God’s Provision

My husband and I went on our third camping trip recently. We were at a conference and decided to take our camper and camp rather than stay at a hotel. I am so thankful we did.

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We stayed at Lake Shelby Camp Ground for three nights. We loved it!

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It was so peaceful and quiet at night, and we woke up to birds chirping in the morning.

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We loved bike riding on the bike path and watching ducks in the lake.

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This camp ground is not crowded– there are only 10 RV sites.

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We were thrilled to have 4G coverage on our campsite, especially since I had to meet with my class online on Saturday morning.

The whole time we were there, I thought about God’s provision. He was the One who found this place for us, and He was the One who allowed us to rest and enjoy His creation.  In Exodus 33:14, God tells Moses, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

I don’t think we rest enough, and I think a lot of people are “stressed out” because they don’t stop and enjoy the beauty around them. Even on a busy street, God’s beautiful creation can be seen.

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Time is short. Enjoy the time that you have. Ecclesiastes 7:14 says, “On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted” (The Message Bible).

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

The worse Mother’s Day ever

Sunday was Mother’s Day. Instead of having a traditional meal with our children, my husband and I decided to go to a baseball game. We rushed out of the church in order to get to the ball park in time for the free tote bag giveaway (they were giving out a limited amount to women in honor of Mother’s Day). However, when we got to the ball park, we discovered that all the bags were gone. That was the start of the worse Mother’s Day ever.

Not only were the bags all gone, but the seats we had were not very good— I had an obstructed view of home plate. It was cold and windy, and the refrigerated lunch we picked up at the ball park was stale (my husband actually got sick from his food).

The day was terrible. Although I had a miserable time at the game, I realized that the problem wasn’t the ball park or the weather but that it was Mother’s Day and I was without my family. My children had lunch without us—they were like orphans on Mother’s Day.

Sometimes we do things that may initially sound like a good idea, but later we find out that what we did was actually a mistake—that was exactly what happened on Mother’s Day. The women at the game had their children with them—I was childless.

Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” (NLT). Not until today did I realize that spending time with my children is almost like an act of worship to God—it is acknowledging that He has given me these children (and grandchildren) and in my appreciation to Him, I am enjoying my time with my family. James 1:17 reminds me, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father” (NLT).

I felt like I had taken my children for granted this last Mother’s Day. Time is short—I need to enjoy as much time with them as possible.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Thankful

Tonight I enjoyed time with my family as we celebrated the birthday of our daughter-in-law and future daughter-in-law—both were born on the same day (different years).

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Sometimes I feel guilty when I have fun, but I shouldn’t feel that way—“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink… Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him?”(Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, NLT).

I am thankful for the time I have with my husband or with my family— I enjoy every moment of it. I take pictures of every occasion because I want to remember the joy and happiness I felt. God has truly blessed me. Thank you, God!