last year, i read through the bible in a year. three chapters daily, and five on sundays. (well, sundays are busy, so it usually ended up being eight on mondays. but i digress.)
this year, i wanted something different, so i started out studying a different topic of my choice every week. i hoped to have 50 little mini-studies completed by the end of the year.
well, without a definite plan (ha, maybe i should have planned my topics in advance?), i kind of got derailed, and just found myself poking around without a lot of direction.
a friend of mine recommended SheReadsTruth - an online community of women all reading the same passages on the same day. and i love it! i read my passage alone, offline, and think on it. pray over it. and then pop online to read the blogpost and comments that other women have shared.
so. much. fun.
and challenging. and interesting.
today we read in hosea 2.
the part that stood out the most to me was that gomer (hosea's unfaithful wife) looked around at the good things surrounding her, and attributed them to her lovers. she never even thought about hosea, and that all the blessings she enjoyed are proof of his love. in spite of her faithlessness, he showed faithful care and provision for her. reading it, my heart hurt for him.
and then, of course, i realized the point ...
God gives me all good things. and i look around and revel in them, and so rarely remember to thank Him! i eat and drink and listen to music and walk in the sunshine and rejoice in the presence of my friends ... and so infrequently turn my face God-ward to say thank you.
thank you for chalk and wobbly toddler hopscotch.
thank you for bright blue eyes under a too-big hat.
thank you for three happy smiles devouring dill pickles.
thank you for guava juice and a heart full of longing.
thank you for patches of grass appearing outside.
thank you for sunshine.
thank you for music drifting outside from a tinny radio.
thank you for phone calls from my mama.
thank you for emails from patrick.
thank you for two babies sleeping at the same time (!!!).
thank you for your golden presence in a quiet moment.
thank you for the grain, the wine, the oil, the silver and gold ...