As I write this — early on the morning after our nation’s Independence Day — I find many reasons to be thankful!
- I’m thankful my sister’s family could be with me for almost 2 weeks! They live in South Africa, and only come home once every four years. We have 14 people in our house, but it has been a lot of fun. They spent the day with us at our adopted grandma’s house swimming, grilling out, and then watching fireworks.
- I’m thankful that God orchestrated the weather so perfect for the holiday. I know it may not have been perfect for everyone; but it turned out to be a perfect day for us even thought it did not look like it would be. It had originally been forecasted to rain starting at 1. We were not supposed to be at my grandma’s house until close to 1. I prayed and asked God to hold the rain off as it would be too much to have 17 people in the house. It rained for a short period of time around 3, but there was no thunder or lightning. Then it stopped raining until almost 5 when it was time to go. Perfect!
- My sister doesn’t get to see fireworks on the Fourth of July in South Africa, so she was really hoping she would be able to take the kids, but none of us wanted to sit in the rain hoping the fireworks wouldn’t be canceled. We decided to get in the cars and drive out to the location of the fireworks as it was raining lightly. By the time we got there, the rain had stopped, the skies cleared up, and it was nice and cool for Florida. We couldn’t have asked for a prettier night.
- We had the perfect location to sit. I didn’t know where to sit, but I picked a spot, and when the fireworks started, we could see every one wonderfully!
- I am so thankful for friends. Our new staff members had lunch with us. We had a great time with them. Some friends came and watched the fireworks with us and that was a great time as well!
- I am thankful for friends who help us in the ministry. Ladies helped get VBS crafts ready and then others came out and helped us decorate. We couldn’t do it without them!
- I am thankful for our country. We have freedom many other countries do not have! I love these quotes by Thomas Jefferson!
- Christ loves me even though I am unlovable and undeserving. I was studying the verse Isaiah 53:4, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” The word “surely” can mean “but indeed.” But indeed He bore my griefs (forgave my sins) and carried my sorrows even though I did not find any value of Him and thought Him worth of the affliction that was given to Him. That is amazing and deserves my praise and thankfulness!
What are you thankful for?
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