Today I am thankful.

I’m thankful for God’s constant faithfulness. I’m thankful that he always knows better than me, and that I can trust him with my entire life. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I follow where he leads, it will be far better than what I could plan for myself.

I’m thankful for his financial provision for my family. I’m thankful for our safe, warm and beautiful home. I’m thankful that we have enough to take care of our needs, plus a little extra. I’m thankful to know that no matter what our financial state in different stages of our future, I will always be able to trust God to keep our family in his hands no matter the circumstances.

I am thankful for the miracle of life; of the awe that God stuck in my heart while he created a human being inside my body. I am thankful for doctors who were able to keep us safe during delivery, and that I have a healthy baby who is alive and well.

I am thankful for the medical community. I should be dead twice in the past year, but I’m not. I am so thankful for doctors who know what they are doing, for good medication, for surgeries, for all the knowledge that we have gained about our bodies. I am thankful that God has kept me alive and placed just the right people in front of me to take care of my medical needs.

I am thankful for family. I’m thankful for grandparents and great-grandparents who pass their wisdom on, who give to us endlessly and love us with no bounds. I’m thankful for our parents and siblings and the lifelong bond we have with each other. I’m thankful for the nieces and nephews that continually enter our family, and I’m thrilled for the many new lives to come.

I am thankful for my little country church, where everyone loves each other like family. Through the past few years, I have seen so much true love – people sacrificing everything for each other and bearing each other’s burdens in ways you just don’t see in our culture. There is no other church I would rather be a part of.

I am thankful for the journey God has taken my family on this year… of us becoming a pastor family. It was unplanned and unprepared for. But God is so gracious and his plan is so much bigger than our own, and I am thankful for the ways he is growing and changing us through this adventure. I am thankful for the expectation I can have of him doing great things through us and our church family.

More than anything, I am overwhelmed with joy for the family God has given me. For the joy of marriage and sharing life with the one I love. I never could have imagined how passionately I could love another human until my husband and son became my own precious family. I’m thankful for the lessons God has taught me and continues to teach me, through being a wife and a mother.

I’m thankful for my handsome husband who always thinks before he speaks, keeps me grounded, trusts God in everything, and knows how to do math! I’m constantly amazed at the incredible man that God created him to be, with all of his talents and unique abilities. He is truly the most amazing man I have ever known.

I’m thankful for my delightful son who is so full of life and brings so much laughter to our home. Every day I am amazed at the personality and individuality in his little spirit that God created so perfectly. I am thankful God has given me the job of raising him to be a godly man.

I’m thankful that no matter where our life goes, I will always be able to look back and point out God’s faithfulness in my life and know that he can be trusted in all things.

Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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