The Thanksgiving Blog
by Joy Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
Well, it would appear that my denial of it being the week of Thanksgiving is not going to do anything to delay said holiday. So, much to my dismay, it is time to write the annual Thanksgiving blog. Now, please don’t misunderstand. I LOVE Thanksgiving! And I am genuinely thrilled that I will be blessed to celebrate not just once this year but twice—once with my family and once with my in-laws, and all in the same day, nonetheless. My cup runneth over, so to speak, and I feel blessed beyond measure in more ways than I can count.
So, you see, my dismay over it being Thanksgiving week has nothing to do with Thanksgiving itself. No, that’s not it at all. The truth is that I’m just not sure where the year went! How could it possibly be nearing the end of November already?! And yet, here we are, preparing for Thanksgiving. Did I mention that Thanksgiving is THIS Thursday?! *sigh* Okay, now that we have that cleared up, I think we should move on.
As I was getting ready for church this morning, I was pondering the things I am thankful for this year. And as I said earlier, I feel incredibly blessed. But nothing struck me as blog-worthy. And then, for whatever reason, my brain switched gears and I started thinking about things that had annoyed or frustrated me this week. I know, not exactly in keeping with the theme. However, I quickly realized how easy it was to turn even those bothersome moments into things worth giving thanks for. So, today I’d like to share with you my non-traditional Thanksgiving list. Through it, I hope you find some things to be thankful for where you hadn’t thought to look.
I am thankful for the $300 charge to my auto mechanic this week, because it means I have a reliable vehicle to get around in.
I am thankful for my 10-year-old son’s know-it-all attitude, because it means he is learning and confident enough to share his opinions.
I am thankful for my 3-year-old daughter’s stubbornness, because it means she’s growing up to be an independent girl.
I am thankful for my husband’s moodiness, because it means he’s trying to quit smoking.
I am thankful for the shoes carelessly tossed about my house, because it means that my family is nearby.
I am thankful that my dining room table is covered with stuff and no one bothered to push their chairs in last night, because it means we spent some great family time putting together new puzzles.
I am thankful for beds to make, because it means we have a comfortable place to sleep at night.
I am thankful for the piles of laundry that I have waiting for me to wash and put away, because it means by family will be warm this winter.
I am thankful for the perpetual sink full of dishes waiting for me, because it means my family has plenty to eat.
I am even thankful for the time I had to take out of my day to write a blog when I didn’t really have any to spare, because it means that God had a moment to touch my heart and remind me of all of the many things I have to be thankful for even when sometimes they annoy me.
Thank you, God, for your many blessings!
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:13)