"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
This may seem like a weird Thankful Thursday post, but I need to be thankful today for who God made me. It's too easy for me to fall into the trap of believing the lies of Satan which fall under the categories of false guilt, low self-esteem, and beating myself up for failures. So, today, I need to be thankful for the gifts God has given me, not out of pride, but out of a realization that everything that is good is a gift from above. He has decked me out in jewels from above - isn't that a great picture?
Ann Kroeker recently had a meme on writing strengths and I was challenged to not think about weaknesses, but only strengths. So, here are some ways God has created me that enable me to be a better writer.
1. I love libraries. I am invigorated by research - it's like a treasure hunt for me. And who can complain about free books?
2. I am a debater by nature. I enjoy organizing my thoughts into key points and my mind automatically considers the important criteria involved in a particular topic. 3. I also am a very analytical thinker, so I can break down complicated subjects into smaller bite size pieces.
4. I have the gift of teaching. Every opportunity to speak or write is a teaching moment for me. I am actually a math teacher (that may be a new fact for you!). It's ironic that I didn't study English at all in school, but my math skills extend into my writing, believe it or not.
5. I am reliant upon the Holy Spirit. Really, sometimes I sit down to write something and the words just flow straight from God. I'm only an instrument and I feel so blessed to be able to communicate God's words for others to hear.
I'm also thankful God made me 5 foot tall with all my physical quirks and beauties. He knew that THIS body was perfect for me.
For more thankful hearts today, visit Laurel Wreath. Also, DON"T FORGET Tonight is the deadline for Carnival of Beauty (Self-Control) posts. Please consider participating (in only for my sake :).