Even when I got off to a bad start yesterday, I had a very good rest-of-the-day. I met with the founder of our "Together we can change lives" mission support group. Health issues have postponed our January meeting, and may require changed in location but not in focus as we move forward.
TWCCL accomplished several mission projects in the last two years. It is awesome to be in direct contact with missionaries and be able to provide handcrafted items that assist their congregations. I've posted photos of some of our meetings, and a few of the quilts we've completed for a boys' academy. That's such a blessing to everyone involved. We talked about these projects - and the ones we'll be doing in the future. All to honor our Lord.
Then we did an escape action to break her cabin fever! Lunch at a local restaurant with owners that provided our Christmas banquet - and will be catering our Valentine banquet. They have business cards for their church right beside their own business cards and are ready to be blessings to their clientele. It's a place where no one finds it unusual for a table full of people to bow their heads while saying grace. Which we do, and today was no different.
Saying grace in public always reminds me of a young man raised in our church who is now a pastor in a Texas church. When he was a senior at high school, another student walked up and asked him, "Why do you always sit and look at your food before you eat?" He was then able to explain that he wasn't looking at his food, he was bowing his head in prayer to give thanks for all God had given to him. That's being close to God - giving thanks. Similar to:
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. (Romans 14:6 KJV)
The remainder of the afternoon was a good nap time - yesterday morning started at 5:30, it was a long day and an unrestful night. Then we headed for Wednesday night services at the church - in a cold rain.
We are grateful for the rain, still being in an extreme drought in North Texas. There's snow in the panhandle, and we may get some, too. For that, we give thanks as we need moisture so greatly. It does keep attendance down for some of our older members. There are aches and pains and people recovering from health issues that are prevalent in the winter. The closing portion of our service includes a prayer list for specific needs.
The lesson tonight was on the Sunnamite woman, a story of Elisha. No - I won't cover that now, but it will be a blog soon. So much to learn about gratitude in that short story in II Kings 4 and the beginning of 8. Go ahead, get a head start by reading it!
Closing yesterday was making plans for today - that begins with a prayerful closeness, seeking His will for the coming day. How was your day?