I am thankful for…
Even though I often want other things that I don’t have, I am most grateful for what I have that I sometimes take for granted. I want to focus on the fact I am thankful for ….
Yahweh (God) and the love he gave to the world and for Y’Shua (Jesus) the Christ for showing the way. I am able to freely worship in Spirit and Truth and honor my Creator. Thank you God. By the way, He is both my Savior and Lord and there is a big difference in the two.
I have phenomenal parents who gave me life! Last year I was able to say I was thankful they were both still on this planet and in good health. Mom went on to Heaven September 25th of this year so now I say I am thankful I had her as long as I did (I wish it had been longer but she was ready to go). My Dad is doing well and adjusting to life being different. And I am thankful he is still here and well. My parents were / are always there for me. And we have a great relationship. I feel very connected with them both.
I have a son who is beyond words. He is the pride and joy of my life, he is the answer to my prayers and is the very presence of God made manifest. I am thankful I was able to give birth and then to have been able to watch him grow into such a fine young man. And I have a lovely daughter-in-love who loves me back and supports and loves my son.
I have a partner who shares life with me. We travel together, do workshops together and play together. Our romantic relationship is fulfilling and he often takes my breath away only to give it back and remind me to breathe. He has two great children and a beautiful grand-daughter who I am privileged to share a portion of life with. His family has embraced me.
I have two other amazing step-sons that have been in my life for 39 years and they call me “mom” even though I never asked them to. That is acceptance. Their mom has embraced me and we are good friends. I have two beautiful step-grandchildren there too.
I am blessed with three fabulous brothers who call me Sis. They have awesome wives and kids, some of who also now have kids. God has truly blessed this entire family.
I have friends and loved ones who I know I can call on any time and while we may not see each other that often we remain close. I am thankful for that caring. I have a lot of people in my life that I consider friends but more than the number of friends, I have a great number of them who are close enough to hear my heart and hold me in love even when I am in my stuff.
I am thankful for my health which is good and my body that serves me well more times than not. And I am thankful that I am not too difficult to look at.
I may not be wealthy but I can pay my bills and live comfortably (although simply) and many people cannot say that.
While I attempt to be perfect (yeah right) I do make mistakes and I am thankful for the gentle lessons given to me instead of a 2x4. The trials and challenges that give me the opportunity to forgive once more.
I am thankful for my degree in Psychology that I was able to finish college a few years ago. Thankful for what I learned as well as what I got to share with my professors and fellow students. I am thankful for the potential that is now mine.
I am thankful for good air and sunshine (even for the rain and snow), and clean water to drink and wholesome food to eat. I am thankful for a bed to sleep in and a roof over my head (even though it is usually someone else’s roof and bed).
I am thankful for the ability to laugh, to feel safe and secure. I am thankful that I survived (and learned from) times when things were not so safe and secure.
I am thankful for the vehicles we have. None of them are new but they serve the purpose very well.
I am thankful for the time to see and do all that we see and do. Time to share. Time to love. Time to be.
I am glad I have a cell phone and computer even though electronics present challenges; I am able to stay connected with those who I am away from, more than I could without the technology.
I am thankful for experiencing Love, within myself and from family and friends. It is the source we move through on this planet and what sustains us in times of challenge.
The technology we have today allows us to see all over this great planet and experience things that once were not even imagined. This includes television, internet, radio, telephones, computers but also the technology of cars, planes, trains. The opportunities we have today are immense and I am thankful for it.
I am glad I know how to read and write. These two skills have helped move me through my life more easily and have afforded me employment that otherwise I could not have gotten.
I appreciate people I meet. Once strangers become new friends and support. Cherished ones become dearer each time we meet.
Simple things in life. The crackle of a fire, a shooting star, the glow of the moon, the warmth of the sun, the smell of pine, the sound of laughter, the smile of a child, the beauty of the mountains and valleys, rolled hay still sitting in the field, newborn calves gaining their footing, the sunset and sunrise, and the rainbow which reminds us of God’s promise. For the sand on the ocean shore, the rolling waves and salty breeze. For the falling snow that covers the trees and ground making all things beautiful and at peace.
Family get togethers; Reunions. Holidays. Camping or simply shopping and chatting.
Being able to express my thoughts and feelings freely. The liberty afforded to this country. I am thankful there are those (including my dad and brothers) who have been willing to take a stand for this country and the people in it. I wish for the time when people awaken to do something different than war.
Laughter and tears. To express without words. And more than that, I have so many people who hear the unspoken that comes from my heart and genuinely care.
That I am above ground one more day. For the morning and the night.
Conveniences of running water and indoor toilets. Although I enjoyed being at grandma’s & granddad’s when they did not have these luxuries, I am glad I do. I am glad we can so easily obtain groceries and gasoline and that we have electric heat instead of having to build a fire. I am glad we have fireplaces for pleasure though. I love air conditioning in my home and car. I love to simply flip a switch and the room is illuminated in light.
I am thankful for the experiences at grandma’s & granddad’s – to learn to milk cows, gather eggs, put up salted meat, churn butter, haul hay, grade tobacco, make molasses, harvest and plant. Many of these skills will never be used again by me but I am glad I learned them.
I am thankful for my mind and that it can think, remember, figure and have discernment. I have both knowledge and wisdom.
I am thankful that I have all five senses: I can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. I even have the sixth sense of intuition which alerts me (when I am paying attention). To hear a loved one’s voice, to see their sweet face, to taste country cooking to feel the touch of a hand or lips on mine and to smell flowers in the spring.
I am thankful for travel and seeing so many parts of the planet.
I am glad we have theaters, plays, bowling, skiing, hiking, swimming, music and so many other ways to entertain ourselves.
For my physician and dentist and pharmacy and that they are willing to listen and do something other than medication. They are really healers. I am thankful there are modern means of doing surgery, etc. when necessary.
I am glad I have clothes to wear, shoes on my feet, a coat & gloves & boots in the winter, shorts & sandals in the summer. I am glad my clothes are also stylish as well as functional.
I am thankful for my abilities, for the jobs I have had and the experiences and growth, for the money I needed when I needed it. The ability to earn it instead of begging for a hand-out.
The diversity in our world. The cultures that give color to the universe. All cells within one body.
I am thankful for those who have taught me along the way…my grandparents, parents, teachers, preachers, spouses, siblings, children. For their time and energy.
I am thankful I can dream. I am thankful for the innocence of children to remind me who I am.
I am thankful...All of Me, Jeanie