A Day to be Thankful

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Yesterday I shared that sometimes it can be very hard to be thankful when life’s circumstances are challenging or not as you expected. But one thing I have learned during this season is to LOOK for the every day gifts I’ve been given.

Ann Voskamp challenges her readers to write down the evidences of God’s grace in their lives and goes on to share in her many blog posts how an attitude of thankfulness can change your perspective. I’m not very good at writing down those gifts, but on days when life seems a little too much to handle, I take a walk in my neighborhood and I see the beauty of His creations in the mountains or I just look through my house at all of the blessing that I have here, now.

Today on Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few of the things that I’m thankful for…

1. My husband. This man is the greatest gift outside of my salvation. His love for me, devotion to our adoption, and excitement for this little one growing in me is such a gift. I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

2. This pregnancy. After 3 miscarriages, to know that we are having this little miracle baby and he/she’s healthy is still at times hard to believe! A year ago, I never would have imagined that I’d be expecting a baby. (my next post will be our gender reveal!)

3. Glory & Moriah. We have only seen their faces in pictures, but they have stolen our hearts in ways words cannot express! We cannot wait until the day that they are home with us. We are praying for us to celebrate next Thanksgiving as a family of 5…or we maybe we will be in Africa bringing them home!

4. The Gift of Writing. This past year I have delved more into the art of writing and blogging. I have found great joy in how God has wired me as a writer and I’m looking forward to seeing how He continues to use my words.

5. Our Church family. Every Thursday we open our home to our Missional Community group. What a blessing they have been in our lives. To share all of our joys, sorrows, laughter, and experiences together over dinner is truly a gift. The friends we have made at our church have become a part of our extended family.

6. Tucson mountains and sunsets. If you’ve never witnessed an Arizona sunset, specifically a Tucson sunset, it’s hard to describe the beauty. I am so thankful that I can see God’s beauty all around us, down here in the desert.

7. God’s provision. Over the past year Jason and I have been fundraising for our adoption and in these past 12 months, we have raised almost $40,000! We are so thankful for the people who have supported us and for the ways that God has provided.

8. Jason’s job. Jason’s occupation has given me the freedom to stay at home and spend time focusing on our home, family, and other areas of service that I enjoy.

9. Family in town for Thanksgiving. This year Jason’s family will be visiting us and we will be able to share this holiday with them for a few days. It’s been a long time since we’ve had out-of-state family visit us and we are so excited!

I have many reason to be thankful!

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

 

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