Saturday, November 29, 2014

Counting My Blessings

Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This week represents a time of Thanksgiving in our nation, and it gives focus to Americans on being thankful for our blessings. As a child of God I am thankful every day, but I often spend more time complaining than I do thanking God for His grace and mercy.  I have to admit that some days I struggle to find the blessings - not because they aren't there but because I get wrapped up in the bad stuff.  I'm working to change my perspective. 

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to follow Jesus without fear for my life or true persecution. 

I am thankful to have spent over 33 years married to the man I fell in love with at age 18.  Our marriage is good - not perfect, but we have enjoyed many more happy times than not so happy.

I appreciate the simple upbringing I had in a home with parents who taught me wrong from right, made me behave, gave me what I needed but not everything I wanted, held me to high expectations but allowed me to fail, and loved each other and their children unconditionally. 

I am grateful for my mom who had the courage to leave an abusive marriage when I was 8 months old and lived with various relatives, eeking out a living to make sure I was fed and kept safe. 

I am eternally grateful that my dad (the man who raised me) loved my mom and me enough to accept us as a whole package when he married my mom 55 years ago. 

I am thankful for the children God blessed us with. He gave us a strong-willed spirited girl who is a beautiful woman of Christ today. She is a wonderful wife, an excellent teacher, and a huge blessing to her family. He gave us a baby boy who was blessed to be taken straight to Heaven and is waiting for us there. He gave us a second son who gave us great joy, kept us laughing and broke our hearts when he could not deal with his illness of addiction. I am thankful he now lives with Jesus and waits for us. 

I am humbled and grateful that God allows me to care for Billy with the help of family and friends. I hope to someday thank God for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. 

What a blessing it is to have my mom live with me now.  At a time when she needs me to care for her, I can do that just as she did for me. 

I am blessed and grateful. 

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