From Ding to Thanksgiving

I had gone to the postal pickup box and I was expecting a cheque to arrive – but instead, I received a notice that I wouldn’t get the funds for another 2 weeks… and I had been really depending on that cheque to arrive!! As a single mom at the time – every penny counted!! So, I have my 3 young children in the minivan and I know that God will see to all our needs… I start the vehicle… get the dings that remind me to put my seatbelt on – and then it happened!!

That extra ding!! the “you need gas” ding!!! Now, earlier I had looked at the gas gauge and it had read at 1/2 a tank… now it read empty… the gauge had been stuck… I calculated the amount of driving verse the gas I had put in – and yup… I needed gas…

I was frustrated – but I also knew that God would provide our needs – He had already proven Himself – so with minimal thanksgiving – I heavily thumped the steering wheel and somewhat aggressively proclaimed “Well praise God anyway!!” and my gas gauge jumped to 1/2 full again… and it stayed that way for 2 weeks – until the next cheque arrived… seriously – angles must have pushed my minivan everywhere because there is no other explanation – mathematically – I drove on fumes…

Phil 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice (notice not if you feel like it – it’s not an emotional request that you have to start rejoicing – you can start regardless of your emotional state)

Let your gentleness be evident to all my children need to see me in control… not a screaming yelling out of control mom…

Do not be anxious I was a bit grumpy but I didn’t act and freak out asking now what!! or well this is just great!!

The Lord is near – the “well praise God anyways!!!!!”  – I addressed God… I knew He was there with me…

But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God and the peace that transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus… now, I didn’t say any other words out loud – and I didn’t have to – this wasn’t a time for a long time with God – I had 3 children to look after…  God knows our hearts and our thoughts before we utter them… He knew I was doing my best to trust Him at that moment… and yes, I had peace… my burden was lifted… God was in control…

We don’t need to “perfect” before we go before God… even the little God help me prayers on the days when just getting out of bed seems like a climb up Everest… just a simple “Hello God” is enough… you are acknowledging that God is there with you… you don’t even need to get out of bed and dance through your house… just breathe and say Hello God… He knows your intentions… just choosing Him over the dark thoughts is praising Him… and addressing Him – you realize there is a brighter side and that you even thinking He there is. that idea there is a way out – that slim ray of hope – that being about to take a better breath….  admit it – you are thankful…

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