What a change a year can make! Last year I was thankful from another part of this amazing world! This year I find myself counting my blessings in a rather chilly southern state within my home country again.
Did you know that “give thanks” shows up 156 times in the Scriptures? David gave thanks to God for His provisions while David was hiding in a cave and afraid for his life. I appreciate those perspectives because as I sit here with a massive head cold and a house that is not filled with my belongings, yet I will give thanks and praise His name because my groanings are small in comparison to others.
This year I am thankful for:
~ Time spent with family! When we hit the states coming from Germany, we had a few weeks to reconnect with our loved ones in the Midwest. We were blessed to have full family pictures on both sides.
~ A house! This house I own and have been able to paint and play with whatever I want, because it’s mine!! Yay!
~My husband! I love this man, seriously. He works hard and beats his body for us. He now bears the wounds of that abuse, but manages the pain as he continues to provide for me. He is serious about our marriage and puts effort into making sure I feel loved. That is a true blessing!
~ My children. I have a nearly 15 year old son who still wants hugs from mom. A daughter who loves being snuggled (even as she teases me about being shorter than her). Three little boys who can play rough, but who are also tender hearted. My cup runneth over.
~ A God who is sitting on His throne in full control of all things. As I watch this world appear to be spinning out of control, and evil appears to be running rampant within it. I am so thankful for a God who promises to deliver us from our enemies and vindicate His people.
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and father and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!”
Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:35-36
To read last year’s Thankful post, click the link.