I’m struggling a bit this week. I’m not real comfortable with where I am right now. I’m looking for more balance in my life. I’m trying to take care of some things so they can be done and I can move on to the next step. I feel there is so much ahead and that it will be good… REALLY GOOD. It’s so slow getting there, though. Yes, I’m impatient. I always have been. Yet another thing that I struggle with on a regular basis.
But, you know what? There is still so very much for which to give thanks! God has reminded me over and over and over all day today of how much I have for which to be thankful. This is just a sampling of what He has shown me today…..
~ Though I am not comfortable with all that I have before me, I do feel sure that I am where God wants me. I don’t feel Him guiding me in other directions at this moment. I do feel the path he has me on will eventually lead me in other directions… just not at this moment. And, while that leaves me trying to deal with my lack of patience, it also is reassuring because I am where He wants for now.
~ This morning I received an email from my brother-in-law that was just what I needed. Each morning he shares a brief devotional with a group of men and he has been including me on his distribution list. He spoke of being outside of what is comfortable but also knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are within God’s will. It’s tough, but we can be assured that God is right there with us… leading and guiding and loving….every single step of the way. He reminded us of the story of Naomi in the book of Ruth. Naomi experienced great difficulty and grief in her life. But, look at the way God wove all of that into a grand plan for her future. While nothing I am experiencing right now can even be compared with the grief and the heartache that Naomi experienced, how wonderful it is to know that he is weaving his grand plan for my life, too! (I also thought it interesting how God took a book of the Bible that I am currently studying and put it right back in front of me with this email….hmmm…think God is trying to tell me something??)
~ My family. I think I mention them almost every week in my Thankful Thursday posts, but where would I be without my dear husband and beautiful children? Where would I be without my parents, my sisters, my brother-in-law, my nieces and nephews? They are all such an integral part of my life and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that each one of them supports me and loves me just the way I am.
I am so very thankful for the way God speaks to us at just the time we need to hear from Him the most. I needed it today and there He was!
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
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