It 'tis the season to be thankful. We had our Thanksgiving service on Sunday where the congregation was encouraged to give thanks unto the Lord. I was convicted to stop and count my blessings more often. In response to that conviction, here is a sampling of things I'm thankful for, in no particular order:
I am thankful for the folks who have come into town for Thanksgiving this year and that we get to have an unexpected mini-reunion.
I am thankful for my health and the health of my family.
I am thankful for kindred spirits.
I am thankful to have been there for a loving vigil and for all the people there: my family, his family, and their friends that are now like family. (You'll need to read this and this to catch a tidbit of understanding.)
I am thankful for the firstborn's baptism in early March.
I am thankful for friends who have come to visit us in Tennessee this year.
I am thankful that I met my husband in college and that we have 21 years of memories -- 17 of which have been married years, and 12 of those as parents.
I am thankful our house stayed on dry ground during the Historic Flooding.
I am thankful for the Teacher's Lounge.
I am thankful for my in-laws (and that they relocated to a warm place such as Tennessee since I followed hubby here (before he was hubby) who had moved "home." I had wanted to move away from The Winter for a long time.)
I am thankful for the Word of God.
I am thankful we finally built The Treehouse (photos and a post is coming soon...stay tuned).
I am thankful for my children. (All five of them. Several years ago, I miscarried one when I was twelve weeks along. I wouldn't trade the lessons I learned through the sorrow of that time.)
I am thankful for a church of no pretenses.
I am thankful for books and fresh paper and ink.
I am thankful that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
I am thankful for new bedroom furniture and a beautiful hand-made quilt.
I am thankful for the Body of Christ.
I am thankful for blessings in disguise.
I am thankful that this does not have to be a complete list of everything that I have ever been thankful for before I post it because this surely is not a comprehensive list.
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. . ..remember the wonders He has done, His miracles. . . " Psalm 105: 1,2 & 5