Thankful for Excitement

Thankful Thursday

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 I am also blessed to be able to support a fellow Chaplain’s wife as her life has picked up, getting into a homeschool routine post PCS. I will be babysitting Thankful Thursdays for a little while. So I welcome you to share your blessings and be blessed by others as we focus on the good things in life!!

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As a military family, there are often times of uncertainty because deployment orders or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders can come at any moment. When they pop up unexpectedly, it can feel like an earthquake… the firm foundation you have your feet planted on wiggles and shifts under you. I have now experienced several significant earthquakes while living here in Alaska and I don’t like that sensation at all!!!

There are rumblings in my life at the foundational level, and while I can’t share them all yet (I know I keep hinting, please be patient. I will when I can) I do need to sit down and remind myself of the faithfulness of the One who never shifts out from under my feet, who never pushes me away when I need comfort, and who always has words that I need to hear.

~~I have a husband who understands the stress I feel when my cell phone quits on me and I spend hours on the phone with various customer service people. He comes home, manages the kids, and takes me out for ice cream.

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~~I have friends. Very, VERY, good friends who will drop everything and listen to whatever it is I have to say. They also don’t judge or tease when we Facetime for the first time after years and I have a good 20lbs of Alaska winter weight on me… and it shows πŸ˜‰ It never ceases to amaze me the women God has placed in my life that hold me up, hold my hand, or push me in the direction I need to go. I never feel totally alone in this world, and that is a huge blessing!!!

~~Modern Technology. I recently also had the true pleasure of spending hours catching up with a great friend. She is one of those people who I rarely get to talk to, but we don’t skip a beat when we do. The conversation flows, we share struggles, joys, encouragements, and dreams. I also know she is praying for me when I ask her to and I know she is aware that I pray for her. Thanks to modern technology, I don’t have to wait for mail to come. I can just pick up the phone or email to reach out.

~~God has a plan for my life. Now that may not make much sense to you, but for me that is a huge comfort. The steps I take next week, and the month after that, and the year after that have been counted and prepared by a love Father, a compassionate Savior. There may be bumps in the road, I may get my knees skinned up a bit, but I can fully rest in the sovereignty of the God who loved me in such a manner as to send His only Son to die for my sins. Now is the moment to trust this to be true. I am thankful for those moments when my faith is tested and I can stand straight, firm, and take the step placed before me.

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4 thoughts on “Thankful for Excitement”

  1. I am grateful for your faithfulness and the godly message you send from your heart. Believing that God has a plan is so important! Last week in small group we talked about the providence of God in everything. I realized that some of my struggles in recent months have stemmed from my difficulty believing in God’s providence when certain things seem to come from the hands of men. I can accept things like Molly’s death as part of God’s plan and provision for me, yet I struggle to accept some of the surrounding issues because they seemed to me to come from men, not God. I am learning to accept that God’s providence is there, even behind the hands of men. He is indeed sovereign over all!

    1. Oh, I too struggle with it. I know it to be true in my mind, but then I feel my anxiety levels rise when my future becomes so very unknown. So I just decided to draw a line in the sand this week. If the Bible is true, if God is sovereign and has provided for me my whole 36+ years… then it was time to start living like it. So I stepped over it, dumped my future at God’s feet…. and have felt fairly peaceful this week πŸ™‚

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