We were supposed to be traveling last week–to a lovely Secrets resort in Cabo San Lucas–a trip my husband had earned through his job. Little did I know that instead, the week would involve seven hours in an emergency room and my poor husband being admitted to the hospital! He’s home now, and well, but the events were definitely unexpected….and sure didn’t involve sunny days floating around in a pretty pool!
I can think of so many, over the years…twists and turns in life that led to events and opportunities I wouldn’t have imagined. A chance encounter with another mom, for instance, which led to the two of us being involved in a 4-H club with our kids and their horses. A random conversation with her, which led me to reading my first romance novel and eventually, trying my hand at writing. Other random encounters have led to situations I wouldn’t have dreamed of, or provided guidance to help me with difficult decisions.
“Chance” and “random” aren’t the right words, of course. I feel so much has been an answer to prayers, and for that I am so thankful. And I am grateful to my writing friend, Lyn Cote, who gave me so much guidance and encouragement when I wanted to leave secular fiction behind and write Christian fiction instead. What a blessing she has been!
I’ve been thinking about gratitude and thankfulness since coming across a slightly battered blank Gratitude Journal while cleaning my office recently. I’ve decided that I’m going to start using it–to write at least three things I’m grateful for, at the end of every day. Surely it will remind me to think of positive things, rather than worries, when falling off to sleep!
How about you–do you keep any sort of journal? A record of your prayer requests? A diary? If so, have you been able to keep it up for a long time? Has it been helpful?
Blessings to all of you,