Former procrastinators, rejoice and give thanks!
“We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.” Psalm 75:1-2
HE is near. He is working wondrous changes in us as He moves us from procrastination to diligence. By His grace we are becoming women who do what needs doing when it needs doing. We work in season and enjoy the harvest in its season.
I’m grateful God loves me so much He will change me. I’m grateful He is teaching me to trust Him for the process of change (even when I disagree) and the results (which I love).
This year I’m also especially grateful for:
- You sisters in Christ who walk this road with me. Your encouragement and fellowship challenge me to keep my feet on the path that leads to my God-given destination.
- Praying friends, known and unknown.
- Salvation and prayer. Having access to God Himself through Jesus Christ is utterly astounding!
- Learning from books and teachers God uses to shed light in my life.
- Two Bible studies and the men and women in them. Hoping for Something Better by Nancy Guthrie helps me know Jesus more intimately, cling to Him more faithfully, count more confidently on His reward. Margin by Richard Swenson helps me value and honor God’s design for rest.
- Old friends and new. Men and women of all ages who bring the love and challenge of Jesus into my life. New neighbors whose little girls are special fun, dear friends who travelled to be with us for my mother-in-law’s funeral
- Mom’s life and the joyful gathering to celebrate it
- The sweet comfort of now having four parents/grandparents in heaven
- The warmth of family connections, the fun of silly text threads, time together
- The enjoyment of adult children who have their own relationships with God
- My parents’ wisdom and example regarding time – now bearing fruit
- The precious women saints who nurtured me and the longing in my heart to do the same for others
- The joy of letting go of many books, papers, clothes
- Stairs that make me exercise, fall camellias that rebloom, summer hostas that reemerge
- Going to the gym, a dramatic drop in my desire for sugar
- An assessment of the tasks we need to do here, marking progress on a bulletin board
- My husband, accountability partner, web designer, prayer partners and parents who serve me and you ladies more than I can say. They are God’s gifts to us all.
What are the top three things you are grateful for this year?