Thankfulness on Thursday

Today I am thankful for…

Lazy summer days. Were I to list for you all the things I have (or have not) accomplished today you would no doubt judge me for my lack of industry and achievement. I feel no guilt (okay, maybe just a litte). Some days are like that and I am thankful.

Technology that enables conversations via Twitter among friends from literally around the globe.

Friends who honor the integrity of our friendship by asking me to pray for a very real need in their life and the privilege to intercede on their behalf.

Biblical, instructive books written by women for women. It’s not that I have a prejudice against books written by men, not at all, nor do I think that women are the only capable arbiters of truth for other women. Rather, theological and scholarly works by women encourage and inspire me in my own (stumbling) pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

The grace of conviction that reminds me it is sometimes best to keep my mouth shut (and the laptop closed).

A ministry possibility that is only a possibility and most likely nothing more but still excites me.

This reminder from Kisses from Katie that I began reading today (see “Lazy summer days” above):

As I go with Him to the hard places, He changes them into the most joyful places I could imagine. 

It sounds beautiful, adventurous, even romantic in ways, right? It is beautiful. And the crazy thing is, it is so simple. Don’t misunderstand: it is not easy. But it is simple in that each and every one of us was ultimately created to do the same thing. It will not look the same. It may take place in a foreign land or it may take place in your backyard, but I believe that we were each created to change the world for someone. To serve someone. To love someone the way Christ first loved us, to spread His light. This is the dream, and it is possible. Some days it is excruciatingly difficult, but the blessings far outweigh the hardships.

My husband and his humble leadership and his love for me, our boys, and the Lord

The companionship of my dog Darcy

College orientation this week for my son and the exciting transition that awaits him

Sons growing into men before my eyes

What are you thankful for today?

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; 
 I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 
I will be glad and exult in you; 
 I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
~ Psalm 9:1-2

Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

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