Most years I’m a generic thankful. Some years I’ve had some specific things, people, or circumstances for which to be thankful. And of course there have been years when I’ve struggled to be thankful for anything at all. This year could’ve been that. It’s been a very rough year, but instead of fighting to be thankful on purpose, this year I find myself being struck to the core with gratitude.
I don’t generally like to participate in the facebook daily posting of what I’m thankful for each day in November. It just seems forced to me and I don’t like how I feel when I’m doing it. It feels too showy. Instead, I want to share my heart with you this Thanksgiving and tell you why I’m truly filled to overflowing with thankfulness this year.
I’m thankful to my Father God, the Provider, for…
…my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And not a generic thankful like “oh I gotta say this one first” kind of thankful. He’s my Mighty Counselor, and the Prince of Peace, and I’m so thankful for His patience with me!
…my husband. He’s the epitome of patience and a true example of how Christ loves the church. I’m so thankful for his deep, true love.
…my children. Each and every one of my kids is awesome! Truly, I have well behaved, well mannered, respectful kids and we all and each have a heart relationship for which I am truly thankful.
…the financial provision we’ve been blessed with these last few years. We aren’t rich by anyone’s standard but God has always provided, and in our lives He has proven that He is a God of abundance and blessing.
…my home. Y’all, this is literally the biggest, nicest home I’ve ever lived in. It’s big enough for all of us and the things we need as well as the things and activities we desire most. The landlord is amazing, truly, and I’m truly thankful for the privilege of being here.
…my Grandma. I’ve struggled with her passing, but it’s because she was such a treasure. I’m thankful for every waking moment I had with her and am eternally grateful for all she has meant for me, for my family, for our spiritual selves, for our education, for so many things. And I’m blessed to know that she’s with Jesus and one day I’ll see her again and we can spend eternity loving on one another again.
…my tribes – my friends. The homeschool moms group in my local area is amazing. I’ve made lifelong friends that are just about as close as family. My church family and their love for us is a blessing in our lives. The Aglow ladies are so encouraging and I’ve gained so many spiritual mothers and sisters there. I’m so blessed in this area!
…my mother, and my family. This is one that I take for granted too often, but any time extra love, support, ears and shoulders, or anything at all is needed around here my family is there for us. I could likely make a separate entry for each member – my parents, my siblings, nieces and nephews, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins. There is a glue that bonds us together that the longer I live and the more I see, the more I recognize how rare this bond truly is. I have an amazing family, and I’m truly thankful.
…the opportunity to homeschool my children. Another situation in my life that’s been in place long enough that I sometimes forget what a privilege it is to not only stay home, but the honor of being in charge of the education of my own children is amazing. It’s grown me, for certain. Grandma would be proud. Is.
…the mantle and legacy of my Grandma. She was a teacher – mostly first grade, in the public schools for 50 years in one capacity or another. I always wanted to teach and several of us cousins are teachers because of her legacy. But it’s me that she sent all of her old (and not as old) school tools. I have totes upon totes in my craft room right now of the things she used in her time in the system. She’d wanted me to take it all for a very long time now, but until a friend pointed it out to me I hadn’t realized – it’s absolutely true, though, that Grandma chose me to pass down her mantle to. I’m honored, and thankful.
…this country, as we all are on Thanksgiving. Specifically, I’m thankful for the hand of God which has always gone before us in America, and that especially applies right now to our President. It’s amazing to me that, once again, God has chosen to use the foolish to confound the wise. A humbling experience and truly awe-striking to watch as His plan unfolds.
…freedom, especially as we currently enjoy in this country. I can live how I want and worship how I believe and come and go as I please. It’s a blessing that I think we all take for granted so much of the time.
…room to grow. The Lord has and does and is calling me up and forward and higher and farther and faster. It’s an honor and privilege to be used of God, to be trusted with more, and I’m thankful to shed more of the old man as I learn to wear His Spirit as who I am more consistently. I’m so thankful that He still does that for me.
I don’t know how many things that is, but it’s what’s in my heart this year. Everywhere I look, I’m struck deep in my spirit for what a blessed life I live and have always had. God is truly so very, very good, y’all. And I’m thankful.