Friday, March 13, 2009

Grace & Gratitude

Continuing my thoughts on God's wonderful grace, and my gratitude for the sweet life he has given me, I will wrap up my thoughts this morning.
My wonderful children are on my gratitude list.
What great kids I have!
They are loving, productive, intelligent, and motivated.
Best of all, they all love God!
Many years ago, when they were small, I wondered what it would be like to see them at the stage they are now in. I wondered if it would be as fun to have adult children as it was to have young children.
Oh, yes.
My kids are great fun. They are good conversationalists and interesting people. They have interests that they are passionate about. And it is just so cool to watch them live their lives.Grace and gratitude certainly includes the wonderful blessing of my kids.
There is so much more......
The fact that my husband and I both of well paying, secure jobs, that we even mostly enjoy.
We enjoy the relationships with our extended family, living near enough most of them to love on them more often that occasional. This is especially fun for me with my niece!
Having our best friends just blocks away.
The Alanon group that shares experience, strength, and hope...weekly, daily, and whenever I need a fresh perspective....someone is always there. I love my sister's in recovery.
Oh, and my great church! I remember the day that I thought the church that I went to was the only church family I would ever love...and we left.
I remember feeling like I never wanted to be part of the "church" again.
Now, I want to always be a part of my church; I love it. God is working in my church. People are coming to know Him, changing their lives because of Him, and it is happening before my eyes...at my church. The leadership proves to be God fearing more and more with every circumstance. The pastor that God called to the church that I attend is gifted beyond belief, He speaks God's truth, and he is so humble, so smart, and so funny.
I have so much to be grateful for. I just want to give Him credit for the blessings that He has showered on my family and myself.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17

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Letters From Midlife said...

I always enjoy reading someone's gratitude list. I tend to be negative by nature so I have to force myself to focus on positive things and a gratitude list is a great way to do that.

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