As the years go by, we learn to value faith, family, friends, and our lives more because of the loss, growth, and change we experience. There have been a number of character-building events in my life this past year that contributed to my deepened sense of gratitude for God and His grace:
- The passing of my sweet Meemaw
- Making it through two lay-offs at work
- Traveling to Scotland
- Running three 5k's
- Hearing a heartfelt apology
- Experiencing my first lay-off
- Watching loved ones deal with health issues
- Completing a chronological Bible-reading plan
- Networking that led me to a job with endless opportunity
As cliche as it sounds, time seems to pass so much more quickly as I get older. And yet, I think I can look at my life more objectively.
I am so incredibly thankful to God for His priceless gift of salvation. It's a gift I could never earn. A gift I could never deserve or feel entitled to. It's a gift I should not feel guilty about but should live my life to honor and share. It's a gift that keeps giving. Salvation is an everyday thing. It's not frozen in time at the moment of acceptance - it saves and keeps saving.
I am thankful for a family who supports and encourages me through every season without fail and who models unconditional love in a way that never ceases to amaze me.
I am thankful for a Bible-teaching church and a pastor who presents the Word clearly and unapologetically.
I am thankful to live in a country that allows me to practice my faith freely.
I am thankful for my education in a field I feel called to.
I am thankful for the opportunity to use my education to pursue excellence at work.
I am thankful for a home and food and warmth.
I am thankful for health.
Thank You, Lord, for yesterday, today, and tomorrow!