It has nothing to do with money actually.
It is all about God's grace to me - His extravagant grace.
My grandma was a woman who felt that she wasn't 'good' enough - she didn't deserve to sit in a beautiful hotel lobby because that place "wasn't for people like us."
That thinking always made me sad, because she was thinking that worth was tied into how much money she had.
I am thankful that the Lord has taught me to see that our worth is tied to Him. He says we are worthy, and then provides "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." Ephesians 3:20
Let me list some of His blessings to me:
1. He saved me.
2. He placed me in a loving family.
3. He united me with my wonderful husband.
4. He made me the blessed mother of children, now a grandma too.
5. He has used difficult things in my life to cause me to grow in grace.
6. He has provided our wonderful home.
7. He gives us, everyday, food to eat and clean water to drink. And not just any food. Food that we like to eat!
8. He has given us beautify in the place that we live.
9. He has provided a special church family to walk alongside and to have FUN with.
10. He allows me to walk with Him daily.
I could go on and on, but I won't. It's just that I woke up this morning with a full heart, overflowing with thankfulness.
So many sweet things happened yesterday afternoon with our church friends here.
A missionary family that ministers in Ireland and are awaiting the okay to go get their two newest members of their family from Ethiopia, have been fellowshipping with us. They were able to come over yesterday, along with nearly everyone else. The mom of the family was saying how wonderful this time in the states had been for her family. Her children were experiencing a lot of firsts - the boys had never played ultimate frisbee before, their girls, especially 10 year old Molly loves horse and had never had a chance to ride before got to ride Cheyenne yesterday! She was glowing with excitement! Her younger sister rode as well.
We ladies and many of the little tea lovers in our church had tea outside under the tree with a beautiful blue sky above and a bit of a chilly breeze. My friend Amy, who hails from Texas brought Texas sized snickerdoodle cookies! My favorite cookie, and perfect for tea!
We had little ones napping on beds, little boys running around outside chasing each other, little girls drinking tea along with an adorable little guy who likes me and calls me 'Rabe.' "Me have tea, Rabe?" Well, of course he can! Who can resist that?
Lots of frisbee and the Dad's new game of choice Bocce Ball being played all over the yard. Horses ridden, tree platforms played on.
Everyone brought their lunch and shared dinner food. I made a huge pot of Chicken Noodle soup - so good! And our first mulled cider of the season.
Delightful conversation, beautiful weather, a bonfire in the evening....this day is going to stay with us for sometime.
Oh, yes indeed. I lead a rich life. And I am thankful for it everyday.