Thankful on Thursdays

It’s been a tiring couple of weeks.  Mostly because of minor annoyances! Work is extremely busy and when that’s added to the regular frustrations and challenges, it makes life just a tad exhausting.  Also I experienced a mildly painful visit to the dentist and my knee problem is particularly aggravating at the moment. 

So I have some things to moan about, but as always Candra is reminding me that I have so much more to be thankful for.  Here are my thank yous …

Despite our grumblings about the NHS, we are unbelievably privileged to have access to good quality, FREE healthcare.  Simple things we take for granted here – dentist appointments, midwife led maternity care, flu injections, ambulances, cataract surgery – are not easily available to the vast majority of people on the planet.  I’m so thankful today for this provision and pray that this will be everyone’s experience someday.

A good friend who made me a prawn curry for dinner, last night and a packet of maltesers for dessert, which helped to forget a tiresome work day!! Sshhh, don’t tell my dentist!

I’m thankful that I got to have lunch with an inspiring woman from my church this week.

For friends who can I meet and pray with, who encourage and support me in every part of my life.

 Belfast is experiencing a March heatwave - 16C yesterday!  Walking to work in the sunshine everyday and being able to eat my lunch outside, makes all the annoyances fade away.

For the aspiration and challenge of this…

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4


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