Rick and Patti are my Bible study leaders, and they are amazing people of God. I recently wrote them this email .... and once I got done writing it, I thought how well it tells about what God has been teaching me lately and how I am growing in the Lord ... so I wanted to share this encouragement with all of you. :)
Dear, Rick and Patti,
Thank you so much for teaching us so much about thankfulness. Thank you for being a true example of thankfulness and sharing testimonies about how thankfulness has changed your perspective. Thank you for promoting an attitude of thankfulness week after week at Bible study. You guys are an amazing encouragement to me! I am so thankful for you both and for our 20somethings group. God is so good!
I have been learning so much about thankfulness AND practicing the presence of God over the past couple of months. For so long, I was so discontent with my job. I just felt like what I did meant nothing, and I had so much downtime that I was losing my mind. I was so physically and emotionally drained. And it was all because I was NOT practicing thankfulness. ... Well, I have been learning and living thankfulness, and wow! Thankfulness really does change everything! I really enjoy my job now. I feel purpose in it. I find joy in so many little things throughout the day. I am using my downtime more wisely. And I am sooo thankful for my job AND my season of life! And ya know what? I just got a 4.2% raise, and I found out that I have 2 personal days paid! I considered it a HUGE blessing, and through it, I believe God was telling me, "Hey, if you just chill out, I'll take care of you ... I wanna bless you and teach you at the same time!" And wow, does He take care of me! I am so grateful for His grace and love and the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. God is so incredibly good! I haven't been this content and excited since I was in high school.
Psalm 37:3 really is the key to life!
Trust in the Lord.
Dwell in the land.
(And I don't think God will mind if I add ...)
Wow! And really ... add verses 4 and 5 .....
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desire of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, and He will act.
'Cause that's what trusting, doing good, enduring, faithfulness, and thankfulness do ... they are God's desire for us, which becomes OUR true desire which results in God acting in our lives! And hey, doesn't that sound like abundant life?? :D
Thank you, Jesus! And thank you, Rick and Patti, for being faithful, thankful, and a wonderful example of Jesus in my life.
Love you guys,