Grateful Friday

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)

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So much has happened since the start of June. I would say it’s been a hectic, hard month. But through it all, God remains, and I make a strong effort to remain with Him. It’s hard to understand why things happen sometimes, but staying focused and in the Word keep me in proper alignment. If I strive for love, joy, faith, goodness, I know I can’t go wrong.

So, in the midst of what may seem dismal, I commit to being grateful! Here’s this month’s offering of thankful:

The Word. I just said it – whenever there’s busyness or trouble or this or that, I turn to God and His Word. Psalm 119:11 says to hide the Word in your heart. It comforts, teaches, guides. There are some places where it even entertains! Mostly, it gives hope, and now more than ever, that’s what the world needs.

Find a version of the Bible that you’re able to follow. I like the aesthetic of KJV, but lately I’ve been sticking with NIV. Read a verse or two each morning to start the day, or find an online study to join. Whatever version or format you follow, just stick with it.

Friends. Oh, where would I be without my hearts who keep me laughing, who support me, and just let me be me! Going back to the Word, it even mentions finding a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). I’m grateful for true friends who show themselves to be such over and over, through and through.

Time off! I’m telling you, there’s nothing like a good ol’ break! From work, from family, just from life. You need to let your mind and body heal and rest from the day-to-day. I know there are those who must put the time in to meet needs, and I understand that path of life. Even so, there’s benefit to taking time just to breathe. I’m grateful for this freedom, and I look forward to my second annual personal retreat at the Proverbs 31 Ministries SheSpeaks Conference.

Speaking of SheSpeaks, my July posts will be focused around my blogging journey so far, leading up to the conference. Even if you’re not a blogger or writer, I hope you’ll follow the posts and find some inspiration for your own journey or path.

Thanks for your engagement here on New Day during June! I’ve appreciated all the likes and comments and sharing. This blog is just the beginning for me – more to come! And hey, tell me what you’re thankful for in the comments below!

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