Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2 - Promises

Join me on a journey of 24 days of thankfulness. Some days we'll laugh, some days we'll cry, but hopefully, each day we'll walk away a little more grateful for all the goodness we have in our lives!

Promises are like little treasure boxes hidden deep in our souls.  There we can go to find reassurance, comfort, hope, and security. 

Through the years I’ve jotted down promises that God has given me and it’s amazing to look back through and see just how faithful He is!

There was the promise He gave me that when I passed through the waters, He would be with me.  At one time, that promise kept coming to me over and over again.  To be honest, I was uneasy with it.  The promise of Him being with me was nice, but frankly, I didn’t want to “pass through the waters”!

The waters came though, and while that period of my life was not easy, God kept His promise!  He stayed with me through it all, and I am closer to Him today because of those experiences!

Then there was the promise of more children.  In all honesty, I never wanted to have my youngest three so close together in age, but again, God knew best.  Today my home is bursting with as much love and laughter as there are messes and tears, but I remind myself often that these children are fulfillment's of the promise God gave me in April of 2002.  They bring me so much joy and I am honored to be their mother!  (Right now, Kobe is talking to himself as he’s putting a puzzle together “Where’s the stinkin’ donkey?  I said, where’s the stinkin’ donkey?”  Then he stops, “Hey mom, this dog in the wagon – his name is Doug.  Doug the Dog.”  He makes me laugh!)

I have more promises that God’s given me… some tucked so deep in my heart most wouldn’t know they exist.  Some promises have been fulfilled and some are still in the works, but the best part is knowing that what God promises – He will do! 

And for that, I am thankful!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

What promises are you thankful for today?

P.S.  So I posted this, and then a couple things happened that I had to tell you about.

First, I'll admit.. my heart is a little heavy this morning - dealing with some frustrations and other unknowns.  I chose to be thankful for promises today simply because God laid it so heavily on my heart, but I wasn't "feelin' it" otherwise.

Rainbows are significant to me in that God has used them to remind me of His promises in my life over and over again.  So, I got chills when Kobe walked over and gave me a picture he had just made for me:

Another promise God gave me once was through my beautiful friend, Erin (you may know her as Eve).  She told me one morning during praise and worship at church that she had a word for me.  She saw bees flying around and could hear them buzzing.  I was lost.  Totally confused!  So was she.  But the next morning, I read these words in Exodus 23:28 "I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way."

I had never noticed this before and did a little research.  (You can read more in Joshua 24:12 and Deuteronomy 7:20.)   I was so excited with what I found!  The promise I discovered was that God would go before me and take care of the enemies... the giants... the problems in my life!

So this morning, even as I blogged my gratitude for God's promises, I wasn't clinging to all of mine.  That's when my phone beeped.  It was a text message from Erin. And I quote,  "Hey you... thinking of you today for some reason... buzz buzz."

I stopped short.  The rainbow, the buzzing... again I saw God's reminders of His promise in my life - He is going before me.  I need only to trust that He is going before me and preparing the way we should go!

1 comment:

Mary Kelso said...

That. Is. So. Cool.

Thanks for sharing...I love, love, love to hear the little secrets God whispers to us. It's funny how it loses very little of it's thrill even when it has nothing to do with me. I LOVE my God, even for what He's doing for you. :)