Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friday's Fave Five

In case you missed the memo, Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story holds this weekly meme in which we are encouraged to list five things that we are especially grateful for, or were amused by, or generally feel blessed with over the course of the past week.

Let me say this: THIS WEEK HAS BEEN AWESOME!!!!!!!! Each day just crept along in a beautiful way and we're excited to see where these past few days will take us in terms of our future. And on that note, I have these five things to say:

1. Ok, the first two statements are tied together and have been the truths I've lived on for the last year of our lives. I know I've posted them before but they are oh so very true and if you haven't listened yet, please consider listening and in this order:

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven. . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." Ecc. 3:1,4

2. Sometimes God's answer to our prayers is: Wait.

" . . . weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5(b)

3. Just because we're waiting, does not mean that we have to live without hope. I was listening to this song in the car the other day and Bookworm asked me if Spring was literally coming. I answered in the affirmative to him - explaining that winter would last a little while longer but then spring would indeed be coming. I answered him and myself at the same time. "YES - Spring IS coming!!!"

We're watching the ground.

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

4. Still, we keep praying, watching and waiting, comforted in the fact that God does move, in His perfect time, and that He can handle infinitely more than I'm usually willing to admit.

He is always faithful.

"Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions." Ecc. 7:10

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future." Ecc. 7: 13-14

5. And while we cannot know our future with any certainty - we know who holds us and what He means for us:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Knowing that, we can do this:

". . .yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights." Habbakuk 3:18-19

Grinning with Hope,


P.S. On a totally different note, I'm also happy to be hosting a few Valentine's Giveaways this weekend. I have the complete Anne of Green Gables set to offer to someone, as well as some YA novels and, lastly, a Five-Minute Devotions for Children book if you'd like to check those out. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


Hazel said...

Ecclesiastes (not sure if I still got the spelling right, it's been awhile I haven't opened a Bible :( seriously) 7:10 - I am amazed that there's a text like that. I haven't asked the question though but I always hear that everywhere from people. Thanks for posting that. Your valentine giveaway sounds amazing. If I told my friend about it, she'd surely drool :) Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

I will be back...something is wrong with my computer and I can't view any video type things! Oh Giveaways yippeee!

Kari said...

what a beautiful post.
such great songs by Steven Curtis Chapman.
God is always good.

Susanne said...

This post was very timely for me. Thanks for the encouraging words and songs. Steven Curtis Chapman songs are ones I am listening to more and more lately.

Barbara H. said...

Glad you had such an awesome week! And spring IS coming -- hallelujah!

Stephani Cochran said...

Sorry! I messed up my previous comment! This was a terrific post. I'm glad you had an awesome week!

Jientje said...

It's good to see you had a great week. And yes, yes yes, Spring IS coming, I'm counting the days here as well!

Brenda said...

There is a lot of depth in those songs, so glad they have been encouraging to you this week.

Willow said...

Yes, waiting is the hard part. But we have a God Who has a plan for good and not for evil, giving us a hope and a future. (Jer 29.11, loosely paraphrased...)

Have a happy weekend!

Faith said...

we LOVE SCChapman here in our home. I especially love the very first song you listed.....great songs....great fff...enjoy the weekend

Sis said...

I like Chapman's music a lot too. Love the God messages in this post today. :)

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Aww...that's a great way to face a new week -- Grinning with hope!

A timely and important and true post. Thanks for sharing!

RA said...

It's good to know you had an awesome week. I like your creative way to post about this week's blessings. Wonderful giveaways! Have a great week ahead, my dear :)

Jean Stockdale said...

Steven Curtis Chapman is surely one of the champions of the faith for his ability to communicate glorious Biblical truth through music. Thanks for sharing a great post.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Our power outage had some great fun moments, like Sadir (our boxer) and my husband. I thought it was the funniest thing when I woke up and saw trying to crawl up in the chair with him. The picture still makes me laugh out loud.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Blessings.

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