Many of my Facebook friends are posting things they’re thankful for. Their comments range from sweet to funny to deeply moving. It’s cool because every post reveals something that brings fullness and joy to their lives. So in the spirit of gratitude and sharing I started a list of things for which I am thankful, both great and small. I’m sure I’ll be adding to this over time. This might read like a collection of random fluff but I mean it all sincerely, even the goofy stuff. Just remember that each and every “thing” I am thankful for is from God, the serious and the silly. He gives it, He takes it away or He allows it for a reason ….
I’m thankful for the development of a loving heart. Because of Christ’s love and by His example I am loving more like Jesus every day … even when it’s uncomfortable, unfamiliar and inconvenient. He is also teaching me how to receive love. It’s difficult, nearly impossible, to truly feel loved when you think you’re unworthy and undeserving of it. You end up doing things out of obligation, trying to earn it, working for it and always coming up empty. When I finally accepted Christ’s love for me, just as I am, that’s when I finally became able to feel love that was coming from others … and learning to love others became natural instead of forced.
I’m thankful for: My life. Our little home. Jesus. The past. Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds. Leadership. Screen porches. Ibuprofen. Freedom. The raw beauty of God’s creation. Intimacy. A hard-working, God-fearing, loving husband with a wicked sense of humor, a ton of patience, a level head and a courageous heart. A man who melts me. Third chances. Christian counselors. Learning new things daily. Forgiveness. Having just enough. Balance. Faith. A daughter who still loves me in spite of my parenting. Grace and mercy. My blankey. All the women of positive influence in my life. Color. Being bi-lingual. HGTV. Quiet time. Date nights with my sweetie. That sense of “knowing” when you’re in God’s will. Ethnic food including (but not limited to) Thai, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, Cuban. Smiles. Chocolate pudding. Hot water heaters that allow for long hot showers. LifeSong church. Purpose in life. Aromatherapy candles. Simplicity. Light. Best friends, near and far. Sharing life with others. Flowers. Answered prayers. Books. Recaptured memories. Flip flops and summer toes. Hope. Sunshine. Comfort food. Surviving. Beaches, aka anywhere land meets sea. Football rivalries. Our time in Livermore, CA. Good health. The Bible. Fun time with girlfriends. A God who works ON me and THROUGH me, often at the same time! The ability to see, hear, smell, taste, touch. Cereal and milk. Fireplaces. Overcoming addictions. Family holidays. A sense of acceptance and belonging. Hummngbirds and bluebirds. Holding hands. Travel, by air, land and sea. GPS navigation. Coffee in the morning. A sense of humor. Little love notes. Horses, kittens, puppies and other cute furry animals. High thread-count sheets. Movies that entertain. The people God placed in our lives to help draw us closer to Him. Art and artists. Salvation. Good smelling girly stuff. People who like my cooking. Scuba diving. Romance. Philosophical conversations that last late into the night. Laughing at bodily functions. Getting stuff on sale AND with a coupon. My family, despite the dysfunction. Music and musicians. Choosing to do things God’s way. Technology. Good hair days. Opportunities to bless others. Hardwood floors. Makeup. Time to mend damaged relationships and time to develop new relationships. Lifegroup. Air conditioning. Quality time with my sweetie. A growing sense of peace and assurance.
What are you thankful for?