This morning I want to post a series of threes, to include: 3 Teeny, Tiny Goals, 3 Things I’m Thankful For, and 3 Prayer Requests that I hope my readers will remember as God brings them to mind over the next week.
I don’t usually include prayer requests on my blog, but I do a lot of praying in my personal life, and much of the success I have in life, or any inspiration or inclination about what the right next step is for me, I get as a result of prayer and meditation. Admittedly, I’m better at the talking part of that equation than the quietness and contemplation, but hey, that’s what writers do, right? We talk with each key stroke. God knows this about me, so I never fear that he’s offended about my penchant for verbosity. Others, maybe, but God? Never!
Let’s start with the things for which I’m thankful.
3 THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR TODAY
In addition to my sweet husband, my awesome kids, and my incredible grands, I’m thankful for…
1 A brain that is somewhat sharp, somewhat understanding, and somewhat active. Were these things not true I would not be able to be here, sharing with you and gaining from you the encouragement I need to keep writing. Without writing, I’m pretty sure I would shrivel up and die, so thank you for continuing to show up and add your comments to the blog. You guys ROCK!
2 God’s ability and willingness to continually find creative ways to use my talents. I bring small enough fishes to the picnic that I would think they would not matter at all, but somehow, through His immense love for me and his generosity to me, significance is born as I share what He’s given. Our God is so good!! I hope you know Him and His wonder-working powers today.
3 Friends who still love me, and a car that continues to run. What is life without a way to get around and awesome people to meet, greet, and share the ride with? I’m glad, glad, glad today that I have both. Life is full and I’m living large (but not in a pant size kinda way. Well, at least not so much).
3 PRAYER REQUESTS
1 I’m beginning The Healing Journey, an intensive Bible study and group dynamic endeavor, with a bunch of unknown followers on September 12th. A lot needed to change in order for this to fit into my schedule and I’m so glad it did. I’m psyched to begin. I’m also a tad bit anxious. I know, believe, and trust that God has good things coming my way, and that through this experience I am going to be closer to Him than I’ve ever been. Woohoo! Please pray for a good, quick, and divine start to this long process. We will meet once a week until April.
2 I have a friend who has been struck with an illness of unknown origin. Would you pray for this one to quickly get a diagnosis, instantly click with the specialist that s/he will be seeing at the end of this month, and find help and hope along the way between now and when that appointment for assessment occurs? The need is great, so please pray as often as God brings this to mind.
3 I would also love it if you would remember me for my physical healing. I have been seeing a chiropractor 3 times a week for many weeks, trying to find relief from this pain that has been plaguing me for far too long. Frankly, and from my personal perspective, it is taking too long for me to see positive improvements, ie: I want it yesterday. Pray for me to be patient, for the treatments to work, and for God to get the glory when I am able once again to walk, lose weight, and feel half-way human.
ON TO MY GOALS…
I’m going to keep my goals the same for yet another week. I made STELLAR progress last week, completing all three of them—a WIN, WIN, WIN situation! Why mess with success?
THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FROM LAST WEEK
1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.
2 Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.
3 Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.
What are you reaching for these days? Why trust God with our futures?