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"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." 1Chronicles 16:34

Growing up, and into adulthood, Thanksgiving was always one of my family's biggest holiday get togethers. Even bigger than Christmas. I don't really know why, but it was, and I loved it. Sometimes there were 30-40 of us gathered. Football, chess games, children running around, great food, laughter & loud talking just so you could hear yourself. It was noisy, crazy, and just pure fun. I always looked forward to Thanksgiving. For whatever reason, I didn't battle with depression that whole day. I felt free and loved being with my family.

But then our family had a big blow one November when my precious sister died after an almost 3-year battle (and it was a BATTLE) with cancer. She was 41, with a husband, two teenagers, five sisters, and a host of family and friends to mourn her. She and I were very close.

Thanksgiving, and any holiday after that, was different as we tried to adjust to our new normal, life without her. November was just a tough month.

So today, and every day, I choose to be thankful. Sometimes it's not easy, so I have to actually choose not to look at my circumstances, or the past, and just be thankful. And some days I sit down and make a list reminding myself of everything I have to be thankful for. I know there are many things that don't make the list, because I realize God protects us from dangers we have no idea exists. He also brings things to my mind as I'm writing and soon, the anxiety about circumstances I was dwelling on, disappears and I find myself in an atmosphere of gratitude.

I needed to make a list today. I'd like to share it with you:

I'm thankful for:

  • All the days we had with my sister, all the memories we made together

  • Everyone in my life today and in the past because I know in some way, they are all a part of my journey

  • My family

  • Traveling mercies

  • Food

  • My job

  • My colleagues/family

  • Open doors

  • Closed doors (never thought I'd be thankful for those, but now I am!)

  • Mercy

  • Grace

  • Forgiveness

  • Changed hearts

  • A home

[Insert] Atmosphere of Gratitude

Is there anything threatening your peace? If so, I pray you can be still and make a list of everything you have to be thankful for and allow yourself to enter an Atmosphere of Gratitude.

Have a Blessing-filled and Happy Thanksgiving!


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