Monday, January 16, 2012

All Because of a Kiss

I leaned over and kissed him on the temple.  The kiss went from something to do to a place to be.  So I stayed there a minute - my lips on his temple.
  I closed my eyes.  
This is one of my favorite places.

He opened his sleepy eyes and smiled a sleepy smile.  It is also one of his favorites.  I left to go study and thanked God for this man in my life.  For his love for the Word, his love for all of our kids, and for thinking I'm cute after all these years.

It all started with a lingering, taking-it-all-in kiss.  It quickly became a worship time for me.  The overwhelmingness of the morning slowly went away as my thoughts went from reasons upon reasons to give thanks. 

It continued up I-45 and I felt so full as I thanked Him over and over for all that He has done for me.  For His faithfulness.
He overwhelms me.  

Before David became King he found himself in a pickle more than once. 
 One of those times found in I Samuel 30 he was about to be killed by his own men. 
 He was distressed (sound familiar?) and then in verse 6 it says that he 
encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 

One of the definitions for encouraged is to strengthen.

When we are full of distress, or stress, whatever you want to call it, we are to encourage or strengthen ourselves in the Lord our God.

One way to strengthen or encourage is to meditate on all that He has done.  
I have found that when I begin to contemplate His goodness, I can't help but 

If you are tired of seeing photos of my family, you may stop here.  I'm visual, so seeing their faces when I'm thanking God for them is just better for me.

Thank you, Jesus, for 

braids in brother's beard,


sweet little girl clapping, yelling "hayride!,  hayride!"
(makes me smile to remember)

son-in-law who loves my precious daughter,

my boy with his boy,

wrestling in the floor,

girls excited about twizzlers in the stockings,

morning grocery store runs with sweet baby girl,

family pictures,

family pictures,

and more family pictures,

four girls with my genes,

six kids that I've known longer than anybody in this whole world (tear),

nine kids that I pray for fervently,

extra kids I pray for fervently,

little boy who loves that I love him,

spider man kisses,

aunt love,

and spending time with her.


Linking up with Multitudes on Monday

2 thoughts:

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh my goodness... you have such a beautiful family! Such an amazing family resemblance between you all. That is so neat! What a beautiful post of gifts and gratitude! :)

Megan said...

I was just cruising through your blog and what a blessing you are! This probably sounds crazy, but I had tears streaming down my face from just reading your post and viewing pictures of your lovely family. Your love for Christ is so aparent and that is very encouraging! Thank you for sharing such great thoughts and joy! :)