Thursday, January 24, 2013

JOY! Thankful Thursday!

I will not lie. This week has not been one of those happy, happy, joy, joy weeks. I know there will be times that what I am seeing, or learning will not feel like "JOY!" But, rest assured, I am praying, watching, and expecting to see God even in weeks such as this.
 
Sunday night, a migraine set in. YUCK!! Sort of like the ccoolldd weather. Brrr. It set in, and finally, it is slowly dissipating. I tend to have what I call a "migraine hangover" for a couple days after. That's still lingering. I do feel much better today! Yayy!! One thing I am when I have a migraine...is QUIET. Yes, those of you that really know me are probably shocked. I am QUIET and I want QUIET!

Monday, I visited a dear shut-in from our church. It was her 80th birthday. Don't think I am all that. Because, I really meant to put a card in the mail last week. I thought, "OK I will call her today". As the morning went on my migraine was relentless, but even more than that, the prodding of the Holy Spirit was so evident, that I needed to go visit her. As bad as I felt? Really? I didn't have it in me to wrestle the prodding. So, I took an hour, just a small tiny moment of my day and guess what? The Lord blessed me so, and also taught me a huge lesson. How many times have I missed an opportunity to bring JOY to someone else and the blessing God would have poured out on me had I listened??!! I have thought about stopping in to see her numerous times, and yet, NEVER made the time. She even called me the next night to thank me for visiting her. Talk about conviction. Whew! Has the Lord laid someone on your heart to call or visit and you keep saying, "I need to do ____."? And you haven't yet?? A HUGE reminder of the "O" in JOY. OTHERS before myself!

Kea battled a stomach bug Monday afternoon and evening. Just lovely. A migraine, and a sick little boy, that just wants Mom! The Lord said, Press on Mom! You got this and I am right here for you!!! The joy in this was he finally went to sleep at 10:15 and slept ALL NIGHT! He was better the next morning! Yay! Thank you Jesus!!

Yesterday, when I got home Bub was in the bed, sick. OH NO! Here we go. I was thinking Round 2! If he is in the bed.... he is really, really sick. He is the one that breezed through getting his wisdom teeth removed and wanted bacon the next day!!  I woke him up to see what was going on, and he has the sinus junk, headache, sore throat. With the flu going around, we headed to Urgent Care. Yay!! Thank you Jesus! ....No flu, just a sinus infection.

I know the title of this post is Thankful Thursday, and I haven't been very thankful through this post.

I am THANKFUL

for the Holy Spirit's leading 
for the Lord's blessings
for the sweet words of an 80 year old prayer warrior
that my baby boy is better
that Bub did not have the flu(or the stomach bug)
for my friends that pray for me and encourage me
for my husband for putting up with me when I have a migraine. (I am not very nice)
that my headache is on its way OUT!!
that I have warm clothes now that winter decided to show up
for the sun this week and for sunglasses on my way to work!
that tomorrow is FRIDAY! 
that God is working JOY into my life
for God's WORD
for HIS discipline
for HIS LOVE, COMPASSION, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, MERCY & GRACE that He has for me. 

Especially when I fail Him. When I fall. When I am disobedient.  

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11












4 comments:

Sherry Reese said...

A great reminder that even in our trials we can find joy and thankfulness. Glad you are all feeling better now. Now we just need some snow! ;-)

Janis Cox said...

Praying that you have a better week next week. But thankful that God helped you to get through the tough days this week.
Blessings,
Janis

Samantha said...

Just so you know you bring joy to me also. Thank you for your text yesterday telling me you were praying for us after things that happened this week! I appreciate it so much! Love ya!

Paula said...

Oh migraines sure make joy hard! Glad it is better now. I agree that encouraging others can bring so much joy to them and you!