Last night before bed I had some time alone in the bed while Wyatt was finishing up playing his new game (see my tweets from yesterday for more on that…) and while I was reading, I came across Psalm 145 and a devotional that went along with it in my bible. The main purpose of the little devotional was to present the idea that we don’t brag about what God has done for us the way we brag about what our family and friends, or even what we accomplish. But the words that really struck me were this:
“It’s easy to complain about inefficient checkout clerks, dangerous drivers and ungrateful relatives. It’s natural to tell our stories of financial hardship and illness and slights from friends. It’s great to have funny stories to tell about what has happened to us. But it’s so much sweeter and deeper to bless others with stories about the good things, the true things, the beautiful and enduring things we’ve experienced with God.”
So, I have to be honest and admit that this convicted me a bit. I don’t always tell you guys the way I’m blessed by my Heavenly Father. A few weeks ago, I began this page of blessings and happy things. It’s a start to sharing my joy, but I could do more.
So here’s the plan, I’ll start with sharing my thoughts from last week. And I’ll work on adding more of these “God moments” with you guys in the future. I’m not going to stop laughing at myself (and the thing Hubs says in his sleep) or worrying about getting lost in the city or eaten by a spider in our apartment, but I am going to do better about sharing my everyday blessings with you guys.
You know why? Well, that leads me right back to last night.
“One generation will commend your works to another…” (Psalm 145:4)
It’s so important to me to be a godly example to my future children. Hubs and I were both blessed with godly families that taught us to love and trust in a Father who was stronger and bigger than we could imagine. And we were blessed with parents, grandparents, and families that truly love each other, which of course, is because they know the source of true love, the One who wrote the book on love. Yes, we come from different denominations (He’s Catholic, I’m Baptist) but we have a heart for a having a Godly family. I want to show this newlywed blog to my kids someday (I hadn’t planned on it, but I decided recently) because I want them to know our story. I think it’s so important for kids to see their parents as a couple that’s in love instead of just “mom and dad.” I want them to know how hard we work on our relationship. I want to teach them to be thankful for love and to value it the way God does.
“…the Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” (verse 13)
Yes, I don’t have a job. Yes, Wyatt and I sometimes fight and we have issues I doubt we’ll ever fully learn to get around, yes, we don’t have a house yet, or newer, nicer cars…but you know what we do have? The faith that God is sovereign and in control. He promises to take care of his children. And since we fall into that category, we’re good to go.
Ok, so maybe it isn’t as simple as all that.
Or maybe it is. We might think things are more complicated when we’re paying bills and trying to plan for the future, but sometimes it helps to just sit back and trust in the simplicity of the fact that He is in control.
Sounds like a plan to me.