Sometimes God gives you Peanut Butter M&M’s at just the right time. Only one other time since we’ve lived here have Peanut Butter M&M’s been available at the grocery store. I know, it seems SO shallow, but I like them and God knows that and He knew that today I really needed to find that little gem in the grocery store. I love that God knows me so well, so intimately, to know that Peanut Butter M&M’s would make me feel loved and would redeem a day that wasn’t going so well. I shared a bag with the boys in the car and have 5 in the fridge for the future. For that I am thankful.
I have so many things I could write about that I’m thankful for. I could write thousands of words about the gift of marriage and how thankful I am Toffer and I are just right for each other and the precious and very special gift of children God bestowed upon me. I am, of course, thankful for family and friends, for a solid church where we have found community, for a job we enjoy that we know has great purpose and meaning, and for God providing for all of our needs and giving so many wants.
I’m thankful I don’t live in a country where I’m told how many children I’m allowed to have, what I am or am not allowed to do in parenting my children, and that I have a choice in educating my children. I have great respect for people who do live in countries like that and do what they know is right. I’m thankful we’re not in a situation where our children, or even myself, have a high risk of being trafficked and that we know people who work to help those who have been.
I’m thankful for the people who give up their families, friends, jobs, freedom and even their lives to follow Jesus. Many of the nationals we work with have sacrificed a lot in order to follow Jesus and to tell others about Him. It’s humbling and challenging.
I’m thankful God has pushed me to be willing to give up things for Him, including my own life and the lives of my family. I’m thankful He hasn’t called me to that yet and know that if He ever does He will see us through.
I’m thankful for the core group of people who have committed to give money and pray for us day in and day out. Without their sacrifices of time, money, and energy we would not be able to be here. We have people who have supported our ministry for over four years now and those people make our world go round. If you’re one of them-I thank you again.
I’m thankful for living a life that requires me to depend on God day in and day out. I’m thankful for the difficulties living this life has brought because God has used them to refine me, prune me, mold me, and grow me. I am not who I was two years ago and for that I am thankful.
I’m thankful God knows I am human. He knows I am not perfect and He still loves me and carries me and extends grace to me daily.
I’m thankful for technology, even when it doesn’t always work. Without computers, internet, and smartphones we would be much less connected as a family and to those near and far. Toffer’s trips are much more manageable when we can send messages and pictures back and forth. Being 10,000 miles away from family and friends is more bearable when we can Skype and connect through Facebook and emails. The world has become smaller and larger for us thanks to technology.
I’m thankful for superficial things like Peanut Butter M&M’s and yellow boxes of Cheerios and bagels and all the other treats and tiny treasures God has placed along our way to make things feel a bit more “normal.” I’m thankful for family and friends who have asked what would make things just a bit easier or would brighten our world and spent ridiculous sums of money sending them our way.
I’m thankful this rainy season has been particularly rainy because it has given us a few days of slightly cooler temperatures. When you spend 30 years of your life in a four-season climate not having seasons messes with your head and makes you feel a bit crazy. Monsoon season has helped that just a bit this year.
I’m thankful that each and every day is a new day created by God. His mercies and compassion are new every morning when I wake up and I tell Him that I know that almost every morning.
Thanksgiving is six days away. What are you thankful for this year? What’s on your heart?