more blessing counting

If you missed the post about GIVE-AWAY #3, see below. You have until today (Wednesday) at 3:45 p.m. to enter.

Before I start spouting off all the things God is giving me, I just want to clarify a thing or two. Every now and again I feel a little Job-ish (that’s Jobe, not Jobb). Job before God let Satan get to Him, that is. What I mean is, I don’t ever want to give off the impression that, “Sure, she’s singing God’s praises now. Her life is charming and perfect. Let’s see how she does when something really bad happens.”

My hope and prayer is that my attitude will be joyful and worshipful and praise-ful no matter what is going on in my life. Obviously, it’s a bit tougher to offer up the praises when things are crappy. But I still try to do it.

Bottom line? I want to build a foundation. (my devotions this morning were about this very thing) I’ve talked about this before, but I want my faith in Christ to be so strong that when big, bad storms do come, I’ll be strong enough (in Christ!) to weather them. The foundation’s gotta be built now though. If I wait for the storm, it’ll be too late.

I want to fall so deeply in love with Jesus that no matter what happens in my life, no matter what (or who) is taken away, I will know peace. Peace because I can never, ever be taken out of God’s hands. Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. Nothing.

I want to give thanks in all circumstances. All. When God displays amazing wonders in my life, I want to share them. When He allows pain in my life, I want to grow through it. I fail miserably every day on my way to becoming who God wants me to be, but I’m not quitting. Apart from Him I can do nothing, yet I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Quick Share:

–my washer and dryer are a dream. What am I going to do with all my newly-discovered free time? (time previously spent coaching and coaxing my W/D through each cycle)

–my new vacuum is also a dream (Gabe got my $5 back, btw) And oh my word. You would not BELIEVE the dust and hair and nastiness I vacuumed up last night. You couldn’t see it on the carpet, but you could see it in the vacuum canister–thingy. It is a wonder we are not all dead. Our lungs are probably black with dust.

–Gabe took Livi and Ava to see Alvin and the Chipmunks last night. All 3 of them loved it. Nina and I went to town (not literally) doing laundry and vacuuming.

–A couple weeks ago, Gabe bought 2 tickets to last Sunday’s Browns game. He was planning to surprise his dad and take him as an early Christmas gift. Then the snow came, he called his dad, and Rock didn’t want to chance it. We were bummed. Plus the tickets were pricey, and we had less than 24 hours to try to sell them on e-Bay. I envisioned losing quite a bit of $. Long, crazy story short, Gabe made $115 on the tickets. Woohoo! (and the Browns won!)

–I get to see my sister tomorrow! First time since August! Then the rest of my fam will be here Friday and Saturday. Woooooooohoooooo!

–Helping out with Ava’s holiday celebration at school this afternoon. 🙂 And meeting Kimberly for coffee tonight. 🙂

–Please pray for my Grandma Yoder. She has cancerous tumors in her bladder. Mom has been taking her for non-invasive treatments once a week for weeks and weeks. They just found out that all those treatments did absolutely nothing. She’s scheduled for a surgery and chemo in January. She’s a spunky one though and very, very precious to me.

–My husband (chatting with a new friend on the computer) just turned to me and said, “This guy just bought his wife a new iPhone for Christmas, and he doesn’t even have one!” Gabe’s eyes are gleaming with the incredulity of this. The preposterousness of buying your wife an iPhone when you do not even have one yourself. Can you even imagine?

Well, this was supposed to be short. Don’t forget to enter the drawing. Have a wonderful day!

14 thoughts on “more blessing counting

  1. ClutzyButtercup

    I love to read about your blessings but I love to read about your struggles too!  When we share our struggles we open ourselves up to the opportunity to share how God works through struggles.  We also give others the opportunity to minister to us and be blessed.  Being thankful in all things definitely does not negate the reality of pain in our lives.

  2. swbtsmom

    Great post – thanks, as always, for your vulnerability…

    On a tangent subject (those tickets) – have you ever craigslist.com ‘ed? In the last couple of weeks, we found someone to pay us $300 to haul off our old, non-working, piece-of-junk-to-us jacuzzi, and made a bunch of money on concert tickets that we weren’t going to be able to use! I just love craigslist now, buying and selling on there – FREE want ads! Also have joined freecycle.org , it’s a way to list and take items that you don’t want anymore or items you want to get free. Yesterday, I picked up a really nice umbrella stroller that still had the plastic wrap on some of the parts, and a tandem jogging stroller, VERY nice and gently used – free! That jogging stroller is on a truck for Oklahoma right now…

  3. ergirl053

    Loved this post- I want that foundation too. And I am tired of getting caught up in all the junk and it getting in the way. Thanks for laying it out there. Encouraging.

  4. Nixter77

    I totally missed this post some how.. Thanks for sharing all these things with us wonderful girl.

    I am amazed at how God gets us through the good and the hard, I do believe he would not let us go through anything which we couldn’t bear – he will give us the strength we need to get through hard times… What a relief to know. I know this doesn’t mean things will be easy but to know that God is always there is such a comfort.

    Glad your washer and dryer are tops.. Hoorah!

    Love you!

  5. Abs7

    my vacuum sucks- haha, no, really, it’s awful. I’ve been thinking about getting a Dyson- I have a feeling vacuum cleaners are one of those things where it actually pays to spend more money.  

    My mom bought my dad an I-phone for Christmas. I think it’s hilarious because my dad used to be so untechnological and now all of the sudden he is becoming acquainted with new technology in a big way. He hooked up the entire house with wireless, he bought a 47″ flat screen tv that I’m pretty sure the neighbors 4 houses down can watch, and now an I-phone. I hope he can figure out how to use it. 🙂

  6. M3mine

    Thanks for your sharing your devotional thoughts with us.  I realized that when my dad died in 2002 of a stroke, my husband’s company started having problems about the same year, and our son joined the Marine Reserves in 2003,  and went to Iraq in 2004 and 2006, that ALL I could do was hold onto Jesus.  God is soooooooo good and has taught me so much through each and every hardship. 

  7. GooberandDicky

    I agree with the reply above I too enjoy your blog and how honest you are. Life in 07′ hasn’t been the greatest for me so your daily praise to God in your blog has been a great encouargment  for me. Not to mention Sophia asked to watch your dancing video once a day. No joke, seriously! Praying for your grandma.

  8. filledeparis

    Prayed for you and for your Grandma just now. Thanks for being transparent once again, Marla. I needed to be reminded about choosing peace and a thankful heart in ALL situations. This post reminds me of a song…”He gives and takes away…my heart will choose to say… blessed be the name of the Lord…”

  9. Anonymous

    Mmmm!  Good stuff!  I’m so with you on the foundation building.  It’s hard in stormy seasons to remember which end is up.  When there’s no more humor, no more tears, and nothing but emptyness, that’s when you see all you have is Jesus.  In the end you realize He’s all you needed anyway.  Hard to explain, hard to realize, but so wonderful all the same!  He’s faithful, even when we aren’t.  Amazing.  Truly amazing grace.

    I’m so excited for our pizza party coming up!  See you then!

  10. tonialynn59

    Glad you are enjoying your new washer/dryer/vacuum.  Who would have thought 10 years ago how important those things would have been in your life?  That is wonderful on the Browns tickets!  I loved your thoughts as well from your devotions and such.  There was a time in my life where when Mike’s company closed it’s doors (2003 to be exact) that I wasn’t leaning on God like I should have been and felt like my world was crumbling and I was too.  That peace that only comes from God is a wonderful thing!!

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