Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Give Thanks in All Circumstances"

I'm sitting here, drinking peppermint tea, eating little protein snacks, but nothing seems to help this morning sickness. Of course, it's more like "all day" sickness. I'll start to feel a little better, but when I eat, I'm back to feeling poorly. This is definitely not new to me. I've been through this more than a couple of times in my life. I know what to do. I'm taking vitamin B6. I try not to wait too long to eat. My midwife encourages protein every two hours. I avoid certain smells and delegate the diaper changing to my oldest daughter,(She's been a dear, taking over with the little ones and helping with meal preparations). I rest. I complain. I pray. I get a little grumpy. I repent for complaining and grumbling. But, am I "giving thanks in all circumstances?" I tend to do the easy thing and focus on the temporal. Praising the Lord in all things isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. Thinking in that way takes work. It takes a commitment to lay aside my worries, my pain, my discomfort and look to the One who loves me. The One who knows about all that is bothering me. And, the One who has blessed us once again with a new life. I have the glorious privilege of carrying a baby, welcoming that baby into the world, caring for him or her and best of all, telling this baby about the Creator. What a wonderful way to give thanks to God! Sharing with my little one about the immense love that God has for us. Another way to give thanks is to choose to focus on Him even when I don't feel like it. Like right now. I find that when I'm praising the Lord, I'm able to cope with the discomfort just a little better.

The other night, we had an old-fashioned hymn sing at our church. My husband had just arrived home from a business trip and needed to rest from all of the traveling. He encouraged me to go without him. I have to admit, even though I had looked forward to it all week, I really didn't want to go that night. I was tired, on the tail end of a cold, nauseous and besides, it was pouring down rain. Well, I went anyway and was so glad that I did. What a blessing that night turned out to be. Singing the great hymns of faith beside my children and our dear sisters and brothers in the Lord. And, you know what? My flesh still felt lousy, but my spirit was uplifted. My focus turned upward and I saw once again, my precious Savior.

Oh, how much I owe to Him! I can never repay the One who gave His all for me, but I can give Him the glory. I can praise Him even when I'm feeling low. I can "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". I Thessalonians 5:18

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