It Is Much

Multumesc [multsu’mesk] is Romanian for thank you.  It means “it is much.”  I love this!  How this would change our outlook if we saw all that we have as “it is much.”  

I went to Romania several years ago and saw extreme poverty up close.  What impressed me the most was the hospitality of these humble people……….giving out of their need.  Opening their homes to us, allowing us to use their out-houses,  bringing homemade treats as refreshments.  Houses with no heat save a wood burning stove, often windows were missing and temperatures freezing.  They layer their clothing (all that they have) to keep warm.  They slug through the mud to feed the pigs, cow, chickens, to take the cows to graze, to come to church.  They stand in the cold for hours to see a nurse for a blood pressure check, glucose screening, and receive bandaids, tylenol, ibuprofen, and other medicines we take for granted.  These people are moved to tears at these simple gifts of concern!  They express “it is much!” through hugs, kisses on both cheeks, bowing, and “multumesc.”

As we approach this season of Thanksgiving, I wonder if we could collectively express our thanks as “it is much.”   Do we see our tables laden with food as “it is much?”  Do we view our families regardless of our functional dysfunction as “it is much!”  Do we see our jobs, friends, church, hobbies, activities, OUR GOD as “IT IS MUCH?”

Father, we bow before you as the Pilgrims did so many years ago in thanksgiving.  Lord, we have much.  Even the poorest among us as Americans are wealthy by world standards.  May we see all that we have as “It is much.”   Father, you are MUCH!  You are ENOUGH!  I desire to live in this place of thanksgiving 24/7.


Malachi 3:10   Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.




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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: “big” sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven’s gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait.

Scriptures number one admonition is “fear not.” Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to “tread water til Jesus comes.” Something my students often thought I was going to make them do!

So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

3 thoughts on “It Is Much

  1. Yvonne

    These are pictures of actual Romanian homes and barns in the villages.
    Be sure to visit Bonnie’s for updates on House of Hope orphanage in Satu Mare, Romania. Yesterday, was Orphan Sunday. There are many ways to give.


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