I hook up to the Truth Intravenous early in the morning. The words of Jesus course through my veins and remind me where I've come from and where I'm going. They are life and liberty, love and healing, inspiration and hope for a new day. In a week where I've been drained of energy, my patience has been more than tested, and twisted philosophies attempt to inject the port-line to my heart, I return to the Truth I.V. for a recharge. Then, as the day wears on and I encounter toxic contagions that bring my spirit down, it can only be temporary because the Holy Spirit whispers the anti-biotic I so desperately need...and I receive it.
1839. this colour--all summer long
1840. the way they slowly and (im)patiently worked out a little song together--a first!
1841. driving with this kid and laughing together at her first drive-through
1842. her buddies and how they love her
1843. these two besties and how they are still little enough to mostly parallel play
1844. waking up to this scene (as they watch a movie together on a Saturday morning)
1845. helping to decorate my nephew's wedding in our greenhouses
1846. how she fell asleep during the ceremony
1847. how Jenna's brothers checked out the groomsmen to the Mission Impossible soundtrack before she came down the aisle--all of us roaring with laughter!
1848. Mr. and Mrs.
1849. welcoming you to our crazy family, Jenna! Yep, you already fit in :)
1850. the way he carried his bride and swung her around
1951. getting roasted at the reception and taking it like a pro
1952. the way my sister-in-law makes everything she touches beautiful
1953. how she can be transferred and still sleep--none of our kids could!
1954. lighting sparklers and creating more cousin memories
1955. all these amazing kiddos at Linda's memorial birthday party
1956. celebrating her life with fireworks once again
1957. all of us missing her and grateful for the years we were gifted after her diagnosis
1958. writing messages in memory of Linda on paper lanterns
1959. the way my brother-in-law, Martin (Linda's husband), is always the go-to man for fireworks and lantern launching
1960. sending them up and watching the beauty of light in the sky--whispering (a few more) goodbyes and see-you-soons
1961. when Grandpa gets into the food
Truth I.V.: gratitude glorifies God and God deserves the glory!
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, Luke 17:15
May I always remember to glorify You with my thanksgiving, Lord.