For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thank You for...Just Thank You

Father God, thank you for this day. Thank you...just thank you.
I am sitting here listening to my kids breathing in their bedrooms, and I don't even know how to describe the joy and contentment that sound brings.
I am listening to the whishing of the dishwasher on the other end of the house, and I am thankful for the ease of life you have given me.
I hear the wind whistling outside with a windchill in the teens or lower, and I am sitting her in warm sweats and fuzzy slippers in a warm house, and I wonder sometimes why I have been given lavish gifts like this when there are poeple on the street who may not make it through the night. I don't deserve it more, but I am deeply grateful for your kindness, maybe because I realize I don't deserve it.
The fact is I don't deserve the life I have. I'm no better than anyone else, and yet, you are gravious and kind.
Beside me are shelves of books. Many of them I have read. More are on my agenda to read. The abilitiy to read is a blessing. It is a gift.
My life, not just my being alive, but the pieces that make up my life are a gift.
Clean water
My ability to walk
My ability to communicate
My friends
My ability to attend services that honor you
My ability to give the knowledge and wisdom you have given me to others
My hobbies
My strengths
My weaknesses
The cup of coffee I enjoy each morning
Lord, I could go on and on, but the truth is even if I listed every minute thing in my life that makes up my is the life it all makes that leaves me humbled and grateful before you this morning. My life--the whole of it--is a lavish gift, and I am so deeply grateful for it.
Thank you, Lord.

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