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Thursday, March 01, 2007

We're Putting On Thankfulness

"Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thess. 5:17
Sometimes we get a bad attitude in this house, grown-ups included. We know from reading scripture that we are supposed to take off our sin, and put on something in it's place. A LOT of the time, the Word tells us to put on thankfulness. It reminds us repeatedly, because we don't always get it the first time, to BE THANKFUL.
So when we recognize a stinky attitude around here, we put on thankfulness. When you are grumpy, the cure is thankfulness. When you are whining, the cure is thankfulness. When you are throwing yourself an enormo-pity party, with everyone around you invited, the cure is thankfulness. When you are fully embracing the role of the victim, the cure is...you guessed it...thankfulness. The list goes on.
We have so much to be thankful for. I feel shameful when I realize that I am being ungrateful to God, because He has poured His blessings on me! It's ridiculous. I'm so blessed, and all of us in America have more than we deserve. I am blessed in every way! From where does this wicked ungrateful heart come? Why doesn't thankfulness come naturally all the time?
It's sin.
Pure and simple.
And the cure...thankfulness.
When I start the kids out, putting on thankfulness, they don't like to start. They want to wallow a while longer. Sometimes I like to wallow too. So they always say "you start, Mom."
So I'll start.
Here are a few things I'm thankful for:
(see pictures above)
1. My husband, Rusty. I adore him. I respect him. I could never have dreamed him up. He is my best friend, and an amazing Dad!
2. My Emma. She's so precious. She's full of spunk...obsessed with animals, living in an imaginative world that I love being invited to, smart, a tender little Mama to her brothers, babies, and animals, and best of all, LOVES the Lord Jesus and His Word.
3. My Jax. He melts my heart. He is going to make one fabulous husband one day. He is so loving and affectionate. He also lives in an imaginative world, closely neighboring Emma's, with fewer animals, and more Indians, airplanes, swords, and office and medical supplies. He wins major points when he tells me "You're so bootiful Mom!" and "I love you", completely unsolicited.
4. My Justus. My little brown bear. He's so funny! He has a sense of humor I've never seen on a two-year-old. He's so sharp! He misses nothing. He's the best mime you've ever seen, because he communicates complex things with very few words. He loves books, fire trucks, big trucks, trains, little boy sound effects (shooting, sirens, etc.), and tickling.
5. My Treston. This little boy has stolen my heart. He's the world's best baby, I always say. He is sometimes assaulted by Justus' two-year-old antics, and just smiles away. He is happy when he wakes up, and happy when he goes to bed. He's one chunky baby, and so squeezable! We're all in love.
6. My church. Living Hope rocks. We have a pastor who is not afraid to tell the truth. (Maybe he is afraid, but he does it anyway.) Our church holds tightly to the Word being the final authority in our lives, and everyone is changed by this! The people of LH are so dear to us! It's our pleasure to serve there!
7. My house. It is a place where we can comfortably host a multitude of college students, Countdown, HOPE group, offering a room to whomever may need it, and live so comfortably. I keep reminding my kids that we are VERY blessed to have this house, and we must always use it to glorify the Lord.
My blogging time is up, but my list could go on. Our families, our friends, our country, our cars, a full pantry, our health. Really, God is so good to us, and we remember that when we purposefully put on thankfulness.


Kathryn Berilla said...

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

It is so easy to lose sight of EVERYTHING we have to be thankful for. Thank you for reminding me.

I sure am thankful for the Bacaks!!

Anonymous said...

You know what's so neat? The Lord reminded me of exactly the same thing this morning!!! I had been in that place of "overwhelment" - if thats even a word - and He reminded me to be present & be thankful for SO many things! You & your family were one of my things I was thankful for :) Love you!

texasmcvays said...

While at least now I know that when we came walking back from the bathroom and Emma looked like a gorilla to me...it is because she was being a gorilla. I think Emma and Parker must live in a similar world. Check out the book "Animals do the strangest things" by hornblower your animal lover will love it! Thanks for hanging out with us at the park...your life is a great witness for Christ!

leese said...

Jenn, I really needed to hear that. I love how the Lord uses the body of Christ to spur us on to love and good deeds. I had a super hard day with my kindergarteners, and at times I felt like such a failure with them...lots of tantrums, tears, and sad little friends today. Thank you for reminding me to clothe myself with thankfulness and to put off the negative attitude and words that were tolling around in my mind, to put off the pity party...and to remember that because I am saved, I am clothed with Christ. Thank you for bringing me back to the Word, which is definitely our hope for sanctification. Hope all is well with you. Your children are beautiful! Oh, if you get a chance, I would love for you to checkout my blog, some awesome things are going on right now: www.causeofthefatherless.blogspot.com

Love you Jenn! ~lisa merryman

aggie07 said...

I want you to know how thankful I am that I get to be blessed by your family Jenn. I love y'all. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to be in your home and in your lives. I thank God for each and every one of you!

Jon, Sally, & Jude said...

We're thankful for YOU! The Estes Family misses you Bacaks!

Jon gets to go to Edinburgh and see the LH family...Jude and I are jealous! We may just throw ourselves a pity party. ;0)

We love you all! Thank you for the example you are to me as a Momma Jenn! One day Jude will learn to put on thankfulness too!