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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving

 
“Could it be — no one receives the peace of God without giving thanks to God? Is thankfulness really but the deep, contented breath of peacefulness? Is this why God asks us to give thanks even when things look a failure? When there doesn’t seem much to give thanks for?”
  ~Ann Voskamp


It isn't always easy, that's for certain.  But the truth of the matter is, in all our trials, we are well and truly blessed and I am incredibly thankful.

I am thankful for the warmth of the wood-stove and the winter's worth of wood, in the pile, in the driveway.

I am blessed by the cheery sight and scent of candles flickering and the thoughtfulness of my Mom who bought them for me.

I am thankful, as always, for coffee after a long night and my new-found ability to auto-program the coffeepot.

I am incredibly grateful for my family, my extended family and my church family.  Beyond blessed in our relationships and so deeply thankful for each and every one of them.
 “Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank You for this place in which we dwell, for the love accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow; for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare us to our friends, soften us to our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors; if it may not, give us strength to endure that which is to come that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another. We beseech of you this help and mercy for Christ's sake.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson


It isn't always simple, remembering to be thankful these days. 

 It is rough when there is no change after months of medication and my daughter spends another sleepless, anxiety-filled night and there is nothing I can do to help.

It is hard when it seems so unfair that she suffers so much and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

It feels hopeless when all I can do is make more appointments, fill pill boxes, make tea for her and I am unable to comfort her, console her or offer her hope.

It sucks that my 14 year old is in pain, back pain, neck pain, headaches, shaking hands and wrist pain.  And her meds don't seem to be helping either.  Though I am grateful her knees seem to have stopped blowing up and hurting her.

It is insane that I too am now on Lyme meds, I have two sick kids, a home school and a household to run, I do NOT have time to be ill as well.


When I thought, "My foot slips," thy steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul.”

~ Psalm 94:18-19
I am thankful for bags of hand me down clothes and shoes that delight us all.  BOOTS for ME!

I am thankful for packages arriving of Christmas presents I was able to purchase and for the happiness I know they will bring.

I am thankful for my beautiful, new and improved kitchen with all it's storage space. And for my incredible handyman husband who did all the work himself.

I am thankful for crock pots, the greatest invention ever, for giving me peace of mind in the evening because I made dinner in the morning.   I hate the 5pm  "I thawed____, now what?" game.

I am blessed by our furry friends, their loyalty, silliness, love and steadfast companionship.
I am grateful for my Facebook friends, old and new, for keeping us in touch, for being able to share, uplift or laugh together on a daily basis in the virtual world when we can't see each other in the real world.
I am thankful for little silly things that make me happy, like a favorite sweatshirt, email, Amazon Prime, Netflix and books on my Kindle.  

I am thankful for my girls, their attitude, their humor, the gift of just being with them, even when things are difficult for them.
I am blessed that my Mom taught me how to knit so I can make things that make other people happy.
I am well and truly blessed and I am thankful.
 Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.



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