Thanksgiving for answered prayer in Dec 22 and for the whole year!
A beloved friend sent this quote in her Christmas greetings to me:
Nicht die Glücklichen sind dankbar. Es sind die Dankbaren die glücklich sind.
Sir Francis Bacon
It is not the happy/blessed who are grateful. It is the grateful who are blessed/happy.
Sir Francis Bacon
This is so very true. May we live our lives in gratitude every day, because His mercies are new every morning, and He loves us with an everlasting love!
Our God desires that we share our lives, our love, our hearts, minds and bodies with Him and that we go to Him in trust with ALL our concerns and desires.
When we do this, He rewards us with great joy.
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
And I shall praise Him openly again today, and give all the glory to Him, who hears our prayers.
Though I am already singing praise and thanks for a blissful day and for prayers answered this week, now it is time for me to also look back on God’s faithful answers to prayer over December.
For December 2022, I thank my Father God for:
The privilege of giving financial Christmas gifts to the charities most on my heart.
For orchestrating my appointment to sort out the few medical issues I needed to understand, and for healing me Yourself, with no disruptions.
That J. was strong enough to make the best of circumstances and to head for new pastures where he was well received and blessed. For the lovely family who welcomed him.
For the blessing of one day-a-week working in a pre-school this half-term – for the lovely team and children.
For the birth of a new healthy grandson.
For the birth of M. & P.’s new baby and the family reconciled.
That the staff meal at Punch-Bowl was a success.
That 4 friends accepted the invite to come to our carol service.
That I was blessed to meet the B. family and S. at the reunion.
That on separate occasions, H. and J. both agreed to engage in prayer ministry with me for the work of healing you were doing in me.
For the miraculous transformation in sowing and reaping immediately visible afterwards!
That S. made good progress to get the room empty and order the insulation boards, which all arrived in good time.
For a great Christmas send-off at Chatterbox.
For the privilege of helping M. and the ability to get it all done in good time.
For the inspiration and strength to persevere, decorate, give, and to go the extra mile.
For Your gift of great JOY!
For a glorious family Christmas – of gatherings of family and friends, sleepovers and fun with the grandchildren and loved ones.
That You provided for me to give appropriate gifts and to provide good food and supplies for all the guests.
For new volunteers at the shop.
That I was able to attend M. and M.’s funerals.
Lord, throughout 2022, every month You amaze me with Your faithful provision and Your faithful answers to prayers.
When I look back over 2022, I see only blessings and favour.
Truly, goodness and mercy will follow Your children all the days of our lives.
No matter what circumstances the world may confront us with, Your children rest in perfect peace!
To all my beloved readers – to you – I pray the blessing of Almighty God over you and your loved ones, over your hopes and your dreams for 2023.
Know that He is Emmanuel for you this year and He is the lover of your soul.
Have grateful, blessed, fruitful 2023.