Monday, July 21, 2008


Are you ever amazed at the fullness of life? Today is one of those days when I am simply in awe of all the "good" God has bestowed on me. Nothing earth shattering has happened today or even recently, but my daily blessings are so great that I can't help but marvel at the goodness of my God.

My kids are back from spending some time with their Grandparents. I missed them so! I missed them in very practical ways. They help me with everything I do and so I realized how much of the load they carry around here. We're family and when one of us is away, we feel it. But I also missed the kids in very sentimental ways. They may need to be tucked in at night and they do each have their own little way of wanting to be told goodnight. But I think maybe I need four little ones to kiss me goodnight at the end of each busy day.

So today was so nice just being a family all together again. We worked most of the day and enjoyed just being together. Is there anything on earth more precious then loving those God has given to you? I can't imagine what it would be.

Tomorrow a dear friend and her boys are coming to visit. I so look forward to preparing lunch for them and then just enjoying the fellowship. She'll want to see my gardens. She'll be interested in the wild plants growing on my land. She'll listen when I cry, and understand and she'll be truly happy for every joy or accomplishment I share with her. She's a true friend!

To make life even a bit richer, we'll head over to another mutual friend's house for dinner. The children will run and play, the women will cook and clean, all the while catching up on the little details of each other's lives, and the men will discuss their recent endeavors. I have no doubt it will be a relaxing, refreshing time. Why? Because they are true friends. Friends that love you just as you are. Friends who know the good, the bad, and the ugly about me, and still they love and give to me. We don't agree on everything. We don't have to. We're friends!

I always know that God is good. But tonight I feel that God is good. The economy may stink, gas and food prices may be higher than normal, my house may still hold too much clutter, but I have in my trust two things that money can't and friends who I love and I know they love me. Life is good because of God's goodness to me, though undeserving I am!


ohiofarmgirl said...

What sweet thoughts...I know just what you are saying because I feel the same way...I too am very blessed. Dianntha

Anonymous said...

How true, Renee! As I have been praying of late - in the midst of the most difficult circumstances of my life to date - I have been repeatedly reminded of just all God has given me and how much more I have than so many even though I have done nothing to earn all He has given me....God is indeed good, wise, loving, and Sovereign and infinitely capable! And for that I am thankful.

Susan in TX

Susan L said...

I loved reading this, Renee! I love your grateful heart, knowing that it is God blessing you with the gift of family and friends who love you.

Thanks for a sweet post,

KatheeMarie said...

Having recently returned from a two week excursion away from home and immediate family, I too feel this way. Thank you for the beautiful "heart" words in which you said it!

Gumbo Lily said...

My two sons still at home, have been gone for 3 days. It seems so quiet without them, not quite as FULL as normal. Sure, there are less dishes and there is less food to make, but....

When you're with good friends, it doesn't matter what you're doing, it's just good.


BessieJoy said...

Thank you, ladies, for your sweet comments.

Susan in TX, my prayers continue to be with you.

Susan L, in your writing, gratefulness always shines through! I've often been amazed at the joy that you seem to find in all circumstances.

Kathee, I'm glad you are back home. And I'm sure your hubby and boys are, too!