I Thank You

Father God,

For family and friends around me, I thank you.

For love and laughter that is best shared, I thank you.

For grace and mercy that is so undeserved, I thank you.

For your abundant blessing and provision, I thank you.

For your faithfulness in all seasons, I thank you.

For joy even in the midst of pain, I thank you.

For sunshine and rain, I thank you.

For beginnings and endings, I thank you.

For answers that have come and those that I wait for, I thank you.

For your Word that instructs me, I thank you.

For shining your light in the dark places, I thank you.

For knowing me and loving me still, I thank you.

For forgiving me and setting me free, I thank you.

For allowing me to be a part of your great plan, I thank you.

For accepting me as I am and seeing all I can be, I thank you.

For being on my side and wanting what’s best for me, I thank you.

For your love that never fails, I thank you.

For all these things and so much more, I thank you ❤

 

 

 

 

Bonus Time

June 27th I was sitting in the hospital with my dad who had been admitted days before, while my sister was taking my mom to the emergency room as she was not feeling right.  What we assumed would be a quick trip turned into a wild & scary ride! Hold onto your seats.

I will never forget entering her room in the critical care unit for the first time and seeing her hooked up to all these wires and monitors with a tube down her throat.  I don’t do hospital’s well to begin with so seeing my mom like this was rough.  I observed from a few feet away at first, I had been told she could likely hear us and know we were there and I wanted to get myself together so I didn’t reveal to her how I was feeling inside at that moment.  It took me a bit to compose myself, I approached the bed, rubbed her hand and said, “Hi Mama”.  That was all I could do before my throat started to constrict and tears came.  In another 10 minutes, I tried again, “Hey Mama, it’s me Denise, I’m here” and I was done again.  A few more deep breaths and I made another approach, “Hey Mama, it’s Denise, you’re in the hospital and they’re taking really good care of you, all of your family has been here, Dad’s feeling better and we all sure love you.”  That was all I could do before my voice starting to give me away again.  I worked my way up to scooting a chair by her bedside, holding her hand and singing some of her favorites to her.  Cherished time with my mom. Continue reading “Bonus Time”

My New Year’s Prayer

Lord, I want 2015 to count! I am not satisfied with the status quo, I don’t want to settle for the temporal things this world can offer. I want to be who you want me to be and do what you want me to do. I pray that you would give me the courage I need to face every foe, the fortitude to press in and address that which you desire to change in me. I pray that as I face these things I would be reminded of your great love for me, that you are for me, that you came that I would have life to the fullest. Remind me when I grow weary that I can always trust your heart even when we I don’t see your hand. I want to be a willing pupil, quick to listen and obey! So, teach me Lord! Teach me how to be more like you, to feel the things you feel and love the way you love. Continue reading “My New Year’s Prayer”