We have some good friends from our home church in Norfolk that are also in seminary here at Covenant. They are in their 3rd year, and live on campus with us. To say the least, they have helped in our transition to St. Louis a ton. In a new place, it is so nice to know people that already know your story.
Yesterday, we celebrated their youngest child's birthday along with them. It was Toy Story themed with a yummy Buzz cake! He is turning 4, so we decided to get him some Legos. There is every theme of Legos out there, you can even build Hogwarts and Harry out of Legos. I decided to get him a knight theme set with a castle and a catapult. When he opened it up this is what he shouted...
"Its Legos and it has the shooting thing I've been dreaming about!!!" He came up to me and gave me a big squeeze and said Thank you Thank you Miss Meredith.
He continued to come back to the Lego set throughout the party, and look at it and study it and talk about putting it together.
This is such a neat picture of thanksgiving for the smallest of things. There are so many times I covet what others have, or grumble about having one very small salary. But, we are truly blessed. We have been provided with jobs, support, a great apartment on campus, friends at home and friends going through seminary with us. We have never had to rely on the Lord for our finances until this year, and He has provided and will continue to provide. Praise the Lord that we are healthy, we can fix dinner every night, we can pay for tuition and books, and that we can give to others that are in need. All too often Marty and I take these things for granted, and do not stop to say "Thank you Thank you" like little Hayes. What a wonderful day of the year to have the opportunity to stop and praise the Lord for His love, grace and provisions.
"Do not be deceived, my beloved dear brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."