I know that sometimes I can get extremely complacent in my life, often forgetting to acknowledge how incredibly blessed I am in so many ways. I'm trying to make it a habit to consciously express my thanksgiving to God at least once per day... (isn't that pathetic?) So, anyway, here's a place we can do that. I'll start. As most of you know, I'm a partner in a lawfirm, and as with any small business, cash flow and budgeting is always a challenge. Each of the partners in the firm has a goal/requirement/need to bill and collect a certain amount of money each month in order to pay not only our own salaries, but also the salaries and benefits for our employees, overhead, rent, etc. A law firm is just like any other business. So, I've been working on a case for 2 years, and for the last six months, the client hasn't been able to pay. Now, this was not a shock, as we had the court freeze some funds (so we knew that we would eventually get paid), but still, working on a major case without ongoing monthly payments is a challenge to cash flow. But, thanks to the grace of God, I've been able to keep meeting my monthly obligation to the firm even though this receivable from this one client kept growing and growing. We settled the case a couple of weeks ago, and everything was finished up so that today I could get paid. Today's payment was enough that I have now met my obligation to the Firm through October and part of November, and its only August 10. God is so good to me, and I am so very grateful for the way in which He -- not me -- provides.