Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
How very thankful I am for:
Fellowship with others of like-faith. We have had to most wonderful few days of togetherness at Heaven’s View Baptist Church starting with a great Souper Bowl gathering Sunday evening after church, the hearing such great inspiring, convicting messages from Evangelist & Illusionist, David and Joy Corn from Houston, Texas (check out his Youtube site), and great encouraging preaching from pastors across our state at the State Meetings held at our church for the past couple of days. How we loved hearing testimonies of how these AZ churches are making a difference in peoples’ lives. I am also thankful for the hard workers in our congregation who were willing to serve to make these past few days such a blessing…I’m thinking food, music and set up and clean up!
Arizona – I love being in a warmer climate away from the snow, ice and cold of the east. I am grateful that we can daily go where we need to without being anxious about traveling conditions. If we care to see the snow, we can head up to Northern AZ or Mt. Lemon in Tucson to get a quick glimpse of it, and then return to a warm setting within hours.
I love having sunshine almost every day. I no longer contend with SAD, seasonal affective disorder, that sent be into that late winter depressional slump when we lived in the east. Can’t say I miss the hot, humid summers either. However, Rick and I do dearly miss our family there!
Basic necessities – How fortunate we are to have everything we need to make life so much easier. I often think about how difficult life must have been without (hot & cold) running water, indoor bathroom facilities, electricity, air conditioning and heating units, dishwashers (mine is still my husband), refrigeration, washing machines, paved roads, cars, buses, airplanes, grocery and retail stores, telephones, computers, and electronics, etc.
I would have to admit that I would not like to carry buckets of water for all my household needs, wash clothes by hand, cook over wood coals, garden and preserve a years worth of food, raise chickens, pigs, and cows, be in AZ in 120 degrees without air, read and craft by candlelight, weave fibers and sew clothes, go out to the outhouse in the middle of the night, travel in horse and buggy on bumpy roads (oh, my aching back), and cut wood to heat the house. Feeling really grateful right now! Oh my, are we ever blessed!
So what are you thankful for this week?