Thursday, October 04, 2007
Thankful Thursday and A Change
It is Thankful Thursday. I haven’t written at all this week and this is a great day to begin. There is something special about focusing on the blessings God has so faithfully and generously poured into my life that makes my spirit sing.
I am thankful for the gift of the Holy Spirit in my life. We are studying the Fruit of the Spirit in our Bible Study. The characteristic we studied this past week is joy. The joy that comes from the Lord is so much more than mere happiness. As Beth Moore said:
“Joy is the result of realizing that our names are written in heaven.
Joy is the result of discovering the person, power, and plan of God in our
multitude of circumstances.
Joy is the result of restoration.
Joy is the result of ‘remaining’ in Christ.
Joy is the result of relating God’s way to God’s people.”
I am thankful that as I choose to trust in the Lord I find Him to be all He has promised. He is always faithful.
I am thankful for the blessing of length of days. I have lived long enough to see my children grow into adulthood and to see the results of answered prayer in their lives. We prayed that they would love and serve the Lord; we prayed for their future mates; we prayed, and continue to pray, for God’s blessing and favor in their lives – and so much more. He has been so faithful and good to us.
I am thankful that I have been blessed with the precious gift of grandchildren. They are pure joy. We have had such fun these past few Saturdays watching our little granddaughter make her soccer “debut”. It is sometimes difficult to realize that my son is all grown and this is his child trying her absolute best to be a good player.
I am thankful for God’s patient, loving direction in my life. I have something to tell you about that. I will do it in a minute.
I am so thankful that Iris had a time of rest and is back again at Sting My Heart, where you will find more Thankful Thursday posts.
Now I have a little bit of “news” to share with you. I have given this much thought and have prayed about it and “talked” with others much wiser than I. I have made some decisions about blogging that I believe the Lord would have me make.
For a number of reasons I find it is taking up far too much of my time – time that should be spent on other things in my life. To help myself do this I am going to disable the comments on my blog after this post. I will have my email address there so that we can still keep in touch. I put so much pressure on myself to try to answer all the comments, and it takes a lot of time with my dialup. I am also going to spend less time leaving comments myself. I will read as often and as many posts as I can reasonably manage in a day. I will try to comment occasionally too.
You can’t know how difficult this is for me to do. I really do love this community of bloggers and all of the things we share. I’ve tried just cutting back, but it just hasn’t worked for me. I am going to go back to what I believe God first called me to do with blogging. I want to write to encourage others. I pray that I can do that. I have had to make the choice to seek the approval of God rather than of others. I feel a peace about this deep in my spirit. If no one ever reads my simple writings, I will be content with knowing I am doing what He has required of me for now.
It’s hard to not sit here and just weep. You have all come to mean so much to me. I will not lose touch; I will just be stepping back a bit. Thank you for all you have meant to me – for all the prayers, encouragement, laughter, sharing and joy. I love you.