Tis the Season!
December 1st, 2019
I was pondering during Thanksgiving about all the wonderful blessings the Lord has given me. I realized how easy it is to be grateful when life is good and my thoughts quickly turned to my friend Christi who has been an inspiration to me about gratitude.
The scriptures say "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding,. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Christi is a dear friend from Texas whose husband left her and her 4 kids. She had no education and no job. What did she do? Turn to God and ask for help. She knew that she was not able to face this situation alone and did not even try to do that. Instead of weakening her faith, her trials strengthened them. One day she was to feed the missionaries, but lacked the money to buy cheese for the promised lasagna. Her daughter begged her to walk with her. Instead of sitting at home and worrying, she decided to walk with her. As they were walking they came upon a block of cheese in the middle of the road. She thanked the Lord and picked up the cheese to take it home for dinner. Surprisingly, the cheese was still cold on a hot Texas day in the middle of a black road with no car in site! It was a miracle. I would have walked past the cheese myself. I would not have praised the Lord, nor have been grateful. Christi was an example to me.
It is easy to claim that all my good work is due to me, but that is not true. I decided to take a month off of working. For December I will not self promote, but will sit back and watch all the gifts He brings to me. I am curious to see His works come to pass so that I can say, "All that I have been blessed with came from Thee and not my own making." I am excited to watch His power unfold.
January 2020 update
December was a crazy month! I was very busy serving people and had many new contacts reach out to me. I witnessed miracles around me and I watched the Lord's hand. Mostly I am grateful for the gift of family and friends. My life is so full and it is all due to the Lord's blessings, not my work at all. Truly His plan is great and I feel His love for me. I met and worked with more clients this month than I have the previous 3 months. I tested the Lord and He hath done a mighty work in me. I am humbled that He loves me enough to bless and guide me. I testify that the Lord loves you and will guide you. Give Him a chance. Open your heart in prayer to Him. Then, stand back and be amazed at His work.