Life is crazy sometimes and it’s not like I’m working an outside job or have so many appointments I still can’t seem to do ALL the things in one day that I want to do. So I’m smiling at myself, telling myself it’s okay to just do what I can do and give myself the same grace that I would extend to others.
Tomorrow is the first day of the Lenten season. The definition is: Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Here is my catch up to Ali’s Pre Lenten Season of Thankfulness:
Day 31…I was really struggling and texted my friend Roy Morris to ask him and Barb to pray for me…my depression has been raising its ugly head off/on/and on again so much the last few months. I asked Roy if they would pray for me. He responded: 🙏🏼. A few minutes later he sent me this: I just talked to Jesus and ask him to block satan’s attack of depression…… he CANNOT cross the blood line Jesus has placed with His blood. Remember this…..our mind ( thoughts ) is like a mental airport. We are the air traffic controller for that airport. We can tell the devil and his planes that’s loaded with bad cargo ( such as depression) they can’t land in your airport…..take it somewhere else. Then you let God and all the wonderful cargo (blessings…thoughtfulnesses, healings, ect. ) land in your airport and focus on all the many GOOD things He’s done for you and there won’t be room for the devils planes.❤️
I read the above right after he sent it to me and have read it a couple of times each day. The picture of being at the airport and seeing signs that says “Not today, satan, not today” keep flashing through my mind. I am so thankful for friends who I can call on to pray for me and they do right then and there. I am thankful for friends who share what God shares with them and thankful for friends who encourage me.
Day 32: today I am thankful for living in this country where we have the opportunity to go to church, to openly worship God, singing praises to his name and hearing God fearing men openly share about God’s love for us. The sermon today was on Servanthood…Jesus was a servant and that is what he calls us to do and I find myself asking “how am I serving the Lord today?” Getting out of my own head and encouraging others. And I thought about “what is my calling?” I believe one thing I am called to do is share my story, not to toot my own horn, but to share how God has taken care of me and healed my heart and mind from some very hard and hurtful things. The more I think about “being called” and what it means for me as woman, a wife, mother and grandmother I want to do a prayer/writing study to see where God leads me. Ron and I were talking this morning and he mentioned that he believes I am called to minister to other women who struggle with mental health issues and those who deal with the loss of a child.
My first question to you today is would you share with me what you think my strengths are? and the hard one, my weaknesses?
Day 33…I was thankful for a day of finishing up some projects. Here is a sneak peak:
Day 34…I am thankful for a hubby who is such an encourager to me!!! I often sit in awe and just give thanks to God for a husband who loves me more than anything and knows just the things to say to me to uplift me, encourage me or make me laugh!
Thank y’all for reading along with me on this journey of being thankful and focusing on the positive. Even in my dark days I can always find things or reasons to be thankful.
What are you thankful for today?