Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankfulness, My Personal Challenge

This November I joined with others doing the Personal Challenge of posting a Thankful Thought each day! 

November 1 - I'm thankful for God's Grace.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
Ephesians 2:8

November 2 - I'm thankful for my loving family. They are so dear to my heart!

November 3 -  I'm thankful for my loving husband who has always provided for me and our family.

November 4 - I am thankful for each new day and the hope I have because of my God!

November 5 - I'm thankful for my friends, near and far. They are so dear to me.

November 6 - I am so thankful for the freedoms I have as an American. I am especially thankful to all those who serve in the military, have served or even gave their lives to protect our freedom! No matter who wins today's election I know God is in control.

November 7 - I'm thankful for our home and the food in our fridge

November 8 -  I am thankful to be "retired" and to have the means and ability to travel, especially with family and friends! We love to go camping in our RV, fly to new cities/countries, and cruise!!!

November 9 - I am so blessed and thankful for my cute, beautiful, adorable grand babies. Each day with them is more special than the last. They bring so much joy to my life, more than words can say. I love you Gigi, Brody, Micah and Hallee, and #5 due next June!!!!!

November 10 - I am thankful that I have the time and resources to attend retreats where I can do what I love: sew and quilt!! I thank God for this talent and enjoy making quilts for others, family and friends.

November 11 - I am thankful for the warmth inside my cozy motorhome, wrapped in a warm quilt when it's 45 degrees outside, and spending time with friends!!

November 12 - Veteran's Day - Today especially, I am thankful for and I honor those who have served, are serving, and those who will choose to serve to protect America! Hats off to you all! Thank you for your selfless service!

November 13 - I am thankful for the joy I have in the Lord, no matter the circumstances or situations of life. He can calm my heart and spirit if I turn to Him.

"Joy is in the Lord … in His nearness, His perfect love that casts out fear." 1 John 4:18

November 14 - I am thankful for a spontaneous night at the movies with my hubby!! We spent the evening with "Bond, James Bond!"

November 15 - I am thankful for hugs from the little peeps in my life! This morning Gigi knocked on my bedroom door to kiss and hug me goodbye before she left for school. Hallee came walking down the hall and gave me the biggest full body hug around my legs! Words just can't describe how those hugs warm my heart and make it sing!!

November 16 - I'm thankful for quiet moments in the morning, which seem to be rare these days with 3 lil ones living in our house with us!

November 17 - I'm thankful for the beautiful clouds and blue skies above us today!

November 18 - I'm thankful for wonderful family traditions like a week of camping (aka RVing) at the beach for Thanksgiving week. I'm especially thankful for an awesome beach front campsite, the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, and the views of the Pacific Ocean that are so soothing and relaxing. Thank you Lord for this special family time!

November 19 - 34 years ago today I married my best friend Nick! I'm so thankful for the best husband with whom I've shared my life. He is more special to me and our family than words can express! Here's to many more years together as we walk in this life! I love you, Nick! I'm ever so thankful for all the memories we've shared and will share! Happy Anniversary to us!

November 20 - I'm thankful for another beautiful day at the beach, just sitting, relaxing, doing a little knitting while listening to the ocean waves rolling in and rolling out! Doesn't get much better than this!

November 21 - I'm thankful for beautiful sunsets at the beach!

November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Today I am so thankful for all our blessings from God: for family and friends, near and far, for our health, for a beautiful sunny day at the beach, for the feast we will have this afternoon, for all our grand kiddos with us today! We truly have so much for which to be thankful! Praying God will fill your Thanksgiving this year with the warmth of His love... the blessing of His care.
"Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him." Psalm 95:2 

November 23 -  I'm thankful for the "energy" and smiles of 4 little people in my life! I love watching them all interact! They add fun to the day! 

November 24 - I'm thankful for another beautiful sunny day at the beach, listening to the sounds of the ocean! So peaceful and relaxing !

November 25 - "Lord, whether I am in the limelight or shadows, whether I am active or quiet, 
                            whether I am being enlarged or reduced, whether I have much or little, I am content 
                            and thankful because I have You."  by Roy Lessin

November 26 - I'm thankful for a husband who enjoys to cook, especially since it's not my favorite thing to do!! He's a great cook and likes to try new recipes! Thanks Nick!

November 27 - I'm thankful for little "hi's" from the littlest Bennett, when she escapes the blockade and surprises Papa and I in our bedroom, while we were selecting clothes for him to take on his trip to Tucson!!!

November 28 - I am thankful that there is always something good in every day, even though the day may not seem to be good!!

November 29 - I'm so thankful the Lord has healed Dan (our daughter's F-I-L). In Oct of this year, he had stem cells transplant (from one of his 4 sisters, Jo). He was diagnosed with Chronic myelogenous leukemia CML in Oct.2011. This week he found out that his recent test of his bone marrow shows it is completely negative for the Philadelphia Chromosome (that bad one, which is CML)! Thank you GOD!!

This November I have thought (a lot) about what I am thankful for each day, and I have come to realize it is something I should do everyday. I'm praying for a more grateful heart, especially as the celebration of Jesus's birth quickly approaches. So today, the last day of November, I am thankful God loves me even when my heart isn't as grateful as it should be. I have so many blessings in my life, and I am truly thankful for each and every one of them. I will praise God from whom all blessings flow!

At a time when all the things we're grateful for turn our hearts to God, may the harvest of His peace and love abide in your home and bless your life. May the Lord bless you, and keep you. Numbers 6:24