This time of year, we’re prepping to dive into a huge buffet of yummy deliciousness. My mouth’s already watering for the turkey and pie. Oh, and my mother-in-law’s homemade crescent rolls. Mmmm. *wipes drool*
BUT we mustn’t forget to pause and count our blessings. To reflect and embrace the joy that comes when looking back and seeing how far we’ve come in the year. To clear our minds and focus on the love and warmth of family. (Although in my case, the family we build—stay tuned for next week’s post).
The holidays can be full of hustle and bustle, but I wanted to share a few things I’m thankful for.
Note: these are not Top Faves or anything. Or in any level order. Just what burned in my heart.
For my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That has to be stated first. I’m so thankful for my salvation because for without God, I wouldn’t be here today. And I mean that literally.
For God’s word. Sometimes I feel like a broken record saying this, but I love the Bible. It’s a constant spring of hope, peace, love, encouragement, and inspiration for me. It’s the fuel that powers my soul.
For my church. I love our local congregation. I see beauty in the lives God is connecting with mine.
My husband and daughter. I can’t imagine journeying life without them. Without hearing their bubbly laughs or feeling their warm hugs (seriously, I tell my little girl all the time she gives magical hugs).
Growing communication skills. I tend to be horrible at communicating my feelings, but through time and practice, I’m developing the skill, opening up more to my husband and building a closer relationship.
Family members knitted together by heart. Often times our earthly families fail us. They don’t mean to, but they do. Which is why I’m thankful and honored for the people God has placed in my life, who aren’t related to me by blood but by heart.
Bookish and writer friends. I won’t name names (mostly because I fear missing someone), but I’ve connected with so many wonderful, kind-hearted, book-loving friends over the last few years. My publishing journey would be much less adventurous without those loving souls tagging along.
The privilege to create art. Peeps, I get to write out my daydreams! I can’t express my thanks enough for the opportunity to live a life I love creating stories. I never imaged growing up to become an author or walking down the path God designed for me. But I’m beyond humbled by this chance to seize this dream.
YOU! Yes, you—the reader. I could say ‘thank you’ for years and it wouldn’t touch the surface of the depth of my thanks. I’m overjoyed for your love of my stories and cherish you each day.
Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’m off to wear my stretchy pants and gorge my face in yummy turkey goodness.
Blessings to you,