I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful {and a GIVEAWAY}

31 Days of Thanks
It started when I accidentally slept in...in an unprecedented act of quiet, my three-foot, one-inch alarm clock snuck by my bedroom undetected.   I quickly slapped together some resemblance of a breakfast for my hungry little chicks and mentally prepared myself for the day.  As I sat anxiously taking inventory of all my TO DOs, my thoughts were abruptly interrupted by my three-year-old's helpful attempt to clear his spot at the breakfast table.  I turned to see an upside-down bowl of oatmeal and its contents splattered across the table and oozing down onto my freshly mopped floor.  And so began my day...

A day of frantic, fast-paced, running in circles trying to catch up.  Like a dog chasing its own tail, I was so busy doing...Doing...DOING! By lunch, I was a heap of exhaustion.  I stood at the kitchen sink, barely able to make an audible word through my sobs, and prayed words of desperation...Words from one worn-out mother trying to keep up with other equally worn-out mothers.  

It was then that I was reminded of the names of God we had been studying together as a family...not any PARTICULAR name...just ALL the names...more than 700 names to try and contain all that He is.  ...all that He is and all that I am not.  And never could be.  700 names to show He is All in All.  So many names to remind me that even in my weakness, He is more than enough.  The truth is, as Scripture says, no matter how early I rise or how late I go to bed in order to accomplish all that needs to be done in my crazy day, it will never be enough.  Not in my effort anyway.  

But, God...
God is more than enough.   
more than enough when I'm spinning my wheels
more than enough when I just can't keep up
more than enough when my TO DOs never seem to get done
He is more than enough.

As I stood clutching the sink that fateful day, I realized that although I fail at being the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect friend...the perfect anything, He is more than enough.  
And for that I am THANKFUL.

*I am joining with 30 other bloggers from around the web to share my thoughts of Thanksgiving.  Be sure to check out the rest of the 31 Days of Thanks at Homeschoolin' Mama.  In an attitude of gratitude for all our faithful readers, our lovely hostess, Meg, has gathered a handful of fun prizes. Now's your chance to enter.  All seven winners will be announced on Homeschoolin' Mama on Thursday. Be sure to swing by to see if you've won.

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  1. I'm thankful for my wonderful husband!

  2. I am thankful for my son sleeping in today to give me a little time to myself this morning :)

  3. Thankful God's mercies are new every morning. :)

  4. I am Thankful for the freedom to teach my children and a God who loves us through all our trials we face.

  5. I am thankful that I 3 healthy children!

  6. I am thankful for a healthy family.

  7. I am thankful that we are free to go to church and worhship God. For our health, food, clothes, and a home to live in.

  8. I am thankful for this beautiful day!!!

  9. Ally allison030574 @ Yahoo.com.auNovember 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I am thankful that my parents can be with us for Thanksgiving and spend precious time with their grandchildren.

  10. I'm thankful for the lessons God is teaching me through raising my children.

  11. I am thankful for my supportive husband and my great kids.

  12. I am thankful for my husband and girls, and most of all for my Lord and Savior.

  13. I am thankful for the health of my family. Each time I hear of another friend that is dealing with some sort of illness or disease, I count my blessings. It must be so hard for those families, and I pray for them.

  14. I am thankful for safety after a car accident, van replaced, and people feeling well. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and my children.

  15. So thankful that God's mercies are new each morning!