Today on Thanksgiving, I can’t help but reflect on all of my abundant blessing and the root from which they all flow. As much as I write about this in my journal, it’s not easy to put into words or into one blog post. The list could go on forever, but today I outline the things in which I am most thankful in my life right now.
I’m a piece of work, but God’s mercies are new every morning. I feel like I am constantly begging for forgiveness and doing the same things over and over, but that’s the beauty of mercy. He’s so patient and I’m so undeserving. I picture Him shaking his head, laughing and telling me I’m a handful, but loving me the same.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate my family. The love I receive from my parents mirrors the same love I receive from the Lord. They see things in me that no one else does. My sister and brother-in-law let me live with them, which is not only a huge help financially, but it gives me two people to look up to and learn from daily. I am also thankful for my cousins, aunts, and uncles and the best grandmother a girl could ask for.
With everything going on in our world and our nation, I am always reminded how fortunate I am to have such freedom. I’m thankful for our military men and women and to live in safety without ever fearing for my life.
This year especially I’ve been so thankful for the gift of creativity and the chance to exercise it. I recognize that all creation comes from the Lord and I appreciate that he lets me share in His glory and the excitement of using my gifts. I’m also, of course, thankful for the ability to run and I plan to never take it for granted.
We might not all be in the same city, but we never skip a beat. I have a great tight-knit group of girl friends who support me in all I do and walk with me through every season of life. I’m also so thankful for the ones not pictured!
The older I get, the more thankful I am for my mental health. I can control what I eat, how much sleep I get, and how often I exercise and I’m thankful for the ability to do so, but do I have control over mental health? No one chooses depression, anxiety, or other types of mental illness so I’m thankful to feel happy, hopeful, and joy everyday.
7. Sense of self
We have such a need to know ourselves and feel authentic. I’ve been learning so much about who I am and the ways in which I operate in this phase of early adulthood and it’s an exciting time.
I’m thankful to work with people with disabilities and to have a job doing what I love. No, not every day is perfect, but the bad days are for learning and through them, I have constant opportunities to grow.
9. Hope in what’s to come
I feel like there is so much ahead in my life and I’m overwhelmed with excitement. I have no clue what the future holds, but I know Who’s in control and I know that I’ll be steered in the right direction.
I am thankful for you, who read and support this blog on a daily basis. Humbled doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel with each view, comment, feedback, and like. This blog has already taught me so much. It’s taught me to listen and better empathize. It’s taught me to open my eyes and heart to other’s different ways of thinking. It’s shown me the best way to form relationships is to not necessarily bring people to you, but to cheer others on.
What are your Thankgiving plans?
Whats a new joy in your life?
What are you most thankful for today?