This week I’ve been thinking how thankful I am for all the kindnesses that have been shown to us this past year. Oftentimes it’s so easy to complain about the things that I don’t have instead of having a “joyful heart” and grateful spirit in light of all that God has given me and my family.
Children so quickly learn by example and I’m am glad to see that as we are sharing in acts of kindness their little hearts are becoming more aware of the needs of those around us.
These past days we’ve been able to pack and deliver boxes for Operation Christmas Child, have the kids talk on the phone to my grandparents who we aren’t able to see often, put away each other’s clean laundry, deliver some treats to a neighbor who celebrated a birthday, bring a meal to a busy and pregnant mom of four and send a card to my brother in law who is a Marine serving in Afghanistan.
And in light of this Thanksgiving week, I want to share what I am thankful for (in no particular order)…
…a warm and safe roof over my head.
…an amazing, supportive husband who completes me in every way.
…three precious children who motivate and teach me every day.
…a church full of kind, generous and laid-back people who encourage our family in ministry.
…my dear family, both immediate and extended, who helped make me who I am today.
…friends who encourage me, sharpen me and bless me with their creativity (like Meagan, who took the pictures you see below).
…the kind people who comment on and/or read my blog, encouraging me to continue sharing what God is teaching me each day.
…the bountiful food and material things that we have been blessed with and a God who gives me content in what I have.
…my Savior, Jesus, for His tremendous sacrifice and love for me and for the world.
…my Heavenly Father, whose strength, patience, love, kindness and peace are everlasting.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
“May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13