Philippians 4:19-20 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Good Sunday morning, Peeps! This Sunday looks a little different than usual. Most of the time, we get up early, start preparations for a big family lunch, rush around to do last minute chores, get dressed up, and go to our home church to enjoy worship with our faith family, but that won’t be happening today. Thursday, I began to feel a little under the weather. I didn’t feel horrible. I just felt like I was coming down with a cold. Friday, the cold symptoms continued, my neck felt more achy than usual, I felt overwhelmingly fatigued, and kept a low grade fever most of the day. I decided I better go and get a COVID test to be safe. I felt sure it would be negative and that I was just being paranoid. My husband said that I was being “para-smart,” meaning paranoid-smart. I thought for sure that it would be negative, but it was not. My husband did test negative thankfully, and so far, he is feeling well. My youngest, Crystal, is also still at home with us, and she too feels well. So for the past few days, we have been practicing social distancing in our house and spending more time outdoors on our eighty acres as I quarantine from the world. There will be no big family lunches this Sunday or next, no getting dressed up and going to church, no spending time fellowshipping and praising with my church family.
However, just because we are doing things in a different way doesn’t mean we won’t do those things. Well, we won’t have all the family over for lunch. That’s a definite no, but we will have lunch at home. We conveniently have a 10 foot rustic farmhouse table, and I can sit all the way on one end and eat with my husband and daughter at the other end. We are still managing family meals “at a distance.” Our church services will be watched live on the internet today. It’s not the same as being there, but God is still giving us a chance to worship, and I refuse to miss that opportunity. I am even able to tithe on-line today. It’s not the same, but I am so thankful that God already had all of this worked out so that I can continue to worship Him today. I give the glory to Him!
God takes care of us and supplies our every need. He even takes care of the details. We have tons of food in the freezers and pantries. We have eighty park like acres to roam as we quarantine. He even worked out my work details. I was only scheduled to work one day this coming week because I was going to use some vacation days to go on a hunting trip to Texas. Thankfully, my employers only have to cover one of my shifts. Isn’t it amazing how God works it all out!
I don’t feel well, but I do feel incredibly blessed. I have been truly blessed by hundreds of prayers and kind words from friends and family. My husband and daughter are still well. Yesterday I took a two mile brisk walk with my husband and our dogs on our property. It’s easy to get some sunshine and enjoy nature while quarantining when you live in the middle of eighty acres. In the afternoon, I went for a slow walk with my daughter and the dogs, and I took my camera along to take pictures of the beauty that God has so graciously placed all around us. Y’all God is good! I could sit here and pout about being sick, or I can keep moving and keep looking for the blessings. I’m choosing the blessings.
Friends, I pray today and every day that you will choose to look for the blessings too. If we focus on the negative, sickness, bad circumstances, or whatever is going on in our lives, and we forget to focus on the blessings, we end up missing out on the blessings. But, if we keep an attitude of gratitude, and we keep our eyes and minds on Christ, we begin to see and feel innumerable blessings. There truly is goodness in every day with Christ. I pray that you aren’t missing those blessings today!