That leads me to believe that celebrating Thanksgiving is more of a choice than a given. Today - I choose to be thankful. I choose to recognize that "every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, in whom there is no variation or shifting shadow."
I am thankful for my family - my precious daughters and the husbands that the Lord so perfectly provided for them. They make a great team.
I am thankful for the family I grew up in. My parents are amazing and my brother is the best. His wife and family are additional blessings in my life.
I am thankful for the Lord's leading in my life - the places we have lived, the ministries we have been able to be a part of and the many people we have been connected with in all these places. I can not imagine life lived any other way.
I am thankful for my relationship with the Lord - His Word - His continual work in my life to make me more like Jesus. It's a slow process . . . but I'm walking in the right direction.
I am thankful for God's creation - His mountains, His lakes, His oceans, His trees, His skies -- all of creation sings His praises.
I am thankful for my church and the amazing people that I get to grow and learn along side.
I am thankful for my neighbors. They have become like family to me here in Chicago.
I am thankful for TX friends who live in Chicago - for Ashley, Aaron, Stacie and Beth. We could have never dreamed that we would all live in this city at the same time!
I am thankful for the hard times over this past year. Difficulties, trials and even sufferings allow me to identify with my Savior and to lean into Him all the more.
I am thankful for the chance to write down my thoughts each week. I don't know if it benefits anyone else, but the Lord uses this blog to allow me to pull together what He has been teaching me and I cherish being able to look back at all He has done.
I could go on and on.
On this Thanksgiving Day - may your heart be cheerful and may you continually feast.