I do believe that “Happy Thanksgivings” are in order.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a warm, gratitude-filled ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’ May your day abound with good food, good company, and good memories. (Oh, and don’t forget to pack your stretchy pants . . . you know . . . just in case you decide to have that third piece of pie like you did last year.)
I pray that this blog finds each and every one of you wrapped in the warmth of the holiday season, surrounded by merriment, laughter, and love. May we all cherish these moments, for they are surely some of the sweetest. I pray that today, and every day thereafter, we all carve just a few moments to treasure the gifts God has given. For we are indeed blessed, and He is indeed good.
First and foremost, I am thankful for Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on the cross. To live life as His redeemed child is incomprehensibly joy-abounding, and I am grateful that, despite my unworthiness, He loves me enough to call me own of His own.
I am thankful for a family that has never once failed to shower me in love. Clothes, food, shelter, memories—- you name it and chances are, they have spoiled me in it. I don’t deserve them, but oh man, do I love them.
I am thankful for godly friends who inspire and encourage me on the daily. I don’t mention this often, but a few years ago, I had one friend. Yeah, one. I felt frustrated, sad, and lonely. I prayed nearly every night for God to send me a group of true friends, and a few years later, He did.
I am thankful for my college—-for the opportunity to receive a Christian education and for my professors who also serve as godly mentors and role models. Sure, one of the perks is my ability to study at home, in the car, at the library, in a local coffee shop, on a mountain peak, across the country, on a plane, at the beach—– I think you get the point. But if I’m honest with you, I am most grateful for the professors who have invested their lives in teaching the Word of God. My college education has carved such an indelible mark on my life, and my professors have impacted my life so positively that I can’t quite explain it to the fullest. This year has been one for growth, and for that, I am inexplicably grateful.
I am thankful for my freedom. Sure, it’s something that I tend to take for granted, but the privileges that I enjoy on a daily basis are truly something special. Grateful is an understatement.
Now, this only scratches the surface, guys.
There is oh so much more that I could share, but I’m afraid that a measly blog post will never quite summarize how undeservedly blessed I am.
Today, I encourage you to think of just five things for which you are grateful. Write these things down, share them with a friend, comment them below, or better yet, thank God for them. We live in a ‘more, more, more’ culture, and sometimes, it’s tough to truly appreciate all that we have. But, oh do we have a lot. May we never lose sight of this—–not today, not tomorrow, not ever. We are blessed. Blessed immeasurably.
Now, go enjoy your day. Go enjoy your family. Go enjoy that third plate of stuffing you’ve been eyeing up for the past thirty minutes.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God. It is He who hath made us and not we ourselves. We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with prasise: Be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting: and His truth endureth to all generations.
— Psalm 100
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Love this! ❤ Reading all of this made me so happy for you… especially seeing how God answered your prayer for friends! I can definitely relate to this… I didn't really have very many real friends growing up… and I remember praying for some real friends… then later I went to college and God just exploded that prayer and gave me SO many… He is seriously so good! 🙂
My five things I'm thankful for: 1.) freedom in Christ. 2.) friends that deeply care about me and love the LORD. 3.) the ability to be creative (NOT bragging, I'm thanking God that gave humans the ability to create! haha). 4.) food. 🙂 5.) In general, all the ways He's been so faithful to me in the past. I was thinking about some of these today and… wow. ❤
Maddie, I am so glad to hear that the Lord answered your pray in a MONUMENTAL way! He is so so good.
“The ability to be creative”—I love that. In fact, just recently, I’ve been seeing how much of a blessing it is to be creative. Growing up, I always felt out of place (not athletic at all), but I’m so grateful that God has blessed me with creativity. It just always blows my mind, and I mean that.
Thanks for sharing your words, girl!
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Yes! I always have been so blown away about how God gave humans the ability to create… and how HE is the original Creator… ahhh. So cool. ❤
P.S. I'm not athletic either (if "athletic" means sports and the like… I am going to learn ballet this spring though, so we'll see how that goes haha). 🙂
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Right? It is truly such a gift that I am learning to grow more and more thankful for each day.
And, hey, ain’t nothing wrong with not being athletic! It’s been the story of my life for nineteen years now, and I’m learning to love that! Let me know how ballet goes 🙂
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