I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Recently I was tagged, on Facebook, in a 5 day gratitude challenge. I was challenged to list 3 things I was grateful for, for 5 consecutive days, nominating different friends each day to join in the challenge.
Rather belatedly, here I am, listing some things that I am grateful for. While late, the timing seems perfect in light of the recent Thanksgiving holiday. So here are my 30 things for each day of the month of November. It’s my hope however that I can live a life of thanksgiving everyday and month of the year:)
I am grateful for…
- the Lord’s grace and mercy in saving a wretched sinner like me. I am grateful that I am loved unconditionally and with a love that endures forever.
- my husband and his commitment to me and our children. He sacrificially and faithfully took a job that involves a long commute and considerable time away from our home in order to provide for our family. He does this without complaint, without expectation of anything in return and with a heart to provide more. He has provided a beautiful roof over our head in a wonderful neighborhood. Our children go to a great school and I am able to stay home to make them my primary responsibility. All this because of him.
- again, my husband who knows me better than most and loves me anyway. He shows me grace time and time again. More grace than I deserve.
- my children who challenge me as a mom and a Christian. They bring me to new heights of unconditional love and sacrifice. Who knew the depths and capacity for love that I had until I was blessed with children who hardly ever agree with me or follow the script I imagined for them. My days are full of joy because of them and their antics.
- my parents. Their faith gave birth to my own and continues to inspire and challenge me. Their example of humility, generosity, integrity and compassion I hope to emulate in my life.
- my father and his work ethic, perseverance and sacrifice-of-self for a greater good.
- my mother who is visiting. She is my daily exercise and walking companion. A storyteller who inspires me to greatness with stories of her life. Simple stories. She shares from the daily and mundane in her life but her experiences impact me in a powerful way.
- neighbors that check in on me, water my dry lawn and give me CD’s with praise music and candy because I am homesick.
- family and friends that I cannot mention lest I leave someone out. Beautiful people that add joy into my life.
As my mom is visiting from Malawi and I have had the privilege of seeing my life and the things surrounding me through her eyes. She has kindled the awe and appreciation I once had for the things I now take for granted.
I am grateful for …
- washing machines and dryers that increase efficiency and productivity. Laundry day doesn’t mean an entire day bent over the tub in my bathroom. I can start my machine and run errands or accomplish other tasks.
- children’s ministries and church preschools. Arts, crafts, music and the love of Jesus poured into them.
- the leaves that change into the most magnificent colors just before they fall and die. These are complexities that mark the beauty of Gods creations.
- tame, manicured lawns of the developed world and greenways that are preserved in their natural state contrasted with the wildness of the African country side.
- Churches that open up their doors to meet the needs of the communities. Choir rooms opened up for private piano lessons, church libraries available to us for homework as we wait for our turn for piano lessons. Indoor gyms and outdoor playgrounds made available to us for our responsible use.
- business men with integrity who do a great job painting, washing windows and landscaping.
- neighborhoods with sidewalks and parks.
- schools that are responsive and committed to educating our children and keeping them safe
- the privilege of being used by God to speak life into anothers life
- kindred souls who make my quirks seem normal.
- my dog, my loyal companion. Not brave, but loyal.
- my home. I have struggled with contentment, it wasn’t enough, I wanted bigger, I wanted better. I have enough.
- both my children being in the same school.
- my car. I used to walk everywhere and or ride a mini bus, back home. I would get to my destination dusty and dirty.
- the sound of rain against my windows and on the roof top.
- sound biblical teaching available on podcasts.
- music. A way of expression.
- my health.
- the taste and smell of coffee in the morning.
- this should go along with washing machines and dryers – dishwashers. I grew up hand-washing and drying. I still do at times but it is nice to be able to use the dishwasher too. More time for my family 🙂
- Mops that you don’t have to squeeze with your hands.
Just a few things that I am grateful for. And my challenge goes out to anyone that reads this. I challenge you to consider and list what you are grateful for.