Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thankful For The Mundane

I have been struggling with writing a new blog post this week because of the heaviness in my heart for the people I know or am hearing about who have so many deep and difficult issues in their lives right now. Why should I write about the silly mundane things of my life when so many good people are trying to cope with trials and hardships I can't even imagine having to deal with myself?

As I sat thinking about that, I realized that part of my calling as one who belongs to the Creator is not only praying for those who are hurting, but also to "forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103), to bless the Lord with all my soul. Therefore, the 'silly mundane things of my life' I ought to treasure, even celebrate, and remember how good I have it on behalf of those who are struggling (does that make sense?) For instance -

I get to wake up in the morning without the dreaded fear of a doctor's call telling me the malignant or benign test results.

I get to meet the daily, hourly, minute by minute needs of my children - whom I got to carry full-term and give birth to without any complications or birth defects.

I have a loving, adoring husband AND he has a stable job which financially carries us through, so that I can stay home with our children.

I don't have to go to the doctor on a weekly basis for chemotherapy or injections to fight a disease.

My parents are both living and our relationship is better than I could ask for, and not only that, but my in-laws and I have a great relationship as well.

I get to comfort my daughter throughout the night who is fighting a bad cold knowing that it is only a cold, and not a life-threatening illness.

I have a house I get to clean and meals to prepare, rather then wondering where my family and I will sleep for the night or if I will be able to feed them enough.

I think you get the idea. There are sooo many things, people, experiences, moments, and duties to appreciate and be thankful for.

Yahweh help me (and all of us) to not forget, to not take it for granted and please help and comfort all those hurting ones who are struggling to lift their heads and carry the load they carry right now.

Love notes:

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Psalms 119:50

Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:4

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalms 4:8

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalms 29:11

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.
Malachi 4:2

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalms 147:3

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this, Stephenie. When one really stops to think about it, nothing is truly "mundane." Love you much.