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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Unexpected Things - Remembering To Be Thankful

Why is it that somethings seem to come in bunches?

Over the last month or so we have had many items break or need some sort of repair. The carpet attachment on our canister vacuum is dead, the motor on my kitchen aide is going south, the pump, that sends the wash water from the laundry to the septic, is not working properly. Tim's van is van needs transmission work and a switch needs to be replaced for the a/c which works fine but now won't blow out the vents.....

Our oldest son has broken his leg - a spiral fracture of both the Tibia and Fibula in his right leg. He had surgery on Sunday and now sports a metal rod down the bone and several lovely screws as accessories!

Are these things insurmountable? No. Are they difficulties? Yes, and inconvenient. It makes it harder for me to get my work done. But certainly nothing like this dear family whose 5 year old daughter Kate, is battling a malignant brain tumor.

All of these things are unexpected - but we need to remember to focus today on what God allows. I can be thankful that we have mostly hardwood flooring and just a few rugs, I can be thankful that my husband is handy with fixing things. I can be thankful for my healthy family, other than the broken leg, recovering hip, sprained ankle!

I was kind of feeling sorry for myself yesterday. Today, God has helped me to put it into perspective. I will remember that God is in control, and that nothing comes to us that He doesn't allow for our ultimate good, and His glory.


  1. I know what you mean, things always seem to happen in bunches here too! My husband often has to remind me during those times that we don't really have things that bad -- we don't have any incurable illnesses, we have food and shelter and many more blessings.
    You are right, the right perspective really is all we need!
    (I am sorry for all you have had going on - it still isn't always easy.) :)

  2. I'm sorry to hear that everything seems to be falling apart at the same time. When it rains it pours i guess. But that makes it all the much harder to deal with.

    But you are exactly right in remembering that nothing comes to us with out passing through the Lords hands first. He will use it for our good some how.

  3. Wow, I just posted a post about being thankful today too!

    It seems everything happens at once, I agree.

    Our perspective definitely needs to be realigned many times...thats why we need the Lord!

  4. How well I know the frustrations of everything dumping at once. It can feel so much like an attack.

    I do know, however, that you are in the right place. One of praise for all the Lord is doing in your life.

    Hold tight to Him, friend. You are loved both by us here on earth and by the One who knitted you together.


  5. Yes, we've had those streaks too and they try our patience. OK, they try my patience more than my DH's, LOL. Grrrr.

    I am so sorry to hear about that nasty break for your oldest son. I've broken both legs before and had operations with some pins, but no rods, thank goodness. Bless his heart, I hope that he heals soon and as good as before! He has quite a recovery ahead of him.

  6. So sorry to hear about your son, on top of everything else!

    It does all seem to happen at once, I agree. However, when I'm not in the midst of one of those streaks, I don't often stop to think about how many good things happen-I only take note when it's the bad stuff. I like your reminder to be thankful-I need to count some blessings after just experiencing one of those streaks recently.

    BTW-The Parson's Wife had a link on her blog several months ago for KA parts. You might want to check it out.

  7. I agree that sometimes it seems that one thing after another just seems to keep happening. But, you are also right in that God is with us through it all. It is difficult sometimes, but God will always give us help, strenght and comfort. We are praying for your family. If we can do anything to help, please let us know.


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