Monthly Archives: November 2013

{Cheri} Under The Sun- Thankful For the Fleas

Rusty and I have moved around a lot in our almost 10 years of marriage. In fact, we have had 7 major moves. (That does not count the moves within the same city or to the next town over.) It is in one of those moves that I met Cheri. Cheri is a sweet lady, who has a passion for the Lord and homeschooling. Even though she and I only spent a short time together we are still in contact, and when I began searching for people to contribute to this month of thankfulness she is one of the people I turned to. 

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Thankful For The Fleas

We’re all thankful for our families, our friends, our homes, and food on our tables. We’re also thankful when things work out the way we want to, when someone we love recovers quickly from an illness, isn’t hurt in an accident, or avoids a disaster of some sort. Most of us can even be thankful by finding the good in a difficult situation – a couple of weeks ago I was grateful that, even though my dad was in the hospital, he didn’t end up needing surgery.

I was reminded recently of Corrie ten Boom’s story about her time in the concentration camp – she and her sister were assigned to  barracks that were infested with fleas.  As they prayed together, her sister insisted that they express thanks to God for everything – even the fleas!  Corrie really struggled with this idea (in the same way I struggle with some of the crosses I have to bear in this life) but ultimately, she did join her sister in  thanking God for the fleas.  You probably know the rest of the story – how it turned out that the fleas were the very things keeping the guards out of their barracks, allowing them to continue to read and study their Bibles together!

I always have to remind myself that it isn’t really about making lemonade when life gives you lemons but knowing that God has a plan that includes the lemons in my life – we just can’t always see it from our vantage point like He can from His. Sometimes He doesn’t reveal the purpose for the fleas in my life and I never come to understand why He’s allowed them, but because I know that He is faithful, I always know that He does have a purpose for them and that He is using them for good in my life.  And, that is what makes me thankful, even for the fleas in my life.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   Romans 8:28

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,  your faithfulness to the skies.  Psalm 36:5

 

Cheri Pelic is grateful to be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. She lives in Northville, MI with her husband Ed, teenagers Molly and Max, and their dog, Toto.

***Have you ever considered being thankful for the fleas in your own life? What are some of the challenges you have face when trying to being thankful for the fleas?***

Give Thanks

“Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the holy one, give thanks because he has given Jesus Christ, his son…” (When I think of those lyrics I think of the version by Praise Baby, but Don Moen originally sang it.)

A thank you card I had my 4-year old write.

A thank you card I had my 4-year old write.

Those words remind us how we are supposed to live our lives. Every day we should be seeing the good in our lives. Even if we are on the darkest journey we carry the brightest light with us, the love of God, but only if we have accepted it.

Because we are still human we are prone to wander. When we wander it may not always be far, but it is then we have lost sight of what really matters, God’s redeeming love.

So it is months like November, that serve as a reminder to give thanks. To give thanks to the Lord not only for food, a warm home, health, friends, or family. We should also be giving thanks to the Lord, for the Lord, and for his sacrificial love.

So as it would be  here at {Sara} Under the Sun, I want to share stories of thankfulness  with you  this month. Some from myself and others from friends around the world. Each story is unique. Each person sharing is very different. It is my sincere hope though each one will bless you just the same, and remind you to give thanks each day.

***If you have a tale of thanks and blessing that you can share, let me know. You can share it in the comment section, put it on Under the Sun’s Facebook page, or possibly you could be a contributor here this month.***