Today is one of my favorite days of the year. This is the day that I look over the past year and find every little thing that I am thankful for. Now, I won't list them all for you, but I hope to encourage you to make a list as well and thank God in all things.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of
our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
I am always thankful for my family and God's blessing on them: my husband, who has stood by my side this year with some big projects; my youngest son, who had to have a major back surgery this year and really has recovered so well; my two amazing daughter-in-laws that I adore; my mom, whom I still get to have here with me and is healthy; and, of course, my Dude, along with our new pup Diva who just arrived in our home.
There are some really hard tasks in my life right now. My husband and I are raising our adopted daughter that came with a lot of trauma and has a very broken heart from where she was in life, but I am so thankful for her- I am so thankful that God trusted her life to us during this time and has made a way for us to keep her family connections going. It's HARD, but hard is hard; hard is not bad. In fact, this has been the best year yet with her. You can follow her story in Rainbow Princess.
My most thankful gift this year is the gift that Christ has given me. My eternal life is secure in Him, and no matter how hard or easy life is, I am thankful that when my time here is finished, I will be with Him for eternity.
I hope you will take a moment today and list all the worldly gifts you are thankful for, but, most of all, make sure that your life after death is secure too.