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Thursday, August 6, 2009


Wow! I woke up this morning feeling a little gloomy. It's been a rather challenging week at work and I think I've been experiencing "let down" stress. That's probably not the right term, but it's the stress you experience after you don't need to be strong and keep it all together in the moment--like when we thought my husband was having heart problems and spent several days in the hospital. Now that we know he's okay and had other things going on that are NOT life-threatening, I can relax a bit, and can now allow myself to feel the stress I held in during that time. Don't know if I explained this well, but any mom's reading this will understand, I think! :-)

So I've been a little "grumbly" this week. Actually, probably quite a bit so! I thought this morning that I was relating to Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh fame. I was even thinking I couldn't really muster up enough thankfulness to post this morning. Now that is sinful! So God kicked things up a notch - just for me today. He does that! He really knows when we are down, blue, sad or just generally in need of an extra dose of grace!

Today I'm thankful for:

1) A God who knows me and loves me too much to allow me to feel sorry for myself for too long. He woos me back to Him, gently and lovingly. Thank you Heavenly Father for your tenderness.

2) Friends who answer my call for tangible help. I asked Edie at Rich Gifts to help me with some HTML code and she responded immediately. Thank you Edie for your kindness and generosity.

3) Friends who share their good fortune. Kelly at Chatty Kelly was accepted as a Richmond columnist at Examiner.com recently. She shared her excitement with our Richmond Christians Who Write Group and also offered us a wonderful opportunity to apply as columnists as well. Thank you Kelly for your big heart and your wonderful friendship.

4) I have been accepted as the Richmond Frugal Family examiner for Examiner.com! Thank you again, Kelly:-)

5) My husband was diagnosed with pleurisy by our family doctor. It is a serious, but not life-threatening infection of the lining of the lungs (not in). Heavy-duty antibiotics took care of it and he's back to his old self. (Yes, I am thankful for that! After all these years, I've kind of gotten used to him:-)

If you would like to share your thankfulness, hop on over to Sonya's blog, Truth 4 The Journey and sign up to join us!

“For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (Psalm 139:1-6 NIV)

Blessings on your journey,


Jane In The Jungle said...

Yes, I understand that letdown effect!! You are so not alone. Great list and congrats on being an Examiner, I'm thinking of doing it myself!

Sarah said...

Such a joy to splash around in God's faithfulness and your thankfulness.

Hugs from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

From the Heart said...

I really like your blog design and enjoyed reading your Thank Yous. I can identify with your feelings. Especially when I worked.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I've seen your picture and comments on several blogs and have enjoyed reading them. I did not realize that you were a writer also. That is truly a God given talent.
From my heart to yours,

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my list! Well done on being accepted as a writer as well!
Collette xxx

Yolanda said...

Mary, I'm so thankful that your husband is feeling better and it ended up not being a life threatening situation. PTL!

SusanD said...

Congrats on being an Examiner. I'll be looking for your writings. Blessings, SusanD

LisaShaw said...

Hi Mary, so glad your husband is doing better and that GOD is blessing you with His divine grace and mercy as always.

Enjoyed your list and I pray a peaceful weekend for you.


Andrea said...

You have an award waiting at arise 2 write.
blessings, andrea

Miss Janet said...

So glad that your husband is well!

Thank you Jesus for healing him!