Thanksgiving 14

 

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Day 14:

Today, I’m thankful for IRBS. This is a new seminary, and a project our church has been heavily involved with since day 1. My husband is currently finishing up his first full semester there.

I’m thankful to see him embrace his classes and learn and grow. I’m thankful for new friendships we’re both establishing.

I’m thankful to see this work of history get started and to be on the front lines.

I’m thankful for IRBS!

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Thanksgiving 13

 

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Day 13:

Sometimes life can kick you in the guts, things you thought you’d put in the correct place leap out and haunt you, old dreams you thought you’d laid to rest call to you again, and you feel lost and alone. I’m thankful for the loyal and faithful friends who stand beside me in such times. I’m thankful for truth that reminds me I have a great High Priest who knows what I am going through. I’m thankful I have a loving heavenly Father!, a Father who loves me perfectly and knows what I need even when it’s hard. I’m thankful for the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit. Life can really be hard, but God is truly good.

Thanksgiving 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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I just can’t seem to stop playing catch up!

Day 8:

I’m thankful for my Moms. The Lord blessed me with two wonderful mothers who I love so much.

My Mom: Mom, you are the calmest, warmest, and most welcoming person I know. We’ve shared giggles, tears, long days, long talks, good movies, good books. I could spend every moment of my life with you and still feel like I miss you. Thank you for diligently working to transition from my parent to my friend. Thank you for being here through all the good parts of my life and so many of the bad. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being you and sharing that with me. I love you!

My extra Mom: Wanda, you are fun, wise, and your home is a second home to me. Thank you for always being game for whatever life brings you. Thank you for moving forward in life even after Vidal has passed. Thank you for hours and hours of discussion, laughter, figuring things out, gripping at long holds on the phone, plant advice, and always being a good sport about your lack of technical knowledge. Thank you for welcoming me into your heart and home so many years ago, and for letting me stay. I love you!

Day 9:

Today, I’m thankful for Extra-Sisters. I have three who I love. Ruth, Joy, and April. One of the awesome delights of having a big family is all the extra siblings, especially sisters, you add in.

April, you were my first big sister. I’ve loved having a big sister, someone to giggle with, look up to, ask about things, and just in general enjoy. I’ve loved our many family adventures, family holidays, and good memories! I love you.

Ruth, you have been a close and beloved friend for many years. I miss you all the time. I love our shared geekiness, our love of stories, characters, settings. I love talking with you, being with you, seeing what you will create. I love you!

Joy, you have welcomed me so many times into your home, shared your girls, and your life. You are creative, marshalling so many things to make life fun for the children around you. You have so many cool pets, and are a great cook. I love being with you and yours. Thank you for being game to include me in so much of your life. I love you!

Day 10:

Today, I’m thankful for the women of my church, especially as we got to gather round Leslie and express our delight in God’s goodness. I’m would address you all very specifically, but I’m terrified I’ll forget someone important to me, so just know, Ladies of Heritage Baptist Church, you are the salt of the earth, the people I treasure most, the ones I always love to be with. Please know that I sincerely love you all.

Day 11:

It’s the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, and so I am thankful for the silence of the guns. I’m thankful for peace. I’m thankful for men and women willing to go to war, to give their lives for others, to do the dirty work of fighting. I’m thankful for my soldiers: my grandfathers, my Vidal, my big brother, and my brother-in law. I’m thankful for my cousins and uncles who have served. I’m thankful for my fellow church members who served, and I’m thankful for the young men who are currently serving.

Thank you.

Day 12:

Today, I’m thankful for a day off, a day to curl up with my stories, candles, music, and my man. I’m thankful for a warm home, warm blankets, food, and clothing. I’m thankful for this rest time, because I am very tired this week. But, I am thankful to be provided for. God is good.

 

Thankfulness  ( Day 7)

Today, I’m thankful for how well I felt last week. I was able to be busy all day each day without paying for it with a sudden loss of energy. I tackled projects, enjoyed the people in my life, had friends over, maintained my home, and more in a way I haven’t been able to in over a year and a half.

I’m thankful for my chiropractor’s wisdom, and my husband’s patience through this whole time.

And, in thankful for the gift of this trial. I’m thankful I’ve had the chance to see God keep his promises to me, I’ve grown in my love for his church, it’s been good for my marriage, and become more tender hearted to those struggling with their health.

This whole ordeal has been a blessing, and I appreciate feeling better.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving (Day 6): By Grace, Not Left Alone

Today, I’m thankful for my husband, my fellow Pilgrim, and ask he does  for me, for us, and our church:
Down the road of life—this pilgrim way—we walk

Sometimes it flies by on dark wings filled with speeding change.

Other times it crawls on said knees with no visible motion.

Through these trials, light gleams,

a single bulb, a blazing sun, a candle flame:

GRACE

And yet, what grace! It would have been enough to give us this faith-based light, but more is kindly given:

Faithful companions!

See? Kindness, compassion, gifts:

faithful fellow pilgrims—our church body, our families, our spouses.

Oh our spouses, who in all the darkness of intimate sins, plod along at our sides

laughter, long and late nights, routine,

What a gentle sweet communion between two limping pilgrims helping each other

supporting, carrying, cheering,

praying, weeping towards the Celestial City.

What grace the kind Lord gives us in

Friends

Family

Spouses

and the Church.

These our fellow pilgrims, fellow warriors, fellow saints, the children of the Standing Lamb.