Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving


I don’t know about you but my kitchen was turned upside down this afternoon. It was like I was an Iron Chef or something. Tomorrow will be a great day of feasting, being with family and friends, and counting blessings.

I made the green bean casserole, the stuffing and yes, this jello dish that has roots in my family all the way back to the 60’s. You know, one of those dishes that no Thanksgiving meal is complete without. My feet were calling for a hot bath and as I stopped for a moment I began to contemplate what I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

My health and provision for my life always tops my list. After all our health is everything. The fact that I work for a faith based ministry is among the top 10 things I’m thankful for on any day. I thank God for the skills and talents that He’s given me, allowing me to make my way in this life on my own.

Having my new puppy Scout in my life and healthy, is a huge blessing and having people around me who love me is too.

But if I had to sum up what I’m most thankful for this year, it would be my relationship with God and for the heavy lifting He’s done in my life the past eleven months. This year has been marked by the biggest spiritual breakthrough of my life. It’s like God came into the old  pasture of my life that was filled with withered brush, dead trees, and deserted farm equipment. He came in and cleared out the land, removing the unnecessary and the defunct. He plowed new roads for things to come and go and He planted seeds that will bare new crops.

He healed the hurts in me of long past and He made the brokenness in me right. My eyes were opened to new revelations and right ways of thinking as He walked me through this journey. He made it so that I’m able to see things and people for who and what they really are. Best of all He changed my thinking about me.

God uprooted those things of long ago, bringing me to a place of acceptance while teaching and showing me that He works all things together for my good. He’s proven to me that He has a plan for my life and a good one at that.

I’ve seen the payoff in my life by spending time with God consistently. A relationship with God is just like any earthly relationship. It takes commitment, time, and communication. It is a two way street. I’m amazed when I think about how our relationship has grown this year alone.

I never would have imagined myself where I am now. My life is full and I lack nothing. I am blessed beyond belief and I am thankful.

When I think about the trajectory of my life, being in the last half of it let’s say, my heart fills with great hope and excitement. I know my purpose here on earth and I am pumped about it. I can’t wait to see how God will use me. I may not know exactly what my future holds, but I know the one who does know. And that is good enough for me.

I’ll continue to suit up and run the race that He has set before me every day, knowing that He is right there with me. As I do, I’ll forget what lies behind and charge forward.

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

I’d love to know, just leave me a comment. Happy Thanksgiving!


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