196- Finally owning a kitchen table! (and matching buffet) I didn’t bring my table to CO with me when I moved years ago…and kept putting off getting a new one. (I couldn’t decided to go with vintage or modern) I ended up buying a friend’s antique table she was selling. (her grandparents bought it in the 1920’s) I recovered the chairs. 5 so far, plus one needing repaired. And I like purposed nonsymetricalness...so 3 of them are in the colored paisley...2 are in the black (which is textured paisley) and then just the one stripped. I LOVE love love it! I was going to make an entire post about it, but never did. Plus, I decided owning a table makes me an official grown up. Yay me!
197- The new friends and connections I’ve made this year.
198- Being laid off from my job. I know that sounds kinda crazy…but the stress level and burden that was immediately lifted was almost physically tangible.
199- This time of unemployment. Yes, financial stress is an issue…but I also know this time I have is a precious gift.
200- Receiving Unemployment Benefits. It doesn’t quite make me functional…but is obviously a tremendous blessing when it comes to paying rent.
201- The many visits of my sister (who needs to hurry and just move here)
202- Friends who have helped me get around since my car isn’t working.
203- Watching the amazing circle of a friend embracing the life God has for her…and now is turning around and helping show other’s their path...
204- New people coming to the Selah Tuesday night group…my most favorite place to be every week.
205- Reuniting with a friend after letting 6 mos slip by without seeing each other because of busy lives...and making concentrated efforts to schedule specific times when we’ll see each other next.
206- Celebrating Hanukkah with newbies. I LOVE celebrating holidays with people who never have before.
207- All the fabulous time I’ve been able to spend with my niece this year.
She’s so much like me it’s scary...and fabulous. I’ve loved the connection we’re forming and the heart to heart conversations I can have with her cause I get what's truly going on in that head of hers. We are kindred spirits through and through...exact personalities...sense of humor...obsession with accessories...flair for drama...and several pairs of matching shoes.
208- The divine reconnection with my old YWAM leaders…and the new possibilities the future may hold because of it.
209- The last 10 days of almost complete solitude with God. Roommates were out of town, no car to go anywhere, on a social network fast, very little tv…it was beautifully refreshing.
210- Sharing intimate prayers with friends
211- God’s refining fire…which seems to be the season I am in…and embracing, despite the extreme uncomfortableness. (cue the music to my current anthem...Misty Edward's Fling Wide…)
I hope everyone that's started their lists are still continuing them............and if you haven't started yours yet...2011 is the perfect time....
Every good and perfect gift is from you, Father of Lights