September 19, 2009

Thankfulness Knows No Time Limit

I'm a "rules-are-made-to-be-broken" (or at least creatively-interpreted) kind of person. Generally, I hate to be boxed in. Plus, I have a long history of being time-impaired and am often late. *sigh*

However, since this is my blog and I make up the rules, I don't care that it's Saturday—today I'm doing Thankful Thursday.

So, here are five things I'm thankful for this week:
  1. My church. After years of planning, fundraising and building, my dedicated its new expansion on Sunday. The entire church family gathered for a day of praise, celebration and lots of great food. I was so proud to be a part of this amazing testimony to our King. In a time when many denominational churches are losing members, our church is growing, making this occasion all the more praiseworthy. I pray the Almighty starts a revival in our community.

  2. Getting recognized. My lovely blog friend Carmen awarded me the Superior Scribbler Award a couple of weeks ago. It warms my heart to be singled out for anything, especially when it comes to my writing. Thank you, Carmen!
    My guilty predicament, however, is that being a time-challenged, non-conformist (see above), I seldom follow through on the various stipulations and requirements of these awards.
    *sigh* (again)

  3. The prison ministry. This week I went to the prison after quite a long absence and I'm so thankful I did. God definitely had his hand on our gathering. The men sang with such joy—and so loudly that my ears hurt. It was like a big pep rally for Jesus. Usually one person on our ministry team takes the lead, but this week the four of us that were present shared the service and really worked as a team. I saw how far God has brought us as a group! Also, thanks Dave for sharing (for the first time).

  4. My writers' group. I haven't been to my writers' group since July and I was happy to be back among the support and camaraderie of fellow writers. Plus, this group is batting 100 as every article they've critiqued (that I've submitted) has been accepted. I pray the trend continues with my latest story they critiqued. Thank you HPCWG! You ladies are the best!

  5. Answers to a long-standing dilemma. The end is (almost) in sight for a home improvement problem that has been lingering like a henchman, taunting us all summer. There nothing particularly spiritual about this, except it has at times pushed me to the brink of losing my religion! I will write more about this in the future. After I stop crying.

  6. I also have one more bit of good news, but I'll save it for a post of its own. (No, I'm not pregnant!)

So you see, it doesn't matter what the day. Any day is good to count one's blessings!

What are you thankful for today?

To read more displays of thankfulness—from people who actually follow directions and do things on time— check out this week's Thankful Thursday on Sonya's blog.


Carmen said...

You're very welcome! You really deserve it and I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for the plug as well! =D

Loved your five, and loved the fact you did it on Saturday! Yay for non-conformity, I say!!

Terri Tiffany said...

Now you left us hanging:)))
Some wonderful reasons to be thankful:))
I am thankful for your comment to me the other day about seeing my story in the book and saying you knew me! Clear up there!lol
Your writer's group sounds like a great bunch in the way they critique. Glad you have them. I start my group back up at the end of the month and can't wait to see what they have done over the summer.

Kelly Combs said...

This was very interesting to me because I am a chronic rule follower and I am ALWAYS ON TIME, unless there has been a serious accident or something. If I am 1 minute late, people are like "is Kelly okay, she's always here on time." Can you say OPPOSITES? We're polar-kellys.

You have lots to be thankful for, and I can't wait to hear what #6 is. Publication somewhere big??? A book deal????? I'm waiting!!!

Julie Gillies said...

Hi Kelli,

You crack me up. I think it's cool that you are confident enough to do Thankful Thursday on Saturday. Good for you!

Is that a real photo of your church? It's a beautiful church! And praise GOD for the answers to your problem.

But I can't believe you've left us hanging on not one but TWO things. I hope you let the cat out of the bag soon...

Debbie said...

Whew....I'm glad you're not preganat! Alothough I would love to see you just one more! You know, to just put you right over the edge :)

Glad you're thankful, it's a good thing to be for sure, and you certainlly are one blessed woman.

I'm thankful for you and your friendship!

Love, Deb

Gail W. said...

"Rules are made to be broken (or at least creatively interpreted)"
I had a MAJOR lol on that one. Thanks for sharing so much good news, Kelli!

Sarah (GenMom) said...

Sounds like your fall is getting off to to a good start!! Awesome!

Have a great Sunday!

Sue J. said...

I'm all for being creative!

Love that your church was successful in its expansion. Sadly, though our church seems to be growing, plans for expansion have died. It's ironic that our bell choir played for a groundbreaking ceremony almost 5 years ago now, except they never broke ground!

Way to keep us coming back for more!!

Cheryl Barker said...

I'm like you, Kelli -- it's good to be thankful any day of the week! I'm thankful for getting to spend some time with some long-time friends recently and also that a childhood friend contacted me on Facebook yesterday. What a blessing!

Analisa said...

Bless God that things are going so well for you,your ministry and the church.
I am so grateful for friends and family. I was thanking God this morning on behalf of my mother who is 81 and all of her siblings 2 sisters are still alive.

I am also grateful that my brothers and sisters are still with me and in good health.