We file in to royal blue stadium seats, high up in the nosebleed section, calves burning from the climb. Hours of labor traded for hours of relaxed enjoyment: tickets bought for us and friends; a perfect Sunday afternoon to spend at the ball park.
Third inning and my Beloved hikes down to the concession stands. Nachos and sodas, a pretzel, and a hot dog; arms heavy laden with traditional treats for the family. Unable to keep it all straight, he brings the hot dog for ketchup-only child prepared for ketchup-mustard-relish child. Ketchup-only wails. Baseball fans around us move to empty seats a little higher up or out. I set aside my nachos and my pride and haul out ketchup-only for a pep talk. I remind her of her father’s gift to her today – an afternoon out, instead of naps; a treat; good gifts. She sobers and remembers. This day is a gift, even the mustard and relish.
We return to way-high seats. We settle in. She looks at her Daddy and says, thank you.
And so I too must count daily – because I get too hung up on the parts I don’t care for and miss the fact that everything is a gift from the Heavenly Father. Daily counting, and weekly sharing, reminds me that everything is for His glory. And my good. Because He is good.
0761. NeilMed sinus rinse
0762. out of town guests coming
0763. motivation to finish projects
0764. dinner with seven young ladies
0765. back yard triathlons
0766. easy school days
0767. a clean house
0768. folded laundry
0769. getting out for twenty minutes
0770. clean sheets
0771. Starbucks pumpkin spice latte
0772. friends from out of town
0773. a night in Lawrence and a real-life interaction with Coach Bill Self
0774. Royals baseball win
0775. a beautiful day
0776. last day at the North pool
0777. the encouragement to count these gifts
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.
~ Hebrews 1:3a