Sunday, December 5, 2010

Giving Thanks, 2010

This year on Facebook I noticed everyone doing the "25 Days of Thankfulness" status game. Instead of posting a status for 25 days in a row, I just typed it all out in one big note. 

1. MY SAVIOR: the author and perfecter of my ever growing, ever increasing faith. I'm thankful for my God. (Hebrews 12:2)

2. MY JORDAN AND OUR MARRIAGE: the man made solely for me, who loves me unconditionally and makes me feel like the queen of our Dawnville kingdom; My lover is mine and I am his. I'm thankful for my husband. (Song of Songs 2:16)

3. MY LILLI: what would life be like without seeing God daily, as if with new eyes, through this baby's eyes? Because of her I now understand even more the sacrifice my Father made in sending my Savior. She plays with me and loves me unconditionally. I'm thankful for my daughter. (Matthew 19:14)

4. MY HOME: So many times people say, "It's not perfect, but it's home." Well, mine IS perfect. It fits us to a T. We have walls and a roof, lights and heat. We have running water and floors, beds and a place to sit. It's inviting. It cools in the summer and heats in the winter. It shelters from the rain. (Even the mice like it!) When I walk into my house my husband's and daughter's mark is everywhere. Their messes, their projects, their dishes, their smells, their stuff that accumulates...it reminds me there is LIFE in my home. And there is the presence of God. I'm thankful for my home. (Joshua 24:15)

5. MY GIFTS AND TALENTS: to sing, to write, to paint....my God has blessed me with these to use for His glory. I thrive on art. I find myself in it. I'm thankful for my talents. (Matthew 25:29)

6. MY CHURCH: I love the local body of believers I belong to. They strengthen me, they uplift me, they make me accountable, they worship with me, they pray with me and for me. I have the privilege of serving our Creator alongside them. We are SO blessed to have a Spirit filled and driven pastor, and choir and youth director. Their wives are pretty awesome, too! I'm thankful for my church. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

7. MY PARENTS AND BROTHER: They taught me everything I know that helps make me who I am today. They love me unconditionally and for some reason, they keep asking me to come over and visit..... I'm thankful for my parents and brother.(Proverbs 17:6 and 17)

8. MY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: It's only PART of God's plan for my life and it strengthens my faith in Him. I'm thankful for my Multiple Sclerosis.  (Philippians 1:6)

9. MY HUSBAND'S JOB: In a time when so many are out of work, my husband is blessed with TWO jobs. He works 4 days at Shaw and 1 day at Southeastern Latex Sales....WOW. He's off by 5:00 everyday and makes it home for dinner with Lilli and me. How awesome is that?! We pray for full time at Shaw but in the meantime, we trust God's plan and praise Him that there's a job, period. I'm thankful for my husband's job. (Ecclesiastes 9:10, Proverbs 22:29)

10. MY FRIENDS: When life is NUTS, or GREAT, I have my friends. They love, care, entertain, uplift, and tell me the truth about my hair color and makeup. They're the only ones I allow to tell me the TRUE answer to the question, "Does this make my butt look big?" They're the ones I count on when life's messes turn me upside down and I need perspective. They hold me accountable in my Walk. "It's all in love!" I'm thankful for my friends. (Proverbs 18:24)

11. MY FLAWS: They remind me of how PERFECT GOD IS and how I'm made in His image, placed here to glorify Him and further His kingdom. They remind me of how unconditionally loved I am by the One who created me and all of those imperfections that HE sees as PERFECTIONS. I'm thankful for my flaws. (Psalm 139:14)

12. MY LIFE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: I've come a long way....as a baby we were financially poor, but spiritually and emotionally RICH. I had the best childhood, as if it came straight out of a Little Golden Book. I was blessed to be raised by Christian parents. I married my best friend and we live together....HAPPILY. We're healthy and we've been blessed with a child. I LOVE my life. I'm thankful for it. (Job 12:10)

13. THE FOOD: Yeah, chunky chicks should probably not be thankful for food, but this one is. I see starving children and parents and can't imagine what it's like to go hungry. What a blessing to have cornucopia of groceries in my pantry and fridge! God is great, God is good. Let us THANK HIM for our food. By HIS hands we all are fed. Thank You, Lord, for daily bread. (Matthew 6:25-26)

14. MY MAKEUP: I know, it's trivial, but I'm thankful for it. It's FUN and it makes me feel HOT! ;) However, I know that when I take it off, despite how I see myself, God sees only beauty....with or without it. (Proverbs 31:30)

15. CHS: I can't say enough how blessed we are to have Lilli at CHS. It's the atmosphere, the ability to mess up also accompanied by the grace shown in learning from mistakes; the teachers, the education, the parents, the friends...the way it feels like home. (Proverbs 1:7)

16. PRAYER: Sweet conversation with God is what prayer REALLY is. Speaking and listening. (Matthew 6:9-13)

17. MY IN-LAWS: They gave me my husband! I better be thankful for them! I love them and for some reason, they love me and have made and accepted me as part of the family. (Ruth 1:16-17)

18. THE LAND AND FARMING: We LOVE the beach and the mountains. Jordan LOVES the land, period,  and LOVES farming. I'm starting to think it's just a part of who he is. When he's in his element, he's one with it....the Great White Farmer. ;) It keeps him out of trouble and gives him extra time with God. He makes a little cash and feels a sense of accomplishment when he reaps what he's sown; he likes to watch things grow and have a hand in it.  His PawPaw taught him everything he knows about farming and when he's on the tractor, it's like he's with his PawPaw again. (Genesis 1:12)

19. MY YOUTH BABIES: Jordan and I have learned so much from these kids. They're bright and talented; they have hopes dreams and fears that they're willing to share in order to further the Kingdom. Their hearts are aflame with a burden for the Lord and they cease to amaze me with their faith. I LOVE our youth babies! (1 Timothy 4:12)

20. PRAISE AND WORSHIP: I love to praise and worship my Savior all the time, but I'm specifically talking about when Jo and I get to lead it for the kids. Jordan's playing and singing ALWAYS bless my heart! It's AMAZING! We immerse ourselves in the music and focus totally on the Father...what an amazing time and what an amazing opportunity He's given us to bring His message through song! (Psalm 101:1)

21. MEMORIES: I have SO many memories of my childhood, my relationship with God and my family, Jordan and Lilli, my friends....these precious stones are what have built the foundation of my life and my person. Each and every memory I have stored in my gray matter makes me thank God for all that has passed and all that is to come. (Philippians 1:3-6)

22. THE PROMISE: One day I'll be going home to be with my Savior and all the ones I love. (Revelation 22:20)

23. THE WORD: It's my love letter from Father. (Psalm 119:105)

24. THE SEASONS: Not only are they beautiful and captivating, but they remind me even when my world is upside down that God is STILL on His throne, directing everything as a symphony. He's pretty awesome like that. (Genesis 8:22)

25. THE AIR I BREATHE AND ANOTHER DAY: It's a pleasure to be alive. I kinda like it and am reminded of it with every breath I take; every morning I open my eyes and think, "I'm alive. Inside and out. Thanks, God. I'm your walking miracle of life." (Genesis 2:7)

I have so much to be thankful for, and so do YOU! Enjoy your holiday and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!