I am thankful for…
- All my needs met. I have a middle-class American lifestyle; literally every one of my physical and material needs is met.
- Books. An endless source of new knowledge, and also entertainment.
- Church. Sometimes I think the Church in America is so broken. But even in its brokenness, God somehow still uses it to draw me closer to Him. After all, it’s His Church, not mine, and we Christians need one another.
- Dierk. He’s the main character in my novel, The Crown and the Axe, and by saying I’m thankful for him, I mean his whole story. I’m just so grateful that God lets me write stories. They’re not perfect, but they are mine, and I love writing them.
- Everlasting life. Much as I enjoy this life, it’s good to know there’s something far-and-away better after I die.
- Family. We weren’t created to do life alone. Hence, family. Far too often, humans twist the gift of family into a curse. But it was meant to be a blessing. And mine is.
- Good friends. Friends that give encouragement and laughter and even a gentle rebuke or a pointed question when I need it.
- Home. We associate “home” with a certain place, and I daresay that plays into it. But there are four people who make a place home for me, and we can make home anywhere.
- Ice cream. Because I believe in being thankful for, and delighting in, little things.
- Justice. Isn’t it good to know there is such a thing as just and unjust? I mean, can you imagine how the world would function without it? Disaster.
- Kids. I’m so grateful for the children God brings into my life so I can love on them.
- Love. From God. From family. From friends. I’m so rich in this blessing.
- Music. (And the sense of hearing so I can enjoy music.) I think God created music to speak to our souls in ways that words can’t. And when you match powerful music with powerful words… Perfection.
- New places. Wherever God brings me, He always brings good things and good people into my life. I enjoy it!
- Order. I’m thankful the sun rises every morning and I can count on it. Can you imagine a world without order?
- Peace. God’s peace is like a bedrock. You can plant your feet and not be moved.
- Quiet. We weren’t made for constant noise and busyness. Sometimes we do our best growing in quietness.
- Righteousness. Through Jesus Christ, I am clothed with spotless righteousness. Is that not an awesome, breath-taking truth?
- Scripture. We’re lost without it.
- Truth. In a world where people can’t tell good and bad apart anymore, I’m thankful Truth is something beyond mere human wisdom.
- United States of America. Despite her flaws, I love this country dearly, and I’m grateful I was born here.
- Variety. Sameness in people and things would actually be easier. But variety is more fun.
- Written words. The beauty and power and creativity in written language never cease to fascinate me. Besides, it’s a gift God gave to only one of His creations—mankind.
- Xmas. That is, CHRISTMAS! My absolute favorite time of the year. I’m so thankful Jesus came to redeem us, and I love celebrating it with music and lights and food and gifts. The season officially begins in our house tonight!
- Yahweh. The Lord GOD, Creator of the heavens and the earth, who is yet mindful of me. I could never thank Him enough for all His goodness.
- Zo-ay. (Sorry, had to borrow from Greek here.) Zo-ay is life. I am so grateful for this life God has given me. It’s a little bit crazy, but it’s good.
In view of this extensive list of my blessings, feel free to remind me of it if I get to whining anytime soon.