Life is not always perfect. That has certainly been the case for us recently. We have been going through trials and with them discouragement and anxiety. My husband's work has slowed considerably. The bank account was overdrawn a hefty sum. The grocery budget for the week was a third of what it is normally.
God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine. ~David Nicholas
At first I allowed myself a pity-party, but that did no good. I certainly wasn't a joy to be around. But then I felt determination rise up within me. I was angry and would not go down without a fight! I determined that if I had to stay in my kitchen all day, every day, my family was going to eat and be satisfied.
Let God's promises shine on your problems. ~Corrie Ten Boom
I've spent the last few days in much prayer and Bible reading. And my eyes were opened to some truths and needed changes in me and my life. It is not easy to face the ugliness within, but it is necessary to change...letting go of the bad, replacing those things with good.
Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God. ~Author Unknown
Now I have a measure of peace. These trials are temporary. My trust is in Him. I may not know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
And now, for gratitude:
~ I am thankful for creative ideas for meals.
~ I am thankful for tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers planted in the garden.
~ I am thankful for the Word of God and its Truth.
~ I am thankful for being able to watch baby birds and their mamas.
~ I am thankful for the couple who wanted bushes and were willing to come dig them up from our yard to use in theirs.
May you have a blessed week!