Thankfulness. There is not enough of it around these days. It feels good when someone says "thank you" for something you have done. Do we all have so much that we don't have to be thankful any more? If so, we all need to take a step back and look at our lives.
I am thankful that there is a designated day to be thankful. We all love the food and the ball games and the family getting together, but do we take a moment out of that day to truly be thankful? We should.
I am thankful for the freedom that we have in America that other countries don't have. I am thankful for all of the soldiers that leave their families and risk their lives to assure that I keep that freedom.
I heard a man once tell the story of when he and his men were caught on the wrong side of the fighting in Vietnam. They were stuck for three days without supplies. He was blessed enough to live through that experience. Since that day, he gives thanks for every glass of water. Would you think of giving thanks for water? Try being without it for a few days.
I'm thankful that three years ago my family was able to enjoy the perfect Christmas. My three children and my son-in-law made out a wish list. They each received everything they asked for and more. We created some wonderful memories. I'm thankful we had the opportunity to do this for two reasons. One: My son-in-law had never had a Christmas. He came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior. Two: He died in a car accident a little over a year later. It was a great comfort to my daughter to know that her husband was saved and went to be with the Lord.
I am thankful for the creativity that God has given me. I'm thankful for the fans that read my books, fans that send me encouraging emails and have become my personal friends.
I'm thankful that in this time of recession, my husband and I have full time jobs with benefits. I have a home, clothing, and food on the table. There are so many out there who do not have these things that are taken for granted.
I could go on and on. There are so many things to be thankful for. Have your family during the week before Thanksgiving write what they are thankful for on small pieces of paper and collect them in a basket on the dining table. Before you tuck into that wonderful meal, take the time to share the notes with those gathered at your table. During this season, take the time to be truly thankful for what you have and have a wonderful holiday season.
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