I have something to confess. The past few weeks I didn't participate in Susanne's Friday Fave Five because I was basically in a bad mood. (Well, last week I was just plain busy.) But wrapping up moving into our house produced a variety of stresses and it was hard to see beyond them. I kinda felt I ought to be participating in FFF but at the same time, well, I just didn't.
These verses comes to mind:
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
But Job replied, "You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:10
Whether good or "bad" I need to thank God for it. It is all for my good. (It's admittedly easier to say this after the fact and usually not during the trial.)
Things I am grateful for:
1. That my daughter, who has been very sick with a bad cough, does not have RSV or whooping cough. (She was tested for both.) She has an ear infection though and so we're down for the count on antibiotics. I'm very grateful re: whooping cough in particular as several of our family friends have it and it just sounds absolutely harsh, terrible and frightening!
2. I had an absolutely fantastic time with my friend last week. She came with her baby girl and we had a few extremely fun days with one another. We talked and talked and talked and enjoyed each other's company very well. I loved it.
3. Our oven works and doesn't smell like smoke! Every appliance in the kitchen had to be replaced but we were able to run the cleaner on our oven and it works! In a celebratory gesture, I made brownies with peanut butter chips. They were yummy.
4. When I was in my early 20's I bought a bunch of Disney song soundtracks. (Don't ask me why. I really don't want to confess that much about my personality.) At any rate, this past week my children have been thoroughly enjoying them. My oldest sits riveted next to the music player listening to the songs and memorizing them. My two boys together belt out, "YO HO! YO HO! A Pirate's Life for MEEEeee!" in unison. It's very funny in person, if not in writing. Apparently I made a good investment in the lives of my future children when I bought those CD's. It might be argued that they are being enjoyed by an appropriate age group now but really. . . ! Who DOESN'T smile when you hear, "You can FLY!"
5. It is a weekend. And for that I am very, very grateful!