Sunday, April 23, 2006

Seeking a Heart of Gratitude

Here is an adorable picture of Lydia and her Opa (grandpa). This was taken the day J.A. was ordained (about a month ago).

Kara loves talking about her Oma and Opa and is always going to the refrigerator and looking at their pictures (when she's not pulling them off and carrying them all over the apartment).

Kara loves her sunglasses and her hats. She is always trying to wrestle them away from her sister and forever yelling out "MINE" We are trying to work on sharing, but she is refusing to acknowledge that she understands the meaning of share.

Here again is a wonderful picture of the most amazing man in the entire universe. He is also the best father. Kara and Lydia just adore their daddy. I am so thankful for the blessing God has given me and the privilege to be married to such a godly man. I pray I will always be content and rejoice in the blessings God gives me.

This morning in Sunday School, Pam Fox talked with the women about developing contentment in our lives. She began with a discussion of how Miriam (Numbers 12) publically complained against her own brother. She mentioned how often our relationships with other people determine our spirit of contentment (especially those relationships with family members whether they be siblings, parents, or husbands). She then showed us the spirit of contentment in David (I Samuel 24); and how when Saul was continuously trying to kill him, David refused to kill the Lord's anointed even when all of David's men were encouraging him to take the opportunity (seemingly from the Lord). Even though I have only been married for four years, I see how easy it is to complain if one only dwells on the negatives (not that J.A. has very many). I long to have a heart of contentment: willing to be content in every circumstance and situation the Lord places me in.
Heb 13:5-6
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say:

"The LORD is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?"


Josh and Bekah Jones said...

Hi, Tracy. Thanks for sharing. Josh and I love the blogging idea now that we "discovered" it. We set up our own. Its We've linked you and the Conely's.

Kelli said...

Tracy: Great pictures! We enjoy teaching Kara! We are glad that she will at least be able to be in our class for a while before you move.

Thanks for sharing what Pam Fox taught in Sunday school! Wow, how true that is. Our circumstances sure do play a huge role in what our contentment level is. Thanks for the reminder!

Shannon said...

Tracy- Thanks for the good reminder! I definetly needed that.

carissa said...

thanks for your encouragement tracy with Bible time. I hope to see you later on the playground. I'm watching the wood twins today we'll have a crew!!!!