Yesterday got a little busy and I never got the chance to post my attitude of gratitude thought for day 13, so here's day 13 and day 14 all in one post:
Day 13 - I am thankful for my church! But before that, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!! When I was four years old, I "asked Jesus to come into my heart"...in simple terms, I admitted I was a sinner and that I needed Jesus in my life. "All have sinned" - Romans 3:23. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" - John 3:16. My parents were believers, and my mother's paternal grandparents had prayed for me before I was even more. There was a heritage, a legacy, a line of believers before me. I am so thankful for this!! My life hasn't been an entirely smooth ride, but I have always known that God loves me, that this world is temporary, and that I could look forward to eternity with God. That has given me peace and comfort as I would go through valleys here and there. And the following verse has helped my controlling nature let go a little: "I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you; to give you hope and a future" - Jeremiah 29:11
Day 14 - And now I can say how thankful I am for my church! When my first baby was born, in March of 2002, my postpartum nurse learned that I was going to be a stay at home mom, and that I was a fellow Christian. She excitedly told me about a MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group at her church, and I, in turn, excitedly told my husband about the group and the church. In the summer of 2002, we visited that church for the first time and we felt like we belonged. The music was lovely, the gospel was being preached, the Bible was viewed as truth, and there were plenty of opportunities to serve, fellowship and grow. Over the years, we've participated in a terrific adult Bible fellowship group, we've enjoyed learning and bonding with other families via several in-home Bible studies, I sang on the worship team for awhile, I've participated in the MOPS group since October 2002, I have been baptized there, and last November, my hubby and oldest daughter were baptized together. My husband went on his first-ever mens' retreat this past January, and he's in the middle of an excellent mens' group study. Over the years, we have seen changes - some minor, some major, and we've weather some storms, witnessing true suffering in others' lives, yet we've witnessed tremendous blessing as well. I am thankful to have a church family and pastors who know me and love me, who love my husband and my children.