I told you that I would thank you.
That I would thank you here, on the most public platform I have available.
For you, oh Lord, have blessed us, this small family of ours, beyond measure.
You have heard our petitions and our cries, all on more than one occasion…
You have heard our groanings and our anguish…our pleas and our laments…
and You have always been faithful, even while we were undeserving.
You know my heart oh God.
You know exactly for what it is that I am offering you my thanks…
And yet…for today…I will simply let these two small little people represent
the outward symbol of our family’s gratitude…the deep offerings from my heart to Yours.
I thank you for their presence in our lives.
I thank you for their wellbeing.
I thank you for the opportunity for allowing me to be a part of their lives.
I thank you for the joy they bring…to all of us…
Be that when they are awake and happy…
(the Mayor and her new Sheriff / Julie Cook / 2019)
(the new Sheriff enjoying a bath / Julie Cook / 2019)
Or when they are blessedly asleep, both at the same time when I’m babysitting!
(a moment of blessed peace when “Biya” aka Mopie comes to babysit/ Julie Cook / 2019)
Thanking you even for this…reasons some of us get hand, foot and mouth disease while thinking
we’re just being silly and playing a game of “don’t do that”
and then wonder why later we don’t feel so good.
(the Mayor thinking she’s being funny rather than gross / Julie Cook / 2019)
But most importantly God, I thank You for hearing our small family’s prayers and for
answering those prayers…
Sometimes You answer in ways we see and understand and sometimes You answer in ways that we
do not nor cannot see let alone comprehend…
And yet, no matter what, You hear us nonetheless.
Please continue in Your guidance as I continue to learn gratitude…