Colossians 3:15 directs the followers of God to:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
With this in mind I want to spend time today in gratitude and reflecting on recent blessings:
My niece has been studying some and says she’s actually starting to understand her math class sometimes. (She came to live with us this past August and her last progress report had 3 Fs and 1 D)
This same niece came to church today with her boyfriend.
The above mentioned boyfriend claims to be a Christian. I think they’re kind of the same type of Christians; she and he both have heard the Word and responded but are enticed by the world and are following after those things right now. But at least he’s open to the gospel and truth.
My middle son is open and honest with me. Even if right now he’s not sharing the things I wish he would; he’s into drinking alcohol and partying.
This same middle son is getting decent grades in college and has started a part time job now that football season is over. I’m also grateful that he’s in college on a football scholarship. Mostly grateful that God does have His hand on this young man's life and that my prayers for him are not in vain.
Friday afternoon the assistant warden at work came and sat in my office. He told me that the warden asked him to come talk with me. They wanted to let me know that they recognize that there’s no one in the facility that works harder or more hours than me. That they realize that I am getting nothing from anyone in the company and am on my own. They recognize that they had been beating me up all week and been so hard on me, because the customer ICE has been hard on them. They understand that many of the problems are not anything I can do anything about, and those that are, they see that I am working to resolve.
Oldest son Devon will be home for Christmas (I haven’t seen him since his college graduation in May 2010).
My husband John is encouraging, supportive, and loves me. That we we get to have time alone together.
That a friend took me to a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas home and quilt tour yesterday put on by the local quilt guild.
It’s beautiful and I live in Wrightwood with the clear skies and majestic tall pines.
Even though I’m tired and have so many challenges before me, I have so much to be thankful for. May I choose to think on these things.