I am thankful for the opportunity I have to spend the day with friends and family. I have had a blessed week already. On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of helping my cousin, a professor on the East Coast, with a student paper. I was so happy to be asked to help her with some APA style questions. I am starting to really see my life come into focus these days. The work load is a challenge for me, but God has made a way for me, and He is blessing me with blessings beyond blessings. I cannot even describe the way I feel today, just in knowing that I am doing the very thing I have wanted to do, desired to do, and waited so long to do. God has honored my prayer to become a professor, and now after so many years, I am able to do this amazing and wonderful work. He is amazingly good to me. He is so very, very good!
Moreover, as I think about all that I have to be thankful this good day, I must remember to say that I am thankful for His gracious provision. He has made a way for me to work almost full-time and still complete my research. Yes, I am pushed, pulled, and poured out most days, but God be praised, I am content to be where I am. He has made a way for me, and that way is not easy, for sure. It is difficult. It is a challenge. But, through it all, it is His desire for me, and I can sense it. I can feel His good pleasure when I do it. I know that I am where I belong, right here and now, and while I may grumble a bit about being in Phoenix and not someplace else, in truth, I am very happy to be in the palm of my Lord’s hand, and to know that He has me so well-covered this good, good day.
Work aside, I am playing some (as in kicking back and enjoying the blessed rest). Yesterday, I spent the afternoon shelling out another $100 for Lenny (my goldfish). I have been vacillating over a tank upgrade for six months now, and finally was pushed to do something about it. Since Saturday, he has been bottom sitting (the term used when a goldfish spends most of its time laying on the gravel at the bottom of the tank). Bottom sitting is often the result of overfeeding, an imbalance in the water’s PH or illness, among other things. Lenny appears fine. He swims and then sits for a time. I have followed the Goldfish Guide to the tee, and the only thing left to do is to give him more swim room. He is stressed and not ill (as far as I can tell).
I rarely invest in myself. I mostly spend money on other people, and it is not as if I have a lot of money to spend, but there are just times when one has to make decisions, and sometimes those decisions, come at a cost.
It is a great day to give thanks to the Lord. I am blessed, favored, and safely living under His banner of sufficiency and provision. I give all thanks to my God and my King this good, good day. Everything I have is because of His grace, thus, I can take no credit in anything I have done. This is a good day to bring the Lord of the Harvest all our first-fruits, all our bounty. I rejoice with the family of God as we celebrate His blessed provision, and as we remember His goodness toward us, His grace and His mercy, and His constant friendship and love. He is good, so very good. All the time, He is good. He is good — all the time!