Thankful Thursday: The Wine Press

I am reading a book on Discipleship called The Journey Of A Disciple by Stuart & Jill Briscoe.
(Brilliant read)

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Last night I read a chapter written by Jill Briscoe about Hannah, Samuel’s mother. (From 1 Samuel 1)

Hers is really a story of pain, bitterness, faith and surrender.

There are more than two reasons I feel I can relate with her. She remains an absolute inspiration to me and not only because she was barren and then had children. But because of the general space she found herself in.

One of the things I was made aware of was back then, having children sort of equaled God having blessed and favoured you. So Hannah must’ve felt completely in disfavour with God. Yet there she was, running to the temple to speak to Him.
Good thing though because no one else could ever really get what she was going through.
I’m thankful today that I can do that too. Regardless of what is happening in my life I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I can take my woes and worries to God.

Jill concludes the chapter by writing about the three ways grapes used to be pressed back in biblical times. And how its the not so comfortable pressing that produces wine in the vineyard of our lives. 
Its very insightful and it really got me thinking.

If its the pressing I’m experiencing currently then that means wine is sure to follow from my own vineyard. And to make it tasty and delicious I am making a point of being thankful for the fruit of my harvest.

– restoration
– deliverance for my family
– wholesome fellowship
– an even closer relationship with my man
– better homemaker skills
– an awesome blog
– a self hosted site

I’m also thankful for yummy chats with my friend. I miss him so much but I’m thankful he is happy and healthy and blessed.

Thank God for the wine press of life.

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