Saturday, July 7, 2012

Faith, Family, Friends, and Food

The 4th of July is synonymous with family, friends, food, and fun; however, nature has a way of stepping in and changing some of our plans.  Just as the lawn furniture and cushions were being placed in strategic, shady spots in the yard...just as our 4th of July Olympic games were being prepared, we heard the rumble of thunder.  It has been weeks since we have heard the sound of thunder!  The rain was welcome, but did put a damper on the outdoor events.  

As I heard the rumbling, I was reminded that in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul wrote, "In everything give thanks for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Even when all your plans have to be changed and the sky looks bleak, no matter what the situation, we are to give thanks to the Lord.  I recently read a commentary on this verse and the writer stated that thanking God in everything is the essence of Christian living and attitude.  Thankfulness glorifies God and creates within us a heart of gratitude. I want a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving! I hope you do too.

We were definitely thankful for the rain that came and adjusted our plans by moving all the dining tables inside.  It is really nice have three, big guys to do all the hauling! 
Prior to raindrops
Soon, everyone began arriving along with all sorts of delicious, yummy food.  We enjoyed talking, laughing, and of course eating.  The rain finally stopped in time for a little fun in the pool.  This is my cousin Sandi's grandson, Dawson.  Isn't he a cutie?  He loved pool time!  Jennifer, Dawson's mom, was nearby watching our future water basketball Olympian!  I know there is no such sport, but why not?

Jon, Dawson's dad, is about to launch my niece Sarah Beth through the air.  Oh, the joys of childhood. Do you remember the thrill of being tossed in the air?  Sarah Beth loves Jon!

I hope that all of you had a terrific July 4th holiday and more importantly, made lots of memories!

Thanks for dropping by and many blessings!

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