I just want to say right from the start that honestly, I have had so many things this year that have wowed me, that I can simply not limit myself to a single one. I would like to share a few of them with you since I can, and perhaps a little more from my family's discussion as well today.
First of all--man, look at where we are at from last year!If you would have told me last Thanksgiving that we would be sitting at the table sharing an important meal with someone who was giving us such a precious gift as our birth mom is giving us, I would have thought you were out of your mind. Last year my mind was still in grief mode as I considered how many children we had lost and wondering when God was going to either close the door forever or bring more children into the family. Now here we are, only a few months away from adding two more precious girls into the family, and well into the process of "adopting" another adult sister and her little girl who will forever have a special relationship with us....you just have to shake your head at how God works, dont you? So wacky, so totally not Heather-style---which is exactly why it works SO well....
Second, in a time where many are struggling to get by financially, where others are worrying about their jobs, homes, whatever, God has spared us...and blessed us...and provided for us.
Glory to God for that!How about the freedom to worship, to raise our children to believe in Christ without fear of being beaten, thrown in jail, or killed for our faith? Though times may seem so dark around us, Jesus is our light, and He is doing some mighty things in many places throughout this world. The Holy Spirit is blowing fresh and clear through many churches, and spilling out into many communities...like ours. I am in awe of how God is showing His power over all things this year.
More than anything, I am thankful for a husband who braves so much every day to keep a roof over our heads, food in our tummies, and the lights and heat on.
I am thankful for a little 9 year old girl who is a sweet light of hope and promise in our life.
I am thankful for family and friends that pray for us, and love us, surrounding us with their arms, and their prayers.
I am thankful for the beauty in a small community that still shares cups of sugar with one another, and stops in the middle of the street while driving to talk--and everyone else just drives around them.
I am thankful for a church that is busting through walls that Satan erects with the name of Jesus, who is more like a family than they are friends.
Honestly, my cup has run over again and again this year.
Here is a little from my family gathering today:Annalise is thankful for "frenids"---(her way of spelling friends--guess what is going to be on next week's spelling list? LOL! ) and for "my Mom and Dad who love me so much"
Kurt is thankful for many things, and I will only name his top choice so far: "pecan pie". :0)
My mom shared that she was thankful that we lived in a country where we could go to church and worship freely still. (that is quite significant if you know my mom at all...)
Our Birth mom shared that she was thankful for family and her little girl.
Since the baby is too young to talk, but very good at eating, I think her favorite thing to be thankful for must have been the mashed potatoes. She ate more than I did, and yelled every time the spoon was not in or on its way to her mouth!
What have I learned so far this year though, that I hope to apply to this coming year?
That thankfulness is not something we should bring out on one day a year just because we have a holiday to remind us to be thankful. The Word of God tells us "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.". Simply put--being thankful is something that comes from deep inside, and should be a way of life, not a momentary emotion. When you look for your blessings, you come to expect those blessings, even if they come in packages you never really would have expected otherwise. God loves to surprise His kids, and boy has He done that around here this whole year!
I just cant wait to see what he brings in this next year! :0)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!