what I am thankful for…

There are only two days left before 2016 comes to a close and slowly becomes just a distant memory as we turn over a new leaf for the new year.  As most are ready to put the past behind them and gearing up with hope for better days ahead, I am pausing and spending time to look back, and take stock of how I have fared this year.

Although this year has not been exactly smooth sailing, still I am grateful as there are many things that I am thankful for.

First and foremost, to God be the glory —

  • I am thankful for the Lord’s peace, mercy and wisdom which has sustained and guided me on my journey
  • I am thankful for the rest the Lord has granted me physically, and spiritually every day
  • I am thankful for the divine protection upon me and my family as we go about our daily lives
God is our refuge

my refuge, and my strength!

writing and reflection

  • I am thankful for being blessed with the time to reflect throughout the year and the inspiration and ability to pen my thoughts down which in due course has encouraged many in their faith journey
  • I am thankful for the opportunity given for my amateur writing to reach a wider audience when I was invited to join the blogging community at My Trending Stories
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recognition!

freedom

  • I am thankful for being able to attend church every Sunday and celebrate Christmas openly as there is still religious tolerance in my city
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KK Christmas Celebration, the yearly 4-night event co-organised by local churches and the city council was in its 12th year this year and was getting better and stronger than ever before!

My nearest and dearest, and friends of old and new

  • I am thankful for my family for their love and many home-cooked meals!
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the clan – mum and dad, brother, sister and her family

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nieces and nephew — the little people who keep me busy when they come and visit me sometimes

  • I am thankful for my friends (whom I cannot name all here) for their friendship, fellowship, encouragements, constructive comments and soul-enriching conversations
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the confidantes

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the sisters in-Christ – teachers, inspirers and encouragers

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the home group members — the edifiers who have helped me grow spiritually over the last 13 years!

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some new friends added to the variety

nature

  • I am thankful for…
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rainbow — it holds God’s promises!

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sunrise — it brings hope and God’s mercy is new every morning!

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sunset — it brings peace as the day comes to an end

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my room with a view!

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flowers – what would life be without flowers?

What are you thankful for?

your thoughts?

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