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40 Blessings

Today is the last day I will spend as a forty-year-old. Yes, tomorrow I turn 41. I embraced turning forty and celebrated with family and friends. Turning 35 was so much harder for me. As I remembered the events of the past year, I became overwhelmed by the incredible blessings God has given us. Yes, there have been tough times, but God was with us every step of the way. None of our trials surprised Him. Our blessings outweighed the struggles, though. Here are forty blessings that have happened to my family and me this past year.

  1. God loves me for who I am and not what I am. His amazing grace washes over me daily.
  2. I have an amazing family.
  3. Friends…certainly can’t forget my friends! 
  4. I am a member of a Bible-based, salvation-saves church with a pastoral team who preaches Truth.
  5. I wake up every morning with a roof over my head.
  6. My clothes are clean.
  7. I have yet to go hungry.
  8. I have a job. Sometimes it’s extremely stressful, but for the most part, I’m blessed and amazed by what I encounter daily.
  9. Graduating summa cum laude from college
  10. Cyber movie nights with my two online BFFs.
  11. Miracles and answered prayers when my FIL had emergency surgery for a brain tumor.
  12. Quality Christian fiction to read.
  13. Proud tears as our oldest son graduated high school.
  14. Sanibel Island vacations
  15. VBS–one of my favorite parts of summer
  16. Freedom
  17. Seeing friends separated by miles
  18. Crafting with the Coffee Girls
  19. Becoming Forum Coordinator for My Book Therapy
  20. Attending ACFW conference
  21. Finaling in the Genesis contest
  22. Having Tina James from Steeple Hill request my full manuscript
  23. Having Rachelle Gardner (agent) request my full manuscript
  24. Writing for PG Magazine
  25. Writing for ACFW’s Afictionado
  26. My Book Therapy retreats & meeting the Ponderers!!
  27. Hubby going back to school
  28. Celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary!
  29. Being a guest blogger on Seekerville
  30. Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
  31. Holiday celebrations
  32. My boys’ musical talents
  33. Learning to knit & the WWC prayer shawl ministry
  34. Hubby’s successful recovery from an emergency appendectomy
  35. God’s provision for medical bills due to no insurance
  36. Becoming editor for My Book Therapy’s Voices ezine
  37. Renewing my STAR
  38. My older son’s poetry & my younger son’s way with words
  39. Finishing my novel
  40. Signing with Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary Agency
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Lisa Jordan

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