Thankfulness, Faith, and Control

November 26, 2008

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I’ve been thinking about all of the concerns that I have and how easy it is to let the joy be sapped from my life. I am attempting to practice what I know – that being thankful and focusing on gratitude can really turn these feelings around.

I am truly blessed. I have a wonderful family, a few of whom are close enough that I actually get to hang out with them regularly. My mom and brothers and sisters are great, and my in-laws are amazing people, too. I have no complaints, which is more than a lot of people can say about their in-laws! 

I’m also blessed with a strong, sweet, loving husband who is working hard every day to provide vision and leadership for our family. He is a man of integrity and compassion. He’s very creative, but when it comes to family or to right and wrong, he never wavers. I am blessed with a good man.

I’m blessed by my job and having a great employer. I’m blessed with my home and my community and my church. I’m blessed to have godly teachers and to be able to complete my degree online for these last few years. I’m blessed to have creative ideas and opportunities in front of me nearly every day, and I am blessed with the opportunity and resources to bring those ideas to fruition.

And I can’t forget to mention – I am blessed to have the sweetest Labrador for a loving pet and blessed to have a new puppy to train and nurture.

I’ve noticed lately that I feel the most at peace and content when I feel the most in control of myself and my immediate circumstances. In these seasons I feel full of faith, able to trust and believe in God easily. When things get topsy-turvey, I feel out of control and out of faith. The truth I need to remember is that God is faithful, no matter how I am feeling or what my circumstances have to say. He is good, and He is Lord. To Him I give thanks.

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