The Ones That Surround Us

I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.

Psalm 111:1 (NIV)

Happy Thankful Thursday!

How am I going to get it all done?

Words I have thought to myself as I’m sure you have as well. The pace that we live this life in most days is nothing short of a sprint. We cram too much in and then stress about how we are going to get it all done.

I have been guilty of this lately.  On top of all normal activities, harvest season has begun!

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As I pause to reflect on the past week my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for the people that the Father has put in my life to help and support me.

  • I’m thankful for my mom… she took five days out of her busy schedule to come up and help me with some canning last week.  As we spent time over snapped green beans and crushed tomatoes we visited from the soul, something that I desperately needed.
  • I’m thankful for a great phone call from my sister yesterday…sometimes I just need her strength to help hold me up and tell me that my head is going to stay above water and that I’m doing a great job, even when I’m unsure that I am.
  • I’m thankful for a great friend who stopped by and picked up one of our boys for football practice because I was still canning peaches and definitely not going to get him there on time.
  • I’m thankful for a text message of encouragement from another friend… she had no idea how much I needed that encouragement on a project I am working on and it came just at the right time.

The Father is always so good at knowing what we need, when we need it.  He places people in our lives to support us and encourage us at just the right time.

I am so thankful for the relationship I have with the Father and the relationships He is growing here in this season.

Blessings,

The Johnston’s

Pause and Reflect:

Think of the people who has been there to help you and support you lately.  I encourage you to take the time to reach out them and send them a message of thanks and let them know how much you appreciate it.

 

Pay it Forward:

Is there 3 people that you could reach out to and help over this next week? Even if it is just a word of encouragement, we all need it! Drop a text, a note in the mail, it doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective!

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday!!

Good morning!

As I sit and think about the last week and all that we have to be thankful for, a few on the top of my list this week would be:

  • the opportunity to rope at one of the biggest rodeos – Cheyenne Frontier Days

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  • family – the support, the love and the help that family can provide is truly priceless
  • friends – the people who pour life into our boys and take them along as their own

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  • a new bathroom remodel – out with the old and in with the new
  • and of course – these two… they make my heart smile

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What are you thankful for today?

Blessings,

The Johnstons

Give Thanks Always

Thankful Thursday!!

Good morning!

What a week it has been!  Since last Thursday it has been a roller coaster ride around our house.  I got super sick with a sore throat and body ache thing and had to cancel a family trip, we have had a family member in the hospital for an unexpected surgery, a scare with my old man Mr. Bud (my horse since I was 8 and lifelong companion), and some family turmoil with jobs, etc.

To say it has been a week is an understatement!  But this is what I know…

We don’t just practice thankfulness in the good times, but also in times of trial.  Because when we look closely, we can see God’s hand in everything.

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

I am grateful this week for:

  • an unexpected accident that led to a huge blessing in the health of my father-in-law
  • God’s hand at work in ALL things
  • a new diet plan for my old man to aid in his nutrition
  • a husband who always steps in and provides support when I tend to want to fall apart
  • the power of prayer

It’s easy to praise God when everything is going great and going as planned, but I believe it is during the difficult times that the Father invites us to trust him more and to draw close.

What are you thankful for this week?

Blessings,

The Johnstons

What Are You Thankful For?

Thankful Thursday!!

Good morning!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like since summertime hit our schedule has doubled in speed!

This week I am so grateful for:

  • sprinklers going and wet swim trunks on the floor
  • growth in my garden plants finally
  • water balloons and swim goggles
  • round hay bales to climb on
  • nice horses to teach our boys

 

Our summer is starting to be full of late dinners, less sleep, and more fun!  I love getting out of the regular “routine” and living life full of adventure.

What about you? What are some things you are thankful for today?

Blessings!

The Johnstons

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