I sat in the middle of a crowd and worked on my book. My assignment in loving God Friday was to look for Him. It wasn’t hard to find Him in that crowd.

I heard Him while I listened to teens tell their friends about someone’s amazing testimony while they stood in the food line.

I saw Him in my rear view mirror when I saw my son’s face who actually wanted to go to a Bible school event.

I felt His touch when the glowing face of a young man told me how he wanted to bless my husband and then again when my husband passed that on to me.

I tasted Him in the food prepared for me by a cousin who put me up for the night, she remembered that I was gluten-free.

I heard Him as I listened to why one Bible college would invite another to their campus to minister – they want to break down the walls of competition.

I watched Him on my daughter’s face as she was doing something she was created to do.

I heard Him as I overheard my daughter’s friends talking about her behind her back in the most glowing terms.

The last four days was all about receiving Him in whatever form He came to me. If I was willing to look, I could see, hear, touch and feel Him everywhere, I was showing Him love by looking for Him and receiving Him wherever I saw Him. Just as you look for the one you love wherever you can…this is what I did all weekend, it was a wonderful treasure hunt!

This morning I was an anxious wreck so I had to apply the lesson that I taught last Wednesday. I had to grab hold of truth and let it do it’s work. The Lord gently reminded me to remember, with thanksgiving, how He had cared for me this weekend. How He has cared for us over the last few weeks by sending bits of money our way, enough to pay bills and buy groceries. As I gave thanks and remembered the words of scripture, the enemy lost his grip on my prison door.

“Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you.”

“Be anxious for nothing! With thanksgiving present your requests to God.”

“Be still and know that I am God.”

“I will be the voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

“I know the plans I have for you says the Lord…”

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Today was a glorious day! I am not one cent further out of debt than I was at the beginning of the day, our situation hasn’t changed but I will declare the goodness of my God in the land of the living.

Then a sweet young woman and her delightful kiddos showed up to spend the day and brought me the groceries that I was wondering how I was going to purchase just this morning. I could receive them with thanksgiving.

My kids pitched in and we cleaned the house, not perfectly, but enough to make me happy….with thanksgiving.

Never underestimate the power of thanksgiving. Receive His love with gladness and thanksgiving it has the power to swing wide the prison doors!

*this is a series on Loving God and Loving Lent, you can go back and read my journey by starting at this post (CLICK HERE)