Since Monday morning (until late this afternoon), we have had several men resurfacing the pavement of the parking lot at the church. They’ve worked LONG days in the worst heat we’ve had in I don’t know how long.
For most of this week, our local Subway Restaurant has been without air conditioning… it has gotten to 105 degrees inside as the workers try to serve their customers.
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I am blessed to have an air conditioned office that I’m actually cold in.
On a daily basis I think about my children and the joy they bring to my heart. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without the love that I have for them.
I have a husband who is a hard working man. He has been faithful to a job for over 32 years, leaves his day job and goes to work at our farm (in this heat as well as extreme cold) and then works out at the gym for an hour and a half five nights a week. His hands are weathered by hard work, but he has a tender heart toward me and his children. On his lunch hour, every day, he checks on Ms. Charlsie, our almost 92 year old neighbor who we love dearly. He sings at the nursing home before Sunday School every Sunday morning without fail. He helps with the youth on Wednesday nights. He does for others without anyone ever knowing it (so I’ll tell you).
Why do we get caught in a rut of thinking our lives aren’t rich? That we need more things? That someone else has it better than us?
Next week, the Preacher will be headed back to India to teach hungry men of God the Word of God so they can pastor their churches more effectively. He has been to places where the people have NOTHING. They live in cardboard homes and live on less than $100 a month.
And we feel sorry for ourselves and think we have it rough.
I am blessed.
I have a roof over my head. I have enough food to not only sustain my health, but to expand my waistline (and hips and thighs). I have two sons that if I think about them deeply enough I truly believe my heart would explode. I have the sweetest daughter-in-law in the WORLD who is the answer to my desire to have a daughter. I have a husband who for over 27 years has been faithful to me and who I trust whole-heartedly. I have two parents who have modeled what true love is for over 50 years. I have TEN siblings that make my life unique and special and interesting and fun. I have true friends. And I even have a sweet little dog (who’s cuddled up next to me even as I type) that is changing me into a “dog person”. And that’s only a glimpse of the things I’m thankful for…
It’s funny what watching a few men work in the extreme heat will make you aware of.