November is the “thankful month”. All over Facebook people are putting up something they are thankful for each day. I thought it would be fun to put up 30 things all at once that I am thankful for on the blog. This weekend we had the privilege to listen to someone who was originally from Romania tell us how he got to America and the experiences he has had through his life. It just made me realize how blessed we are here in America. At the same time though, we get so engrossed in life and all the stuff that we have that we sometimes forget what is really important. It is easy to think about all those who are starving and persecuted for their faith, and feel so blessed. Do we really comprehend it though?
I know when I went on a work trip to Mexico and saw it first hand, it touched my heart, but I didn’t really get the full meaning. I have come along way from that work trip and after hearing the stories of Romania and how the people who are lead to Christ cling so tight to it because they have nothing else, it just makes me think so often we hold Christ at an arm distance because we have so much its almost like we don’t need him “as much”. That is how I feel at times and its not really a good feeling, but we honestly don’t know what it feels like to have absolutely nothing except Christ. A comment he made was “we feel so bad for the people who have nothing, but really they are the lucky ones because nothing is holding them back from the fully serving Christ”.
Having said that, it helps place my priorities in place. I am not saying at all that we need to move to a third world country to experience a “true” relationship with Christ. I don’t want anyone to think that after reading this. What I am trying to say is that we can get so caught up in complaining and worrying about politics and issues that are going on in our country. We so often times forget that God is in complete control and no matter what happens if he is our rock, it will be all right. God placed each one of us right where he wants us. Lets just strive to always put him first and keep the fogginess of life at bay!
I am thankful for…..
1. Christ leaving his home in Heaven to die on the cross to give us a hope of eternal life with him.
2. My supportive, loving husband.
3. Parents who taught me the truth and raised me in a loving environment.
4. The amazing connection me and my husband have with our in-laws.
5. Nine healthy awesome nieces and nephews!
6. A wonderful church body.
7. A free country.
8. People who have already and are currently fighting for our freedom.
9. Freedom to worship without fear of persecution.
10. Good health.
11. A warm house to live in.
12. The ability to travel as we wish.
13. Having enough to eat and drink.
14. The trials in life, they have made me stronger.
15. A fun group of friends.
16. Having a job.
17. The spiritual gifts God has given his children.
18. Our fireplace that is finally fixed!
19. Our bedroom furniture that is going to be done at the end of January. (I have been waiting for a year and 11 months so far!!)
20. Refinancing the house.
21. Having time to sew and craft.
22. Living in a quite peaceful town.
23. Time spent with my husband.
24. Time to relax and read a good book.
25. My two to three days off work.
26. The Elder’s and Minister’s of our church.
27. Our potluck group.
28. The beauty of creation.
29. Having all of my five senses.
30. Encouragement from others.
I would challenge you to sit down and write out 30 things you are thankful for! It can be confusing when we are going through struggles, but there is always something to be thankful for.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4.