Always, there is thankfulness that God allowed me to have another day. It is the first thing I thank the Lord for in the morning......and the last "thank you" before I close my eyes for the night.
Even though life right now is wrought with trials and hardships, I always look for the "happies" and "thankfuls" that the Lord has allowed me to have. I am a nature lover....birds and their songs, flowers and trees....a beautiful sky.
I love to be up early in the morning because all of nature is beginning to wake up too. The rooster is calling for everyone to "get up"....what a great sound that is!!! And the family of bluejays come down from their home in the big oak tree in front of our home to collect whatever food they find down on the ground below. There are at least 5 of them. They are wonderful to watch.....hopping about, searching and teasing one another.
We take Bailey, our adorable 3 year old mini-schnauzer, out first thing in the morning. She runs around so playfully....like a little child with a smile on her face. Her eyes are always looking around for the black cats that she loves to torment...well, actually, they torment her but she likes to think it is the other way around...LOL Since the grass always has dew on it, Gary picks her up to bring her in and dry her off. She just looks so adorable hanging in his arms...again, just like a little kid. And for me, that is what she is :) Remember when your children were babies how wonderful and exciting it was to wake up to them in the morning? That is exactly how I feel with her. I do not have a real baby at home anymore, so Bailey gets all my morning kisses...*snicker*
Gary and I have breakfast and then we discuss what our plans are for the day. Today, I took an "easier day". I suffer terribly from fibromyalgia and really needed a break so I did small things to give my hurts a chance to calm down for the rest of the week. Denise came over in the early morning and we applied Wall Words to one of the walls in our bedroom. It has taken me quite awhile to come up with just the right words...but I saw these at Hobby Lobby this week...and they were perfect :) I am thankful for Denise, my lovely adult daughter, and I am thankful for finding words that have such meaning for us.
In the afternoon, we took a backroads drive. We love to do this...always seeing things we have not seen before. The country is so pretty here with its winding, hilly and woodsy roads. So relaxing......I am thankful for the peace and calm that it brings to me when I am troubled and stressed from the hard "bumps" in my lifes road.
Life situations for the past 4 years have been particularly hard on me. Gary asked me on our drive today if I was ready to give up. I told him I did not really want to "give up".....but I would just like to run away for awhile...LOL This is where I am REALLY thankful...that I have the Lord in my life to hold me up when I feel like I want to crumble to the ground!!! I am so, so grateful that the Lord reminds me that He is there for me...ALWAYS....and He will never, ever leave me!!!
Hebrews 13:5...for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee...KJV