Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Choosing Thankfulness

It's Thanksgiving. I do love this time of year... cooler weather, football, great food, the beautiful leaves (and Dallas is finally joining the 4 season bandwagon), getting to wear long sleeves and boots! I have a thing with Thanksgiving. I don't like for Christmas to take over before Thanksgiving has its full say. Thanksgiving is fall. Christmas is winter. Thanksgiving calls me to think about the things I am thankful for. Don't get me wrong, so does Christmas, and I love both, but don't want Thanksgiving to get lost.
And I so I thought it fitting to write a thankfulness post!
This year has had many challenges in remembering to be thankful in the midst of trials. But I want to be thankful, I think thankfulness helps with perspective and I think it reminds me to not get overtaken with the hard and sad. So here it goes... my 2010 thankfulness list!
(In no particular order as I will use my year in pics and blog to help me remember :) )

-all the unbelievably amazing sunsets I got to see this year (Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Dallas, & Haiti)
-getting to have a job where I am surrounded by co-workers who love and support me
-my church turned 10... getting to watch and be a part of the amazing life change that is happening when believers trust God's words and way
-all the great snow at the beginning of the year and getting to build a snowman on top of the WM building
-plays with family and friends
-the recon work for the bear guy in Estes Park
-the Lord leading me to go see my grandparents one last time, for the reconciliation and just getting to be with them one last time before they were both gone
-Leigh and Adam getting married
-parents who want to hang out with me
-Stephanie, Leigh, Angela and Melissa all finding out they are pregnant
-watching families bring in foster kids to love and shepherd for the time they are given
-FRIENDS... who listened, cried with, loved, and walked this hard road with me this year
-the raccoon that came down our chimney so I could have some great laughter in the midst of hard things
-pulling two teeth for Hannah Fournet
-Estes Park and the way the Lord sustained me and for a boss that was all in
-watching Brooke feed a chipmunk off her head
-the way the Lord showed up in the details of our trip to Kansas for the funeral (tick and all)
-my surprise bear
-being a part of miracles (Mel's family, building fund)
-memories of grandparents who loved me
-finding the cuckoo clock
-to see Beck & Deshi thriving in their new home
-getting to be a part of conflict resolutions that glorify the Lord
-getting to go to Haiti (the kids faces, meeting people who are making a difference, waterfall, Amputee soccer team, lightning storms)
-a community group who is willing to talk about it all!
-God's Word and how it sharpens, convicts, encourages & sustains
-kiddos being adopted into our WM family
-that I am different today than I was January 1, 2010
-that over 300 orphans are being sponsored by Watermark members

I feel like I could go on and on... I am thankful that in a year full of tragedy and heart break, the Lord has been faithful and that I have so many many things to be thankful for!

What are YOU thankful for? Post a comment and share!

1 comment:

  1. Suz, I'm thankful for you. For your ability to bring out the best in people. Your ability to see truth in yourself and others. For spending time with this family and being like another daughter to us. Mama C.