Between the Lines – Joy Steed

So here’s something about me that you may not know; I’m a list person, I write grocery lists, to do lists, Christmas to get lists, home chore lists I even add to my to do list if I “to do” something that I didn’t have on the list just so I have the satisfaction of crossing it off the list when it’s done!  Lists are great, they help you stay organized, on task and they help you plan. The thing is though that lists can become all about the doing and not about the seeing at least that is what I am discovering during this time of recording thanks.

I started a list of things I am thankful for, and to be honest I thought it was going to be super easy because I am a list person but what I am finding is it isn’t as easy as it should be.  Really it should be easy there is so much surrounding me that blesses me on a daily basis why does making a list of those blessings some days feel like pulling teeth?  When things seem tough, that’s when often there is a good lesson wrapped up somewhere and the lesson I am learning in this listing of my thankfulness is that I need to read between the lines.

So, I dig out my to do list from the beginning of the week and here’s what I see:

  • Make meal for Tuesday
  • Put together care package for Kohl
  • Get care package to Suzie
  • Clean floors
  • Laundry
  • Drop meal off for 5pm on Tuesday
  • Write and send to Janna
  • Bible study
  • Write thank you note to Karen

Those lines are pretty clear and direct, I know what needs to get done and I am pretty clear on the time line, but here’s the really cool thing God is showing me when I look between the lines of that list there are blessings upon blessings to list, a whole new and way more exciting list then the one I am staring at and that list, the blessing list wows me;

  • Hands that are able to prepare a meal
  • The means by which to provide a meal
  • My sweet girl
  • A friend that is making time to see my sweet girl
  • A cup of tea and chat that could have gone on forever
  • Life is being lived in this house
  • Sharing life with the other 2 people in this house
  • Little faces that are excited about the meal in the basket
  • Doing something I love and getting to share it
  • Being blessed by the word of God at every turn of the page
  • Studying the word with others
  • The opportunity to say thank you
  • Friendship
  • A day lived fully

God is showing me that everyday there are those moments that are simple and deep and rich in His love and faithfulness and that He is not a God of bullet “to do” points but a God that has written a beautiful story for me to enter into and live out for His glory.  Between the lines – I like this place, this new discovery of His love for me that has been there all along.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.  Romans 12:2

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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