I believe that so often we just give the Thanksgiving season merely a token nod. "Yes, we should count our many blessings", we say. But how many of us really take the time to do so? A subject I'm very passionate about (and there are many! ;) ) is slowing down and taking the time to be still and know that He is God. With that, comes the realization that we are nothing! Yes, we're created in the image of God and with that comes great worth. However, we are sinful, depraved, wretched human beings. Every one of us! With this knowledge, is it not amazing that our merciful Lord gives us the very air we breathe, let alone all the countless blessings we receive-and take for granted!-each and every day?
With that, I encourage you to join me as I ponder each Monday the many gifts and blessings bestowed so mercifully upon me by my gracious Lord. I know each of you has been blessed beyond measure, as well. So I encourage you to consider beginning your own lists!
Without further ado, here is my first group of great blessings which I am so very thankful for (and so unworthy of!).
I am grateful for:
1. The fact that the Lord even created me and gave me life-simply an amazing thought!
2. My salvation-I have Christ's righteousness imputed to me, and now stand in God's sight redeemed. How blessed is this salvation!
3. My family! My loving, humble father is such a blessing. My mother has such a big, caring heart and derives such inexpressible joy through being a wife, homemaker, and mother; she daily makes it clear that there is simply no place she'd rather be than right here at home with us day in and day out. I am honored to be their daughter! My deep-thinking, very loving, joy-bestowing brother, Andrew. Being his sister is sheer joy each and every day.
4. My home! Not only do I have shelter over my head, but I have a warm, homey, inviting home to live in.
5. My pets. :) My sweet doggie Winston and my interesting cat Piper (named after John Piper) are such gifts. Observing their escapades and mock fights throughout the house each day brings such joy and fun to my life.
6. This season. The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is always so special. There's nothing quite like the feeling of this time of year! :)
7. My church! The Lord has brought us to be a part of a wonderful, intimate family of families. What a gift!
8. warm tea or hot chocolate on a cold winter's night
9. a rolling fire on a frigid night! :)
10. Christmas decor that adds such a festive touch to our humble abode.
Please join me next Monday for my next list, and please really do consider making your own!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? What blessings has this past year brought you? How has God been so good to you? I'd love to hear all about your gifts and to share in your joy!