“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (Psalm 105:1, ESV)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Or should I say, Happy post-Thanksgiving? (Since that’s probably what time it will be when this is posted 😉 )
As I sit on a comfy couch with a full stomach and the sound of little feet pattering around upstairs, I can’t help in feel overwhelmed by God’s goodness.
Even though the day is almost gone, I thought I’d share a few things that kept coming to mind throughout the day–the things I’m most thankful for.
So, here we go…
1) The cross
The older I get, the more undeserving I feel, and overwhelmed I am by Christ’s love.
Because of His vast love and brutal sacrifice, I’m no longer chained to sin. Death has no grip on me, Satan has no power over me, and nothing can tear me from my Father.
I’m so, so thankful Jesus saved me and promised eternity with Him. Life with Him is truly so abundant, and I love every minute of being His child.
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14, ESV).
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NET).
2) A Christian home
So often I fail to realize what a rare blessing this is.
I’ve seen too many families torn apart by addiction, divorce, irresponsibility, infidelity, or abuse, and it breaks my heart. Where I live, intact families are almost nonexistent, and teenage pregnancies are rampant.
Each time I wrap my arms around a fatherless child or hear a small voice say “You have no idea how lucky you are,” my heart shatters…And explodes with gratefulness all at once.
My parents are believers in ministry.
My siblings, by God’s grace, love the Lord and seek to please Him.
My parents love each other.
My siblings are some of my best friends.
And, even though this is God’s plan for families, it isn’t normal. My intact, loving, safe family is not a gift many people have.
I don’t understand why God blessed me with a godly home, and I definitely don’t intend to brag…but I am forever thankful for His mercy.
3) Godly friends
I may not have a thousand friends to gossip and giggle with, but I do have a handful of genuine, Christ-centered friends I wouldn’t trade for the world.
I cherish the amazing people who love me through my quirks, pray with me through difficulty, and encourage my faith.
Thank you, sweet friends, for laughing with me and making life so thrilling 🙂
4) The Bible
I can’t imagine trying to do life without the wise guidance of the Bible–not to mention the masterful poetry and beautiful message of the gospel!
The Word really is like a love letter. The more I read it, the more I grow to love its Author.
What a precious gift it is ❤
5) Amazing siblings and nephews
I could talk about my siblings all night, but for now, I’ll just say, they’re the best 😉 There are few things I love more than family gatherings full of loud laughter, strong coffee, and good conversation–not to mention the fun times I’ve spent with them individually.
Now that little voices and tiny-armed hugs have joined he mix, my heart is ready to burst ❤
6) Brooklyn, New York
I can’t say I would’ve moved from Texas to New York by choice, but my goodness, I’m so thankful God called my family here.
Being picked up from the comforts of my hometown and dropped in the middle of a gospel-deprived city, has transformed my view of life.
God has taught me so much through this experience, and I love every minute of serving Him here.
Ministry is so exciting!
7) My church family
The majority of my church is Caribbean, and I just love them.
Their singing is loud, joyful and transparent. Prayers are heartfelt and fervent. Their love and acceptance to everyone who walks through the door is such a testimony to the neighborhood, and an encouragement to me.
They’ve taught me what it means to truly rely on God and praise Him no matter what. Really, I’m spoiled with this sweet Family.
8) The piano
Yeah, I’m one of those people who calls my piano my baby 😉 I treasure the baby grand and electric piano I get to play constantly.
I’m especially thankful for a teacher who works with such patience and enthusiasm to expand my abilities. She’s developed my passion for learning and creativity, and I just love exploring music and composers with her.
I don’t know what I’d do without this chunk of my life.
9) My laptop
I’m so thankful for this little guy. Not to sound materialistic, but I’d be pretty dysfunctional without it 😉
From online classes, to blogging, to writing my book, and creating teaching tools, it’s a life saver!
10) This blog…and you, my readers.
I’ve learned so much through maintaining this blog, and I’m so glad for the writing experience and spiritual growth I’ve gained by it!
I really hope it encourages you as much as it does me. Thank you so much for your support in reading, commenting on, and sharing these posts! I still have lots to learn, but I’m so glad you all have stuck with me while I figure things out 🙂
I’m very thankful for you!
Now it’s your turn!
What are you most thankful for? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
And, though it’s nearly over, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had an incredibly blessed day 🙂