I began dating my husband when I was 17 years old. We worked together at a movie rental place inside of a grocery store for about a year before he asked me out on our first date.
My parents had recently separated and I was a little bit jaded about the whole idea of marriage, and what a happy family should looked like. I met my husband’s parents early on in our relationship and I remember wondering why they were so happy all the time!
I spent lots of time at my husband’s family’s house that first year we dated. So much time, that it was pretty much assumed that I was going to be there for dinner every night. My (future) in-laws frequently brought home a Wendy’s frosty for me- knowing how much I loved ice cream.
One afternoon I was riding with my (future) mother-in-law to get ice cream. I clearly remember the light turning green and hearing her say Thank you, Lord.
In my mind I remember thinking that was a little bit over-the-top. Really?! Who thanks the Lord for the light changing to green? But in reality, I wasn’t thankful for much of anything during that time in my life. I felt sorry for myself for lots of reasons and I was completely oblivious to all of the many blessings I had to be thankful for.
But praise the Lord- years later, somewhere in my misery, God’s grace found me. He opened my eyes and He came into my heart. I am so thankful for how my husband’s parents have selflessly loved me with a Christ-like love all these years. And over the years, I realized the source for their happiness- it’s simply the JOY of the Lord!
I once was lost, but now I’m found
was blind but now I see
Whenever I feel myself begin to slip into that bottomless pit of self-pity, I think of my mother-in-law and how she praised the Lord for something as simple as the green light that day.
When we begin to thanking Him for the little things- we realize just how much we have to be thankful for!
And just as my wise father-in-law says- “give God all the glory- even when you think He doesn’t deserve it… because He does!”
Be thankful in all circumstances- 1 Thessalonians 5:18