Monday, February 20, 2012

Thankful

Tonight I am thankful for the words that so many people have shared with me. There are comments on this blog, notes left on facebook, emails from friends, and letters-some that have been mailed to me here and others that I carried along in my luggage when we moved.

I am rarely on facebook, which means I don't respond to the comments left for me there, but thank you to the many people who read our blog or my status updates and leave encouraging words and friendly messages. I see them and they make me very happy, inside and out. I also love getting comments on the blog, but if you are logged in as "anonymous" please leave your name as I am so curious about who is reading and responding to the things we post here.

A special word to my Wednesday morning Bible study friends-Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the notes and cards you all wrote, collected and sent along with me. Here we are, over 8 months into this journey and I still haven't read all the notes you put together for me. I read a lot of them right when we moved and I was feeling so lonely and scared, but then I made myself slow down and have been pulling out a few cards when I have most needed a word of encouragement. I've read quite a few cards the past week or so and have been so blessed by the scripture you chose for me and the excerpts from past Bible studies that you shared. For months, I've been opening envelopes with Bible verses printed on pretty paper and had no clue who they were from until a couple weeks ago. Now I know : ) I have read prayers for myself, prayers for me and Darin and prayers for Tyson and Jori. One of you put a $10 bill in a card; I keep it by my nightstand and it reminds me of God's provision for our family. I even have a Beth Moore bookmark! Truly, I thank you all for the time and effort you put into making those cards for me and collecting them from the group and from my old small group girls as well. Andrea, I am waiting for the squirrel recipe…

I often find myself sitting around feeling sorry for myself out here. I sometimes get hurt feelings and feel a little forgotten and like life is just moving on without me and no one really cares. I suppose I should pull out So Long Insecurity and give it a read through! When I pull myself out of the funk I know beyond a doubt that God has blessed me with so many caring friends and family that are praying for us, loving us and supporting us in so many different ways. So thank you, really and truly. I am beyond blessed!

6 comments:

Whitney said...

Love and Miss you Jonna.

Andrea Helton said...

Jonna, oh how I miss you, I wish I could run up to you and give you a big hug! I laughed out loud when I read your latest post, I will get right on getting a delightful African ground squirrel recipe :)

Love yah, Andrea

ememby said...

Love you my friend and thank you for the reminder for myself to be thankful. We are so blessed by the people in our lives, whether they are nearby or far away! But I do wish I could give you a hug!

Anonymous said...

What a wise lady you are...I love reading your thoughts. Keep your chin up! Thinking of you today...
Jen

pjvs50@gmail.com said...

Jonna you are such a blessing. I cannot comprehend how God blessed your dad and me with three beautiful daughters who love the Lord. Not one of us is perfect but we are all saved by His grace alone and He sees us as His daughters and that is what you are. Dearly and deeply loved by God. Never sell yourself short. You are miles ahead of a lot in your age group. Keep teaching us how to see God's hand in all of life-struggles, heartaches, sorrows and joys. Share on your blog about the cobra and the singer entertaining the zebras. Makes my heart smile. Stay who you are and rest in His almighty arms. They are big enuf and can hold all of us. Love ya very very more Mom.

Robin said...

aww - i love this post, and i wish i had sent tons of cards for you to open.