As much as I hate to admit it, nearly every prayer uttered this year has been a request for one thing or another: more money, opportunities, vacations, and if it’s not too much to ask, one date that is not completely painful. I’ve begged things to be my way, in my time. And like a spoiled child, when it didn’t happen, I sobbed, stomped my feet, and otherwise threw a colossal fit.
But as Thanksgiving nears, I’ve come to realize, despite it all, I am blessed beyond measure. And while it may seem God has turned a deaf ear more times than not this year, I want him to know, I’m thankful.
So, I’ve decided to put aside this day to offer nothing but thanks.
It’s not going to be easy, mind you. And truth be told, I’m a little leery. After all, once you set your mind to something, seems everything sets against you, just to see how much you want it.
With that in mind, I’m gonna go ahead and get the ball rolling. Before I even get out of bed, before something can go terribly awry and I lose all hope whatsoever, I’m going to start counting my blessings.
So without further ado, today I’m thankful for . . .
autumn | coffee | faith | hope | love | blueberry scones | dreams | the ability to learn | bargains | family | friends–old & new | family members to call friends | friends who become family | all original parts | parts that still work–mostly | the time my grandma had with her sister before she died last week | happy memories | laughter | music from the 70s and 80s | music of the classic crooners | being able to write to this | vintage fashion | the chance to dance, even if I look like an eejit | a warm fire | stories | good movies | better books | dinner parties | everyday celebrations | conversations that run well into the night, without knowing a minute has passed | freedom | a warm comforter | mom’s famous sausage dressing | baking days | sharing baked goods | clothes that still fit | spending time with the old girls | bubble baths | candles | soft socks | flannel pjs | chocolate | a big, wide world | grand adventure | color | great design | old things becoming new | photography | people who encourage | the chance to be an encouragement | Christmas | white, twinkling lights | the scent of pine | home | my ‘office staff’ | snail mail | sunrises | sunsets | peace | joy | mercy | finding blessing in the most unexpected of places