Tuesday, November 21, 2017

With a Thankful Heart

Can you believe that it's just days away from Thanksgiving? I feel like this year just started. But this year is coming to a close as we approach the holiday season. I sit here again, slacking on blogging. I miss it. I miss just writing in general. It's so therapeutic for me to write, even if it's just about nothing.

But the Lord has been so good to me. I felt the need to share it since this time of year is more focused on being thankful.

"What are you thankful for?" seems to be the overarching question that people tend to ask on the fourth Thursday of November, & then as humans do, we forget the answer we responded with the next day. Obviously this refers to our often selfish tendencies that happen throughout the Christmas season, but it also reflects the rest of the year. We should be thankful all year because the Lord has been so good to us. I hope you are encouraged to write down what you are thankful for. And then when times get hard, pull out your list & remind yourself of what good God has done for you & through you.

I'm thankful for...

My salvation: I'm just really in a sweet season of fellowship with the Lord right now. I'm enjoying digging into Scripture & God revealing new things to me that I have never noticed before. God has also been opening new ministry opportunities & friendships. I've been extra thankful for this time of growth.

My husband: The other day, Andrew & I got to go on a little date night. If you missed it on Instagram, check out the post here. But it was just the best time. It reminded me of when we first started dating-- which we're quickly approaching being together 6 years in December! 😱 I'm so thankful for the godly man, husband, father & Christian that he is. He leads our family well. He provides for us. He gets up early to feed Murphy & let him out so I can sleep longer. He picks up my slack when there are things I couldn't get done during the day. I cannot thank the Lord enough for this sweet man.

My daughter: Who is an official walker now! A couple weeks ago she took her first real set of continuous steps, and then last week, she got it down. Ruby is seriously such a joy. She comes with her fair share of challenges (like we all do), but sometimes Andrew & I just look at her & say out loud how awesome she is. Being a parent has been one of the greatest blessings of my entire life. I get chills thinking about how God has entrusted me to be her mama. I wouldn't change it for the world. Being a wife & mom has been a dream of mine since I was little. I am so thankful the Lord said "yes" to that dream.

My pup: Murphy tends to get the back burner a little more now that Ruby is around. But that still doesn't change the fact that I love him! I even just heard on the Today Show yesterday morning that dogs are good for your health, & people with dogs tend to live longer than people without them. I can see why. I can't tell you how many times I've been by myself upset, & he comes over to lay on my lap. Dogs are the best. And I'm also thankful that Ruby gets to grow up with a pup. She loves him so much, it's so fun to watch the two of them.

My mom: Most people don't know that my mom takes care of my grandparents who aren't doing well. She has been so selfless the past three years. I'm so thankful for you & all you do for our family, Mom.

My church: What a privilege it is to worship freely with fellow believers. God has been so good to surround me with a community of people who strive to seek the Lord in everything they do. God has also given us the opportunity to raise Ruby in a godly church environment where the nursery workers love on her & teach her truth even though she's young.

There is so much more I am thankful for, but these are the things that have been on my heart & mind lately. I am so blessed, even when it doesn't seem that way. God is so good, even when times are hard. And "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:9

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!"
Psalm 107:1

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