While leading us in a closing prayer on Sunday evening, brother Deon said, “If we took the time to thank you for every blessing you’ve given us, we wouldn’t have time for anything else.” Wow. That really resonated and I heard a couple “Mmm hmm’s” and “amens” to that. I’m more on the quiet side during worship, but I gave an internal “Amen.” We all have our daily complaints, which we often take time to ponder and vocalize, but what if we wrote down or thanked God for every single thing we have to be thankful for? Would we have time for anything else?
Something to think about. I know I wouldn’t! Here’s just a few of the things on my list right now.
Jesus, our home church & family in Christ. I would be so lost without them.
Clean air & water.
Books, music, and art.
Reliable transportation and cell phones.
A job, enough money, and food.
The bestest husband and fur baby of all time.
That there hasn’t been a war on our home turf since 1865.
For the miracle of new life growing in my womb.
More than enough clothes & shoes.
The abundant rain this summer, which has covered the dried up riverbed-Hallelujah!
Air conditioning and fans!
Computers and internet access.
Friends in real life and online, who constantly cheer me.
Trees, flowers, grass, mountains, valleys, and rivers. Nature is just wonderful.
Fingernail polish, especially with sparklies.
Family who sticks with me through thick and thin.
So many material things that we’ve had to get rid of a lot of them to make room for baby!
The postal service, which I haven’t utilized nearly enough lately.
A home that keeps us safe from intruders, pests, and mother nature.
The men and women who give up their own freedom for the sake of ours by serving in the military.
Enough food in the pantry and freezer to get us through a couple lean weeks as we are spending more to get ready for baby.
Modern medicine, which has allowed me to live 12 years (who knows, maybe 32 years!) beyond what I would have without it.
Thank you Stephanie H., for the baby clothes, maternity clothes, and much-needed advice.
Thank you Tracy and Jenna for always taking the time to answer my questions, give advice, and so much support.
Thank you Stephanie T., for the baby clothes, mini diaper bag, and paying for a maternity photo shoot for me in October. I don’t have enough thank you’s to give for that!
Thank you Donna for filling in for my Mom, who I haven’t seen in two months and miss terribly (she switched with Dad to care for Grandma in Joplin and might not return until Grandma passes away). Also for the physical gifts you’ve given us in preparation for Joshua, which are just over-the-top.
Thank you Kevin for being so supportive in word, thought, and deed.
Thank you readers for your constant support of my blog and of this baby!