God has an amazing way of keeping me in check. And I am so thankful for His love and mercy and grace – and for His guidance. I started out this week in a funk. I was enveloped in a cloud of sadness and self-pity. I spent hours focusing on all the things that I felt were going wrong in my world. What a waste of energy! Not that this is the first time it has occurred to me that my behavior at times can be counter productive. But, wow…if I could just have channelled that energy into something more positive…wow. Thankfully the events of this weekend brought me out of my funk. Ok – so not just the events…my God put me in the places and with the people that He knew would bring me back to where I needed to be – and then some. He has a way of doing that…and I am more thank thankful for His wisdom. The more Brian and I get to go new places and share our music and story, the more we are blessed with such wonderful people. I am just in awe of the way in which we have been blessed over the course of the last year. Friday night, after leading worship at an event at Grace Pointe in Oxford, we found ourselves encircled by a group of wonderful people who wanted to pray for us and our ministry. I was overwhelmed by the love and the prayers offered up for us. For us! Encounters like that humble me and are such a blessing to me. We are still finding our way on this path God has laid out before us…and to know that there are people out there praying blessings upon us is so comforting. To be uplifted in such a way is truly overwhelming. It makes me feel foolish and selfish for the way I started my week. I am thankful that God loves me in spite of my brokenness…I am thankful that He loves me enough to put the people in my life that He knows I need. I am thankful for that extravagant love…a love that I don’t deserve. I am thankful that God loves me enough to keep me in check.