If you have visited here before you may have read the about me section where I end with
"I strive to find beauty in the ordinary and blessing in the extraordinary" and that is how I truly try to live my life. But what happens when the ordinary becomes strife-filled and the extraordinary finds you living in circumstances made for a Lifetime movie? You grab every last shred of the Hope that Jesus is and you give thanks...most every Friday...for a year even.
This being thankful has prompted me to take my focus off circumstances I have no control over and caused my heart to fill with gratefulness, to let the grace shown me seep out. It hasn't been an easy process, with many Friday's finding me struggling for just one thing to be thankful for. But finding just one thing would lead to one more and one more and soon I really was thankful despite the circumstances surrounding us.
Like many families, this past couple of years has found ours filled with milestones and memories, laughter and tears, roof top shouting joys and agonizing struggles. We have burried loved ones, grieved over illness, agonized over addiction, gasped at the judges verdict. We have cried hard, hot tears, prayed and pleaded for lives saved and lives changed. We have spent countless hours in nursing homes, hospitals and courtrooms.
I found myself dreading the telephone ring because it was never good news, not even normal news. Images of fictional television programs flashed into our reality and the "how do the writers come up with this stuff" suddenly made me realize that for many this is not fiction but life.
We have learned we truly cannot do it, this life, on our own. We need each other. We need a Savior. We need Hope. So we have dug deep and fought hard and let go and leaned in and found our faith rise. And we were thankful. We are thankful. I am thankful.
So, as long as this blog journey continues, you will find me here most Friday's (as well as some posts in between) finding things, big and small, to be thankful for. I am so grateful for the times you have joined me here, for reading my thanks and especially for sharing your own. You will never know the blessing it has been to read your comments of thankfulness.
What are you thankful for this week?
May your weekend be filled with many reasons to give thanks!
(Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1)
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