grateful monday

This rainy, dreary day is a good day to count–and share–my many blessings. I notice a HUGE difference in how life goes when I’ve got a grateful spirit going on (as opposed to the bitter/fearful/discouraged/frustrated/choose-a-negative-adjective spirit I tend to fall prey to pretty easily).

We’ve got some tough stuff going on, but GOD IS GOOD. And his people are so kind. And his provision is sooooo much more obvious when our need is greater.

Here’s what I’m thankful for today:

–the rain. I love it. It smells delicious, and it’s going to make my pitiful garden into something glorious, I just know it.

–my husband. He’s battling his anxiety like a real trouper, leaning on God and clinging to him.

–our girls. They are fun and sweet and entertaining and love people and work hard.

–a growing Camp Fund. Livi has about $130 toward her $300 goal, and Ava is at $98. Ava is doing an AMAZING job of conquering her fears of being away from home for a week and is determined to go.

–anonymous (and not-anonymous) gifts that are just-in-time and just-what-we-need. We have some incredible friends.

–Cambodia. For whatever reason, my heart is burning for that place lately. Like, I wish with every fiber of my being that we could pack it all up and move there immediately. I know we can’t, and I truly want God’s will, so I’ll keep loving and praying for Cambodia from afar.

–friends going on mission adventures that I can live vicariously through. My former 3rd grade student moving to Egypt to be a nanny. My brother-in-law Stew heading to Cambodia for a week with their youth group. John McCollum (Exec. Dir. of Asia’s Hope) and his son Pak going to Cambodia, Thailand, and India for much of the summer.

–knocking some annoying things off my to-do list this morning already.

–our amazing church and our awesome community group and everyone’s beautiful dependence on the Holy Spirit and their devotion to prayer and service.

–Livi’s homemade guacamole.

–green trees & blue sky.

–the girls are excited about our homeschooling adventure.

–our Summer Read-Along that starts tomorrow (it’s not too late to join us!!).

–God’s healing power.

–getting to spend some time with my sis and her kiddos while her hubby’s in Cambodia.

–Gabe getting to spend some time with his dad and brother on Father’s Day.

-my beautiful friend Megan and her BIRTHDAY today. Happy, happy birthday, sweet friend!!

The cool thing is that I could really keep going and going. Thanks, God.

What’s something you’re thankful for today?

13 thoughts on “grateful monday

  1. Sharon Meekins

    I’m so grateful for God’s provision! AND, I’m so grateful for you, Marla! You are a blessing and I love you!

  2. Danielle

    The beginning of this post totally makes me think of Philippians 4:5-7.

    I’m thankful for my sweet husband who leads our family so well, loves me sacrificially, and always listens to what I have to say, even when it’s not what he wants to hear.

  3. Sharon

    So glad to see your list of things, Marla! I’m thankful that my husband can still (pleasantly) surprise me from time to time, that a potential car issue seems to not be an actual issue, and that my toddler FINALLY decided to take a nap. I’m off to have one myself!

  4. Jennifer

    We sold our house in OK! And we’re buying a house in TX! Going through our stuff and seriously purging, determined that we’re not going to keep on moving stuff we don’t need from one house to another, on and on and on. You would be so excited if you were here. 😉

  5. Lori

    I’m grateful for Brooke because she says “Lord willin & the creek don’t rise” just like my family 🙂

    And my family is grateful for “GWOCK-a-moley” too just because the word is so fun to say.

    And I’m mostly grateful to read about all these happy hearts at the Taviano house 🙂

  6. brooke

    thanks for this friend! its looking more and more like even a domestic mission trip isn’t going to happen for me. my heart wants to hurt. Instead I’ll stay here, play “Avengers” with my niece and nephew

    (she claims “black widow” & won’t share. he’ll alternate between Thor, Captain America, and Hawkeye. although i wonder how my sister and i lived this long, given that my parents are totally okay with giving a 4 year old a real mallet out of my dad’s toolbox so that Chuckles can play “Thor”)

    How crazy am I? God probably wants me to set up a “by-the-pool” mission project or something and here i am pouting because jay says its not safe for me to go on a trip to cleveland “alone” (meaning with my church but without him). definitely a case of wanting what you can’t have.

    did i mention i’m sleep deprived?

    thankful for – Captain America. My husband. Allergy shots. Wonderful parents. Skillet channel on Jango. McDonalds coke. Oreo dessert made by a coworker. Said coworker. Netflix. 10 years with my Toyota. {Lord willin & the creek don’t rise} another 10 years with my Toyota. Big Red chewing gum.

  7. Britt

    I’m thankful for an amazing group of college and high school students that have arrived at camp, anxious to serve God, and expecting him to show up in powerful ways!

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