“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
Psalm 9:1 (ESV)
Thanksgiving week always reminds us to step back for a moment and consider what we are thankful for, not only now but throughout the year. Here are the “top five” things I’m thankful for during this season:
- Faith —Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. That God is sovereign over the affairs of man. For God’s Word. That the latest election is not our salvation nor our demise. My trust is in God.
- Loved ones —For my husband, parents, family, close friends. Ones I can trust. The ones who are with me during times of heartbreak and suffering as well as good times. Sometimes we get deceived by thinking that life is about being happy, overlooking that heartbreak and suffering are parts of life. Scripture says, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Phil 4:11, NIV). I’m thankful for those close to me who have helped me learn this over and over again —to be content and not let bitter roots spring up in me, even in times of grief.
- CAP —There’s joy in knowing my life’s calling after being a wife and mom. That God has called me to the mission of CAP —to advocate for our foundational principles, especially for women considering an abortion and for our freedom to live and work according to our faith. The CAP Team that works tirelessly every day to fulfill our mission. A board and thousands of ministry friends who stand with us in prayer and support.
- Rest —for me it’s traveling, especially to Europe. It’s also reading mystery and spy novels. Books by Baldacci, Catherine Coulter, Daniel Silva. My latest are MI5 spy books by Stella Rivington. Also binge watching shows on Netflix and Amazon. My latest favorites have been Poldark and Man in the High Castle (except for the last season). Send me your favorites at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Football —Yes I’m a football fan. After all, I did grow up in Texas. Mike and I had our first real date after a Texas Longhorn football game. We got engaged after another Texas Longhorn football game a year later. When my son started playing football in junior high, my reaction was “well of course my son would play football.” Though I remember being a little surprised when he’d get in the car after practice all excited because they got to hit that day.
In fact, this weekend, we’re off to Austin to see our favorite team, Texas Longhorns, play Saturday night against Iowa State. Hook ‘em Horns!
May all of you have a most blessed and joyful Thanksgiving week.
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