Monday, October 10, 2016

Thanks! Gracias! Merci!

It only seems fitting that my post today be about thankfulness. Even though I am thankful, daily, this particular day causes me to pause, take a step back, and truly reflect on the many things I am thankful for.

I'm thankful that I have God in my life for He has brought me peace, hope, and a love for other people. I trust Him for everything in my life.

I'm thankful for my family and friends, here and around the world, and the many daughters I have 'adopted' over the years.

I'm thankful for my senses and that they are all working and healthy.

I'm thankful, that even though still unemployed, I know that I will eventually have a career and it will be perfect for me.

I'm thankful for my singleness. Really? Should I be thankful for something I really dislike?

Being thankful for my singleness means I can know that even though my heart greatly desires marriage, God also knows and thanking Him for it means I trust Him to, eventually, bring me marriage.

I'm thankful for my women's Bible study and the opportunity to connect with other women of different ages and backgrounds to glean wisdom from.

I'm thankful for living in the country, where I know my heart truly belongs and thrives.

I'm thankful for having a heart of love and the ability to give of love freely, selflessly, sacrificially, and unconditionally.

I'm thankful for a reliable car that gets me from point A to point B every time. I never truly appreciated what the blessing of a car was.

I'm thankful for people who show compassion and empathy to those who hurt and are in pain. It makes this world better.

I'm thankful for living in a country that has afforded me so many freedoms that, I hope, I never take for granted.

I'm thankful for each subsequent day that I get to live.

I'm thankful that I am healthy and have access to medical care that will help me when I'm not.

Being thankful doesn't mean my circumstances are ideal. Not at all.

There is, however, something that happens in my heart, when I am thankful, that diverts my attention away from my struggles, trials and disappointments in life.

Being thankful allows me to have a heart posture that says,"I don't know what today holds and my circumstances are still difficult, but I am thankful in the midst of the pain and sorrow."

Smiling or being thankful isn't easy when life seems to throw curve balls all the time but saying the two small words, 'Thank You' can lift the heart and disposition in a way that can bring refreshment.

What are you thankful for today? I want to hear from you! Let's talk!!


  1. I am thankful for life and the great extended family I have to share that life with.

  2. Wow, it takes courage to thank God for singleness! But your post encourages me, and reminds me of James 1:4. God only knows when our perseverance finishes its work, so that we are mature. The good part is, when that is done, we are complete and lack nothing. Because of this, i also thank Him for my singleness. Struggling in the perseverance but hopeful that i will mature and lack nothing in the end. Keeping hope alive :)

    1. Amen! Thank you for your comments. They encourage me greatly and, yes, as I press on to run the race set out before me I try really hard to be thankful along the way. To stop and reflect at each turn and change that happens in me. It is my desire to be married but until that happens, it is my greater goal to be like Christ and the woman God created me to be. In the meantime we just have to persevere in the tough stuff knowing God knows us better than we know ourselves and being faithful to our deepest heart's desires. ☺