Happy Thanksgiving Eve to you!
Full disclosure, I am writing this to you on the eve of Thanksgiving Eve…not because I am hyper organized but because I had some thoughts to share so hitting up the keyboard while they are in my head.
It has been quite a day as I ran to three different grocery stores, along with roughly 87% of the local population, to gather supplies for what will surely be way too much food for the guests around our table.
I also managed to encounter a Facebook nightmare this morning and attempted to share my post multiple times but it wouldn’t go through.
Imagine my delight this evening when I noticed it had been shared a grand total of 7 times…most by me.
Looks like we will be having humble pie along with the pumpkin this year…sigh…
I decided to make a short list of things I am thankful for and so here they are in no particular order and certainly not inclusive of the many things that I could list:
#1 I am thankful for the grace of God to love me before I loved Him and to save me through His Son. We have a friend who never prays a prayer over a meal that he doesn’t end with that reminder of gratitude.
People may think we Christians are holier than thou and self-righteous and hypocritical and all the other stuff we get labeled with, but …and this leads me to..
#2 I am thankful for the group of people God has surrounded me with who are believers who know it is only by the Blood of Jesus that we are saved.
I am thankful that the people I do life with understand what we are still capable of but by His grace, and that we didn’t receive Him so we could waltz up to the Cross and be whatever we have made up our minds to be.
I am thankful for a community of believers who weep over their own sin and over the sins of others and over the sins of this nation and the world.
#3 I am thankful for the guy who was pulling into the chiropractor’s office yesterday morning who was paying attention instead of checking his phone and braked in time for the lady who was carefully watching the car next to her as she backed out and totally missed him in her rear view mirror…
that would be me…
#4 I am thankful for a call back on a test this month that showed nothing amiss and for the people God placed in my path along the way who encouraged me and prayed for me. Most of all Russ, who had faith where I lacked.
#5 I am thankful for the way women who have had call backs that didn’t go that way expressed tears of relief that I would not walk the journey they had walked.
And I will tell you that goes back to #2…
#6 I am thankful that I live and move and deal on a daily basis with people who love with a love that can only come from the Spirit of God planted deep inside them.
A love that dies to self all the time so that Christ can live in them.
So there’s my thankfulness list today.
Oh, there are more…many more…but that will do .
What are you thankful for today?
I would love to know.
I hope and pray whatever your Thanksgiving looks like tomorrow that God will plant seeds of gratitude and hope and joy in your deepest places.
You are loved <3