Thanksgiving 2014

I can say, without hesitation, that this has been the hardest year of my life. It’s been the kind of year that makes me wonder if I will even do a Christmas card; you know, “if you can’t say anything nice. . . ”

Still, I hear my mother’s voice in my head saying that when you are hurting or struggling it is good to turn your eyes outward and soon you find yourself filled with joy and no time to sulk. (That is a very rough paraphrase – she is way more eloquent and sassy.) With this thought in mind, I am glad for Thanksgiving’s arrival and the forced opportunity to turn my eyes upward and be reminded of the things my God has done/provided this year.  I am recording them here for my own good but I won’t complain if  you are encouraged as well.

  1. I am thankful for a husband who loves me.
  2. I am thankful that Jeremy lost his job in January.
  3. I am thankful I had the privilege of working at The Kirk for 14 months.
  4. I am thankful my children got to attend KDS and Promise while we were in St. Louis.
  5. I am thankful the Lord worked in my heart to love St. Louis – now I know He can do that here as well.
  6. I am thankful that the Lord has always given me deep friendships – now I find it easier to trust Him to do that again here as well.
  7. I am thankful the Lord gave my husband a job he is excited about.
  8. I am thankful that our new home allows us to see my brother more often than before.
  9. I am thankful that Heaven is real.
  10. I am thankful for a daddy that loved me so well that I miss him this much.
  11. I am thankful for Bruce Stallings.
  12.  I am thankful for a home church that loves my mom so much that I don’t worry if she is cared for.
  13. I am thankful for how much I miss my sister.
  14. I am thankful that my 7 year old wants to snuggle with me.
  15. I am thankful my son understands repentance and takes his sin seriously.
  16. I am thankful that my son loves to play games.
  17. I am thankful that Little’s voice sounds the way it does and for the effect it has on people no matter their walk of life.
  18. I am thankful for Mr. Mo and his recovery.
  19.  I am thankful for Pastor Reeder and the stand he takes for Truth.
  20. I am thankful for Stephanie Hubach and Joel Wallace and the encouragement they provide for families with special ones.
  21. I am thankful for Variety The Children’s Charity of St. Louis and the blessing they were for years to our family.
  22. I am thankful I am still getting to create for the Kirk even though we have moved away.
  23. I am thankful for our blue hutch – it makes me so happy.
  24. I am thankful for our garage.
  25. I am thankful for Pinterest.
  26. I am thankful for Facebook.
  27. I am thankful for Cherry Limeade and Diet Dr. Pepper.
  28. I am thankful for a surprise gift card that came in the mail before we moved.
  29. I am thankful for a new church and the potential for a new family.
  30. I am thankful for the small group I am in at BSF here and the interactions had there.
  31. I am thankful for the sidewalks and bike lanes in Fort Collins.
  32. I am thankful for the view of the mountains I see each morning as I drop the kids off at school.
  33. I am thankful for friends and family who came to visit so quickly after we got here and the love it communicated in such a hard transition.
  34. I am thankful for two cars that run.

I am going to stop there. 20+14 = 34 so that should do it. I think I could go on a bit more but I keep tearing up and that is making my eyes tired.

I hope that you have a lovely Thanksgiving Day and that your heart is overcome by all the good things God has done for you. He died so you could live!! He paid the price for your sin . . . a price so high you could never pay it! If you are surrendered to Him you are FREE INDEED – what more could you ask for? Absolutely anything else is a . . . cherry limeade on the top and weak in comparison. So weak. . .

Thank YOU for taking a minute to read here. Would you be willing to leave  a comment with one thing you are thankful for this year?

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7 Responses to Thanksgiving 2014

  1. Julia says:

    I am thankful that you crossed my path in life. I am a better person because of knowing you. I guess I have to thank Nick the young man who “totaled” both our cars. We now have 2 new cars this year.
    Oh, remember to take the the bag inside the turkey before you cook it! Happy gobble, gobble day to the Christians.

  2. Mother says:

    I join my daughter in tears of joy and gratitude for her sweet heart and gifted ways of sharing it. I love you Becky and I miss your daddy too. Let me know what 3 things your family members share at the table today. MM

  3. Anna says:

    I am thankful for Jesus and my family. 😉

  4. harryreeder says:

    I am thankful your mom shared this with me and that I can see one more evidence of the power of the Gospel working in the lives of His people in general and you in particular. And I praise the Lord for another testimony of God’s grace in and through Tom Cheely in the lives of his family and specifically in you and your family.. A great Savior through a great dad and mom has produced another generation of His great salvation … praise the Lord.

  5. Adelaide says:

    I am thankful for grace, forgiveness and the love of our Lord. We had all four children, spouses and some grandchildren for Thanksgiving and as I looked around the room, my heart swelled with love and thanksgiving for family.

  6. Debbie says:

    Loved your list–a reminder of being thankful for the blessings in the middle of the hard things. I am thankful for faithful friends and for time together with my family over Thanksgiving, even if it looked a little differently than normal.

  7. Shelley says:

    I am thankful for the internet and the fact that my friend blogs so I can keep up with her life and see pictures of her precious kiddos. Miss you so much, sweet friend. Do they have an Olive Garden in your new town? I have a gift card that’s burning a hole…

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