Thursday, November 26, 2009

being thankful

It's interesting to me that at this time of the year we focus so much on being grateful, recognizing the blessings we enjoy year-round, looking for opportunities to help and to give.

I hope that I find myself being thankful every day of the year and not just now, not just on Thanksgiving Day and not just during this holiday season.

I have so much to be thankful for.

-my health (though over the last couple of months I have forgotten what it really feels like to be healthy- I can't seem to get feeling better and we keep getting hit with other bugs and I just feel- yuck- but there are so many others who are worse off than I am. We have a friend whose dad is dying from brain cancer. So, I am thankful for my health.

-my family. (I have a wonderful, loving husband and three sweet girls who can cause a few grey hairs now and then but I love them, they are all I have and I am so thankful. We also have family in town this week and we've been able to spend some time with them. Because Sarah was sick last night I don't know if she and I will be able to spend Thanksgiving with everyone but still, they are here. We have family and it's such a blessing. My own side of the family is far away and I miss being able to see them.

-a warm home. (Yes, our house is larger than perhaps I think we need, it's a pain to keep clean but it's warm, it protects us from the storms that pass through and inside it we try to daily share love with one another.)

-a loving Father in Heaven. (I could not forget this because it is the most important and the reason I have everything else. I don't often get religious on this blog, not that I am hiding my beliefs but most of this blog is scrapbooking related and I neglect to talk about other things at times. But, I am thankful for a Savior who died for me and a Heavenly Father who allowed Him to do so for me and my shortcomings. One of these days I just might get it right, I just might have a day when I feel at peace with how I've conducted myself but usually I have lots of things that I wish I'd done better. So, I am thankful)

-food to eat. (We have been preparing a feast for todays festivities and today- pies and rolls and turkey and all the trimmings- Sarah and I will probably not get to partake of those yummy things but we will not go without food to eat. I spent a year and a half as a missionary in Bolivia about ten years ago and I saw hunger like you would not believe. People didn't know where the next meal would come from and so I am again thankful.)

-a good job. (Matt has a great job, one that allows me to stay home with the girls and attempt to be domestic. I will admit that my home is less than tidy but we have fun, the girls are happy most of the time and I love being home with them. We have more than we need. I can buy scrappy supplies and not worry that doing so will cut into our food budget. I am so very thankful.)

I hope that we'll all take a look at what we are grateful for today.


laterg8r said...

you have a lot of things to be grateful for, i am grateful for the same things :D

happy thanksgiving :D

Gina said...

This made me think of the sermon my DH preached last Sunday. The text was Romans 1:21 (and the previous verses, but this one was the main one.) The sermon was about common grace and how if God expects ALL his creation to thank him (even the unsaved) for the good things he gives freely to all then how much more as Christians ought we to continually thank him for both common and particular grace!!!

Maretta said...

We miss you, too...Love you!