Immediately upon hearing the diagnosis of “bronchitis” on Monday morning, my goals were set:

GET WELL before…

  • Friday’s arrival of our oldest son, Brandon, and his wife, Megan, who are coming home from OH for an early Christmas weekend.
  • Sunday’s C4 Group – teach it!

So far, so good.

This morning, I gave Edie and Beth a “heads up” that I’d probably only stay at the Christmas gathering for 30-45 minutes, seeing how it was my first true outing of the week. Wrong! As soon as I saw the smiling faces of Carolyn, Cynthia, Vonda, Lynn, and all my other wonderful writing friends, I knew I was there for the long haul. It was a feast for the heart as I left feeling incredibly grateful to know… and be known… by such an amazing group of people.

With Friday quickly approaching, the kids will be here soon and our weekend will be underway! We’ll continue the tradition of eating dinner, jumping in the car to judge the surrounding neighborhood’s outdoor light displays, and then heading back home for hot cocoa and a Christmas movie. When the boys were little, they wore their pj’s while we drove around. I’m glad some things have changed over the years! (They have changed, haven’t they guys?)

With study time limited this week, and a voice to match, my hubster reminded me that none of this caught God off guard and that I may need to plan accordingly for Sunday. So, while we’ll continue our celebration of Advent, it will be a via a different route. It’s moments like this I’m reminded of — and thankful for — the fact that God doesn’t really need me to accomplish His will for this group. What a relief!

Thanks to those of you who’ve been praying for me. I can set goals all day long but we know God alone deserves the glory.

I am one thankful woman tonight.