Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings of this past week:
- The week started with a “date” with Gracie. We shopped for winter clothes at a kids’ consignment sale and went out for ice-cream.
- My computer suddenly started acting strange, and I was sure it was dying and I would lose all my files. After about five calls to the service center, and a call back from a level 2 technician, a fix was found that actually worked! Considering my past computer issues, this seemed almost miraculous.
- A visit with my sister and my niece and nephew. We hung out in our pajamas, talked lots, and the kids played relatively well together.
- Sis helped me do some more unpacking, purging, and organizing. We now have a playroom cleaned and set up!
- While Sis was here we enjoyed our last day out at a local pool, where Gracie is doing better and better at swimming confidently!
- Cecilia talks more and more. Recently, she started saying “thank you” when given something. It’s so sweet!
- I am grateful none of my friends were displaced by Hurricane Harvey, and hope to be able to help others less fortunate.
- Had a “date” with Theresa too. She came with me to drop of her aunt and cousins at the airport, and enjoyed the escalators and shuttles, and then we shopped at Trader Joe’s and had ice cream.
- Our health. I am so grateful no one has been sick this summer.
- Unexpected messages from friends, and the prospect of seeing lots of dear college friends at 10 year homecoming next month!
Finally, thank you Lord for those things that are so hard to be grateful for; the crosses, trials, and difficulties of life:
- Financial strains since I had to quit my job.
- A very unexpected and untimely large bill.
- The hole in the basement ceiling, which costs too much to fix anytime soon.
- The unkindness and contempt of several people in the last few months.
- The uncertainty of which job to pursue, what interests to cultivate, what charism to discern.