Friday, April 13, 2012

Preparing with Thanksgiving

This week has been challenging.

For those of you who keep up, you know Ryan did not start his job on Monday. He emailed them to confirm the timing for this training, only to be told that they didn't have enough people to begin training. (They didn't tell him this until he emailed them a few hours before he was scheduled to show up). He hasn't heard back since. He's looking into other jobs now.

Waiting is so hard. So hard. And we'd been waiting and waiting for Ryan to get a job, and finally he had gotten one! And it was so good because we could check off that box on the list of hundreds of things that have to happen for us to marry. One of hundreds, but an essential, important check mark. It was a prerequisite check mark to so many more things on our list.
And now that little square is still blank.

So this week, I'm combining my preparation Thursday post with a Thankful Thursday post because in light of this severe disappointment what my heart needs to prepare itself for the future is to thank God for what I do have, not focus on what we're aching for...

Thank you, Lord, for Hope. It is so essential. No matter how this is going, hope is real.

Thank you, Lord, for Grace. You know I need it daily, and especially last night.

Thank you, Lord, for the Bible. I'm really enjoying checking off books for the Bible in 90 days challenge! I'm midway through Luke now, with a few more weeks to go. We can do this! (I say we because I know you are with me.)

Thank you, Lord, for our cats. They are delightful. Cinnamon is going to be so happy this evening when Alison gets here.

Thank you, Lord, that I get to attend my first wedding of the year tomorrow! You know how I adore weddings. It will definitely lift my spirits.

Thank you, Lord, for agreeing to be my burden bearer. Help, help, help me not to lift back up burdens you have already agreed to carry. I know I really suck at letting things go.

Thank you, Lord, for this job I've applied for this summer. I get so excited thinking about it. Lord, either let me get it or help me not to set my heart so much on it. I am really bad at this balanced thing!

a punk, a pumpkin and a peanutThank you, Lord, for this past weekend. Good Friday was so blessed! Saturday too! Easter was great! Help me dwell on the positive things of the past, not on the negatives. In this way let me embrace Hope. Let my leaves remember the life giving sunshine, not the brutal winds that whipped me but didn't tear me from you, the vine.

Thank you for the beautiful spring outside! It's lovely.

Thank you for being you. And for this blog and all the people reading this. Bless them. Be with them. Love on them. Thank you that I know you're happily doing all those things!

The Fontenot Four


  1. What a beautiful, heart-felt post this is. God loves when you thank Him during your trials :)
    I pray he starts soon and that the waiting gets easier.
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. Also, thanks for linking up to First Day of My Life's Thankful Thursday :) Hugs!

  2. Thank you for linking up to my Thankful Thursdays post today! I love your post. I am praying that everything comes together for you - that you may be able to check off that essential box so you can move ahead!!

  3. Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry about Ryan's job :( God knows what he's doing though--- it would be nice if He let us in on the plans at times though ;)

    BIG HUGS, Sister :)

  4. Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry about Ryan's job :( God knows what he's doing though--- it would be nice if He let us in on the plans at times though ;)

    BIG HUGS, Sister :)

  5. The thing about your posts and writing style the best thing I never see laziness in that and amusingly yours is the only blog I read so far everyday you post something but it feels refreshing thanks for the special ministry. When we pray for each other it surely lifts our heart and Ya whenever I meet Ryan I tell him I will be a very good friend to you once you come here waiting for you .... Praying that you come soon but thankful to God for everything.

  6. Thanks so much for linking up and for sharing in such a heartfelt way... it seems to me that those who can find joy in even difficult situations are the happiest people. Thinking of you guys and hoping God provides a job soon! :)

  7. Really enjoyed your post...sometimes I forget all that God can be in my life, and it's nice to get that reminder.

    Stopping by from Thankful Thursdays.

  8. thank you so much for linking up. I know things will turn around for you and Ryan. SO glad you are able to stay thankful through it all.


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