so thankful.

 God has been helping me with my perspective.  He is awesome like that.  I find it no coincidence that ever since I had my devotional yesterday I have come across a wide variety of clips and stories that remind me that I have so much to be thankful for...from stories about sick children in hospitals, to a family who found out that their son had died in Iraq, to family with three children who lost their mother in a terrible car accident and other stories that remind me, again and again that my life is far from terrible.  Not that I thought it's just ME comparing the life I DO have to the life that I guess I think I would have made for myself had I been in control.  

The good news is that I know that my planning is terrible when it comes to what God can do.

So when I have started to fret...I have started to list to God what I am thankful for...
- my amazing, understanding, patient and wonderful husband.
-my wonderful, spunky and crazy little boys.
-that even though my boys are both sick right now...I am SO thankful that it is JUST a cold.
-we have a house that is clean and safe
-that my husband has a great job
-that we have clean water
-that we have clothes to wear
-that we can buy our boys anything they need
-that we are in a position to help others...and do!
-that we have books to read and toys to play with
-that we have a promise of Heaven and have been saved from hell
-that I have friends that love me
-that we have access to ANY healthy food we could want
-that we could put up a Christmas tree this evening
-that we can be FREE to worship Jesus without fear of persecution
-that I have family in the people that God has given me (you know, the in-laws).

I could go on and on...and I plan to.
And here's a verse that I have been clinging to:
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've  
received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:24

I believe, I believe.


Nesha said...

Your picture of HoHo is pure deliciousness. ADORABLE beyond words. So thankful, as well. Words do not describe how blessed we are to have such an amazing God.

Mao Mao said...

:) Glad you are less "blue"

he calls me wifey said...

This is such a beautiful post. It's great that we have a season of thankfulness where we are reminded of how blessed we really are.

I absolutely love the photos!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

happy thanksgiving crystal!
so thankful to call you my "friend"!

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