minutes as my brain quickly jumped to God on his throne, behind the scenes, maneuvering and planning. And I decided more quickly than ever to trust God with the next thing. 

Generous trust in God. Progress. 

Happy Thursday!

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