As this year draws to a close and Christmas swiftly approaches, I am purposely reflecting on the many blessing that, without such focus, I’d otherwise overlook.
I am thankful for my God, who sent his son Jesus to die for my sins, for his unwavering love that blessed me with everything else on this following list, in random order, so I can sleep tonight.
I am thankful for my family – that group of brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law and a sister-in law, nieces, nephews, a step-mom and step-sister, step brothers, etc. who love me despite knowing all my history and faults, forgiving me each time I let them down or make a mistake. Each of them hold a special place in my heart, with a unique relationship filled with specific memories that endear each of them to me. They have loved and supported me through difficult seasons of my life, and I know they will always be there for me, as I will for them.
I am thankful for my church, the group of believers who allowed me to hang anonymously in the wings without contributing for too many years. And for our women’s pastor, who without realizing how disconnected I was, asked me a simple, “How are you connected here?” That question and her suggestion that I consider facilitating a group at the next Bible study “launched” my growth. It connected me to a community of women who pour into me every day.
I am thankful for the incredible people I work with – those who were planted in the very same field that God assigned me. I love learning from them, growing together in trust and respect while sharing encouragement.
I am blessed by the love of my mother. The unconditional, say-it-like-it-is friend who challenges me to think. I can tell her anything, she is my chicken noodle soup nurse for life.
I am blessed by my mother-in-law who God placed in our home (Though tonight I had to tell her she sounded like a mother-in-law). At 92 years old she teaches me patience and reminds that sometimes the best gift I can give is my time.
I am blessed by my extended family. I married Ed nearly ten years ago and gained a relationship with his children and their growing families. I do not take for granted the fact that our families have blended so well. So blessed!
I am blessed by friends who I don’t see often enough, but when I do, we pick up right where we left off. Laughing, sharing, and remembering.
Does anything bless more than grandchildren? I love them so deeply.
I pray that I spend the final 18 days of 2014 faithful, recognizing every answered prayer, being grateful for every blessing in my life. I recently realized that God had blessed me with answered prayer in an area near and dear to me. When did that happen? How could I have failed to recognize it immediately? Lord, help me to see your hand in everything this coming year!
Lastly, I thank God for my husband, Ed. He has no idea how special he is to me, and how much he has contributed to my growth. He believes in me and encourages me to use my God-given gifts and talents. His unconditional love and acceptance has allowed me to be who God created me to be. I am authentic because he is authentic.
Without a doubt I will add to this list all night long, regretting starting it for the omissions – those people who have so blessed me.
I am sorry that I have not recorded answered prayers and journaled my thoughts prior to 2014. This blog is my start to documenting God’s lessons. I hope to supplement such records with a written journal in 2015 – God knows I’ve laid enough hints for one such Christmas gift!