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A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart

>> Monday, November 19, 2007

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Madame Blueberry taught me this (now that I have children, there are lots of things in life that just come down to Veggie Tales), and I believe her. Most of the time. The problem is that I get so distracted by the tedium of everyday life (diapers, chicken nuggets and binkies, oh, my!), that I forget to be thankful. I end up posting things like this. So this week, as we ramp up to Thanksgiving, it is my intention to refocus on all that I have to be thankful for. I figure what better way to do that then to enlist you all as my accountability partners. Everyday this week I will post something that I am thankful for. And not just the obvious. Something I actually have to take time to think about. So here I go.

I'm going to get the the expected out of the way. I am thankful for relationships. God has blessed me with an incomparable family. We can laugh, cry, debate and disagree all within a span of about 5 minutes, but there is never any doubt about the love we have for each other. I have the kind of friendships that are to be envied. I know without a doubt that I am prayed for regularly and I can openly and honestly share whatever is on my heart without judgement, and they can do the same with me. We laugh until we cry (just last night, in fact) and tease the heck out of each other, yet when the rubber meets the road, we would all give each other the shirts of our backs. I have a husband who treats me like a princess (which may or may not be a good thing), stopping at nothing to make sure my needs are met. He is completely selfless and it is my prayer every day that I would be able to show him even a fraction of the love that he shows me. I have two healthy, bright, well-behaved (mostly) children. They have taught me love and patience and joy that is beyond words.

Then there is that relationship that defines my life. The relationship I have with Jesus Christ. He loves me lavishly though I fail him everyday. He is always waiting to spend time with me, even when I go days without taking any time with Him. He gives my life purpose and meaning even though I often whine about it. He provides me every resource I have, even though I often squander them. I am in awe of all that He is and will never understand why He loves me so, I just know that I am SO THANKFUL that he does!


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