We are counting our blessings here at Council Road Women and at the top of list is you! Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives this past year. Thank you for reading, commenting on, and sharing our posts. Growing in our faith and relationships isn’t always easy, but it is certainly made sweeter by doing it alongside women like you. We are giddy at the thought of another year of sharing our faith journey with you and, since counting blessings can be contagious, our Women’s Leadership Team wanted to take a moment to share some of things we’ve been individually grateful for in 2018:
I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness manifested in the meaningful friendships He has given me this year. I’m especially grateful for the peer-to-peer and mentor relationships that formed through my CRBC Women’s Summer Book Club. We kept meeting even after summer ended and have shared many heartfelt moments together. (And ate lots and lots of good food!) I’ve learned so much and am very thankful for the Biblical wisdom and encouragement from those gals!
I am grateful for my village. My family and friends who rally around in times of joy and grief and in all the between times. Each relationship is unique and special, and for that I am thankful.
I’m thankful for my mother-in-law, Brenda. Not only did she raise an amazing son (3 of them, actually), but she loves me and my children well. She is encouraging and supportive. I’m not sure what we’d do without her - she has come through SO many times when we needed help with the kids.
I am most grateful for my husband - my partner in life and ministry, as well as the love of my life. The longer we are together and the more life we live, I am increasingly thankful for physical, spiritual and emotional health - I don’t take it lightly. I thank God for bringing us together to not only make each other’s lives better, but to make each other better humans by His sanctifying grace!
I am so very thankful for God's faithfulness and direction in my life. I know without a doubt that I am where I am today because of Him. He protected me through high school and led me to college at SNU where I met my husband, Ted. He provided Ted's family to help me care for my Dad who had MS and provided Ted's mom as a replacement for my mom who had passed away when I was young. The Lord blessed us with three boys - the big family I wanted so badly growing up. The Lord has led, cared for, and blessed me more than I will ever deserve!
2018 has not only been a year full of meaningful ministry, but God has graciously given me some sweet relief from the chronic pain I’ve experienced for 15 years. I don’t know why now or for how long, but a lifetime isn’t long enough to thank Him.
I’m grateful for my children - all 4 of them. I love their commitment to pursuing Christ and unwavering determination to be all God has gifted them to be. I’m grateful for the love they so generously shower on me, as well as the way they love and support each other. I love the joy and fun they bring into our family and their sacrifice to live life with purpose, keeping Christ at the center of our family.
After the sudden death of my husband, I felt a hole in my heart that I thought NOTHING could fill. Call it lack of faith or just deep grief. After many years of this lost feeling and acknowledging only Jesus can truly fill me, He gave me not one but two beautiful granddaughters that not only sealed that hole but overtook my heart! I am so thankful that only God can know exactly what we need and at His perfect time!