Why I Count it All JOY Wednesday

I am determined to count it all joy today!! I am blogging from my phone so none of my images or pictures will upload so if you want to link up grab my button from last week (below), make your list and join us for some JOY!!

As I type, I am headed to Oklahoma City to the state going away ceremony for my sons army unit. They are leaving next Friday, the 25th, for a 12-18 month deployment to Afghanistan.

I am filled with JOY because even though his leaving rips my heart out, I am so proud of his heart to serve!!

I am filled with JOY because I have another week with him!!

I am filled with JOY because while he is gone, his baby, Slaid, will be staying with us!!

I am filled with JOY because this week was Valentines Day and continuing tradition, I made a nice dinner for all of us (pictures later) and we got to enjoy extra time together!!

I am filled with JOY because the same God who watches over and protects us at home will be holding Shane in the palm of His hand while he is serving our country overseas!!

I am filled with JOY because it was 75 degrees yesterday and we all went for a walk together!!

I am filled with JOY because there are tulips on my dining room table and they are beautiful!!

I am filled with JOY because my sweet niece is going to have her first baby in August!!

I am filled with JOY because I serve a God of peace and understanding. A God who knows my heart, He knows my Joys and He knows my hurts, He knows my strengths and He knows my challenges, and no matter what He loves me and keeps me and gives me the peace I need!!

Thank you Jesus for keeping you hand on us today as we travel and fins the JOY in all situations!! Thank you for loving me!!

What is filling you with JOY??

Counting it all JOY!!
Angel

6 comments:

Mich said...

What a difficult moment. Prayers. My heart hurts for you.

I am thankful for your son and all he is willing to give up for me and mine. I am thankful for moms like you, who let their babies serve, no matter how hard it gets.

May the Lord fill this next week with an abundance of blessings.

The Real Me! said...

Oh my friend, I love your positive outlook even though I know that you are going to have a hard time when he leaves.
But God is good and He still protects.
HUGS!
Kim

Sandy said...

awwww, Angel, I am praying for you, Shane and all of your family during this time.
Counting it all Joy with you!

Steph T. said...

Oh friend...proud of your boy...:) I will be praying for all of you during this time. Enjoy ur day!!
HUGS!!!

Sandy said...

Back to tell you that I have friends who were at that same farewell ceremony.

Heart2Heart said...

Angel,

Praying for you and every day that your son is gone that you will be strengthen and blessed by God for your patience in enduring this decision of his. You have such an amazing support system in place whether through Facebook or blogging that we are all standing with you and love you. If you need anything, we are here for you.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

P.S. If you can stop by Heart2Heart I have an urgent prayer request!