Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday Thoughts

This morning I turned on Joyce Meyer before getting out of bed, and watched her morning Bible Study. Somehow God had whispered in her ear that she needed to talk to me about my attitude. I know this because every word coming out of her mouth was meant for me. She talked about loving life and making the decision to live every day to the fullest with joy in our hearts no matter what our circumstances. Okay, God, I got the message!

The past couple of days I have been very crabby, and have let my hubby know how much I hate being here alone. You see, he has had the privilege of going 5 1/2 hours north of here to visit his mom, brothers, and extended family while also staying at the home of our daughter and her family. I was resentful and I was angry because I cannot travel and had to stay home. I have not been back in that area for 14 years, and I have not been able to travel and stay at someone else's home in 6 years but for some reason it hit me hard this time around and I was making sure everyone knew I was unhappy.

This was not an easy trip for Joel due to his health problems. He stopped every 1 1/2 -2 hrs on the way up to sleep for an hour just so he could get up there. Then he scheduled his visits to include naps and early bedtime. Driving home will be the same thing. We have talked 2-3 times a day and have had devotions over the phone together each morning. He has shared all the joy he has felt seeing everyone and being back "home" in an area of the country he loves. I have been very happy for him, but it has been clouded with feeling sorry for myself!

So, how is that working for you Renee? Ummmmm not so well. And God let me know today through the ministry of Joyce Meyer. I have a choice here...to enjoy the days alone or to grumble and complain. Starting today I am enjoying every day and plan to keep working on enjoying every single minute of my life ~ I have so much to be thankful for!

Thank you God that Joel is able to reconnect with his family, spend time with his 93 yr old mother, and give those MN grandbabies some hugs. Thank you Lord for a loving husband who wants to share each of these moments with me, and who misses me as much as I miss him. Thank you Lord that he will be home soon.....Thank you God for having a nice home to live in with our dog Levi for company. Thank you for cell phones, Internet, and TV to help pass the time. Thank you that I feel good enough to be up and about the house and take care of myself. Thank you Lord for loving me enough to bring my negative attitude to my attention. Thank you Lord for forgiveness......

Thank you Lord for a beautiful fall "Indian Summer" day! Let me rejoice in it!

6 comments:

Mildred said...

What a beautiful post Renee. I know we all have days where we feel down but a look around tells us that we are very blessed in so many ways. Your post uplifted me today. We are having a gorgeous fall day too. I enjoyed being outdoors for a few minutes when I went for the mail. Remembering you and your family in prayer and for lots of blessed moments. Give Levi a pat from me!

Karen said...

Renee,
how precious! I think it so wonderful to have shared over the phone with your hubby, God's Word. Yes, He uses different ways to get the lightbulb to come on, don't he? I enjoyed reading your gratitude list. Thanks for sharing. Thank you for your sweet comments left at my Place.
Karen

Mevely317 said...

Renee, your honesty is so refreshing! I can identify with your feelings on SO many levels... ane so many times I didn't have the moxie to break free from my own "pity parties."
I've not had the opportunity to hear Joyce Meyer speak (yet!), but love her message; most importantly, your decision to accept!
Your Joel's a lucky man :)

Renee said...

Thank you Mildred....keeping you and John in prayer.

Renee said...

Hi Karen
This is the first time we did devotions over the phone each morning and I really enjoyed that...

Renee said...

Hi mevely
Thanks for coming by....I watch Joyce Meyer on tv here which is nice...have read a couple of her books too... How sweet of you to say Joel is a lucky man! I certainly feel that I am blessed to have him in my life :)