I just wanted to stop by during the day to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! Jim and I have a quiet day today, as we won’t be having the family in until Saturday for our celebration. One of my friends mentioned on her Facebook page this week, “Thanksgiving is fine, but thanksliving is even better!” This is so true. So even though I’m taking the time to tell you how thankful I am for you today, that statement is true every day, no matter if it is a holiday or not.
I have been writing my blog now for over two years. Often a blogger wonders if anything they write makes a difference. I appreciate hearing from each and every one of you that has responded to tell me how my words spoke into your life that week. My ministry has been one of encouragement, but even the encourager needs encouragement sometimes! I’m thankful for those who give feedback and kind words. Others have unhappily disagreed with my thoughts and challenged my stance causing me to dig deep to defend my thoughts and values. I thank them as they have helped me grow in my faith without even knowing it! There are times when I write what I think was an exceptional piece and never hear a word from anyone. I am even thankful for no response as it challenges me to look back–did I say what I needed to say? Did I miss the mark? At the end of the day, though, I need to just write and trust that God has it all under control. If I were writing for the applause of men, I would not have lasted this long. I do what I do for God and I am THANKFUL He has entrusted me to be His spokesperson. His inspiration will be what keeps me going.
As you know, 2013 has not been an easy year for us. We got the first call about my cancer diagnosis the day after Christmas last year and it has been an up and down kind of year since then. I am thankful for your prayers, concerns, notes, well-wishes, and even gifts in the past several months. My ministry title is, “I’m just trying to be a blessing.” You aren’t trying, you’ re the real thing! Thanks again for reading, encouraging, challenging and even in silence. I hope to be back real soon, full-force ahead with lots of encouragement, laughs and most of all…pointing your thoughts towards God! Happy Thanksgiving!
Philippians 1:3 (NIV) I thank my God every time I remember you.