After writing and sharing the post about Christmas 2020 and all that I am missing,
I wanted to share this one, it’s kind of like the “flip-side”:
(mostly written several years ago, but again, very relatable to my life today ... perhaps to yours as well)
I am thankful, yes.
But after this year of 2020, I am learning to be thankful to God with the same intensity as that in which I pray and ask for something.
Yes, we are "missing" a lot of THINGS this year ... job, money, Christmas tree and presents and cards, groceries, money to even pay the bills ...
But we are SO BLESSED!!!!!
We have a God and Father who loves us - John 3:16.
We have a Saviour who died for us.
As well as a Spirit who raised Him from the dead and makes Him to live forevermore!
We also have a Spirit who is our Teacher, our Comforter.
We have the Word of God to read, and to draw wisdom, insight, understanding.
- I have learned in a fresh and new way that what was written thousands of years ago has direct meaning to my life today.
*God has given me a good man in my husband.
We have been married for 30 years.
We have seen a lot of good times, and some hard times.
We have enjoyed plenty, and we have endured little.
(we had 34 years, 7 months, 17 days and 11 hours together ... in love from the beginning till the end.
He kept his word - till death do us part.)
*God has blessed me richly in my 2 children.
My "favorite" daughter.
My "favorite" son.
How I love them both!!!
They have given me laughter, and tears.
And they have made my hair grey! LOL
If I could have chosen my children - I would have chosen Angel and Joshua!
*God has opened the windows of heaven and poured a blessing out on me that I cannot contain by giving me 4 precious and "perfect" grandchildren.
They are the wind beneath my wings.
Oh how I love them!
How I thank God daily for them.
*God has blessed us with family - past and present.
Some have gone on ... some are lingering.
But all are blessings.
Some we have seen and been in contact with.
Some are near strangers to us.
But all are blessings.
ROOTS ... that is what we have.
*God has increased our friends ... seems every day either a "new" friend, or a deeper walk with one already, takes place.
*God has brought us food that we did not buy.
*He has given us health that we did not earn.
*He has even made a way for some of the bills to be paid.
With money that we didn't have a job to work for.
It is so easy to get our eyes on what we do not have ...
and so much harder to stay focused on what we are blessed to have!
Open our hearts Lord.
Open our eyes.
May we see the blessings you have poured out on us.
May we never take them for granted again.
"The Lord gives. The Lord takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!!!"
So why "Scattered Feathers" ? ? ?
You can read it here