Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thankful Thursday

It's Thursday already? And on top of that it's November. Where did the time go?

This week I want to say how thankful I am that Skylar is feeling better. I am thankful that the doctor was able to see her on such short notice Monday, even insisting that we bring her Monday at 5:30 rather than waiting until Tuesday.

I am thankful for fall weather. It is finally starting to feel like summer might really be over. Soon the leaves will start to change and then fall. I know God is about to paint a beautiful picture for us all to enjoy.

I am thankful for the time off of work I had last week. It was nice to have a couple of days off with nothing planned. My favorite part was going to the library - I know I am such a nerd, but I really love to read, and God has led me to some really great books lately. I just finished the third book of the Yada Yada Prayer Group series. I really love these books so far. I can see bits of myself and my friends in several of the characters, and as I see them grow, I am often moved to tears, knowing that God has worked some of the same miracles in our lives.

I am thankful that God's word reminded me that His word never returns void. I made the decision Sunday to stop teaching in children's church. My patience and nerves had run out for dealing with behavioral problems. I had hoped to get an immediate sense of peace over the decision, but it didn't come until later when God led me to read Isaiah 55 - specifically verse 11. While it felt like everything I tried to teach in that class fell on deaf ears, God assures me that as long as I taught His word, someday something will come of it. And while that assurance hasn't led me to rethink the decision to quit teaching the class, it has given me a peace in knowing that everything I have done in there was not in vain. And with the closing of one door, God will open another. I don't yet know what God will lead me to do, but He has something planned for me.

And I almost forgot - I am very thankful that I made the last payment on my van last week and received the title in the mail this week. One less bill to pay.

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Denise said...

I enjoyed your wonderful thankful list, bless you.

Robyn said...

Thanks for sharing your list. You are right, it is so hard to leave a ministry. Working with children is one of the hardest jobs in the church!! I've been in the ministry for 11 years and had to do my share of leaving one to join another. You never know the awesome things God may have in store for your next place of ministry. Stepping out in faith reaps great rewards. Blessings to you!

Cyndi said...

Oh, I'm right there with ya on the paid off van! Yey!

I am so glad that God reassured you from His Word concerning your decision. I know it is hard to move on, but it'll be exciting to see where He will lead you next.

Blessings on your day!

Mary said...

So much to be thankful for. I enjoyed reading your list. The last van payment is beautiful. Doesn't it make you feel good to pay off debts? Great list!


BP said...

Thank you for sharing! Congrats on paying off your van. That's a blessing. I love visits to the library too. Do you like Karen Kingsbury?

Nise' said...

Congratulations on paying off your van! That is cause for celebration!!! Enjoy your reading. Have you read the Ashley Stockingdale series by Kristen Billerbeck? They are hilarious.

Mary said...

Glad your van is paid off! That's awesome! One day, you may have one of those children come to you and tell you that you made a difference in their life in that class. You're right...the Word NEVER returns void.
I'm glad you're at peace with your decision. God will show you the next step. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Thank you for the reminder that God's word does not return void.
And congrats on paying off your van! WooHoo!

Crystal said...

Thanks for sharing your list! Thanks for sharing in with this week's Thankful Thursday!