It is my most favorite holiday. It isn't about having to get gifts for every. single. person you know. The only cost involved is for the dinner. This holiday is all about being with those you love and who love you. It is an awesome way to make us slow down, sit down, and give thanks to our wonderful Heavenly Father for all the Blessings he has bestowed upon us.
I have a few favorite verses for Thanksgiving. My most favorite is: Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name!
I read that a few years ago and it struck me that HE blesses us, but we are told to be thankful and to bless HIM. I am to bless God. Not the superficial "well, bless God, brother". Which brings me to another one of my favorite verses ~ that I find myself saying throughout the days, here recently. Psalm 103:1 - 2 Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy NAME. Bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not all His benefits.
Bless the Lord, HE has given me more than I deserve and HIS benefits are mighty and awesome.
So, while I am waiting on my freshly mopped floor to dry, I wanted to take a second to share a few of the benefits that the Lord has Blessed ME with and in doing so I hope to bless HIS NAME!
~ My wonderful Husband Jesse, who works hard and long and takes such good care of us. He is the most amazing man I know, and I feel privileged to be able to be his wife. He's such an awesome daddy. His wife and children always come first. He adores spending time with his boys and I hope that one day, they will be just like him, for he is the best example available.
~ My 3 little guys ~ Xavier, Tucker and Gunner. They are so awesome. They overlook so many of my faults and love me unconditionally. I pray for them daily and I thank God that he saw fit to let me ~ flawed and broken ~ be their mom.
~ My extended family ~ the ups and downs that come with many people and personalities, sometimes clashing, but getting along pretty good. I'm grateful I'm part of good families who love each other.
~ My house ~ It's small, but it is warm, cozy and God provided it for us.
~ My truck ~ heated seats and all. I actually laughed when Jesse told me that was one of the "extras" on our used vehicle we were purchasing. I mean after all, we lived in South Florida, when would we ever need those? But, God in his infinite wisdome, looked into the future and knew I would be super grateful on those cold NY mornings!
~ My "things" ~ unlike my sister in law Kayte, I am so NOT anti-stuff! Much to Jesse's chagrin. I love all my little sentimental do-dads and decorations!!!!!!!!!! But I'm trying to scale down just a wee bit!
~ My friends who are like family. They have helped us survive the last 10 years. Being in the Marine Corps we moved around a few times. And the Lord in his awesome mercy saw that we met who we needed. Janice and Harold were our family in North Carolina. We still make trips to see them. my boys call them Gramma Janice and Grampa Harold. I love them and am so grateful for them and the sacrifices they made for our family. And the church family in South Florida. We spent all the holidays together when we were in town. We were very close knit and I miss them so very much.
~ My friends who are very dear to me. These are my most recent. And I am excited to get to know them more and bring them into the category above!!!!!!!
~ My faith. Without God, there were so many things in my life I would not have survived. He has been ever faithful to uphold with HIS right hand and I will never stop being grateful to HIM for all he has done for me!
I've been terribly busy for the last few weeks, and I know I'm gonna be swamped busy the next couple days, so I just wanted to post something since it's been awhile!
Have a marvelous, blessed Thanksgiving! I got to go start baking. We are having family over on Thanksgiving, and I am SO excited! Have a wonderful safe Thanksgiving!