This morning, as I was making my tea, this thought occurred to me…
How can I be so busy getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner that I don’t have time to tell God how thankful I am?!? Not going to happen!
So … I am thankful for the usual things…
- Not only a roof over my head, but a comfortable, weather-tight roof – with windows. And I have room for others … to visit … to sometimes stay for a while. I am indeed blessed.
- Clothes. I have more than one change of clothes … they are not falling apart (though they sometimes feel like they are shrinking.) And I have enough clothes to stay warm in the COLD Georgia winters … and others for when it gets SO VERY HOT in the summer. So many choices. Thank you, Father.
- And I have plenty of food. Healthy food … fresh food … not-moldy food … food enough to share … food enough that I can CHOOSE what to eat … healthy or junk food.
- I am thankful for my health. I’m getting older … more mature. I should never take this for granted … and I am reminded to take better care of myself.
But there are so many other things that fill me with gratitude.
- My Loving Heavenly Father who was not willing to give up on me (or you.)
- Jesus, Who left heaven to be one of us, and Who gave His Life for me (and you.)
- Holy Spirit, Who lives with me every day … Who strengthens me … and empowers me … and comforts me … and who has to hear all my grumbling and complaining …
- For my children … gifts from God … who turned out wonderfully in spite of all my mistakes.
- For my grandchildren … all so different … all so full of potential … all so loved.
- For good friends, who love me the way I am but who also encourage me to walk closer to Jesus.
- And I am thankful that God says that I will bear fruit … even in old age … as I sink my roots deep into His living waters.
I am indeed richly blessed … full to overflowing with thanksgiving.
Holy, Gracious God,
please forgive me for my grumbling and complaining.
You have been … and are … so generous to me.
Help me to keep my eyes focused on You.
Help me to develop … and to walk in …
an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
… every day … continually.
Thank you, Father, for all your blessings …
even the ones I don’t yet consider blessings.
Thank you that Your love for me never changes,
because You never change.
Knowing this fills me with such peace and security … in You.