Thoughts From 36,000′.

In my seat a little over seven hours into our fourteen hour flight, Clara is finally asleep. So far she has slept one hour since she woke up fourteen hours ago. Josh is with Ella Jane across the plane and a few rows back. Ella Jane hasn’t slept much over an hour either, so Josh and I are ready for some rest.

Here is how the day has gone so far. We woke up at 3:00 AM CST and got to the airport at 4:30. After getting checked in we said goodbye to our parents, which was incredibly bittersweet. Security was our next stop and it took a long while. All of our electronics are in our carry-ons so we had to pull every single one out to send it down the conveyor belt. Then we got to our gate at just the right time for our group to board.  The next hour and half was spent in the air on the way to Chicago. When we got to Chicago we took off running. When we realized the incredible magnitude of the Chicago airport and the fact that we were going to have to go through security again we didn’t think we would make our flight. God is good and we did make the flight! However, while we were in the gate someone stole Josh’s iPad, his Kindle and Ella Jane’s Kindle Fire from Josh’s backpack while he was wearing it! While we are frustrated and disappointed we are reminded of the fleeting nature of things and it makes me thankful for things eternal. While I was really looking forward to reading Ella Jane books off of her Kindle Fire, I’m thankful that Ella Jane and Clara are safe and well.

As fatigue sets in it is hard to keep a grateful spirit. A song that’s currently on Christian radio is playing in my mind as I choose to remember that God is always good to me. It’s called Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective. Here are a few of the lyrics:

You were there in the valley of shadows

You were there in the depth of my sorrows

You’re my strength, my hope for tomorrow

I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Letting go and trusting when I cannot see

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Surely every season you are good to me

Oh, you are good to me

Oh, you are good to me

Surely your goodness pursues me

Surely your heart is still for me

I will remember your mercies all my days

Through every storm and gale

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Letting go and trusting when I cannot see

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Surely every season you are good to me

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing

Letting go and trusting when I cannot see

I am counting every blessing, I’m counting every blessing

Surely every season you are good to me

I pray that the message of gratitude and counting every blessing, big and small, is one that I’m faithful to put into practice. After days of long travel with two little girls, after precious days with the children at Malawi Children’s Mission, and after hard days where it feels like hope is lost, I want to chose gratitude. I want that to be a characteristic that my girls see modeled in the way I react and speak. I want my husband to hear grateful words rather than nagging words. I want the people we serve to know from my attitude that God is ALWAYS good, because He is. So I choose gratitude.

2018-09-24T16:21:47+00:00

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie Garner September 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    So thankful for your travel mercies and the Lord’s faithfulness! We are praying for you asking the Lord’s blessing upon you as you live out your commitment to honor and serve Him. Your testimony is very encouraging and it is blesses us to lift you up to our Heavenly Father as you are a light to those you are serving. We love you!

  2. Lois Washington September 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Oh so powerful! Oh so beautiful! So many miles from here, but what a wonderful reminder: I share God’s gratitude,thankfulness for His many blessings! You are such a young soul with powerful faith that reaches across the miles! With love,

  3. Rayma September 25, 2018 at 12:52 am - Reply

    We are so grateful that you have arrived safely and beginning to settle in. Prayers for your plans to be realized. Aunt Rayma

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