By Ann Moyer
As I went through high school and college… more years ago than I’d like to remember… I asked the Lord to allow me to do something that would help people and at the same time give me a livable wage. You know what? He provided! Then as I worked for several years after college, I asked the Lord to give me a great guy to spend my life with. You know what? He provided! As my husband and I planned for a family, I asked the Lord to allow me to be able to stay at home with my children. You know what? He provided! As our kids grew up, I asked the Lord to place in them a thirst for Him. You know what? He provided! Are you sensing a theme here? Everything I’ve asked for… God has provided it. The list goes on and on. A great church community… The opportunity to teach children and youth… Just the right husband for my daughter… Wonderful grandsons… Early retirement for my husband… And as I continue to pray for my son’s future, the very special wife he will have, etc., I have no doubt that my heavenly Father already has it well under control!
So… With all the ways the Lord blesses us… Why do we ever find ourselves stressing and wringing our hands as we live day to day? Why do we try to run ahead of God? Why do we try to orchestrate our lives? We can’t do it… We make a mess of it… But God does it so well! Thank you, Lord, for that! Thank you, Lord, for providing for me in the most awesome way possible… all my life!
I have always had a very thankful heart… that is, when I get out of my own way! I really want to default to thankfulness to begin with, don’t you? This may sound way too simple, but I think thankfulness is just a decision. We will always encounter bumps in the road. We can either decide to be thankful that the bump isn’t bigger and then continue on our way, or we can sit there in the middle of the road lamenting and thinking we can never get over the bump. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to sit there! So… What’s a busy, thankful girl to do? How about checking the Word for some encouragement to get over the bump?
Psalm 118:24 says:
“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
That’s pretty encouraging, huh? And… It gets straight to the point!
Matthew 6:25-34 says:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When we truly think about how God creates each day for us, about how precious we are to Him, and about how he provides for us so well, it’s easy to make the decision and just default to thankfulness!
Ann Moyer has been married to Rod for 29 years. They live in Stephenville, Texas. They have three children, Catherine, son-in-law Justin, and Austin. They also have two awesome grandsons, Charlie and Jude.
Over the years Ann and Rod have enjoyed many of life’s adventures. In 2002 they moved from the Fort Worth area to the Stephenville area and built a ranch house on 38 ½ acres. There they raised cattle, pigs, donkeys, dogs, and cats for 8 years. When their children grew up and Ann’s mom needed more care, they decided to sell the ranch and move into town.
As Ann and Rod vacationed together with Catherine and Austin over the years, they headed to Colorado more often than not. In 2012 they bought a condo in Grand Lake, Colorado, at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. They enjoy spending time soaking in the views, hiking, wildlife watching, eating out, catching performances by local bands, and attending community events in their home away from home a few times a year.
Ann and Rod’s latest adventure comes in the form of a new business that provides retirement income for them and much-needed extra income for elementary schools in the Texas panhandle and eastern Oklahoma. Click on this link for more information. School Spirit Vending