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Thank you…

Handwritten notes come less and less... but grateful hearts matter most!

There it was … a beautiful, hand written thank you note.  Delivered to my daughter on time, thoughtfully written… perfect.

It stirred in me emotions of guilt, frustration and served as a reminder of how far God has brought me once again.

I love thank you notes.

I used to REALLY love thank you notes.

Years ago I could have told you who “owed” me a thank you note…

Wow.  How shallow!  But it’s the truth.  I did.

I never was one to GIVE to get something in return, and yet… for some reason I felt as though if someone didn’t write a timely, thoughtful, “Thank You”… well, they simply didn’t have a grateful heart.

My pride would swell as I made sure all of MY thank you notes would get out on time… never missing a beat in my organizational kingdom of artificial perfectionism.

As we added children, I made efforts to keep up my charade.

Over the past two or three years, lots of things have gotten fuzzy.  Including who I needed to write a thank you note to, and for what.

“Did I write a thank you to that person??”

“Did I just THINK I wrote a thank you, and didn’t?  Did I write them TWO instead?  Oh where is that list…???”

“I really hope someone doesn’t think I’m ungrateful.”

*smack*

Nothing like a little humble pie to help you realize how judgemental you have been.  *gulp*

With our last child a friend gave me a baby gift, with a note that said…”Please do not write a thank you note for this gift, that is part of your present.  I know you are thankful.”

*sigh*

Wow.  Now that was thoughtful.  Especially to someone with 8 small children, one of them being a new baby.

It seems some of the things we end up writing thank you notes for, can actually add stress to an already stressful, and busy time.  Wanting to know someone received a gift is one thing…  I get that.  I just no longer assume someone isn’t grateful, or doesn’t prioritize well if I don’t EVER get a thank you note.

Maybe they are just busy serving God in other ways… and mean well?  Just. Like. Me.

Honestly, I can’t even tell you if someone owed me a thank you any more.  I couldn’t keep track of that if I wanted to.

I think that’s how you know you have a quiver full.  Your heart is full… and your mind is over flowing.  Pride and selfishness take a back seat to serving, teaching and serving some more.

I think God did that to me on purpose.   [ Gee, you think? ]   I’m so busy with little people and serving – that things, such as focusing on who owes me a thank you note for what – just never enters the radar.

We do require our kids to write thank you notes for gifts.  I’m sure I’ve missed a few of those over the years too.  (So if you’re reading this, and we’ve forgotten you – please, know we are still grateful and love you!)  and Please accept my sincerest apologies!

The great news is … God doesn’t require a thank you note for what He has done for us…. for ALL He has given us.  He doesn’t keep score either, like I often did.

Instead, He just asks that we have a grateful spirit.  That we acknowledge our Maker.  I think a GREAT “thank you” to God is just using what He has already given us.  Our minds, our bodies… our Spirits – to serve and glorify Him!

How are those workouts coming?  Have you checked out even those little 10 minute workouts?  Praying you’re having a peaceful week before Christmas!

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful,

and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…” – Hebrews 12:28

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Pride… and HOPE!

God created SO many awesome, colorful foods! Here is my typical lunch - green leaf lettuce salad, peppers, cucumbers, shredded chicken, cottage cheese and sunflower seeds. Delish!

I tend to avoid things I don’t want to deal with.  Do you ever do this?

I know it’s not a good answer, or even a righteous one…  but I’m aware that sometimes it’s the cop-out I take.

WHY do I do that?

Pride.

When it came to educating myself Biblically on matters that just MIGHT convict me… or, rather… I knew would convict me… well… I avoided those things all the more.

When my husband came home from a business trip 7 years ago, and told me he thought homeschooling would be the best decision for our family.  I thought he had lost his mind (again).

Nope.  I *knew* God wasn’t going to lead me to do that…. (because I didn’t want to do it…) I avoided this book he suggested I read, and prayed my husband would come to his senses!

Well you know God…  When He wants something out of you – He hunts you down.  He’s relentless and doesn’t let you go on the matter.

He sets you on fire.

Suddenly every Scripture you read – blares whatever conviction He’s throwing at you.  Everyone you talk to seems to bring up this “random” topic… and you start realizing… maybe – just maaaaybe… you should listen up and pay attention!!

I realize most people know what they’re supposed to be doing when it comes to their health.  They just choose not to do it.

I was the same way.

Pride.

They tell me this all the time… “oh yeah, I know that… I just don’t do it.”

Okay great… so we KNOW what to do… God just isn’t important enough to make the change?  Is that what we’re saying?

We know we’d feel better if considered more closely what we put into our mouths.

We know we’d feel better if  we made it a point to exercise regularly each day.

We know quality of food and drink matters to how we feel and function.

So basically…

We’re comfortable being uncomfortable and do not wish to change?

Fabulous… we know SO much…. that we know the outcome!  When we aim at nothing – we’ll hit it every time!!

Just a reminder that when we put God in front of ourselves on this journey…   When we stop being selfish for short-term satisfaction, and prideful of already knowing it all but not acting when being prompted – God has some wonderful blessings in store we won’t want to miss!

Lay all of your frustrations at His feet.  He promises to be right there every step (and bite) of the way! 🙂

Share some of the blessings of HOPE He has given you along the way… as you strive to be healthy for Him!

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”  – Romans 5:3-5

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