I know that many people have a difficult time around the holidays, due to pain, or loss, or illness or sadness. I’ve always felt that God has given me so much more than I deserve. I guess that’s what grace is all about, right? Getting something that we don’t deserve? Amazing, isn’t it.
(Grace= the free and unmerited favor of God).
Oh, I’ve experienced my share of losses, but often I feel as though there’s a protective hedge around my immediate family that doesn’t allow in too much pain. I also know that this may not always be the case. We all experience various trials and tests, but I hope that even when the hard times come, I’ll still be able to say thank you to God for walking with me through it all.
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the blessings that I’ve received even just recently…I’m thankful that
We made it through the last 2 years of craziness with a move from California, Terry being out of work for 6 months, both of us changing jobs, moving twice, remodeling a house, and both of our kids’ weddings being 6 weeks apart.
I have a wonderful husband who loves me and takes great care of me.
Our daughter, Amy is somehow able to juggle, a new marriage, work, school and fun and is almost finished with her Master’s degree at ASU.
Our son, Kevin graduated from the Defense Language Institute with a certificate in Mandarin Chinese.
Kevin made it through Air Force survival training safely, despite rain, mud, freezing temperatures, and stressful physical and mental treatment.
Our children are healthy, gifted adults who enjoy life.
Our children have wonderful loving spouses that are supportive, encouraging, patient and loving, who would do anything for them.
Our children have in-laws that love, encourage and pray for them.
Our extended families are healthy and safe.
Our nephew, Russell came home safely from Iraq.
We have a fantastic comfortable home that we can share with friends, families and much more.
Terry and I both have good jobs that support and encourage us.
We have the freedom to attend church and worship God whenever we want.
We have a wonderful church home at Open Door Fellowship where we’re learning what it means to trust God and others with who we are.
We have amazing friends all around the country who have always been there for us through all of our ups and downs.
We have opportunities to travel and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation all around us.
We have been blessed with so much more than we deserve in relation to physical and material things.
We are in excellent health.
We live in a country where we’re free to do and be whatever we want to.
I can dream, plan and explore in whatever direction my heart takes me.
Most of all, I have an awesome God who walks with me every minute of every day and is totally crazy about me, know matter what I think of myself at any given moment. He has great plans in store for me and all I have to do is trust him with myself.