Good morning everyone! Sorry for the later post. Went to bed not feeling well last night and totally didn't even realize what day it was! I had a start to my post, such as it is, so I'm posting that and will come back in an hour or so once I get myself together. Whew.
2. Books at my fingertips and Reading Time: Boy I've really appreciated extra reading time this week. And the fact that I readily have all sorts of books available within reach at all times is a huge blessing that I very muchly take for granted. This was really brought home to me this week as I've been reading a memoir set in Germany's WWII. The author mentioned was a precious commodity that books were and it hit me how blessed I am, and all of us here in North America, to have such ready access to books whenever, however we want. I've never known a time in my life to not have books and reading material. For this I am very grateful.
3. A group of supportive women who make up my ladies bible study. Though we come from all backgrounds, walks of life, and diverse places in our Christian walk it is a group of women who are there for each other to support, lift up, encourage, pray for each other, correct in love and generally are there. I really appreciate this group that God has brought together.
4. Birds singing. With the lovely weather this week, the birds have come out and have been lifting their voices. They're not the spring birds quite yet, but I'll take almost any bird song in the middle of winter!
5. This quote:
"If you’re exhausted, the problem is likely that you have not allowed God to set your agenda. You’re asking more of yourself than God is asking of you, and you’re putting your energy in the wrong things."
Sheila Wray Gregoire
Found here quite by accident, this quote, in fact the whole post, was an absolute lightbulb moment for me. In trying to find me word for 2015, I've been thinking how for the most part, I feel like I am always rushed, a lot of times in panics to get where I need to be or to do what needs to be done. And I've been thinking on the reasons why. I've seen a pattern in my life. I've been seeing how it's not God who sets my agenda, it's me and then I hurriedly ask Him to bless it. I'm a huge procrastinator, have been since high school, so things always get piled up. I'm a people pleaser and have a difficult time saying no. So put these combinations together and there is bound to be a blow up. And it's usually my undeserving, unsuspecting family who gets it. So this is the year I'm intentionally going to take steps to change that. And this post was the catalyst. Now if you all could just think of a word that encompasses all that for me, I'd really appreciate it.
What were your favorite blessings for this week?
P.S. Everybody who left a link in the comments, I've tried to transfer your links into Mr. Linky. Please check to see if it made and please go ahead and add yours if I didn't get it! So sorry for the delay in getting this up.