This past weekend was a weekend of ups and downs for our family. It was a typical, busy weekend just as most of our weekends are.
Along with the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes we forget how truly blessed we are and to give thanks for the real blessings in life, our family, friends, health and wellness.
Along with Jason trying to plant corn, the twins each losing a tooth, taking our oldest to the 4-H district speech meet all day Saturday, spending time with Grandma and Grandpa, a birthday party, tilling the garden, and a softball game REAL life happened.
These are all real events that happened to people we know this weekend: a mild heart attack, a critical car accident, an attempted suicide by a bullied child, and a death of an elderly friend.
All of these tragic events caught me off guard and really slapped me in the face. What if it was my child being bullied? What if it was my husband in the car accident, what if it was one of my parent’s having the heart attack, or my grandparents passing away?
We all get so busy with life that we can let the important things in life (praying, going to church, telling our family how much we love them, spending alone time with our spouse and hugging and kissing our children to name just a few) slip as we wade through the jumbled schedules of our lives.
All of these bring me to my point…have you given thanks today for what you have?
Have you thanked God for your precious child when that child is pushing your buttons by leaving toys all over the floor? Somewhere there is a mother who would love to have that child back that she lost, to clean up those toys one more time and tell that child that she loves him or her so much! Have you told that child that you love them, their creativity, and are so grateful that God gave you that precious child?
Have you ever given thought to the woman dealing with infertility that would do anything to have a child and love to have one in her home leaving toys all over the floor?
Have you thanked God for the parents you have? Somewhere there is a child, whether 5 years old or 55 years old who has lost a parent and yearns to have that parent back! Have you told your parents how much you appreciate them or the sacrifices they’ve done for you?
Have you thanked God for your husband? Somewhere there is a widow, mourning the loss of the one they love. Have you told your spouse how much he means to you? Have you treated him with kindness, respect, and love?
Have you thanked God for friends you have? Somewhere there is a lonely person who has been bullied, abused, and feels that no one cares. Have you let your friends know how thankful you are to have them?
What is it that you need to thank God for today? After doing that, please do me a favor and tell someone how much they mean to you. We live in a broken, sinful world. People need uplifted, in prayer and in person!