Sometimes, I think we just need to stop--really stop--and count our blessings. I tend to be a worrier, though I am SO much better than I was twenty years ago. God has done so much in my life that I could fill many blog posts. In fact, I have written many about what he has done, but today I was struck again by his faithfulness to the point I was almost in tears. And, I do need to journal about it tonight. I won't go into specific details here, but let's just say yesterday and last night were not good for me. He knew I needed encouragement, and he sent two people via Facebook Messenger to do just that; one lives an hour away, but the other is in Sweden or Finland right now with his son's soccer. Well, that's pretty close to Russia, so he couldn't be much further; yet, God uses the power of the internet. How awesome is that that God is tech-saavy? Anyway, I *KNEW* beyond a shadow of any doubt that those messengers were godly-sent. So, today, I am taking time out to count my blessings. These are simply as they come to me; they are not ranked in any order at all:
1. my health and my family's health
2. my son's job and volunteerism
3. my retirement (that itself is a miracle)
4. opportunities He has opened
5. provisions He has made
6. a really, really good friend in the form of a former student who is God's mouthpiece to me (quite often)
7. ability to "be there" for my parents when needed
8. a dependable friend who is more like a sister from "another muther" who has been with me through all my cancer surgeries and tests
9. pets' health (even my poor Miles in kidney failure is still pretty active for 20)
10. plenty of food and a roof over my head
11. the ability to do for P
12. the calling for another service, but it seems to have been spurned. This needs prayer.
What are you thankful for?