Thanksgiving 2010 should be just as exciting! That little blue eyed girl was finally here, no more waiting or bed-rest! She blesses us with her "full body" smiles and flood of cooing - she is now pulling herself up on furniture and is so proud when she stacks blocks! John's teaching job is a perfect fit for his personality, He is thriving as a second year special education teacher. This Thanksgiving there is even more to celebrate and be thankful for, yet the awe and wonder from last year is missing. The job and healthy child weren't as exciting as they once had been. Its as if my brain had gotten use to them - the job, paycheck, child, plain life had become mundane and expected. This is when I realized that there will always be common blessings in my life, if I would have been jobless or homeless or food-less this Thanksgiving I would have been ecstatic to be gifted shelter or a meal or a job, but because I already had those things I had taken them for granted.
So my Thanksgiving list tonight comes from a deep desire to thank the Lord for all my Common Blessings - know, Lord Jesus, that I do not take this roof over my head or shoes on my feet for granted. You are the Giver of all things and I am blessed to have just one common blessing - yet you have seen fit to create an entire note card front and back filled with common blessings! I love you Lord and am so Thankful for life and the privilege to serve You.
634.This beautiful home that is keeping me warm on this gusty Fall day. How cold I would be right now if I wasn't able to turn on my heat, climb under my covers, sip a cup of my favorite tea (with Vanilla creamer of course) and read a good book. If I wasn't blessed with a home my children would be homeless, they wouldn't have a shelter from the storm of life, they wouldn't have a place to gather around the table and fellowship together. All their toys and books wouldn't exist, their warm beds that Daddy made wouldn't great them every night reminding them of the love their Daddy has for them. Where would Daddy sit and have devotionals? Gabe wouldn't have his common little ritual placing the sticky note (bookmark) in a nook above the bottom bunk bed! Our children wouldn't have a yard to run around in or a light post to run to on wiggly mornings when they don't want to focus on school work. Their minds would be taken captive by worry and anxiety instead of being captivated by their wild and sometimes cooky imaginations.
Lord, thank you for this home, a place to worship, unite, keep warm, share life, and share messes. I am so blessed to have this shelter, please forgive me for the way I complained about my stained up carpet, dirty walls with dark jelly smears or husbands greasy hands that used those walls for balance. I'm sorry I complained about the tile always looking dirty because the grout is white and impossible to keep clean with three little ones. Instead I should be thankful that I have a husband who works hard to get grease on his hands, or that my children have jelly to put on their bread, or tile that I'm blessed to be able to clean instead of dirt floors like 99% of the worlds population. I should be thanking you for three little blue eyed blessings who dirty up this house because they live here, they learn here, they play here, they do LIFE here. I am humbled and ashamed for my complaints, please forgive my heart for coveting silly and worthless things instead of being thankful for my everyday blessings.
636. Smiles from my children are a common occurrence around here! I am so sorry Lord that I took the health of my children for granted. The fact that they are all walking and talking is a blessing many aren't able to have. I'm sorry I complain about the sleepless nights while Abby fussed because of the RSV or the times I got so frustrated (angry) that I couldn't just leave her in childcare like I did with the boys. I am truly blessed to be a mother, let alone a mother of three! Forgive me for my selfishness and help me to be more thankful for those nights when I stay up rocking a sick child or giving another breathing treatment.