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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

In all things give Thanks...

Cultivating a thankful heart is one of my main goals in life. It doesn't come naturally for me, though I know how blessed I am. I know that the blessings in my life are from God’s Grace and Mercy and not of my own doing. I find myself, often, overwhelmed by that very concept. It is beyond my earthly ability to understand. I don’t spend time struggling to understand as much as I take time to just accept and be glad in it.

Thanksgiving is a once a year holiday but a daily requirement for me to keep my life in perspective and balance. Though, this year, our Thanksgiving won’t be a day like we usually have I am still Thanks filled!

I am thankful for my God, first and foremost. I am thankful that He loves me. I am set aside by God…I am a Saint! How could I not be thanks filled?

I have been blessed by a husband that loves and seeks God daily. He is a servant leader of our family and loves us through sacrificial love daily. I could not design a better Father than he is. My children are so blessed to have a Father that makes his life choices based on them and what he feels is best for their future. He cares for me and seeks to make me happy for the sake of making me happy. I am so blessed to have him in my life. Thank you, God.

My children are God’s amazing gifts to me. I find myself in complete wonder, sometimes, as I realize these 3 little people are really not mine but God’s…and He has allowed me to share them for just a while. What an honor to be entrusted with God’s creations. Thank you, God.

DD had some minor surgery this week (thus the reason we won’t be having the traditional Thanksgiving festivities) and I have thought so much on being thankful for access to healthcare and the ability to take my children to the doctor when they need it. I am also thankful for the professionals in the medical arts…they are indeed precious. I can’t imagine how painful it must be for parents to need to access care for their children and not have that. Thank you, God.

I am thankful for a home, and enough provisions for my family. Thank you, God.

I am thankful for a Church that boldly proclaims the name of God and strives to spread light in this world. Thank you, God.

I am thankful that my children are able to attend a school that teaches God’s precious Word. I am thankful for teachers that help my DH and I build strong Christian leaders for the future. Thank you, God.

I am thankful for my Country and the brave men and women who have fought for my freedom. Thank you, God.

I am thankful for friends, both old and new, that have taught me so much. Thank you, God.

This list could go on and on but mostly I hope we can step back from day to day stresses and drink in all the blessings that God bestows.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful…singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God…giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Colossians 3:15-17



21 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful post. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Yes, to all of the above. We are all so blessed when we have more than we need, good health, and especially the blessings of being a Christian.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Don't eat too much!

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  3. Hi Belle-ah,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving Thanksgiving greetings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, as well.

    What a wonderful way to approach your dd's surgery -- with gratefulness for access to health care. I hope all went well.

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  4. Very good thoughts, friend. Happy Thanksgiving Day. Hope DD bounces back quickly.

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  5. This was SO beautiful and well-written!
    Yes, it is good to think of ALL the things we can be thankful for...it sounds like you are abundantly blessed!

    A very happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Lovely post! Wishing you a most blessed Thanksgiving!!

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  7. Beautiful post. Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours!

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  8. May your family be blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  9. That is so beautiful! I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more on yours! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  10. Thanks Belle-ah for the sweet T-day wishes. Sending you God's blessings for a wonderful holiday!

    Save room for pumpkin pie. ;)

    EmilyJane

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  11. It really is a beautiful post.. thanks for sharing... happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  12. wishing you a wonderful holiday too, sweetie!

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  13. What a lovely prayer-post. I am glad DD came through fine. Knew she would!

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  14. As always, you make me glad I stopped by. What a wonderful post! What a wonderful testimony of God's love to you and all of us if we will but notice.

    Glad DD's surgery went well!

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  15. Off-topic...but I just wanted to tell you that anyone who has a Christmas tree in her master bathroom is my kind of girl! :-) I cannot WAIT to see your house on the Christmas Tour of Homes.

    And happy late Thanksgiving. :-)

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  16. What a beautiful post! Thanks for visiting my blog. Thank you for your encouragement!

    Kim

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  17. Glad dd made it just fine....hope you have a blessed holiday season, my friend. Can't wait to see pics of your home in the tour!!!!
    Sure wish I could see it in person, well, you know, be STANING in it!!!;-)

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  18. Thanks for visiting my blog. And I loved reading your thankful list. What a wonderful thing to do!

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  19. We are blessed to have you as well, my friend. May God continue to bless your gentle soul, and your world! Sorry I've been so behind in keeping up - hope to be a little more "on top" of things" now.

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