I am so thankful to finally be out from under that mortgage and the town that brought more pain than any other in my entire life. Thank You for bringing me out of that desert and into this blissful time in my journey.
Thank You for:
Our new home. It is kitchie and homey. I appreciate the weird angles, our hobbit bedroom, our 3 baths, my prayer room, and perfect backyard. I love that we have downsized by 40% in terms of square footage and, though we need to empty more of the garage out, we are living a much more simplified life. I am overwhelmed by the people You have brought into our home and lives since moving here. May we always remember that our home is a gift from You and a safe haven for those You love and lead to our door.
My new Parenthood tables. Already we’ve been surrounded by such lovely people and beautiful conversations. Thank You for our beautiful gathering places. May we love people well as we share food, conversation and You across these tables.
My Honey. What would I do without him?! He is my knight in shining armor. Always fighting for my heart. Always striving against his human nature to be the man You are calling him to be. When I watch him love our babies, I just fall in love all over again. Thank you for saving our marriage even after we messed it up seemingly beyond repair. Because of your faithfulness, we will leave a legacy of love and commitment that only happened because of Your unconditional grace, love and faithfulness.
-Scott and Jordan are living their lives. Thank you for their jobs, their families and may You bless them with a deep desire to know You intimately. May they always know how much they are loved and how unconditional our love is for them.
-Hannah is leading worship. She has chased after You for so long since our family’s brokenness and You have loved her so perfectly. Thank you for doing everything I could never do and honoring my heart instead of my actions and my shortcomings. Lord, when I watch her breath YOU all over so many in corporate worship and in loving conversation with others seeking Your face, I know I am seeing You. It’s all this mama could ever want.
-Caleb is coming full circle. He is searching for truth, so I am sure he will find You. He is still my Tita and there’s nothing simple about him. You made him so wonderfully that way and so I believe You will meet him just where he is at and love him in a way I can only imagine. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for the immeasurable talent You’ve blessed him with. I pray he develops it and chooses to use it as You will for his life.
-Aaron is a man after Your own heart. I love his servant heart, despite my abuse of that too many times for me to want to own up to. I pray his heart softens as he grows in relationship with You and Your people. Thank you for giving him talent beyond measure that he uses for Your glory. Lord, thank You for waiting on him to come back to You. Only You know how much this mama yearned for him to love You completely.
Our church family. We are finally HERE! We are surrounded by family, neighbors, friends, all wrapped up in our church family. I have longed to be here and live life with the kind of people we could only dream about for so many years. I feel like I’m finally at the waterside, with the desolate lonely behind me.
My new car. A Prius!!! I just feel so good about its lack of carbon footprint and how cute it is. It makes me feel so responsible because every little bit helps and I want to take care of this amazing world You gave us. I’m also thankful for it’s great gas mileage and great price!
Our jobs. Who would’ve thought we’d rather drive a tour bus, play music, doula, and nanny than almost anything else?! I love going to work each day and my Honey still can’t believe he gets paid to drive people around while making them laugh and telling them historical facts! We are blessed to live this life doing what we love and feeling such freedom in our “work.”
Lord, my tendency has always been to downplay the good stuff, so as not to brag, as well as to waste the times of abundance worrying about when the next desert time will come. I won’t dishonor You with such behavior. This is the time of plenty and joy. I am FULL. I am satisfied. It is enough! I know there will be bad junk in the days ahead, but I refuse to allow that to steal my joy in this moment. I know You will be with me in the desert days, just as You always have been, and that is all I need to know.
Thank You, Lord. Thank You for the happiness I am experiencing. Thank You for loving my family so well, for being so faithful when we haven’t always been, for finally showing me what real love looks like. Thank You for being the Father I have longed for all my life and revealing that I am Your beloved daughter. It is more than enough.