The start of 2012 has been a series of ups and downs and we’re only a month in! I tend to remember the downs clearer than the ups, so I thought each month I would look at the positives and things I can be thankful for – not to dismiss the negatives as unimportant, but I know that at the end of the year I will remember them more than the the positives if I don’t write the down.
Family: I am truly blessed to have a fantastic family – both immediate and extended. It’s easy to take something for granted when it is a constant in your day to day life, but that’s one of the strengths of my family – it is a constant. Speaking with my sister last week, she commented that our families are pretty similar – probably slightly boring – but boring can be good! I’ve had some interesting chats with dad over the weeks which has been great, and also helped him play sudoku (which he is still better than me at!). Mum has had loads of support from family (especially her sister) which has helped with looking after dad. Barbara and I went on a lovely walk together, which was great just spending time being on our own, chatting and ‘doing lunch’.
Faith: Church life quickly springs back into action after the busyness of Christmas and we have had some good times. Our monthly ‘Overflow’ service was great with lots of people being spoken to. We had our first Worship Team training session a couple of weeks ago which I was really pleased with – mainly seeing new people emerge and take new things on, and doing them very well! This I find exciting! We continue to meet as a Leadership Team each week, and I’m sure God has lots of blessings in store for our church throughout the coming year. I am thankful for an incredibly supportive Worship Team and Leadership Team.
Work: I started a Level 5 Diploma in Management this month (with Barbara) and I’m up to date with all that I need to do which is a relief – we are only a few weeks in though!! I am working on a couple of large and interesting projects at the moment which should keep me busy for the next few months on top of my usual responsibilities. My teaching continues to be as busy as I need, which is amazing considering the financial pressures on many households. I am blessed to have two jobs that, for the vast majority of time, I enjoy. (I don’t think there is any job that is always perfect if you’re dealing with people!)
So… ups and downs in January, yes – but still a huge amount to be thankful for.
- Going out with Barbara for a walk and lunch.
- Forgetting I was leading at church last Sunday and being told two minutes before the service started was not good – but it certainly made me rely of God which is always a highlight!
Points to ponder…
- Do you take time to think on the blessings as much as the more difficult times?
- What are you thankful for in January?