"For I know the plans that I have for you,'declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Thursday, December 10, 2009
What a wonderful world we live in; we have so much to be thankful for each day! Yet, I realize, how many people slip into continual discouragement, especially at this time of year. This week I've been so thankful to see Christmas through the eyes of a child; to remember the wonder of the season as viewed from a young one. I've also seen so many hurting at this time of year for various reasons~life threatening illnesses, financial troubles, bitterness, unfulfilled expectations. It is so easy to get pulled into that riptide of hurt without really stopping to take inventory of all the blessings in our lives. So today I am so thankful for these: A new day to live, may I live and love fully, being filled with appreciation for each breath I take. I am thankful for eyes that see, ears that hear, a heart that beats, a mind that is able to think and arms to hug. I'm thankful for walking through the valleys of life in order to see the stars more clearly. The sun still shines in the morning. I am thankful for those loved ones who've allowed me the privilege to walk through their journeys with them; journeys of joy and sadness and paths where I can grab a hand and journey with them for as long as we are able. I am thankful that His grace is new every morning and He promise to never leave us or forsake us. I am thankful for the blessings of those who know me intimately and love me still; especially my dear husband. I am so incredibly blessed and thus thankful for my two girls, their godly hubby's and our eight going on nine grandchildren. I am thankful for dear friends, old and new, who we are able to spend time with embracing life. I am thankful for pets, those four legged creatures that we take into our hearts and share our lives with. I am thankful for my dearest friends, my prayer warriors who uplift and encourage me when I become weary. There are so many but special in my heart are these kindred sisters: Becky, Carol,Lynn, Lisa, Dineen, Cyndi, Pam, Marlene, Sue, Amy, Patricia, Stacy, Angela. xxxooo I'm thankful for snow and for the different seasons. To see the earth covered in white glistening powder makes my heart sing. I am thankful for the strength to still help shovel our driveway and our walkways. I am thankful that our two old dogs have adjusted well to all the white stuff that covers the yard. But mostly I am thankful for Him! Because it really is all about Him!
I am a daughter of the King, saved by grace for 38 yrs. I am married to my best friend and beloved for 39 years. I was born and lived most of my life in Northern Calif. until moving to Colorado. We homeschooled our girls for years and I love encouraging my daughters and others in their homeschooling. Hubby and I are blessed to have two incredible daughters and sons-in-law and 11 grandkids. I love spending time with my family & our dog Hunter, friends, plus quilting whenever I can.