Thankfulness = Joy

I have witnessed God’s faithfulness in several areas lately of which I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. He is the Great Provider of all our needs! As Kristen so faithfully reminded me, with a quote by Debi Pearl, “Thankfulness is how we think; joy is the abundance it produces.” Joy for the journey to complete all the tasks of life, to manage my home, to serve my husband, to keep my eyes on the Lord, all comes from a thankful heart, a mind that is filling its thoughts with thankfulness.

1. Car Provisions

This past Thursday my husband was preparing to depart for the computers & missions conference. He was to leave at 12:30 am (Friday) for a lovely red-eye flight (hey it was cheap!). We are driving around in our little red Subaru wagon, when we hear the lovely sound of brakes grinding against the pads…well, that is to say that pads are gone…which makes the horrible noise! He’s leaving tonight, what are we to do, it’s our only car, and this is a problem. We call around..no shops have openings. We call a family friend. He is gracious enough to slip us in, due to the emergency situation.

Not only was he so gracious to solve our problem, he also extended himself to solve another ailment that had been lingering for awhile. Our starter has been failing over the last few years, and we have often not been able to start the car (boy do I have some stories!). He replaced our brake pads and our starter and would not let us pay the bill. His generosity was so overwhelming! He told us it was his way of supporting us and the direction God is calling us. God is so good!

2. A new flight

The Lord had already provided the resources to cover the flight and conference, so we knew God wanted him to attend this conference. It is 7:00pm in the evening, the phone rings, Aaron’s flight is canceled. He waits on the phone for over a hour trying to talk with someone. Finally, we decide the best thing to do is just go to the airport. We lay Karis down to bed at my brother’s house, and drive to the airport together. I drop the husband off at the gate, and proceed to park the vehicle. Low and behold, before I even entered the airport, Aaron has managed to get a new flight and to top it off it was a better flight to boot! He departed at 10:30 instead of 12:30 and arrived earlier as well. Praise the Lord! He definitely wanted Aaron to go.

3. My hubby is coming home!

Last but not least…I am so thankful that my hubby is coming home tonight! Absence makes the heart grow fonder indeed, but there is only so much I can handle. ;) Actually, it has been a refreshing weekend for Karis and I. We spent a lot of time with my family, which was a joy! I am so thankful for Skype (a free online telephone system), through which I was able to talk with Aaron via video throughout the past 5 days. What a huge blessing! Being apart makes we realize to a greater extend what a wonderful gift my husband is to me. How undeserving I am of his love for me! He so faithfully seeks to provide for us, protect, and lead us in the Word.

What are you thankful for today? Increase your joy today by reflecting on what God has done for you!

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

6 Responses to Thankfulness = Joy

  1. Lauren June 11, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    I found your website off of the Super Baby Food website. I really like your blog! Thanks for sharing your life and I hope to read it more often. It’s always an encouragement to see how God is being faithful… Also, I think I will link your Super Porridge on one my posts I am planning to write about it…

  2. Kate June 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    Lindsay, have you read all of the books by the Pearls?

    • Lindsay June 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

      No, only Created to Be His Helpmeet & To Train Up a Child.

  3. [email protected] June 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Wow! Thank you so much for joining Gratituesday and for sharing these awesome ways God is working in your life!! What a blessing for your car to be fixed…and for your friend to not let you pay!! Wow!! And it sounds like your husband’s trip was a blessing in many ways too. So glad he’ll be coming home tonight! I always miss my husband so much when he’s gone! Enjoy his homecoming!

  4. autumn sager June 10, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Wow Lindsay what a testimony I am so happy that God blessed you and Aaron in so many ways, Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for all the little and big things He does for us, as well as blessing us with wonderful husbands:)

  5. Donna June 10, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    I loved your storeis! God is precious! It is encouraging to hear how He works in others lives. Thanks for sharing!