Living A Simple Life-Part 41 (Giving Thanks Daily)
“We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts.
We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forward eagerly for the highest good. Then we deplore the fact that we lack the deep certainty, the strong faith, and the rich experience that God has given to others, and we consider this lament to be pious…
Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together”
Yesterday, as I drove away from Bible study with friends, I thanked God once again for His provision. I had been blessed; not only with the snow clothing we were given for our children to grow into, but also for deep time studying His word. It is so thrilling to know that the God I serve today has been unchanging! After hoping for a good Bible study for awhile, it has been such a blessing to delve into an intense time of weekly study with other women, using Precept Ministries’ study on 1st Samuel.
I headed to the store to pick up some more lemon juice (we’ve found that my homemade lemonade recipe is a wonderful antidote for pregnancy nausea, especially when adding some sparkling mineral water!). Calvin has made so many batches of this stuff, he has the recipe memorized! (Thanks, hon.)
While I meandered through the store, I came across a sweet older lady in the bulk section. She immediately started up a conversation with me, as she examined the nutritional facts labels on the bins. I felt God’s spirit quiet my heart, and slow me from my typical fast-paced shopping. I set down my list, and spend awhile chatting with this dear woman.
She shared how her search for inexpensive, healthy foods had sent her to start looking for dry beans (instead of her usual purchase of canned beans). She has been working with a naturopathic doctor, in addressing her diabetes nutritionally with a high protein diet, instead of with medications. We swapped protein-dense meal ideas, and then parted with a smile. It was a joy to see that she seemed much more relaxed (and less worried about her choices) after our conversation.
Later that afternoon, as we headed out to pick up our raw milk delivery, we decided to explore a new library! Libraries are one of our family’s favorite places. (It seems that Gen thinks they are her 2nd home!) We wandered the library together, and came home with a sack full of books. Gen even made sure to take “Curious George” straight to the self-check-out machine, to ensure that she would be able to take it home! She was thrilled with our destination, and kept saying “had fun at library” the whole way home.
We worked together to prepare a taco salad dinner when we got home (with our noses occasionally peeking into books!), complete with homemade salsa and guacamole (one of my regular cravings), and pasture-raised beef. Yum! (Gen has loved spicy guacamole since she was about 6 months old, and calls it “bacamimi”.) What a pleasure to spend time in the kitchen together, nourishing our family!
A simple day, of placing my hand in His, and seeing where He takes me. Thank you, Abba, for a sweet day.
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