This Labor Day weekend, I am so so grateful for this little touch of Fall as I sit here on my sun porch, and watch a beautiful sunrise and enjoy just a few moments of solitude. My thoughts keep wandering a bit over the last two weeks and I realize how very blessed I am. We here in Mississippi have been going on about our business while Hurricane Harvey wreaked a bit of havoc on Houston and the surrounding areas. Oh don’t get me wrong. We survived Katrina so our hearts and our prayers are certainly with the people of Texas. I actually have some Texas people who I have been very concerned about. I am grateful to say that all of my Texas people are safe. I hope that if you have Texas people yours are too.
But, it has been a busy two weeks. Actually the whole month of August has been somewhat of a whirlwind. Working at a school, it’s crazy time. But add to that launching a bible study, helping one kid move, Fall cleaning at the lake, getting ready for company and it has been a hectic two weeks. Plus celebrating one of my BFFs 50th birthday!!. My old body aches just a bit, but my heart sure is full.
My kids are coming today and I am so ready for some family time to just sit and laugh and eat and fish and ride fourwheelers and the boat and do some bonding. Last year we had my sweet daughter in law’s whole family here but today we will just have our family plus her brother and his girlfriend. But right now I get to sit here alone and think and reflect. I love sitting here and listening to the woodpecker in the tree and the geese as they go flying by. There is another bird out in the trees right off my porch who is being quite noisy this morning. I wish I could get a good picture of that woodpecker. He is beautiful.
One of the many swirling thoughts I am having is: Why is it that we Christians are always so in awe and amazed that God would bless us? His word says that he wants to. Yet, we will every time be in awe when He does. Approximately nine months ago, after the death of my sister I began to feel that God was leading me to do something. I shared with a couple of people that I felt God birthing something in me. I then forgot that specific statement but kept searching for the answer as to what it was. See I had prayed this prayer to God that if I had to hurt this bad please let it count for something. I never knew how bad it would hurt to lose a sibling until I actually lost one. You see it’s always been the four of us. There were 4 Seamans girls, and now there are three.
Then, this past week the day after the bible study launch, where 47 women came together to study God’s word together, I was sharing how it went with a few friends at work. One had been there and the others had obligations and couldn’t and one of the ladies made a statement. “Your baby was born, this is what you have been working on.” I went back into my office and I remembered that statement that God was “birthing” something in me. And I realized that we are just a couple of weeks shy of 9 months since we lost our sister. I am so in awe as to what God has done here and brought together. I am so looking forward to what He is going to do with all of us. I am praying for testimonies after this study from women that show God’s faithfulness and what He wants to do with us, with ALL OF US.
I am also thinking about these adult children who are coming to visit today with the sweetest little grandson anyone could ask for. When he smiles his whole face smiles, just like his Mama and the brown eyes that he got from his Daddy just have that little bit of mischeviousness in them that his Daddy always had. Every time I look at him I see a picture of his Daddy in my minds eye that brings back a memory and makes me glad all over again that God granted me the privilege to be his Mom.
Just having this lakehouse itself is a blessing that I never thought we would have. It happened in a quick instant it felt like. Actually the process took about 2 and ½ months when the first thought crossed our minds and the papers were signed. I can still scarcely believe it. Especially if you know my man who puts more thought into everything he does than the average bear. Yet now we have 2 years worth of memories here and we fall in love with the place even more every time we come. I still love my life back in Madison, but my weekends tend to be here at the Lake where I get to pretend that I am a country girl.
As I get ready for my day, I am so grateful to God for what He has done in me, in my marriage and in my children. Y’all have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend and Be Grateful!
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever, Aman.