Finding the Thankfuls in Today

Today has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. And the emotion that runs through every part of this day is thankfulness.

The first part of my day was spent in a cozy room at the church with the faithful women in the focus group for my new book proposal. I am so very thankful for them and their faithfulness every week. At the beginning I knew some of them, but not most of them. They come and I present the book a chapter a week followed with discussion questions.

Being part of a focus group for a book not yet finished (or edited) means you are part of a work in progress. The topic* often hits at the most tender parts of our hearts—trusting God in the daily and the difficult of life.

Each week these precious women come, many with children in tow, and allow me to pour into them the Word and the truths that God has been working in me the past couple of years. Not always pretty, but we persevere together.

I am thankful for their faithfulness, patience, and perseverance.

I am also thankful for the made-from-scratch-most-amazing-I-have-ever-eaten carrot cake that one of the young moms brought today. She made it for a little surprise baby shower for one of our young moms. This young mom had her baby this morning. Surprise! But we loved her cake!

Next I had lunch with a precious friend who I get together with about every other month or so. She is a kindred spirit so we immediately pick up where we left off. She lives her faith in ways I could never imagine doing. Yes, I know we all have different gifts and mission fields; but the way she continually says yes to God and expects Him to show up big time—she challenges me and inspires me.

I am thankful for my friend and her gift of showing me there is more to a relationship with God and serving Him than I was aware of.

I have several other “thankfuls” in my day—

~The new pretty paper store I happened upon. Loved it!

~Encouraging texts from a friend.

~An understanding friend when I had a crazy “senior moment.”

Mostly I’m thankful to God for His attention, love, and care for every part of my life.


*What God Wished I Knew (see the video on the home page)



Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.

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