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Thanksgiving Thoughts, Simple Thoughts

Psalm 95 1 2 310904561Ahhh  Thanksgiving is upon us!  One of my favorite holidays.  A time to give thanks for all the wondrous blessings we have, though we should be thanking God every day for what He gives us.  Thanksgiving does have a way of reminding all of us of what we are thankful for.

What am I thankful for this year?  As with every day of every year, I am first and foremost thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for His love and His provision and for what He sacrificed in order that we might have Salvation.  He did this for me and for you as well, even though we do not deserve it.

I am also thankful every day of my life for those people in my life whom I love–my children, grandchildren, siblings and extended family, dear friends and church family.   I am so blessed by all of them!  Thank you Lord for placing each of them in my life to share my life’s journey.

I certainly can’t neglect mentioning the new people I have had the opportunity to meet because of events that have taken place this year.   I have been blessed with a new apartment to live in that more than meets my needs.  I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a few of my lovely neighbors who are a blessing to me.    The Lord also made it possible for one of my sisters to come visit me for a week and for us to share our love of sewing and quilting by going to a major quilt show, as well as allowing me the ability to travel to her home where we further shared a lot of fun and laughter and a trip to a sewing retreat.  We met many wonderful people there and made some new acquaintances who are a real blessing!

So, this Thanksgiving season I will be praising God for the blessings I mentioned already, as well as the blessings of being alive and walking with the Lord every day of my life and for his provision of everything I need in my life.  He knows my needs and meets them, as well as adding in a few of my wants as well!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the people in my life, family, friends, fellow bloggers who I consider to be friends as well!  God bless you all!  What are you thankful for this year?   I hope you will all share!


Thank You Lord

Image11 years ago, November 26, 2002,  was the worst day a parent can ever experience.  That is the day I lost my oldest son Joey.  I am thankful that through that awful time and the years since, the Lord has been there every minute, even when I forgot he was there.

Several months before the 10th anniversary of Joe’s death, I started to think about that impending anniversary and other things in my life, feeling very downhearted, lonely and worried about many things. I was just having an ongoing, one person, pity party.  I felt like life was flying by but nothing positive was happening in my life, with the exception of the process of my weight loss.  That never suffered and I can say it was the Lord’s doing, not mine.

I prayed a few times, asking the Lord for help, but then in my silly human condition, I would take back the request, figuring I could do things better and faster on my own.  NOT! It doesn’t work that way!

I am so thankful God never gave up on me.  He is such a patient God.  He waited for me to come to him again and again.  He heard all of my prayers and he continually put people on my path–people who I could relate to and share with, as they shared things with me.  We were and are able to be an encouragement to each other. Some of those have become close friends and are a blessing to me.

In the spring of this year, the Lord put it on my heart that I needed to talk with someone  about my feelings and He led me to speak with my pastor’s wife and ask for prayer.  We met a few times and that led to taking part in a Bible study, to  my spending more time in His word, (though I could do a lot more of that).  My walk with Him is growing stronger all the time.  I have slowly started to become more involved with things in church and loving every minute of it, wanting to be here.

Through this time of growth, I have developed a new hobby—blogging!  Yes me, really!  I never felt I had anything worthwhile to say, was not good enough  to write anything of interest to anyone; not wise enough to have anything of real value to offer.  I’m not writing as much as I would like to and still dealing somewhat with those old feelings but a few things I have written have actually gotten responses from others and I have developed a small group of followers.  What a wonderful God we have!  He is so full of surprises!   I never thought I could see this happening in my life, that I could be an encouragement to others suffering through different hardships.

When I originally wrote a blog post last month with some of these feelings I noted that the journal page where I first wrote in longhand  had a quote by an unknown person that I thought was so fitting to the situation  “Within each of us, just waiting to blossom, is the wonderful promise of all we can be.”   I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in my future!

I also am so very thankful to the Lord that he is protecting my daughter and her husband.  Last October they came close to being killed or seriously injured when  a tree fell on their home while they slept, destroying the home and again this October, saved them when they were hit head on by another vehicle and I know he will continue to watch over them, though I did tell my daughter  that she and hubby need to go live in a bubble next October!

There is so much in my life that I am thankful for, my family, my church family, my friends, my life in general, that I could go on forever but I will spare you all.   🙂

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving filled with the Lord’s blessings!