Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sunday Seven

It seems like this week's seven are coming together a bit sluggish...yes, it's Monday, but I titled this last night so it would have the appearance of being on time. Guess it's a slight view of my perfectionist side meeting up with the real lagging behind side of me! I'm also feeling more like writing a list of seven things I'm not so thankful for...I'm not thankful that the boys had their 3 year check up today; I'm not happy that Cloe is more than half way through kindergarten...I'm not happy it's going to be freezing cold again, I'm not thankful for dumb groundhogs who see their shadows...these are rolling off too quickly!
Then I'm reminded of a verse that God just keeps weaving into my life--I don't mean just bringing it to mind, I mean literally throwing it at me in ALL conversations, Bible Studies, emails, testimonies, books...Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
SO, I'm going to stuff those pessimistic, ungrateful thoughts away and turn them over to what I should be thinking on...
1. I am so thankful that our kids kept it together at the Super Bowl party last night. I love my children to death but sometimes get a paralyzing fear of taking them to other people's houses. I want them to be *perfect* and that's not usually the path a toddler takes. Thankfully, God did provide them with sweetness and self control...a little crazy once but that was egged on...
2. Strep throat is a very awful thing to have but thankfully God has given intelligence to create medicine which is quick and effective! Our family doesn't really catch a lot of colds or stomach bugs, but strep always comes knocking around this time of year...thankfully it's going away!
3. I am really thankful for some sunshine and warmer temperatures over the weekend! It was wonderful to be outside! We are getting a big itch for some spring weather!
4. This week, I was reminded of Cody's heart to see people come to Christ! I am so thankful God has not only given him a heart for the lost but also is giving him so many open doors! Two people he had been praying for and meeting with came to Christ this past week and one more started a Bible Study with him! Please don't take this as bragging--I'm deeply humbled at the lack of opportunities I have taken to share Christ, but so thankful for and challenged by Cody!!
5. I'm thankful for blueberries! Yes, that's random, but seriously, there's a reason they are called super foods! Yeah for sales at Fareway!
6. This one is going to seem like a "no way, that's crazy" one, but on Friday I was getting a little overwhelmed in the grocery store as I noticed how much the price of meat had gone up. It's not a huge necessity, but hamburger does certainly make fixing meals easier once in a while. We were completely out and I left the store a little defeated and quite determined not to pay those prices. I said a quick plea/prayer that God would provide a sale sometime soon and that I'd wait and trust Him. Well, He answered in a matter of five minutes. My mom called; they were shopping in another town and ran across five pounds of hamburger for $4...would I like some? Thank you Lord! "His eye is on the sparrow...and I know He watches me."
7. I'm really thankful for an old hymn with a new tune...the words of this hymn are pretty deep. I love how we are chosen to be His Church...I love the part that talks about the Church prevailing victoriously! I can't wait to be the Church united before Christ in eternity! That will be awesome!
(read these words slowing...let their meanings roll around...I love it!)

The church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation, Yet one over all the earth;
Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder, Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping; Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping; Shall be the morn of song.

The church shall never perish, Her dear Lord to defend
To guide, sustain and cherish, Is with her to the end
Though there be those that hate her, And false sons in her pale
Against a foe or traitor, She ever shall prevail

Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation, Of peace forevermore;
’Til, with the vision glorious, Her longing eyes are blessed,
And the great church victorious; Shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!, Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee.