In the weeks to come throughout the rest of this year I will be writing about “writing” on Mondays.
People and Prose is a #MondayManifesto sharing and celebrating writers and writing, bloggers and blogging, and other resourceful places I come across along the way.
You can find the previous posts above under #writer.
Since this week is Thanksgiving I wanted to give you something artsy for the holiday, as if words sprinkled in a Mason jar, painted in ivory and adorned with a cinnamon stick and bow.
I wanted not to over think this, or even pull from my blog topics I have been working on lately.
Instead, I wanted to free-write a thank you note tonight (Saturday right now) and say that you are on my mind and I am praying for you.
I love you ladies and gents, plain and simple. With a big love. The Jesus kind. I had to go back and create this graphic for laughs due to a typo earlier. Don’t you just love it when it when you hit publish only to discover a simple oopsy?
A Thanksgiving Letter to You & God
I want to thank you for showing up, through the doubts and the storms of life. I know you don’t share near everything that goes on in the background, well how could you? How could we?
But I know things happen, and trials come our way. I know you have pains and sorrows as well as the joys and Graces from our Lord.
- I want to thank you for being you and for keeping up the faith.
- I want to thank you for lifting us up, those alongside this journey.
- I want to thank you for being so open with the areas you felt God impressed upon your heart to share, so we could pray for you and also know we are not alone.
- I want to thank God for you. That what I thought was just to be a mirroring of words from my soul, is turning out to be me falling in love with people. Which was a prayer of mine because I am so deeply introverted I was scared out of my wits for years to go many places!
So here you are, bright and beautiful. Shining like a star into my life, showing Jesus when I need it most. Because this mama is the struggle and balancing act of her life it feels like at times, and yes I have church and yes I have the Bible, and yes I even have my folks close by now..but there is no one who can fill your shoes like you do, as part of the Body of Christ too, you are in this world for a reason being a beacon of HOPE for HIS glory!
As I leave, I want to share with you the scripture I read tonight:
Romans 12 in The Message
“3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”
I needed that word!
With Love in Christ,
Bettie is a nurturing woman of God and writes about her journey of chronic illness and how God is teaching her things in this season of life. Bettie is a huge encourager and bright light each week in my post feed, and I appreciate her honest words so much!
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