This morning I am trying to practice the presence of God by giving thanks for good things– the smell of my hair product, an old pair of earrings that I like, cream in my coffee, our child getting himself up to go to school, the sunshine in the trees… I’m doing this as I give thanks for the life of Margaret Smith, my mom who I loved and who loved me. Many of you reading this were loved by Mom too. She died eight years ago today. She taught us to enjoy things and give thanks. Here’s Sarah’s Bible assignment that she’s been faithfully memorizing for these first two weeks of school:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17

I want you to know that I thank God for you, blog follower. Thank you for being a part of our lives and for caring for us.

4 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Thinking of, and missing your mom today, as well, Allison. Praising God for her life and beautiful legacy. Grateful for how her life reflected that verse. You are so much like her. I love you.


  2. I miss your mom very much too! She was a wonderful encourager in the Lord to me! I miss her wisdom, but the Lord reminds me often that her wisdom came from Him and He is here for me to go to. I am thankful that the same God who filled Margaret is here to fill us too! I am thankful that you are seeking Him even now! I pray that we always do! I love you!


  3. I remember that time for you all! thoughts and prayers for you and I absolutely LOVE praying for you all all the time! Hugs to the kids and you!


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