T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

Thankful

My top three for the week:

3.)  My faith giving me confidence that my dear friend Guy is home with Jesus after a long, brutal struggle with liver cancer. He’s home and free.

2.)  Amazing friends who make the journey of life so much sweeter.

1.)  Unhurried time and conversation with each of my boys individually, talking about anything and everything, as laughter and hugs abound. I’m so blessed to have my boys! They are so good to their mama. 🙂

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“The most beautiful necklace a mother can wear is not gold or gem, but her child’s arms around her neck.” –Author Unknown

What tops your list for the week?

 

“R” is for…

Rahab

One of my very dearest friends named her dog Rahab.  One day when we were out for a walk, she was telling me the story of how her son thought it was terrible that she named the dog Rahab.
“Why is it terrible?” asked my friend.

“Mom!” He looked at her as if she were dense.  “Rahab was a hooker.”

She knew he was talking about Rahab from the Bible. The same Rahab who was a prostitute had also given a safe place to stay to the spies secretly sent by Joshua to scout out the fortified city of Jericho.  She risked her life for men she didn’t even know, putting their lives ahead of her own well-being out of loyalty and faithfulness to her God.

“Son,” she had told him, Rahab was a prostitute, yes, but she was a good person.”

While the fact that she was a prostitute remained in the forefront of her son’s memory, her goodness is what remained in my friend’s memory.  Though I can’t say that surprised me, because she saw the good in everyone.  It was she who taught me that just because someone does something unfavorable, it doesn’t mean that person isn’t redeemable by God’s grace.  When I was complaining about something my husband had done–or didn’t do–it was she who said, “Remember what he has done for you and given to you.”  And when she felt frustrated with her husband about something, she didn’t get angry.  She voiced her thoughts, smiled and said, “But he’s my husband and I love him.”

That friend was brought into my life by a loving God who knew I needed exactly her and her outlook on life.  He knew her words and wisdom would guide me long after she moved out of state to far away Tennessee.

The story she told me about her son’s reaction to naming her dog Rahab taught me two important lessons.  It’s wise to be careful what we do in life because they may be remembered for years afterward.  And the second is, when I see a person, do I choose to see the bad or the good?  I hope and pray that I show enough love and grace that the good I do is what will be remembered.

Peace

 

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this week:

1.)  The act of service I’ve chosen to do for the Lenten season that enhances my prayer life and closeness to God.

2.)  The unexpected text message from my married son filling me in on my granddaughter and letting me know I was in his thoughts. What a blessing!

3.)  Laughter and joy shared with my husband.  Who knew marriage could be such an amazing partnership? 🙂

What blanketed your heart with warm gratitude this week?

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May you be aware of the endless blessings that surround you this next week.

All is Grace.

Rhonda

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this week:

1.) The warm glow of lamplight and the soft flicker of candlelight on a cold evening.

2.) The soothing absence of sound and bright light after a period of sensory overload.

3.) My two grown sons on a trip together in Las Vegas, spending good quality time with one another. Makes my heart proud.

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Please share what you’re grateful for this past week. 🙂

Peace

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

So I’ve decided to add a new weekly gratitude post on Fridays, naming the top three things I’m incredibly grateful for from the week. There are so many things to be grateful for, but the top three are what I plan to mention.  I would love for anyone who reads this to add your top three as well. Let’s get the gratitude meter skyrocketing. 🙂

I’m grateful for:

1. The all around freedom we have in our country and for the men and women who have, and continue to, fight for us that we are able to keep that freedom.

2. My 21-year-old son meeting me at home for lunch, sitting at the kitchen table with me while we eat, talking to me so openly and so filled with joy and enthusiasm, revealing what’s in that beautiful 21-year-old mind.

3. The joy and freedom I feel while running outside in the sunshine on a beautiful, warm day. My mind is the most creative then and I can come up with so many ideas for stories, or simply pray.

Wishing you a Beautiful Weekend.

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