My pastor preached a sermon on contentment yesterday.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (emphasis mine)
However, I did make time for a coffee break one morning so I could meet with Heidi. We worked together for four school years and made quite a team. She left at the end of last school year to work with her husband in his business. I miss talking with her every day so of course, we had to catch up.
As Heidi and I sat outside Paradise Bakery, another dear friend just happened to be stopping to pick up a cup of coffee before work. What a blessing to see Marcia! We used to get to spend lots of time together but work and lack of time has interfered. I just need to stretch my time I guess.
So many blessings for which I can be thankful!
#1093 Beautiful weather in Phoenix
#1094 Uninterrupted time to write
#1095 A special encouragement from an author I admire about writing one page at a time (thank you Bonnie)
#1096 Feeling inspired and disciplined in my writing
#1097 Reminding myself that not everyone will love what I write and that's OK
#1098 Coffee time with a friend
#1099 Unexpected meeting with another friend
#1100 Baking bread with my husband
#1101 Talking on the phone with my good friend Helen for almost an hour
#1102 Thankful for Theresa who accompanies me to church each week
#1103 Amazing new 3D mascara that really makes my eyes pop (from a company called Younique through my blogging friend Jill)
It can be so easy to focus on what's wrong or needs lots of improvement. Although I don't ignore those areas in my life, I make a daily choice to remember to focus on the blessings.
So how about you? Will you make the choice to count your everyday blessings?
Blessings and love,