It’s the end of the day and I just have time to write a sneaky blog post before the day is done! Today has been an exceptionally great day all round! And I thank God for blessing me abundantly each and every day in some way or another…!!
Colossians 3:17: ‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’
I woke up to a wonderful text from Joel which is just the perfect start to any day. It is so amazing how the little things can be taken for granted. I am especially grateful for technology to enable me to keep in touch with loved ones. I am one very blessed girl to have a wonderful boyfriend, a loving family and a strong circle of friends – and I just pray that I do not take them for granted. If I do, I just want this chance to say I am sorry! And I hope we can catch up at some point!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
Today I had the chance to meet up with a lovely friend of mine from university who is staying in Plymouth over the summer like me and we had such an amazing discussion about faith, religion and everything in between. It was so encouraging to talk to her and realise that we both have similar thoughts on topics regarding our faith. It is amazing to realise that when we feel isolated about certain problems, there can be someone who feels exactly the same way – and the relief when you can relate and share with someone is amazing. I am very thankful for that. We talked about my baptism coming up as my friend was baptised not so long ago herself and that was how we met! She was a great encourager in regard to my feelings of being baptised in front of a large crowd. She reassured me that although it can be quite scary, you have to remember that all those there are for you. They know you. They love you. They are not waiting for me to make a complete fool of myself! (Hopefully not anyways… :-D) This has been a great source of comfort! I could go on and on about the interesting discussions we had in regards to faith, God, church, leading, doubts and everything in between, but that would have to be a blog post in its own right!
I have just finished a late shift at work and I am thankful that I have been blessed with a permanent job, just down the road from where I live with wonderful staff and it is a job I can do! It was such a blessing to have this job become available when it did and I am so thankful that I am earning whilst learning!
Yesterday, my heart was troubled. Today, I am just thankful for what I do have. I think it is important even on the days when trouble comes to still be thankful, because when you have thankful heart this begins to shine through the darkest days.
The smaller things such as access to a laptop and a phone, the ability to read and write, the taste of a cold Kit Kat Chunky in the fridge… Or the bigger blessings such as the people I am surrounded by, the job, the university course, food and water, warmth and shelter… these are things that I take for granted. I just want to always have a thankful heart – because a thankful heart is a step toward a greater and deeper relationship with God.
Ephesians 5:19-20: ‘Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.’
Thought I would include something I stumbled across on the subject of thankfulness which just emphasises my thoughts quite neatly:
Take care and God Bless!
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