Went to take this photo of the last of the tomatoes from a garden… then I saw this great scripture reminder on my bracelet: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
I am thankful for the reminder to NOT be anxious about the winter coming or the loss of summer (just mowed the grass yesterday too)… Soon we will have pumpkin soups and sweet potato pie… move over summer, fall is about to fall into play…
My fresh tomatoes are minimal compared to my cans of tomatoes, from who knows when, which are actually at their expiration date. Funny how we FORGET to praise stockpiles of yesterday, all those supplies we put into place for ourselves, our rainy days, and that we even had the extra money then to plan ahead… and we (dare I say it) FORGET that the Lord provided them in the first place… Yes we (I) do often forget to retro-praise the Lord – we get so busy and keep going…
But I want to praise the Lord for more that just these tomatoes – canned and fresh. I want to praise Him for NEARLY EXPIRED canned goods, because I got them in the beginning of the pandemic when I didn’t know what would happen – well He did, and I NEVER needed them – but today am making chili just to use them up…
I want to praise the Lord for all folks who DID get thru a turbulent time and have the abundant supplies of canned goods, TP, and everything now. I praise Him for thousands of sticky situations He won for us.
I want to praise the Lord for the whole house that kept us safe and sane – in pandemics to snowstorms to thunderstorms to stinky skunks… I praise the heat and the A/C. I praise the bed and the rest.
I want to praise Him for a quiet house because there were times where there was not as much peace here as there is now.
I want to praise Him for a cat companion even if she is sleeping – she just gives extra spirit to the house.
I want to praise Him for the fridge that almost died 3 times but didn’t, the dryer that I fixed twice, the razor blade to scrape the stove clean, the rug to sweep under in an attempt to clean, and the broom itself.
I want to praise Him for the seed packets for next spring and for the poinsettias I just pulled from the garden – they were last years proof that they can survive year after year and so can we. And a praise for mums, which ease us into poinsettia season once again.
I want to praise the Lord for telling us to take it one day at a time and to give Him our worries – He already knows how to sort the seasons, surely He can sort our schedules and our sillyness too…
Can tomatoes or fresh, I want to praise the Lord for being a CAN-DO God. Praise God whom we CAN give thanks to… and CAN He tackle tomorrow’s problems? You CAN bet He CAN and will and already went ahead.
Soon we will will be in Thanksgiving season – that is a season we can have everyday… I thank you Lord for You!
And on that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted.” Praise the LORD in song, for He has done glorious things; let this be known throughout the earth.