Linking up a day late… but only because I was in the midst of much to be thankful for!
After missing out on last month’s meeting, I was glad to be able to rejoin my book club last night. Our meeting is about more than books… and leaves me with much to be thankful for. So many in the group are older than myself, and socialize with each other more than just during this meeting. It is a blessing to me to be able to watch them interact, get some perspective from a few years or decades away, and get reminders of how quickly this time of having children at home to love (and hopefully have more of an influence on) will pass. Some days I need reminders to enjoy the journey.
Last night I listened to a heart-felt prayer from one member, which in part pleaded intercession for another member who has been battling cancer. David Crowder’s How He Loves Us, played in the background. (Go ahead, click the link, listen while you are reading the rest of this post!) A double blessing for the ears.
We talked, laughed, settled down to attempt to discuss the book… which, as is typical, several of us had yet to finish. Oh, well… we never have time to discuss the entire book anyways.
And so I am thankful for…
56) Opportunities to remember the blessings of the time of life I am in now
58) And Joseph, too.
59) The ability to own a Bible (actually, many Bibles… I was searching for one to take with me and realized that although the one I typically use is temporarily missing — which probably means under a coat in my car — I still had an abundance to choose from)
60) And the freedom to read from it and study it… as an American and as a woman.
61) The freedom to discuss my ideas
62) Having the opportunity to be with a group of women (and in a church) that is open to new ideas… to taking in new information and evaluating it to see if traditions or opinions need to be changed.
63) Gena’s prayers
64) Nancy’s faith…. how is it that I can read journal entries from someone fighting cancer… and yet I am the one who walks away encouraged?
65) … and reminders (from the book) that sometimes faith is not being sure… but just committing to try to believe even when we can’t figure out what God (or Jesus, for Mary) is doing and how this fits into what we thought was the plan.
66) Shirley’s hospitality
67) Goodnight hugs & kisses from my favorite 4 year old… who didn’t get them before I left the house but came running down the stairs yelling, “Mommy’s home!” and requesting goodnight hugs & kisses as soon as I walked through the door… WAY past his bedtime…
68) … and the fact that my husband has never, *ever* referred to staying at home while I am out as “babysitting”
69) In a week where I’ve heard of several marriages being torn apart, I am grateful for having a husband who has stayed with me and will stay with me through it all. Although at times I’ve wondered if the reason we are still together is that we are both too stubborn to be the one who walks away… the reality is stubbornness (and commitment) through tough times leads to still being together when life is better again. Marriage takes its own brand of faith.
70) Central heat
71) and my space heater, which I have spent much time curled up in front of this week (it’s COLD!)
72) Having a nice (and warm) winter coat
73) Washing dishes by hand (which I know from experience can grow old fast… but is nice sporadically!)
74) Warm clothes straight from the dryer
75) And that Epson ships refill printer ink for free… because it always seems to take me a week to get to the store to buy it (and then I forget which one to buy!)
What are you thankful for this week?