Like many people, I love to look at blog posts of beautiful homes, darling crafts and lovely photos. I also love to read inspirational posts that challenge me spiritually and lead me to a closer relationship with Jesus.
But that is not our everyday reality now, is it?
Today I am struggling with a headache because over the past several weeks I decided quietly and with no fanfare to stop drinking the one diet cola drink that I have been drinking for probably 30 years. I don't want to make a big deal of it because I might not succeed. And I just decided to drink it until I ran out of it so there wasn't really a long range plan. I really didn't miss not drinking it for lunch yesterday (though I truly adore the taste) but it is the headache that is getting to me today.
Also, today, my house feels like a herd of buffalo have been running through it. Dirty doggy footprints on my lovely wood floors, just plain old dirt that needs scrubbing on my tile floors and enough dust for God to make a couple new humans.
Emotionally, just trying to hang on. Seriously. Life stinks sometimes. Often, I feel very alone in the world even though I am not.
But God is good. Life here is really short. Eternity is forever.
So, I'm thankful for life. Thankful for a home with dirty floors and all. Thankful for 5 children to love and pray for and worry about from time to time. Thankful for a husband who works hard and provides well what we really need and who loves me in spite of my complexity. Thankful for a God who is living within me today and who will give me a perfect eternity with Him even though I don't deserve it.
What are you thankful for today?