Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday


"I seldom end up where I wanted to go....but almost always end up where I need to be." Douglas Adams

Last January I started down a road.....never imagining the many ups and downs....twists and turns that would happen along the way. It started with one thing.....but it's ended with something entirely different....

I've discovered some things on the journey....things like.....I'm still a fighter, but now a fighter for good things.... and I learned that faith is an anchor that pulls me through all the rough times.....

I've discovered that there really are more good people than bad in the world...and that truth always surfaces if you pursue it long and hard enough.

I've met some incredible people on this journey.  People who've touched me in ways that I know has made me a better person.....I'm thankful for encountering them and all the the lessons I've learned Thankful this week for....

-love always makes a way. I spoke with the beautiful woman I've been writing about. Speaking with her...knowing her life has been good...that she is one of the kindness sweetest women ever.....makes this whole journey so worth it.
-the woman in another city who stepped up to help me take the last important step. I asked her why she chose to help when there's scads of people out there with similar needs - I didn't need to wait for her answer...I already knew.....It's a God thing!!!!
-The older woman who became a mentor and friend early on in the journey...she believed in me and still believes in me.....and has helped open so many doors that I'm totally humbled.
-Connecting with a good buddy....another crazy writer and artist who has allowed me to share my heart and frustrations with him and who has stood steady....a true support constantly helping me make it to the next turn in the road.
-and mostly....that I've come to understand He holds divine appointments that don't always look divine. When I say yes and start down the road.... the journey might not be what I expect...but one thing I know now for sure...He's with me...He's got a plan....He's on the journey....and eventually He'll explain the call to go.  

Gratittude for this journey...you bet. It didn't turn out the way I thought but boy it has opened up the world in a whole new way.

10 comments:

Nana Jul said...

I love this: I've come to understand He holds divine appointments that don't always look divine. When I say yes and start down the road.... the journey might not be what I expect...but one thing I know now for sure...He's with me...He's got a plan
It's a WILD ride...when we let Him lead the way!
Love ya!! Happy Thursday!
Jul

Crown of Beauty said...

Amazing indeed are His ways, Nikki. He knows the way that we take. He gently leads us. Divine appointments and divine opportunities. They don't always look that way, how we start off with a different expectation, but when things don't turn out the way we thought they should, God really has a better plan.

Again, I am rejoicing with you.

Love
Lidia

NITA said...

Hi Nikki
I hope your ongoing journey, continues to be richly blessed.

Sharon said...

This was so good, Nikki. Yes, the most important part in our faith journey is our willingness to launch out, and the obedience to keep taking the steps.

GOD BLESS!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

I just have to shout Amen!!! His plans are so much better than ours!!!

middle child said...

".....it's a God thing!!!!"
I use the very same words. And you are right. He sends the right words/songs/people to use in the most unusual ways. Just when we need them.

Stephani - A Defined Life said...

I love gratitude. I know that may be an odd statement, but as I see the hand of God more and more at work around me I want to give him more and more praise. Enjoyed reading your thankfuls!

Wanda said...

Such great lessons you've gleaned Nikki. This one speaks the most to me..."He holds divine appointments that don't always look divine."

Behind the Smile said...

God always has a plan for us and when we say yes to go on the journey it promises it will throw up the unexpected. Yet God knows what he is doing. Smiles.

joy said...

Amen to that Nikki. Our God is faithful!