On this Thanksgiving Day my heart overflows with gratefulness to the God who loves me with an everlasting, enduring, conquering love. I'm thankful for so much, but here is a sampling of what is in my heart.
Family - The ones God places closest to us to sharpen and soothe us, to challenge us and comfort. They bring us our greatest joys and deepest sorrows in life. Birth and death, success and failure, growing and changing are all interwoven in this vapor of family life. There's a reason God calls us His children, we are all in this family together.
Laughter and levity - Makes life both FUN and bearable. My husband makes me laugh more than anyone else. I love that man!
My treasured husband Doug - Adventuring, brave, confident, visionary and persistent man. His strength and leadership give me security and confidence.
My kids - they are AMAZING. So many times they are the ones who pitch in taking up the slack for the sleepless nights. I treasure this time with them all under one roof because I truly believe the days are long, but the years are short.
Emily - my organizing confidante and Starbucks and girl food buddy
Travis - my artistic, creative, playful young man, who is so good with younger sibs
Hannah - my burning star, full of life and passion
Natalie - my quiet helper
Abigail - my full of life and laughter baker-girl
Benjamin - my growing bundle of energy
Sarah - my snuggly, energetic, helper girl
Lily Anne - my growing talkative toddler
Caleb - my laughing, playful, nonsleeping, sweet snuggly boy
Friends - Relationships that enrich us bringing balance to our strengths and weaknesses. Having friends who are good listeners and who pray is a treasure, truly. They see me at my best and my worst and love me anyway.
Anne - unconditional love, understanding, and acceptance and loyalty
Fiona - dependable, faithful, resourceful friend
GRACE - If there is one provision of The Lord I appreciate with all of my heart this would be it. Unmerited favor with The King, The Creator, My Dad God. I pray for more grace every single day. I pray that his GRACE would abound to me more and more and that I would, in turn show this grace to those around me.
Renewal - a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in my life - If you've ever seen a picture of the brown, cracked, arid desert ground, you've seen what was me when we left Houston. When we arrived in Washington it started raining on my soul and has not stopped. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Prayer - Our way of communicating with God, talking with our Dad, thanksgiving, requests, and worship.
Change - Yes this is on my thankful list ;-) See, leopards do change their spots! I don't know that I'm the agent of change, but I'm learning to appreciate it more and more. I can get stuck, this trip has unstuck me in so many wayside I'm truly thankful for it.
Experience - Having lived long enough to see God work in the good times and bad gives me confidence in His character and trust in His timing even when it's different from mine.
Finally, I'm thankful for time to write this morning, I don't always get it but when I do it's precious. I don't take it for granted!
Happy Thanksgiving Day my friends, maybe truly be thankful as we continue through this Christmas season to the One who gave all so we could abundantly live.