1. Freedom: Both that of being an American and that of being a believer. I am so thankful for those who stand on the front lines daily and allow me the peace to go to sleep at night.
I am also ultimately grateful to my Lord Jesus who made it possible for me to live each and every moment I'm alive free from eternal separation from Him.
2. Breaks: How I needed this one, and I'll try to explain all I learned about myself in my time away . . . at some point. That would fill a pretty long post, so I'll save it for another day.
3. Change: Never did I ever think I'd put this in a list of thankfulness, but I am truly thankful for the changes in my life. At the same time I quit blogging, we also gave up our direcTV. Auggh! Talk about major changes in the house. We no longer get any reception whatsoever. We knew it was the right thing for our family, and we're not turning back. We have moved on "without fear", but at times the DP has not moved on without "regret." Prayers for the upcoming college football season would be most appreciated : )
4. Reading: I have read more than a dozen books in the past month, logging more than 5,000 pages. I have loved every minute of it!! That doesn't even count the children's books I've been reading each and every day as well. Amazing what you can accomplish without blogging and without TV. Interestingly enough tho', none of the books I finished were on my Spring reading list.
5. Scripture Memory: How this has changed our homeschooling this past month!! I decided we were in a slump, so I dropped just about every subject except Bible. My children are all eagerly hiding God's Word in their hearts and can now recite all four passages we've memorized in the past four weeks without more than one prompt ( and that is for my 7 yr. old alone.) My girls are doing them all cold without prompting at all.
6. Scripture Memory: Yes. Again. As the children memorize, so does the mama. That's great for everybody!!
7. Being Missed: Barb's comment the other day floored me and touched my heart. I'd been planning to rejoin the blogosphere sometime soon anyway, but her comment spurred me on to come back a little more quickly.
8. McDonald's Asian Salad: I think I am thankful for it because it gives me the chance to say edamame, and I totally love saying that word. It's really yummy, too.
9. Aha Moments: I've discovered wheat is an enemy in my diet. I gave up wheat about 10 days or so ago, and I am feeling SO much better. My pain has decreased some, which is a huge blessing. I'd appreciate anyone's input on wheat-free recipes or alternatives to using wheat.
10. My Family: God nudged me to quit blogging. Then He basically hit me over the head with His desire for me to stop. My family benefitted greatly from my time away more than I did.
I come back with the complete support of my DP. I am assured if this place begins taking up too much of my time again, he and the Holy Spirit will both be on my case to shine the light of truth on my errant ways.
So, I leave you with my tank brimming full of times of laughter, times of family togetherness that can't even begin to be explained, and with a heart that knows how this place needs to fit into the fabric of my life as a whole.
Have a great day looking for ways God is filling your tank. I'd love to hear how He's creatively putting things in your path to make His presence felt and known.
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