Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Few Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!
I am sure that many of you are taking this time to be with family and friends over a wonderfully prepared turkey dinner. I will be joining in your plans, not literally, of course, but corporately. Today was the prep day as I became the dictator of cleaning, cooking, and laundry. My kids were at my beckon call, and they really did a great job. I look forward to being able to relax with company tomorrow if I can get well prepared today.

One thing struck me as we were working. My kids commented that they were enjoying the work, because they were excited about why we were doing it. Being able to share with family and friends and be reminded of God's many blessings was what was making it all worth it.

Blessings come in many shapes and sizes. They surprise us quite often in people, events, and material "stuff". However, blessings appear not always in "good" clothes. Sometimes it is the hard times that show blessing in my life and make me a better woman.

We challenge ourselves in our home every year to list the many ways that God has blessed us. I can list the daily blessings that we have: food, shelter, family, freedom of worship, and being able to teach my children. I have also had to write down loss of jobs, financial stress, loss of children in miscarriages, and loneliness. Why? God is good no matter what. His presence and deliverance through those very tough times are what I depend on. They are huge blessings to me. Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy the good things in life and am not blatantly asking God for difficulty. When God chooses to bring that, however, I need an attitude of thankfulness and praise for the sovereign God who is my Savior.

I look forward to a great day. I trust you will be joining me in your thankfulness.

1 comment:

He And Me + 3 said...

Beautiful! I am Thankful in both times as well. God has a purpose for all things and a plan for our lives. No matter what. He is in control.