Like I said, God is amazing. I know that He's taking these trials and will be putting them to good use. Through all of this going on around me I do see people praying together, bonding and lifting up one another, people growing closer to Christ...all of this good.
So, in the midst of all of this I will want to be thankful:
~ I am thankful that my children really do listen to me when I try and teach them manners and how to be polite to and grateful of others. Last night as we were leaving a friend's house Caleb turned to one of the little girls who lives there and said "Thanks for having me over." It was so genuine, unsolicited, and sweet.
~ I am thankful that my big Stampin Up! order arrived. I was finally able to purchase an entire ink pad set and now I can really get stamping. This way I'll be able to make cards to send to people as a pick-me-up...that makes me happy.
~ I am thankful for God's Word. There are so many verses that can be used to reinforce His protection and love for us...in order to get us through these tough times, to lift us up, to encourage us that there is a greater purpose even if we can't see it. He IS Amazing!