Do you remember this song?
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things….
When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.
If you were to write a list of things that cheers you up when it is a difficult day who or what would appear on it? My list would mostly be people and a list of gratitude that they are in my life, even if it was only briefly.
I’m grateful for the person who was my toffee twin on a church camp who left me the tract that led me to Christ even though I didn’t know who you are.
I’m grateful to my mum, who passed away too young, who taught me to love feeding people, to love difference and to never feel like being different is bad.
I’m grateful to a Dad who loves others going through tough times because he knows how it feels.
I’m grateful to family who don’t complain too much that I’m at the other end of the world & enjoy having an Aunty Tracey in Africa.
I’m grateful to church family home and away who have been mothers and sisters to me when I have needed them.
I am grateful for all the people God has put in my life, including a husband who knows when I say ‘I want to go home’ to ask ‘Which home?’
Most of all I’m grateful to God that He is in control of all things. Without knowing that all things are in His hands then the pain and the sorrow of this world would be too much to bear. But I know for sure that in Him the things that don’t make sense now have reason.
Psalms 63:3-8 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. 6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
What song do you sing in the night?
(This post was part of Rachel Olsen’s Devotional Carnival on Gratitude – check out the other posts if you want a treat!)