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This Thanksgiving…

As probably all of you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  A day devoted to food, family, and football.  But it is really so much more than that.  While we should be thankful all year round, it is easy to get caught up in life and forget.  And when I say “we,” I can really only speak for myself.

I have always loved Thanksgiving.  Partly because my birthday is very close to, and sometimes on, the holiday, partly because the Dallas Cowboys play every Thanksgiving, and partly because we got to spend the day with part of my family…a pretty funny part, might I add!  But as I get older, I try to really consider the things I am thankful for and realize how blessed I am!

So, this post is going to be a little different from others.  There are no recipes, helpful tips, or advice.  But I do want to provoke some thought and appreciation.  There are some standard things that many people are thankful for: family and friends being two predominant ones.  But I’d like to go beyond that and share some things I am thankful for that may get less attention.

I am thankful for God’s timing.

Now, let me tell you, it is so hard for me to be grateful for this at the time God is telling me to wait!  But when God’s amazing plan finally unfolds, it is always way better than I could have ever imagined on my own!  For instance, my husband and I have owned two houses for the past three years.  We have been trying to sell the house we do not currently live in for what seemed like an eternity.  And it was so easy to get frustrated.  But then, when God unveiled all the pieces He had been moving into place for us to be able to sell that house, it was so much better than we ever expected!

Coffee!!!

Maybe this one is a little more common than I realize!  I have been drinking decaf coffee for quite some time now, so for me, it is not the caffeine boost that I enjoy.  I just like having a warm cup of creamy, sweet deliciousness to start my morning, and many times, my afternoon as well!

This amazing body!

If you stop to think about it, and I mean really think about it, our bodies are amazing creations!  All the systems that are made to work together in harmony are simply incredible!  And part of the reason I’ve run half marathons and finished a marathon is to see what I can do.  Before I got married, I drove exactly 13.1 miles to work.  Considering that I’ve run that far is unbelievable!

Electricity

I was a little spoiled before I got married.  I grew up in town, so we had water ever when the power was out, as well as a landline telephone.  Now that we live in the country, we have a well, which means no power equals no water.  We do have a wood stove for heat, which is very helpful!

My students

The first grade class that I’ve been given this year is full of kids with big hearts and a love of learning.  They care about others so much, they love to hear Bible stories, and they bring a smile to my face!

The men and women who serve in the U.S. Military

There are so many individuals, whom I will probably never meet, who chose to serve and defend our nation, liberties, and the people who live here.  I choose to be thankful for all those who served in the military, past and present, for all they have done for the great nation of America.  Speaking of America, I also consider myself privileged to live in this great country!

I could go on for days.  I have been blessed with so many things to be thankful for.  And while Thanksgiving is a time to really contemplate those things, I should continue to do this throughout the year as well.

I encourage you to consider what you have to be thankful for as you are enjoying your Thanksgiving festivities.  And try not to stop at the obvious things.  You might be amazed at what you come up with!  Please feel free to comment with something you are thankful for!

I would like to wish all of you a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

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