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:
- 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.
- 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)
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.