This is my 4th year using a Blessings Jar to chronicle my year and recognize ways God has blessed me each day. It is one of my favorite things that I do each year, although I'll admit, that as the years have continued, I get bogged down sometimes. I think it is important to have something every day, but sometimes I forget to record anything for a week or week and a half. So, then, I have to sit and try to remember the blessing. Not quite what the activity had in mind. This year, I often turned my blessings into prayer or even into a praise, "Thank you, Lord, for..." This helped to refocus me a little bit this year. In 2017, I want to take that even further, and record actual prayer requests on the back so that I can look back at the end of the year and see what prayers God answered for me or for others that I am praying for.
dinner with friends
Scripture memory review
sunshine on snow
talks with friends
quiet days at home
units billed at work (this was a really good year after a couple of not so good years)
joys of Tuesday night Bible study
a group I led at work with my adult clients
serving at church
jeans in the summer
haircuts! (it made the jar twice!)
visits from family
productive days at home and work
And here are some specific entries:
January 3rd--"Thank you, Lord, that even though I often desire change in my life, the steadfast love of the Lord never changes." Oh. my. goodness. Did I bring 2016 on myself? Since when do I desire change??? Apparently, 2015 had been a year of sameness and I wanted some things to change. Just goes to show that we always want what we do not have!
January 12--4 year old client saying, "I love Teresa days!"
January 23--Thank you, Lord, for quiet days.
January 26--Thank you Lord, for people who will pray with me and for me
January 30--60 degrees in January?! (punctuation was original to the post! :) )
Feb 2--Thank you, Lord, for friends who pray. And for friends who follow-up with prayer. And for comfort in the midst of trials. And for routine that keeps you going. (This was the week of my grandma's surgery)
Feb 25--in bed by 8:50, lights out at 10:00--feels so good
March 10--Lord, thank you for the motivation for Scripture memory and the desire to make it effective for knowing You more.
March 17--"dinner with Sarah to discuss co-leading Bible study" Such a gift this was the latter part of the year. Little did I know that the same time I was praying about approaching Sarah, she was making some changes in her own life that my co-leading would help. God is so good!
April 22--Daniel's adoption!!!
Surprised Dad for his birthday with Daynah
May 14--hit 30 pounds lost!!!
May 17--Sorry, Lord, for letting circumstances decide my mood--thank You for being in control and showing me grace upon grace!
June 4--spent the morning at soccer games in the rain
spent the afternoon at Grandma's house. She was in good spirits and joking and telling stories. Was there to put her to bed and say goodnight. (This was the last conversation I had with her. She passed away the next morning)
June 12--Grandma's funeral, meeting Aunt Thelma, spending time with family and sharing memories, saw the house where Grandma grew up
July 15--a not-so-good day with little sleep last night--thank you, Lord, that I can have a deep, abiding trust in You
August 24--Made an offer on a condo. Eek!!
Sept 26--Thank you, Lord, for changes in seasons
October 7--Closed on my condo!
October 28--Moving day :) Moving crew was AMAZING!
Nov 2--Went to Joe and Ginger's to watch the Cubs win the World Series!
Nov 29--gorgeous sunrise after lots of cloudy days...and a beautiful sunset. Thank you, Lord, for the splendor of your majesty
Dec 19--Forsbergs arrived from Arizona!!!
Dec 31--New Year's Eve at Burkes. Lots of games and fellowship! Holding and playing with Mazie!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, 2016 was not a favorite year. There were a lot of changes. It was good to see the blessings in the midst of those changes. This was also an emotional year to review. I was surprised at how emotional I got reviewing my blessings, but am thankful to see how the Lord led me through each of those emotions, one by one.
And now for 2017...
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