1 Thess. 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It’s that time of year again! Oh, you wouldn’t know it by looking around the department stores, but it’s almost here! It’s one of my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving! Most stores are already setting up for Christmas – totally bypassing the blessed day of giving thanks. I love Thanksgiving! It’s a wonderful time to get together with my family and laugh, eat, talk, eat, play games, eat – well, you get the idea. 😉 One of my favorite traditions this time of year is to watch “On Moonlight Bay” and “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” with my children. Those old movies are quaint and clean. We love them!
Many of my friends are daily posting things they are thankful for on their blogs or facebook. I haven’t done a “daily” post because, usually, when I start something like that, it gets interrupted by something else and I can’t finish. And that really bugs my somewhat perfectionist side!
I do have so much for which to be thankful! I try to “give thanks” to my Father every day, but sadly, some days, I just take my blessings for granted. In the spirit of this neglected holiday, I wanted to share a few of my blessings.
My Father. My heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for me – the worthless, rotten sinner that I am. Not only that, but my Father meets my needs and even my wants. He gave me the very faith that I put in Him 17 years ago. He has never failed me. I trusted Him for my salvation. I trusted Him to lead me to the right man, and He did! I have the man of my dreams – and it’s all because of my wonderful Father!
My Sweetheart. It is such a joy to curl up each night beside the best man I know. We have certainly had our share of trials, and many disagreements! 🙂 But he is the man I trust implicitly, the man I gave my heart to over 13 years ago, and the man I pray God allows me to grow old with. He provides material goods for me and our children, he leads us spiritually, and he shows love to me in tangible ways daily. I am of all women most blessed.
Motherhood. I am in the midst of “baby days” – those are days when you get little sleep! Many nights I collapse into bed, wondering how I can keep going. The work of mothering five children and homeschooling them is often overwhelming. When I start to get frustrated, I recall how many women in the world are longing for a child. They are daily seeking the Lord about becoming a mother. I then recall Ps.127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. God has rewarded me five times – ME! I don’t deserve his blessing, but I am so grateful for it, especially during these “baby days”, for I know they will grow up all too quickly.
Memories. Each day, my memories of my dad bring joy to my heart. I can still see his smiling face, hear his roaring laugh, and am often “quoting” him to my children. I recall the way he turned to God’s Word in the darkest of valleys. I remember riding bikes with him, enjoying chocolate fudge milkshakes together, reading books, wrestling, taking trips, Christmases, and literally a million other things! I’m so grateful that I can remember those wonderful days gone by and share my stories with my children.
Medicine. I shudder to think what my life would be like without my rescue inhaler. I really cringe when I think of what it would be like without Zoloft – the medicine I’m taking for PPD. I’m so grateful to the Lord for allowing doctors to discover the medicines and cures that they have so far. I am now able to enjoy my family again! I can live a normal life! God is so good to me!
I could go on and on, but I know you have other things to do today! I must end with one more blessing – YOU! I’m so thankful for this blog and the wonderful friends I’ve met via the internet. Writing is a cheap form of therapy for me, and you all are my therapists. Thanks for reading, it means a great deal to me…but your comments mean even more! lol! 🙂