11.13.2010

Giving Thanks in the everyday


This day,
I am thankful for motherhood.
For dirty dishes and full tummies.
For my imperfections and my constant need for Jesus.
For warm pink sunsets that linger in my rearview mirrors.
For grace that keeps me moving on a few hours of sleep.

This day,
I will not take for granted
Tiny arms that wrap around me and sticky kisses in my hair;
That shoes need tied, books need read, bottoms need wiped 
and mouths need fed.

This day,
I will give thanks for
My husband's love and admiration.
His dirty boots leaving smudges on my living room rug.
The way he plays and works and gives so tirelessly.

This day,
I appreciate
Late blooming roses and fair autumn weather,
Rare quiet moments when God's love is spoken,
Friends and family and unexpected treasures of wisdom.
Seeing the invisible power of prayer 
in the faces of answered ones.

This day,
I give back to God.
Because I'm humbled by the gift it is.




17 comments:

Free Pretty Things For You said...

you have such a way with words... what a Beautiful post ♥

Coby said...

Just beautiful.

It really is the simple things, isn't it?

Cynthia said...

You were talking about being God giving you the ability to run on lack of sleep...and last night I was whining that I wasn't able to go to bed by 9 pm. so I could go to work early this morning...because I HAVE TO HAVE my 7 hours. I think maybe I should shut up....Thankyou for your wonderful words. I'm so glad God brought you into this world. :)

Cynthia said...

being wasn't supposed to be in that first sentence...I just woke up to get ready for work...please excuse my mistypes. :)

Lara said...

Amen, friend.

Kelly said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Ash said...

Very beautiful things you're thankful for! I want to do something like this!

Cole said...

beautiful! I want to write this down. Thanks for always inspiring Joye!

Big Fat Mama said...

Everyone else has said "beautiful" but that is a really beautiful thing to read!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

what a blessing joye. a beautiful day full of beautiful things to be thankful for.

Big Fat Mama said...

Can I copy your poem with your link to your blog for my post that I'm writing tonight? You can let me know by leaving a comment on my blog. Thanks! :)

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

I am thankful for a house full of boys...some my own...some friends of my own...but all considered mine when they enter this house. I am thankful for their laughter and the joy they take in simple things. I am thankful for the warmth of our house, the food in our tummies, the ways God provides for us.

I am most thankful for His grace that covers it all.

Love to you, sweet Joye. Have a beautiful day.

-:-Chanin-:- said...

Beautiful post! It is so encouraging to see gratefulness when there are so many people around that mostly just complain.

Be blessed, Chanin

Kenneth Carman said...

Found you via the next blog button. Great post, it is amazing how the power of words, they can be an encouragement, they can help prevent evil, and in the case of our Father, they can speak the world into existence... Your words are a blessing to others, just to let you know, I'm praying for you!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i ditto it all. you say it way better than i could. gorgeous words, so full of rich thanksgiving. you have a gift, joye... i love the way you write. i also love the "giving thanks" image.

Laurie J said...

so glad I found your blog today! love this devotional!

Yellowbird said...

I just stumbled across your blog tonight. It makes me happy. Thanks for sharing : )

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