Day #12 - I am thankful for the job my husband has that allows me to be at home with our children. It isn't easy living on one income and some days I contemplate the need to go back to work, but I know that my God provides! He always has provided for us. A little more than 5 years ago (shortly after the birth of Jordan), my husband was let go from his job. I was also on my 5th week of maternity leave and had just applied for the FMLA so I could spend another 12 weeks with our 2nd son. It was a shock! I was upset, frustrated and extremely hormonal. The worst part was that we both worked for the same company! I felt betrayed! I couldn't even imagine how Darren felt. He had devoted nearly 9 years to the company. However, we were struggling to make ends meet with both of us working. In the end, it was 5 months before Darren got a new job. We had a paycheck! PRAISE THE LORD! He also provided for us in the way of family and friends. God knew our needs and He has met them each and every time. The job is a good one and it provides what we need. God is Faithful!
Day #6 - I am thankful for the Right to Vote! The men and women who fought for that right would not want us to sit idly at home and not vote. The elected officials make laws and decisions that effect us all. If you don't like the way something is being done, VOTE THEM OUT! If you just sit and do nothing then you have no right to complain. So please, Vote. Don't waste what was given to you.
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
|At Grotto Falls, Gatlinburg, TN|
|Meri & I when she was approximately 9m.|
|Daddy's safe hands holding me.|