Well, it's Thursday again, and that means it's time for me to pause and acknowledge what I am thankful for this week, this day, this hour:
*I am thankful for a most magnificent day of rest I was able to have earlier this week. Time for sleep, time for art, time for reading, time for just being.
*I am thankful for my dear friend R. She will never fully know how much I love her, how much sweeter my life is because of her presence, how much better I am because she has loved me, challenged me, prayed for me, and walked beside me. Thank you for everything, R. You are always a light to me.
*I am thankful also for my dear friend B. She is my only life-long friend and our relationship is living proof that by the grace of God, it is possible for friendship to survive time, distance, marriage, children, depression, physical ailments, spiritual crises, deaths of loved ones, and so much more. Thank you for sticking it out with me. What a ride it's been, but it has been so worth it. I love you, my sister, and I am looking forward to the next 20+ years!
*I am thankful for the space this blog has given me to share my heart, process what I am struggling through, and practice being an artist amidst the everyday routine. I didn't think I had much to say, but clearly I was wrong. Thank you to those who knew what I needed before I did.
*I am thankful for music. As I wrote earlier this week, music has allowed me to connect to God at a time when I had no other way to reach Him. As hard as these past 6 months have been, I can't imagine what it would have been like without even the smallest part of me maintaining that deep longing for His presence.
*I am thankful for books and the many people who are wise enough and gifted enough to write them. Nearly every period of brokenness in my life has been accompanied by a book that helped me to hear and see God through my struggle and move towards healing. My current book: Philip Yancey's Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? When I have finished processing it, I will be posting some of the many things that have challenged me and brought me hope. I am deeply thankful that God is willing to speak to me in ways I can hear and understand.
*I am thankful God is waiting for me to be ready for relationship with Him. Please be patient with me a little longer, God….
Tell me, Friends, what are you grateful for today?