Thursday, July 19, 2007

Blessings Through Hard Times

As I am writing this, my family (and I) are going through some difficult times. For the past 4 months, we've been trying to sell our home in West Marietta, Georgia. In addition, we've hit a spiritual slumber. It's so difficult to give God any glory at all through trying times. Our lives have been on a roller coaster of turmoil for the last 2 + years.

I sometimes wonder what God really has planned for my life. For now, I simply don't know.

And yet, there are blessings through this fog. Blessings that I praise God for.

* My wife is blessed with her job, as a Kindergarten teacher, at a wonderful Christian school. We couldn't have asked for a better school, and I mean this with all my heart.
* I am blessed with my job, even though it is still in technology, at an awesome ministry. It's not the job that matters; it is the people.
* We are healthy! Through all our trials and tribulations, I am amazed at how well my diabetes is doing. I am inspired every day by my wife and boys to do my best.
* We have been blessed with God's provisions: loving friends and family, a home, food, and much more.

God has given us time to contemplate who we are in him. There is hope in Him and through Him.

Last night, we all watched the movie, "Facing the Giants", for the third or fourth time. [we love it!] In it, the character Grant Taylor tells his football team that they will glorify God no matter what the outcome of the game. Thanks to the movie, I am reminded to glorify God through good times or bad.

This morning, I witnessed the sun rise above a mist covered field and river. The light shown through so beautifully, all I could do was give thanks and praise to God.

I know there are more trials ahead. But God will never leave me nor foresake me. I will praise Him with all my being.