This week I'm thankful for:
1. Praying Friends. Thank you to my friends who remember me in their prayers. And thank you to the mighty God who hears those prayers, prays on my behalf (Romans 8:26), and answers those prayers for my good and His glory. God be praised!
2. Reminders of God's Faithfulness. The biggest reminder I get is when people call me to remember. They point me to scripture and answered prayers to remind me how good He is. Moreover, I'm reminded of his faithfulness when I begin to count my blessings. I have my parents and siblings, dear friends, a roof over my head, money in my pocket, food in my belly, brothers and sisters in Christ, an amazing Gospel-focused church, people praying and caring for me, a library of books to read, readers of my blog, internet connection and contact with the outside world, many gifts, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit... the list goes on and on. He loves me and He is faithful.
3. TGIF. Fridays are my favorite day of the week, and not for the reason you may suspect. Here in the Middle East, the weekend is comprised of Friday and Saturday, with Friday being the holy day when religious services are held. I eagerly look forward to Friday mornings when Redeemer Church of Dubai meets. I love our time of worship as well as the sermon that is preached each week. After church, sometimes as many as thirty of us go out to eat, and our day together turns into evening. I'm thankful for my church and for this day when the saints convene.
4. INFPs. If you're not familiar the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test don't know what I'm talking about, but basically it's one of sixteen personality types. I happen to be one, and lately it seems God has been putting a lot of INFPs into my life, which is really fun, because we seem to click really well with each other. I feel like we 'get' each other and we can talk for hours about many different things.
5. A Violin-playing Friend. This week and last I was able to get together and play violin with another girl here in Dubai. We seem to spend as much time talking as playing, but boy is it fun. She's a professional violinist and a private teacher, which makes me feel majorly inferior, but she's humble and encouraging and sweet. We played Bartok's Duos for Two Violins and Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. It's wonderful-- classical music just thrills my soul to listen to and play. I'm thankful for our burgeoning friendship and for a friend to play music with.