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Why I'm Thankful

I flip through pages in my journal. There’s a lot there. Scattered across the pages, scratched out in sloppy handwriting, filling the lines of this small notebook. Half sentences and fragmented thoughts. Hundreds of things I’m thankful for.

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Pink sunrises // hot coffee in the morning // white mugs // pumpkin vanilla scented candles // morning wake-up snuggles // breakfasts cooked, lunches packed and dinners prepared // cozy bedspreads // goodbye kisses // colored pens //

And on the mornings that are a disaster, that we sleep through our alarm, that we can’t get our eyes opened. When the days feel heavy and dark. When the tasks ahead are daunting and distasteful. God is good. His love endures forever. And so we give thanks.

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Eager hugs and bright eyes as I say good morning to the little ones I watch // The gummy smile and infectious giggle as the diaper is changed // Feathery, kissable baby heads // piles of laundry and a place to wash them // working with my husband // students becoming musicians // shared lunches // silly middle school boys //

And the days when work is hard and unfulfilling, when the kids are frustrating and the plans disrupted. On the days when we can’t stop watching the clock and hoping the day will end. On the days when we meet hurtles and obstacles everywhere we turn. God is good. His love endures forever. And so we give thanks.

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Early sunsets // belly laughs // home cooked meals // financial provision // a warm home on chilly evenings // life-giving friendships // quiet evenings on the couch // freshly baked cookies // starry nights and full moons //

And the nights that we come home grumpy and hungry and snippy and tired? The nights that we want to do nothing but have things yet to complete? The bedtimes that come much too late and the sleep that is much too short? God is good. And we give thanks.

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Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. 

Thanksgiving is not intended just for those who have it good. Whose days go well, whose blessings are many and their lives enjoyable. Thanksgiving is for all of us. For those with much and those with little. For those who feel filled and those running on empty. Good things are not a requirement for a thankful heart. We may have nothing good and yet we have a good God. His love will greet us each morning and continue on, day after day, until forever. So our hearts are thankful.

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    Tomi
    December 20, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I’m seeing this way after it was posted but at exactly the perfect time. God spoke to me this morning about being grateful always and I have to say I haven’t been great at practicing that lately. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you.

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