... waiting for Tom to bring home our new "just like the kids" tv. Of all the most unlikely moments. But there it was, wrapped up in soft lighting, soft music, a glass of tea, my favorite author, and Maisie. Truly, I think I felt the breath of heaven on my cheek.
Dear Reader, I haven't always been the most grateful of souls. (Okay, I admit it, there are still remnants of whining that cling like a sweater full of static.) For the last few years I've tried to get better at it.
I love the quote Mary captured in a recent article of HomeLife by Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts):
"Being joyful isn't what makes you grateful.
Being grateful is what maks you joyful."
Tom came home with the tv. We're still wondering what to do with the old tv, that surely weighs a ton. Truthfully, it's kind of like Tom and me. It may not be much to look at or "smart", like the new tv, but it still works.
We've been thankful to have an extra tv in our room for over a decade. Now, God's blessed us with a cool new one, and we even paid cash with a few pennies in the bank (okay, more than that, but you get the point).
I sing a song to give you thanks,
and I tell about all the wonderful things you have done.
Psalm 26:7 ERV
Somewhere, tucked in a drawer, is a list of things I thought could make our bedroom a more comfortable space. I'm pretty sure a new tv is on the list.
Guess what, Dear Reader? God has your list, too! No, they're not shopping lists, are they? More like, gosh, it would be nice if,...
I know, I know, we're supposed to pray for pure hearts and clean thoughts and world peace. I know. God probably likes it when we do that, too.
But once in a while, I think He likes to surprise us.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:2 RSV