Thanksgiving. A day to be thankful. A day to sit back and remember all that the Lord has given you. A day with family and friends, full of good food and memories. A day that comes once a year to remind us what we should be doing the other 364 days of the year, giving thanks to an Almighty God that has given us so much more than we have ever deserved.
This year I will spend Thanksgiving with my Alabama Family. And even though I will miss my Georgia Family terribly, I am very much looking forward to my holiday. It is hard to pass up Nana's food and time with Papaw. It is hard to complain about spending time with two of my favorite men on the planet and my little sister. Yes, it will be crowded and yes it will be hard to keep these two crazy kids on any type of schedule. But it will be worth it.
I sit back and part of me wants to tell you everything I am thankful for and I realize that there is not enough time in the day or typing in my fingers to list them all. So instead I sit here and smile that I am so blessed that I cannot. I think of my mom and dad who are my strength. My siblings that are the core of who I am and why I am. My cousins that are like sisters and Sam that is like no other. I think of my friends that make my heart warm and have loved me for longer than I could ever deserve. The ones that love me, that listen to me, and that at times tolerate me in all of my boldness because they know my heart. The other family that God blessed me with. The parents that he gave me at a time in my life that I needed a second set. The unexpected miracle that he gave us so that Christmas will be exactly what we love about it. The brothers and sister that came with that family that are nothing short of wonderful. The unexpected friendship and second brother that He gave me. The little sister that I never had and the mother of my husband that is my children's Nana. Everyone should have a Nana and it makes me smile thinking of my own.
I think of the ones that are my everyday. The ones that know what is going on in my home right now, and care about the little things. The ones that call, that text, that laugh and cry with us as we live. You know who you are. I think of answered prayers that we look over everyday because at times all we can see is the loss that we have suffered in the last two years. I think of the boy that blessed us more than we could have ever imagined. I look at his sisters and it is hard for me to breathe. It is hard for me to understand why He would give me these two perfect, beautiful children, one that is her mama and one that is her daddy. But He did and I am grateful for every fight, every fit, every mess, every minute. I smile at the man that He sent me. The one that changed my heart, my faith, my life. The one that has made my life such that if it ended today, it would have already been so much more than I ever could have imagined or deserve. Thankful, grateful, these are words that cannot even touch on describing what each of you mean to me.
There is an God in heaven that gives us salvation. That takes away all of our sin. That tells us that if we believe, we will be blessed beyond comprehension. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. Eternal life in a kingdom where there is no pain, no suffering, no hurt, no tears. All of this and still if we give our heart to Him and follow Him he answers our prayers and blesses us on this earth. I know this because I am living proof. I have all that I could want and more than I could have ever dreamed and I was so lost. Those that lived that part of my life with me know. They know that I do not deserve what I have. They know I did not earn any of these blessings and that my "what I am thankful for" list should be much, much shorter. But here I am. Thankful, blessed, forgiven, because of a God that is merciful and shows grace beyond comprehension. Amen.
I pray each of you has a Happy Thanksgiving. That the Lord blessed you and your family with safe travels and good food. That your prayers will be answered and your hearts will be healed. And I thank you. Thank you for being a part of my life, for changing it each in your own way. You are all a part of my heart and a great blessing to me.