Pre-Thanksgiving Thanks

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I have been so incredibly melancholy the last few days it’s almost unbearable. I don’t know what I am in a tizzy about but I haven’t been myself. I thought it might be good to make a list of the things I am thankful for, right now!!

–My dear husband, who puts up with my every whim, bad attitudes, grouchiness, strange relationship with my own body, and takes the bulk of my anger/tears/elation at whatever comes my way. He is always 100% behind me whatever insane thing I want to do and puts up with a tremendous amount. And for some reason, he still seems to like me and thinks I’m great. Please don’t tell him otherwise.

–My job. I guess probably #1 of this week is that I haven’t had much to do at work, which leads to too much time to think. And I haven’t even had my companions to crochet with (as they quilt, cross-stitch, and etc) because one had surgery, one is swamped with work, and one has been to the doctor 18 times this week. So no work + no one to talk to = strangeness. HOWEVER, I love my job. I adore working on Bible studies. I love working with our authors. I enjoy most of the people I work with. In my yearly review I almost broke down crying thinking about wanting to stay home with my kids but having to leave my job to do that!

–My church. It is the only church I’ve ever been in where I really feel like the leadership and members look to what God is doing and tries to keep up! I am constantly amazed at the wonderful people there and their enormous hearts. I know if Mr. V and I ever had some serious problem, financial or health or otherwise, we would have a ton of people waiting to help us deal out of pure godly love. I love my wild GAs, who make me laugh and make me tired.

–I was reminded at lunch today, as one of the women I eat with is in the process of losing her 67 year old mother to lung cancer, that I am very blessed I have all 4 grandparents living still–and married, even! My parents are still married as well, and still seem to love each other a lot, and have been a very good model for me of marriage. After almost 30 years, they still enjoy one another’s company and have fun together.

That is only the tip of the iceberg…I have so little to NOT be thankful for. In fact, Paul told us to give thanks “in everything,” the good and the bad, that is God’s will for us. So today I will make an effort to thank God for the little struggles, for surely they lead to something better.

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15

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