Usually this time of year, a lot of the people on facebook will daily list something they are thankful for. For example, Day 17 (since today's the 17th) I am thankful for paint brushes, or dental floss, or subtitles....whatever it may be. I think that's really cool, and I have been trying to do that this year, but I'm several days behind. I just committed to do my best.
Shew! I am truly thankful for so many things that it's hard to know where to start, or how much to expound on each thing. What is most on my mind at this moment is Ladies Bible Study. (A side note on that-I always wonder if that should be "Ladies" or "Lady's." In the church bulletin, it always says, "Ladies," so that is what I usually write or type.) I really enjoyed being the facilitator for this most recent Bible study. I loved all the prep work and getting little gifts for the girls, and doing additional research, and the organization, etc. I am also thankful that I have been asked to do the next one. I really feel this is what the Lord wants me to be doing. At the same time, however, I am also thankful for the break right now. We finished up Monday night, and I have a little over two months till the next one starts.
|Living Proof Live, Aug 2011, Columbus|
On the final night, all of the ladies brought me gifts! I was so honored and surprised and blessed! I couldn't believe that they all went in to get me something! I am still amazed when I think about it! It made me feel so loved and appreciated! I am truly blessed!
As far as a little break in between studies, I am thankful for that! I am thankful for the time to prepare for the next study, but I am mostly thankful for the time at home and the opportunity to catch up on housework and finish up on some projects and just tie up some loose ends. I like that I don't have any specific responsibility that I have to tend to. I can sleep in or get up early. I can plan to clean today or tomorrow. I can do laundry all day, reading a book in between loads, or go get groceries and stop at an antique store to browse on the way there. I love home. I love my home. I love my husband who makes this specific dwelling home. I love Kentucky, and this family farm specifically. I love being a homemaker and making a cozy little place for my family to rest after a weary day out in the world.
My family. That should go without saying. This is not limited to my husband and stepson. It also goes beyond my parents, brother and sister (in-law). I am thankful for my grandparents those who are 80 years old and still kickin' it, and the two saints who both left this world over a decade ago. My great-grandmother, who was the only great grand-parent I had the privilege of knowing. My father-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses and my nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. My wonderful mother-in-law who's now livin it up with Jesus! My aunts and uncles and cousins and their spouses and children. Then there is my wonderful church family who I treasure. My husband's extended family who we see at the reunion every year, and some of them at church on Sunday. I am blessed beyond measure with family! They are all great!
|Brother & Sister(-in-law)|
Hmmm.....I am thankful for those wise souls that lend counsel and encourage diligent pursuit of God and His ultimate wisdom and guidance. I am thankful for Bible studies, devotional books, Sunday school quarterlies, and the one and only good book, The Bible. I am thankful for Christian romance novels, sudoku puzzles, spider solitaire, and a good episode of Law & Order. I am thankful for a little extra spending money, a Coffee Frappuccino, and a full tank of gas.
I am thankful for my animals, Scotty and Scarlett, and my cow, Cicely and her calf, Tyson. I am thankful for the other cattle that graze out my window and the other animals in my life, Miss Marple (my parents' cat), Apollo & Gryffin (my brother & sister's cats), Janie (my father-in-law's cat) and Felix and Boone (my bother-in-law's cat & dog). Oh, and who could forget Elliot, Maggie Mae, Wallie and Bella. (other K9s in the fam) I love animals. I am thankful that God put these little & big friends on this earth with us.
|Apollo & Gryffin|
I am thankful for texting, email and instant messaging. For someone who doesn't like to talk on the phone, these are all great inventions. But, if I do have to talk on the phone, I am thankful for bluetooth.
I'm thankful for the simple things in life, like toothbrushes, deodorant, etc. I am thankful for heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. I am most thankful to be able to open the windows on the in-between days. I am thankful for quilts, especially those made by the wonderful women in my family. My favorite being the throw that my momma made especially for me to match my living room and cover me head to toe. I am thankful for good food, mostly home cookin, country cookin. Soup beans, green beans, greens, cornbread, salmon patties, fried potatoes, chili, vegetable soup, corn casserole, french toast, biscuits and gravy, among many, many others.
I am thankful for my Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Redeemer, Healer, Friend, Everlasting Father, Comforter, Defender, Wonderful Counselor, Lover of my Soul, and Lord. I am thankful that the Most High sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for my sins, and defeat death and the grave so I could spend eternity with Him. (John 3:16) I am thankful that He invites me to come before Him (Isaiah 6) and stand before His throne, and only because of the blood that covers me, I am worthy to stand before Him. He loves me and wants a personal relationship with me. I am thankful that He can give me peace like a river, and freedom to live with Him.
I am thankful for this blog, and the opportunity to share what I am thankful for. The list continues, but I'm afraid my computer would blow.