This year has been a crazy one: with two young children; with my husband preparing for ministry- learning Greek and starting to lead our church's youth group in September; going down to one car for the family, which during the day, my husband has for work; being stretched financially and spiritually, it has been a busy, sometimes-stressful season. But I tell you, I am truly thankful that I have a husband who works hard so that we have been able to pay all of our bills and have extra for things that come up, two healthy kids, my husbands good job, an amazing church that we have grown in so much, awesome friends who love us as we love them, family who comes to visit when they can- but most of all? a God who loves me unconditionally. It's to Him that I'm thankful for all these things. My husband wouldn't have the energy to work so hard without God's strength or to learn Greek and lead a youth group without God's gifts of wisdom and energy, God has provided through Joey's job an income that allows us to pay for our bills and more, He alone has allowed us to be healthy, God directed us to Cornerstone Church where He has cultivated a rapid growth in us both, He has blessed us with amazing people in our lives who act like our closest family at times, He allows our family to be able to visit and most of all, by His magnificent grace, He loves me and forgives me.
Now if you don't believe in God, all that thankfulness to Him may have made you sick. But then I just want to ask you, who are thankful to? It's not by your own power that you are alive, or by your own ability that you are healthy and are loved. When we say thank you for something, isn't it usually to someone?
What are you thankful for? And who are you thankful to? I'd love to hear some of the things you are thankful for in the comments below!
Have a great Thanksgiving to all my American family and friends- and to all my family and friends outside the USA, have a happy Thursday!