Friday, July 24th, 2020
I have much to be thankful for this week, this day and yes, even this year! Each new day is a blessing from God, we can choose to be thankful or otherwise. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic I am thankful for life. Being a Christian, a follower of Jesus does not mean I’ll never have bad days or difficult circumstances in my life, but I am guaranteed to never be alone through anything and so are YOU!
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.” (NRSV)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (ESV)
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NRSV)
This past Tuesday, I was able to meet with my church friends/sister in Christ (Esther’s Circle) for our monthly group meeting. It was a beautiful evening as we met in the memorial garden located at our church. We abided by the rules of social distancing and we wore face masks. It was wonderful to be seen and gather together again. We decided our next group study would be a book by Bob Goff titled, “Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People.” Looking forward you sharing some of our conversations in future blog posts. My heart was full as I left the church that night.
Thursday, I had dinner with a friend. We finally were able to exchange Christmas gifts. Yes, we celebrated “Christmas in July!” We met at a nice restaurant that followed social distancing rules and masks were worn entering and existing the restaurant. We had a lovely meal and a great conversation. COVID-19 may have slowed our celebration but in no way stopped it or ruined it.
Also, this week I was blessed to be able to share stories using this platform and on Tuesday, July 21st, I celebrated 7 years with WordPress! Also just this month I took a leap of faith and used advertising on Facebook to boost a few of my blog post. I found it to be user friendly and was able to share my words with others on social media, I am also on twitter as well. In many ways I’m still learning “the ropes” using social media to share my thoughts, feelings and emotions. Slow and steady, it’s not a bad thing. I strive to be authentic with my audience and share insights regarding my life and my faith. I pray that God is revealed to the reader and I trust the Holy Spirit to deliver the messages people need to hear. I’m the vessel/clay, God is the potter. Being able to write just for the sake of writing is a dream come true. I am truly thankful for all the people who have encouraged me to write, that have taken the time to read my words and to follow my page. I read every comment and seek to share peace and love.
Until next time…🌻💛🙏🏻
Be good to yourself! Be kind to one another! Share LOVE! Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! 😷 May God Bless You in a special way today. Amen. 🙏🏻❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💗🔆🌻
~Peace~ ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻☀️
ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below.