Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thank You

Today I just feel that I need to write down the things that I have been thankful for lately. As I have meditated on God's Word this week, I have been reminded of how important a thankful heart is in the journey toward His heart. He calls us to be thankful. There is no way that I can put all of the things I am thankful for in this little space, but I will try.

*my incredible family - thank you mama and daddy for living such holy, surrendered lives. I will spend the rest of my jouney trying to emulate your love.

*the group of kindred community that the Lord has placed in my path - thank you for your unconditional love, your fervent desires to walk the Way of Jesus, and the ways that you have brought me closer to the woman I yearn to become.

*the many Heaven-sent mentors that have discipled me as I have come into Christian discipleship - I feel as though I have been near God each time I am blessed to be in your presence! Thank you for providing a steady, unchanging, example for my faith. You all hold such incredibly cherished places in my faith development and in the journey of my spirit man.

*prayer - this is a place where I may come without a mask into the Presence of the Most High God. I may crawl up into His lap and present my requests, petitions, and praises as I receive grace, mercy, and favor. Prayer is a place that I may raise my most hidden songs of praise to a God that is always attentive, and ready to recieve the very inadequate words of my lips. Thank you for such a sacred, precious escape into the Heavenlies, Father

*my church - I have felt more at home at Highland than anywhere I have ever been. It is a church that truly embraces and empowers the weary, the poor, the overlooked, and the hurting. It is also a place that cherishes and honors children and their incredible place in the heart of the Lord.

*Wanda - I have seen more faith exercised from this precious saint and through her childlike experssions of faith I have been drawn to the person of the Spirit and to the person of Christ. Please make me like dear Wanda, God.

All of these people and things have a piece of my heart and I pray that I may appreciate them with a new sense of thankfulness. I forget sometimes to approach God with a grateful spirit because I take things into my own hands, when all things are His to begin with, I have just been entrusted to be a steward of the blessings he has poured out and deemed mine. May I forever be a vesel of honor and thankfulness. I pray that I may be a servant that is acutely aware of the elaborate, immeasurable richness of a Father who loves me and calls me His daughter.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Long Lost Blogger Returned

I don't know who in the world reads my random writings, but I thought I would post and let those of you who do check this thing know that I am still alive. Our family had a wonderful Christmas. My mom outdid herself yet again. Let me just say that she knows how to entertain, and I am so grateful! I LOVE having our home full of people. My aunt and uncle that live in Denver came to town to share the holidays with the rest of our bunch that lives in town. This was quite an occasion because my mom has not had her entire family together for Christmas in many years. I was totally blown away by my parents incredible generosity one more time!

In other news, my brother and his wife moved into their first home over the holiday. It is absolutely precious with my favorite material, toille, in the kitchen--black and white no less. My parents also gave my brother a new English Pointer puppy named Scout who is the most adorable creature that I have known thus far in my life. She is full of personality and fits quite nicely into our family. My dad absolutely adores her, and the rest of us are not too far behind!

The third blessing of the holiday was my cousin's wedding in Dallas. She looked absolutely gorgeous in her beautiful gown. I am so thrilled that she is so happy and that God has answered this desire of her heart in such a special way.

Just today, I accomplished a great feat for me--the inevitable closet-cleaning and purging of unwanted and unneeded clothing! Through this experience I learned that I could clothe a small country.

I hope all those who read this are blessed in new and exciting ways in the new year.