As I move towards the new places and faces that God is leading me to this year, my heart's desire is to remain steadfastly grateful and thankful for what I've been given. I'm being stretched and pruned and shaped into a vessel that God will use, if I allow Him. He has placed the people in my life that will help me become that vessel. And I, in turn, will bump up against others and help shape them! All the while, being grateful for the growth, despite the growing pains.
As I look back at the questions I had for God about the whys and the hows, I can clearly see that He was really in control the whole time. I just lacked the faith and the vision to realize how He was moving in my life. I will rest in faith and hope, knowing that He gives me the grace to move forward as He directs and guides my path. All the while, I will be ever aware of what I have to be thankful for. This will be a year of giving praise and honor to the One who has given me much.
So, I continue to be thankful for:
121. A husband who continually does his best to be the man God has created him to be; who cherishes me and encourages me to shine!
122. The unborn grandson who will make his presence in the world known, in March. I'm so thankful that God has formed him perfectly in his mother's womb and He is designing him to be a blessing to all who will know him.
123. The people God has brought into my life who bless me continually with their friendship and support and love! Without these people, my life would seem empty and dull. They add color and depth to the tapestry of my life!
From His lap,