I’m thankful for God’s generosity to me. I’m thankful that I not only have a roof over my head, but a beautiful home. I’m thankful that I not only have clothing on my back, but a while closet filled with beautiful things. I’m thankful I’m not only starving, but have to watch not over eating. God has been generous in so many ways, and I’m thankful.
Today I’m thankful for candles, pinecones, and Christmas music.
Pinecones are funny things, and yet, I wouldn’t want to live in a world without then. They bring back happy memories from childhood: camping trips and pinecones fights. I love to decorate with them because they also invoke winter. They make me think of a rustic, snowy Christmas.
Candles and Christmas music provide an earthly, temporary, soothing calm for a few minutes during a busy day.
I’m thankful for these passing gifts.
And just like that…fall arrived.
What’s not to be thankful for???? 😁
Leaves are changing. There’s a chill in the air. Sweaters don’t make you sweat. Soup is on the menu. We might get rain!
Every year in November I do a short Thanksgiving post each day leading up to the holiday. It’s a fun tradition that sets the mood and let’s me practice being thankful.
This year I want to focus on ordinary things. I want to notice all the ways God generously cares for my physical needs in this temporary life.
So, day 1: today in thankful for mugs.
I love mugs. Short, tall, fat, skinny, thick, thin, ceramic, clay, or china. I have a small collection of mugs that make me smile. I like the way they feel in my hand, their pattern, their design. I love hot drinks and hot drinks shared with friends. My Mom has always said, “Coffee is a big in a mug.” If you were to make hugs solid and tangible, they would be mugs. 😁
And look at that picture! God would have been kind to provide me with one mug. That would have been fear more than I deserved. Instead, I have many mugs. God is so kind to me in ways that are so insignificant. He is a generous Father.
Today, I’m thankful for Jules, Ellie, Constance, Joshua, Shannon, Bruce, Jude, Imogene, Remi, and Rook.
An Auntie couldn’t ask for a more wonderful group of nieces and nephews with bigger imaginations, sillier jokes, special hugs, growing geekiness, and bright eyed wonder.
I’m so thankful to live near all of them and I’m blessed to be in their lives.
I’m thankful for so many things today!
I’m thankful for the chilly, wet, dark morning! I’m thankful for time to write and the joy of working on my YA Faerie Tale. I’m thankful for a quiet day and the joy of looking forward to spending time with friends tonight.
I’m thankful that in the middle of trials, we have ordinary delights.
Today, I’m thankful for everyday common grace. I find it interesting that when we write post-apocalyptic fiction the world is ugly, but we live in a post-apocalyptic world (The Flood) and look at the beauty God left us! I’m so thankful for our oak trees, our pecan and crepe myrtle trees. I’m so thankful for flowers all around my house, the butterflies that have been so predominant this year, the wren and cardinal families nesting in our front hedge, the hawk couple living in the neighborhood, and the crows that visit occasionally. I’m thankful for the Texas Fence Lizards and Carolina Anolie that guarded our front and back porches like tiny Dragons.
God could have made this world so ugly after the Flood, but He didn’t. I’m very thankful for that small, ordinary grace.