I debated about writing this post … for I always start these challenges with great expectations and then, inevitably, I fail. But this particular challenge has personal significance. I do believe in daily gratitude … and I do want to cultivate my photography skills. So with that in mind … if I only post one day out of thirty, well then, I will at least be grateful for that 🙂
November 1: God’s Word
I am thankful that God is so very patient with me.
I have struggled for years maintaining daily devotions and prayer. It seemed like just one more task to add to the already over-flowing daily to-do list. It was an obligation, and if I didn’t complete that task, it was instantaneous guilt.
But over the past few months, well… since retirement when daily responsibilities have decreased, I have found time to read God’s word and to learn how to pray. I tried writing my prayers rather than vocalizing them and – surprise – I was much more comfortable with this type of communication. God does indeed meet us where we are.
While I admire watercolor and lettering and artistic doodling, I quickly discovered those are not talents I possess. I do enjoy creativity, however. I enjoy engaging with the Word in a personal way. I enjoy analyzing text and marking it with colored highlighters. I enjoy the slow, methodical movement of Cursive handwriting, and I delight in adding one simple decorative element – typically a sticker or a stamp – which is just enough whimsy for me.
I am so very grateful that the Lord allows us to find ways to fellowship with Him that match our personalities. He does not want morning devotions to be a chore – He wants it to be a time of renewal. He does not want us to dread adding one more chore to our daily agenda – He wants us to look forward to it like a cool drink on a warm summer day.
I am indeed grateful that God did not grow weary… waiting for me to come to Him. I am grateful that He consistently called to me, and He greeted me with open arms when I finally answered that call.