Our guest post today comes from Sue Midgley, mother to five boys, and wife to one husband. They lead a small English-speaking church in Antananarivo, Madagascar and hail from Pretoria in South Africa. I feel as though I have gotten to know Sue and her family through Robin’s blog The Great Escape: Life from Behind the Lens. If you enjoy humor and photography, check out his blog!
Thank You for this new day. Thank You for Your goodness and grace to me. I am so thankful Lord that You, and You alone, are my God!
I’m amazed how many people I see at the gym so early every morning – working their butts off trying to attain that “perfect” body. Suckers! It seems their god of fitness requires daily sacrifice. It’s a good thing I’m not as vain as they are – I only spend all those hours there to keep myself healthy.
Thank you too Lord for blessing me with all these amazing malls so close to home – my sanctuaries on days when I’m irritable, tired and in need of a break from the challenges in my life (being a housewife is sometimes SO difficult). Oh, how I find solace in shopping; meaning in a deep cappuccino; comfort in the warm confines of a clothing store. Thank you Lord! Oh, and that reminds me – I want to pray for the poor lady I saw begging at the traffic lights on my way home from the mall. I thought of giving her something, but I just couldn’t part with any of the groceries I’d just bought, all of which we really need at home. And I didn’t have any small change. Sigh… Sometimes I really don’t know what to do for the poor…
Someone at the church bible study last week mentioned we should be content with what we already have. I’m glad I live like that. I’m so thankful though that the builder can start working on upgrading our front entrance today. I was beginning to feel embarrassed about having people over – the colours are just so last year (literally)! And when he’s finished, I can’t wait to go and buy décor to match the new colours. It’s so satisfying to get new things (happy sigh).
Thank You for my children, Lord. Thank You for entrusting them to me. I’ll make sure they get the absolute best of everything! No one will say my children lacked for anything – I’m so
proud thankful they get to go to such a good school. And I’ll make sure they experience many extra-mural activities (I really don’t mind running around every afternoon – it’s for their good, not my reputation, after all). I won’t let them grow up having poor, undeveloped skills – they will be completely well-rounded individuals who will impress help everyone they meet!
And please don’t let my husband ever get any crazy ideas about church planting or anything like that! Imagine if I ever had to homeschool (shudder)?! Imagine if we ended up in the ‘fourth world’? I feel bad enough as it is when I have to say no to the kids (which You know is not often – I make sure they are happy). What on earth would I do with them if they suddenly had to live without some stuff? How would I keep them happy?
Oh Lord, after reading through Jeremiah, I am so thankful that You have delivered me from idolatry! Imagine if I had things in my life that distracted me and turned my heart away from serving You wholeheartedly? Imagine if there was a price I found too high for me to pay? How awful. Because today I live for You Lord – really.
Luke 18:11-14 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
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