I am grateful for God’s faithfulness to me over the course of the past week, despite some unexpected jolts every now and then (such is life, no?). For me, the big blessings were spending quality time with friends, and also indulging in something I rarely if ever do: going to see a movie. Allow me to explain:
Last week was a rich time for me on the friend reconnection front. I enjoyed some delightful conversations with some people I talk to regularly, as well as a few others where the communication has been less frequent. However, even these reunions were all the sweeter when we finally did catch up live, and it felt as if our conversations picked up right where they left off awhile back.
In particular, I was over-the-moon happy to talk with a dear friend of mine who recently (in last six months) moved overseas to volunteer with the Peace Corps. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, we were able to talk on the phone for over an hour, and the audio quality was so good that it felt like my friend was in the next room!
I was fairly riveted to the spot to hear about her experiences with the Peace Corps, and admired her courage to make and keep such a commitment. I was also fascinated to hear about the cultural differences abounding in the place where she now lives, and how she has been acclimating to her new home.
With another friend who still lives in the area (but far enough away by car to make regular get-togethers challenging), we were able to meet in person and reconnect. We had exchanged several text messages earlier in the year, but the Lord put her on my heart a few days ago, and I reached out to see if we could meet up. The Lord aligned our schedules, so she and I were meet up in person on Sunday, it was wonderful to see her again!
Then, just today – Labor Day in the US, so no need to go to work, which seems ironic, given the name of the holiday – I had the privilege to talk on the phone with a friend of mine from college, who is actually much more like a baby sister to me. We laughed, we talked, and we shared stories and prayer burdens, and on the whole it was a very sweet time! I am grateful for her.
And I know that I’ve said it before, but friends are a gift from the Lord!
Second thing: last week, I went to go see a movie on the recommendation of my aesthetician. Since I don’t watch television or listen to the radio, I really don’t know what movies are out and about, but when this movie was recommended to me, I thought, “I’m going to check it out!” So I took myself to the theater – yes, I went by myself – and quite enjoyed the film. Lest you think I am trying to sell you something (I’m not!), I will refrain from sharing the movie title here, but let’s just say it was good and very family-friendly, 🙂
So those are my gratitude highlights for the past week – and as this verse from Psalm 97 says, it is always a good thing to be “glad in the Lord,” and to “give thanks to His holy name” (even for the things that seem small). Note that the verse does not say to be glad in our circumstances, glad in our careers, or glad in our bank accounts. No, we are to only be glad in the Lord – and that should be enough. ⚓️
PS – Many thanks to you all for receiving yesterday’s post from my first blog, Daily Thankful, so well. As the Lord leads, I may share posts from there from time to time, as there is some content on the blog that I clearly need to re-review for my own continued growth! Thanks in advance for being willing to occasionally travel on the path of faith-based gratitude and prayer with me once again.
As some of you may know, I’ve been prayerful about what God wants me to do with Daily Thankful since retiring the blog last fall, and until yesterday, it never occurred to me to integrate some of this content with Daily Hopeful. Anyway, I’m not trying to get ahead of myself or the Lord here, but wanted to let you know that you may come across an occasional DT post in every now and again – as the Lord guides. 💛