Gratitude

This blog is a reflection of the 364 days and the 50 blogs I’ve written thus far. When I began to blog, I was experiencing so many different seasons in life. Some great, some good, some bad and others were ahhhhhh what am I suppose to do moments. During those moments “I” felt as if I did not have another woman that I could genuinely confide in who was in that season at the same time or had successfully weathered that season. During those times 364 days ago, I would find myself complaining that God had not given me a mentor to talk to on a regular basis. {God has a sense of humor…I had no idea the assignment He had lined up for me}. All I heard was “rely on me.”

As I began my process of blogging, I often did not know the origination of the content. I just relied on God. Each time I sat down to blog I would hear The Holy Spirit saying I need you to be transparent. Being bluntly transparent was challenging at first. But after a short wile I began to see why God had not put a mentor I could readily access in my life. He wanted me to be able to use my great, good, bad and ahhhhh moments to mentor others and take the focus off of self {me}.

I must admit I am forever grateful that I get to be open and transparent with women I know and don’t know. The time I use to put in focusing on the “why” of a moment or season has now become times of joy in those moments. The excitement of experiencing different seasonal moments and challenges just so I can share my experience is sooooo gratifying and very humbling {I know that sounds weird to be excited about challenges} because I get to give to you what I use to long for.

During these 364 days of blogging I have been so excited to sow into you. But you know what? I realized I have been receiving something I wasn’t expecting, an outpouring of kindness!  Often, I have been caught off guard when a woman comes up to me hands me a yellow or pink gift bag, smiles then says, just because or I was thinking about you; random gifts on my desk, unexpected text or emails as God’s confirmation that I’m handling my assignment well. Your blog comments that give me encouragement on those moments of ahhhhhh. The hugs, or genuine eye to eye contact are a few acts of kindness that brings me to tears.

My heart and spirit are overwhelmed with gratitude!!! Thank you for being a part of my God given assignment, and supporting me for 364 days. I pray my transparency and words will keep you tuned in.
 
PEARLStoPONDER: Take the focus off self. We can{should} all encourage, empower and equip another woman to help her withstand any circumstance she encounters. Our experiences and challenges are not our own.

Psalms 9:1-2-- I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Colossians 3:17-- And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 

Comments:

Posted by Sandra Hardeman on March 6, 2020
I LOVE YOU. THANK YOU.
Posted by Ideria Bryant on March 4, 2020
Good morning you have been a great Mentor, supporter in more ways than you imagine. You have allowed many of us to look at us and realize we are special in Christ and our his daughters on a greater mission for Kingdom! You love us and it shows. God gave TCLM Pearls You! For that we are grateful! As our First Lady there is NOTHING that compares! Continue to do God's Greater Works for we all HAVE been mightily Blessed! Love you Sis Jennings
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