A Year of Blessings

The year is winding down and as I look at my prayer journal, I realize it has been a year on the mountaintop. God has blessed me beyond anything I deserve. So many prayers have been answered, it overwhelms me. Friends have received miraculous healings, my family is growing, my church is thriving, and God continues to provide me and my family with worthwhile work.

In late December, I began a new prayer journal and started writing the names of family members and friends for which I am thankful. It takes about three pages to write each name and the list changes daily. This is a new way for me to count my blessings. When I pen the names, I see the faces of the ones I love and am thankful. God has provided me with many blessings, but His greatest gift is His Son.

barnOn my first trip to Africa, I sat in a mud-brick building. It smelled of hay and animals. God sent His Son to be born in such a place, among the poorest of the poor. It was a holy moment that I’ll never forget.

I may someday lose all the people on my prayer list and I will be heartbroken, but I can never be separated from Jesus. Whatever challenges come my way, I know that I will always be blessed because I have Jesus. And that’s my prayer for you. No matter what tomorrow brings, I pray you too have received the greatest gift ever given, Jesus Christ.John_3_16

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About shelia@sheliastovall.com

Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

2 thoughts on “A Year of Blessings

  1. Jackie Layton

    I love to go through my prayer journal with a highlighter and write ‘TY’ over my prayers to thank God for so many blessings. You are a definite blessing to me Shelia!

    Happy New Year!


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