Before I get to the first of two articles for today, I wanted to let everyone know that I am changing the name of this series from:
The focus of the series will still be highlighting followers, however, it allows me to have a bit more flexibility on content, as well as when it will be posted, in case I choose to post on a day other than Thursday.
For this month’s Grateful Thoughts (Thankful Thursday) I am highlighting the 2 winners of my “Celebrating 2000 followers” Giveaway, in 2 separate articles.
Before retiring, Joann was a teacher, as well as senior level executive for a non-profit agency. She helps her aging parents and volunteers at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC. She says “I love the Lord and am active in my church. I try each day to live out 2 Corinthians 3:3–’clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.’ “
At age 60, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and became fearful of losing her faith, and fearlessness as a result. Jo Ann shares her inspiring story of strength and hope on her blog and in her book “Fearless” (Find it HERE ON AMAZON!) In her book, she talks about the “trials and tribulations” on her quest to find the “fearless spirit” she felt had been lost after her diagnosis. She gives God the credit for walking her through her troubled times and keeping her strong, saying “It is not by my might or my power, it is by His spirit.”
Normally, at this point, I pick out a few articles in which to highlight. However, Jo Ann has so many wonderful, beautifully written and inspiring articles, I’ve decided to highlight three of her main categories instead:
I love reading Jo Ann’s work. (I just ordered her book, which I should’ve done LONG ago! So excited! I can’t wait to read it!) She has a wonderful, loving and calm voice to her writing style. It always calms my mind and brings me peace to read her words. I hope you can take a few minutes to go and check out her blog.
I’d like to thank Jo Ann with my deepest, heart felt gratitude, for following me. She has been one of my strongest advocates and a huge supporter. Often she’s the first to leave a kind word about an article. THANK YOU, Jo Ann, from the bottom of my heart, for following me. Thank you for sharing your story, your struggles, your hope and above all, your FEARLESS SPIRIT with us. God bless you my friend.