Silly pic…I’m either getting braver, or sleep-deprived😉
Here we are, another Friday…which, as well as signaling the holiday weekend (USA), usually means a table of Glad Game players! If you’re new here, the Glad Game originated with Pollyanna, star of that great classic book about the girl who unfailingly found something to be glad about—thankful for—in life’s less than perfect situations. So, here’s my list.
a) I’m thankful I have a magnifying glass. I bought it ages ago…figuring I’d need it “Someday”, and Someday’s definitely arrived🙂 It’s not too scratched, as I keep it in a plastic sandwich bag. I don’t know what surprises me more: that “normal” print/font size seems so small—or that I got old and sufficiently impaired to notice it, frown, squint, and dig out the magnifying glass! Oh well.
b) Thankful the ‘stomach issue’ is improved…I think it’s yet another “ageing deal” (our systems become more delicate, sensitive to “abuse”) which definitely puts The Face on me (scowl). For crying to Pete, I should be able to eat Doritos and Queso Dip all night long if I want to… no?? Anyway, I’m trying to eat smaller, more frequent “meals”. Good thing I had a surplus of unsweetened applesauce—it was like manna for a few days there🙂
c) I’m beyond glad and grateful to have a new gal pal! We met on the blogs back in 2011, but just recently connected on Facebook—she was so glad to see me, which made my heart dance! But wait, there’s MORE! Apparently her computer died, and she could hardly manage any contact with the outside world through usual means…so I emailed our mutual friend to get a USPS address for her, thinking to send her a note (translation: novelette); our friend happily obliged—and gave me a phone number too.
Imagine my delight when I called her and discovered how similar we are—like me, she’s a talker who doesn’t come up for air! So now God has made good on His promise: the Bible says He’ll give us ‘double for our trouble’*, restore what ‘the locusts devoured’**. Thus, the 2 sisters I’ve lost to “estrangement”—have now been replaced with like-minded “faith-sisters”. It was a good day…color me blessed♥
d) Thankful to get the month’s bills paid…some people hate paying bills, so it’s one more proof I’m crazy, because I sincerely enjoy it. There’s that rush of accomplishment…and confirmation that I’m a “responsible adult” (you’d have to know the backstory to appreciate that, which I’m not sharing today)🙂
e) However, I will give you some backstory to my next “grateful”. If you’ve read the novel, The Cider House Rules,† by John Irving, you may remember that the protagonist, “Homer”, was an orphan raised in an orphanage by the director, “Dr Larch”, and a couple nurses. Being older than the other children he was not successfully adopted, but happily grew up there and followed the rule that he “be of use” (a worthy goal for everyone). That phrase stuck with me after reading the book (also made into a movie).
Though I was undeniably forced to be of use to my family, growing up, I don’t recall believing anything I did—then, or later in life—was particularly worthy or notable.
So, it’s kind of an odd blessing that blogging seems to have given me a purpose of sorts. I view myself as having been “called” to be an “Encourager”, which gives me great satisfaction. That’s the long answer to why I was praying with tearful thanksgiving the other night, telling God I appreciate that He would see fit to make me “of use” in this worldwide niche.
f) On that note, I’ll wrap things up by reminding my reader-family how thankful I am for all of you. It’s not about stats, for me—but rather that many of you allow me into your lives (and hearts) through your writing, and the curious connection of the Comment boxes. I hold you all close in my prayers each day…wanting only the best for each of you, and your families.
g) Lord God, I’m immeasurably grateful You’ve brought me through another week…without me completely losing my mind, though the stresses of this crazy season have not abated. You keep me in the palm of Your hand, gently gripped by Your grace—and that is sufficient for all my needs.
I choose to trust You, and to stand tall and bold as I proclaim Your goodness here—and I believe You’ll make your Presence real to these dear people who visit my world…bless them in miraculous ways ~ Amen.
Alright-y then, y’all have a good weekend!!🙂 Rhen♥
*Job 42:10, “And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” New King James Version
**Joel 2:25, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…” King James Bible
†Full Disclosure: The Cider House Rules is a work of fiction which deals with the subject of abortion, among others.