Nov 08


I love seeing all the “thankful” statuses on Facebook lately. I haven’t posted one of my own yet, so here is my list of all the wonderful blessings I am thankful for. These are not in any kind of order at all!

Healthy children, and especially a healthy labor, delivery & birth for Sarah Joy

Indoor plumbing (this will ALWAYS be on my list)

A loving and supportive church family who has taken me in as one of their own in such a short time

New friends for Naomi and Rachel

My neighbor Alice, who has a baby just exactly Sarah’s age, and all the other mom friends I have made here…there is just nothing like having another mom close by to ask for advice, or share frustrations, or just pass the morning or afternoon with.

Facebook, cell phones with free long distance calling, and digital cameras that all help me keep in touch with so many close friends and family all over the country.

SwaddleMe blankets

diet Coke

Libraries!!! And books…I am thankful for the many authors whose books have touched my life, and who have kept me company. Jane Austen, Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, Harper Lee, John Bunyan, C.S. Lewis, John Milton…

My husband: “I have no one else like Timothy.” (Phil 2:20–thanks Paul)

My parents, for their love, good health, and generous spirit to travel to see us

My husband’s family, for their health, and all my adorable nieces

Our country: the freedoms we enjoy, the beautiful land we live in, the opportunities that are available to our children

Central air and heat in my home 🙂

Christmas music

Other musicians whose music has spoken to my heart

My brother and sister-in-law, for the close relationship and friendship we have.

Chap Stick and Curel lotion

Washing machines and dryers

A dishwasher!

All the things Tim does to help me out, including handling ALL outdoor yard work (I’ve never turned on a lawnmower in my life), cooking, and taking out the garbage.

I’m thankful for this time in my children’s lives, when they are small, and that I get to spend my days at home with them.

It is important to note that when we say we are thankful for something, it implies that we are directing that thanks to some kind of entity. Who are we directing those thankful comments to? I try to never forget that all of the blessings I have are gifts from God. I deserve nothing from Him. “Who is man, that You are mindful of him? (Psalm 8:4)” Yet He loves me. “Jesus Loves Me” is the first song many children are taught in Sunday School. But I am still trying to understand that concept. The God of the universe loves me…this is what I am most thankful for, that in His mercy, He calls me His own child. And that He loved me before I believed in him or chose to follow him. “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

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