One hundred and eight through one hundred and twenty

108.  For dear friends.
109. For fellowship.
110. For the privilege of staying home to raise my kids.
111. For the blessing of a new (to us) car having been practically carless since last May!
112. For the earnest prayers of 4 year old daughters.
113. For little daughters belting out ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen.
114.  For tickets to see my favourite band in May.
115. For challenging behaviour from my daughter, and all the Lord teaches me about unconditional love and patience through her.
116. For the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit, and subtle growth in spiritual maturity.
117. For a season to learn but also to deeply know where and what my true worth is.
118. For beginning to see Jesus free me from things that have kept me bound for years.
119. For restored relationships.
120. For mothers and fathers, by blood or marriage.  They have blessed and go on blessing my life every day.

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One hundred and eight

I’m thankful that my hair is finally growing long where I lost it after having my second child.  Hair is such a blessing, and you don’t realise it til it’s gone.  I’m thankful for it just the way it is, no more wishing it was more this or less that.  I’m thankful it’s mine and I’m thankful I have it!

One hundred and six

The transformative and restorative power of the gospel.  I’m currently partaking in the Freedom in Christ course, and am revelling in re-learning so many beautiful spiritual truths.  My favourite, and one of the most fundamental, is that, when we are IN CHRIST, we are no longer sinners, but saints.  Saints who sometimes sin.  That’s like being spotlessly clean but putting on a dirty coat.  The coat, or, in this allegory, our sin, doesn’t change who we are – spotlessly clean – and we can take it off thanks to the saving work of Christ on the cross.  So much of our lives is spent living like we are still sinners, but Christ tells us we don’t need to – he says “I’ve made you holy, now ACT holy!”

Thank you Jesus for your work on the cross that we can be made free and whole, and wholly holy!