"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 RV
I've already talked about the amazing conference I had the privilege to attend this past week. There is no doubt I'm deeply thankful for that opportunity. But today I want to dig a little deeper into those experiences and what I'm thankful for in them:
I've gone through incredibly lonely seasons in my life. In those times, the Lord heard my pleas and brought precious friends to my side. In abundance, I realized as I looked back later. This is not such a season, so I did not give much thought to the people I would meet and befriend this past weekend. And YET...there were friendships that deepened me at every turn. I found the warmest group of people at this conference than any place I've gone before. Did everyone become my new best friend? Well, no, of course not. But I did find such friends in the midst of it all. In four or five days, I came away a much richer woman for the friendships I formed (you can read more about two of them in my last post).
Every attendee was given a card with a topic to pray for throughout the conference. I still have my card tucked away--to pray for peace and joy. I loved this opportunity. I found myself touching the throne of God as I prayed for peace to overcome the jitters of appointments, for joy in the midst of stress. For His heart in each attendee as they pursued a dream He placed within them, desiring to follow His will.
I discovered a series of typos from too-late-at-night editing and printing hours before I headed to the airport. Really, I must not edit when I'm tired. I've learned my lesson after seeing that first agent's face immediately after saying my first two pages were good. (Sigh...) So I did some more late night editing (ha!), then headed to the hotel's business office to print 28 pages of my story (think nearly $20!) early the next morning. As my free 15 minutes ticked by, I saw a few more errors and began to panic. At that moment, a woman with the conference walked by telling her husband that she hadn't needed to use those printers because someone had brought one for the purpose of freely sharing with others. She gave me the room number of that lady and I logged off then headed upstairs. Just in time--I knocked and she and her roommate, upon seeing my uncertainty and unfamiliar face, ushered me in and asked my needs, then set me up. I had the honor of praying for as she headed to an appointment, afraid to walk out until she knew the printer was behaving for me. I was blessed by her outpouring, her heart, her care.
As much wonder and excitement as my time in Indianapolis was, coming home to the kids who love me was the cherry on top. And knowing my husband believes in my dreams enough to single parent for nearly 6 full days--he's a total keeper. That's no easy task.
What are you thankful for today? Please share!