I’m feeling extra thankful today. Last week was a pretty low spot for me. And now? Now I’m feeling pretty awfully good. The glory goes to God alone. I let Him have it on more than one occasion, i.e., I spared no expense when bawling out all my fears and hurts and whatnot. And I let Him have it, i.e. me. All of me. Stick a fork in me. God, take me, use me, do whatever. I’m Yours.
It’s a very good place to be.
God also used a lot of human people to help pull/slap/hug me out of my slump. And a lot of those people are gals I’ve never even met, and they were just following God’s call, writing their blogs, oblivious to the fact that their words were going to touch me in such a profound way.
So, I want to thank them. And put a little spotlight on them. And point you their way, in case their words might minister to your soul this week as well. In no particular order…
Kat over at The Secret Life of Kat wrote a post called How to Overcome Fear that just knocked my socks off. This is the part that got me between the eyeballs–I realized that fear is a product of vanity. When my hopes and my dreams are my ultimate goal, I am full of fear, because there is so much I can’t control. But when I close my eyes, open my arms and say, “God, whatever brings you the most glory, that’s what I want.” There isn’t any fear. Man, that’s good. Are you scared of/worried about something today? If so, Kat’s got a word for you.
Jennifer at Conversion Diary wrote a post called Trusting God with Your Dreams. Hello, did these people highjack my head or what?? She wrote it a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t see it until yesterday. And the timing was golden. Her “dream” happens to be writing a book. Huh. I know I’m a “published author,” but I’m absolutely not immune to the struggle of giving my writing dreams over to God. And what did Jennifer write (and she’s an amazing writer, by the way) that nearly flattened me? “But after a lot of prayer (and, OK, whining and complaining and melodramatic woe-is-me proclamations), the Holy Spirit has finally dragged me kicking and screaming to a place where I have a surprising amount of peace with placing my unfinished manuscript at the feet of the Lord, and finally meaning it when I say, “Thy will be done.” Wow. Wow. Wow.
My real-life friend Kristen wrote a beautiful post on her reaction to sweet baby Cora‘s death called Redeem It, Oh Lord. And the part that stood out most powerfully to me? The message is so abundantly clear to me. Get past the dishes and the dustbunnies. Get off the computer. Get off the couch. Be creative and savor the moment… Get past yesterday, or last year or the last ten years…cherish today. Today lays the foundation for our children’s tomorrow. Go do something spontaneous. Be loud and silly and fun. Hug longer and more often. Speak love. Show love. Enjoy today, because truly…truly, it is all that we are promised in the now. Thank you, sweet Kristen.
And Megan at Sorta Crunchy just made my ever-lovin’ day with her sweet, shining review of Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time. She said all kinds of nice things about the book–and me!–and I can’t thank her enough. She’s giving a copy away, too! Pop on over to her very, very cool blog and enter to win!
And my college friend, Jenna, over at Quite E-musing just brightened my last few days to bits by sharing her Love Story (how she met and wooed/got wooed by her husband) in a slew of installments. I graduated before all this went down, so I’m hearing it now for the first time. It is so fun! I feel all bubbly and giddy inside just remembering what it felt like falling in love with Gabe (although there’s no way on earth I could tell that story as well as she’s telling hers!). She’s killing me, though, by taking so long to get through it. Enough already, Jenna!! I need kisses! And marriage proposals! Get writing, girl!
If this post wasn’t so crazy long already, I’d just keep thanking people, but I’ll leave it at that for now. So, tell me, is there anyone you’d like to publicly thank today? Someone who has helped you get through a tough time recently? Thank away! It’s Thank You Thursday after all!