Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I haven't done a thankful Thursday in a while.  I've been in a deep dark hole, struggling to get out.

I think it's funny that we have a dog named Murphy, and Hunkahubby named him because of Murphy's Law . . . well - Murphy is laughing at that right now.

A lot of not so fun things have happened in our family over the past few months.  I'm not going to get into detail here - but suffice it to say that most everything is life changing.

And Tuesday morning - when I didn't think I could take one more thing - one more thing happened.  And I laughed so hard that I started crying.

And yesterday morning, as I was driving to work - I was so sad because it was already 50 degrees, I knew it was going to be a BEAUTIFUL spring day - and I couldn't enjoy it.  Spring always lifts my mood - and I couldn't be lifted.  However, the night before, a good friend had reminded me to take things one day at a time, or even one minute at a time.  So I struggled through each minute.  And yesterday morning, a few things turned around.  I was able to enjoy the day.  And then, as I headed home, more things came crashing in to try and steal my joy.  But God sent my neighbor to me to bring that joy back and help me out in the days to come.

So today - I am going to be specific in my thanks:

Thank you for my husband who is doing everything he can to make our family work.

Thank you for my forever best friend Michelle for always being there - even when she can't do anything - she knows exactly what to say (or what not to say).

Thank you to LisaMarie who is a new friend who consistently says something that snaps me out of a funk or helps me understand.  I am blessed to know you.

Thank you to Kim and Christine who love so much and want to help so much and hurt with us when we hurt.  You are both treasures.

Thank you to Rett and Debbie J. who are both going through struggles of their own - but still take time to check up on us.  Thank you for your love, prayers, and friendship.

Thank you to Deb P. who has talked me down from the ledge, several times.  Your friendship is a Godsend.

Thank you to my Dad and SuperStepMommy for loving without judging and being the best parents a girl could have.

Thank you to my brother - for being YOU.  You keep your chin up too.

Thank you to my 2 sisters who I just met less than a year ago for the first time.  You would never know we haven't known each other our whole lives.  You have both brought so much joy into my life - and you have been there for me in this time of need.  I am so thankful for both of you.

Thank you to Laurie, Auntie Linda, Unka Steve, Steph, and Kate for always checking up on me right at the time where I need to hear a friendly voice (or text.)  Your prayers are always felt.

Thank you to all those other friends (I would name people, but I know I'll leave someone out) who check on me on FB, send me an email, or just do something to make me laugh when I need it most.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

And I want to specifically thank Miss Shelley for being there for me yesterday and in the days to come.  God knew what he was doing when he moved us into the neighborhood and you were one of the first people to welcome us.  You and your family have been right there for us ever since.  We love you so much.

So as you can see - in the midst of all of the things that are trying to bring me down - I have so many things to be thankful for.  And even though it is supposed to rain all day . . . I can still feel the sunshine of how much I am blessed.

"One day at a time, Sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you
Just give me the strength to do every day
What I have to do
Yesterday's gone, Sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today, Show me the way
One day at a time."

5 comments:

IzzyBeth said...

And as I knew I would forget someone as I was thinking about this - thank you to two of my best buddies Kevin and Chris - who have always been there in whatever capacity they can. :-)
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Tony and Rett said...

No, Beth. We're thankful for YOU and the impact you have on us.

You are never far from my thoughts. PLEASE let me know what I can do. In the mean time, I'll pray!

Wengergal said...

Beth,
I love you and are lifting you & your family up in prayer daily.

Hugs,
Kristen

KPCL Girl said...

It's good that you take time out to be thankful. Love that song. Keep the faith--looking forward to lunch tomorrow....

<3 <3 <3

stevemathews said...

Yep! Love ya bunches and bunches! Absolutely praying for you and your precious family. Tell Hunkahubby that I'm praying for him and love him too! Squeeze the kidz for Linda and me! Hopefully we can do that in person soon!?! Not to be wordy, but I'm stuck with myself! :-P It is sometimes so hard to climb out of a funky place. Here's a little "Word" for you: So let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning is suffering and shame. I love that!!