Thankful Thursday

The new year has started and I am looking forward to things getting back to some semblance of normal. The decorations are put away and the tree has been disassembled and is in the truck to await chipping on the weekend. I feel like I have my house back.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and the reason behind it, I just can’t get into the commercialism of it and the over the top decor. I like to keep things simple, and with two rambunctious dogs running about, simple, simply works best.

 Over this past holiday season we have had our challenges, and they actually had nothing to do with the frenzy that is associated normally with it. We suffered a death in the family, had our car stolen, and most recently had to pay something that we thought had already been dealt with 2 months ago. It has been a stretch to keep smiling at times, and to remain thankful throughout it all, at least for me.  My hubby has been the one to continually remind me that “Our God is bigger than (insert latest crisis)”.

Today I am making the effort once agin to step into that sacred space that only thankfulness can open the door to.  To that end, we say that today we are thankful for:

 1. Getting my car back. YAY! It was recovered, very little damage was done to it and just last night I was able to retrieve it from the body shop. Happy to have my wheels once again.

 2. A new satellite radio system. My satellite radio was not recovered with the car so I had to phone the provider to report the theft and to cancel my account. Instead of cancelling, however, they are sending me a whole new kit to replace the one that was stolen for the cost of shipping and handling. Again…YAY!!

 3. A new year with new beginnings. The New Year always feels like a clean slate where anything can happen so dream, dream big my friends.

 4. Frentors (friend & mentor in one). I have a few but there is one that continually, yet gently, pushes me to do more with my writing. She nudges, she encourages, and she is a gentle yet relentless editor. There WILL be growth in this area this year, I just have this niggling feeling.

 5. My kiddos and all their hard work while they’ve been off on winter break.  They’ve been trying to get on top of the housekeeping for me and I am so very grateful for that.

 6. Old friends and new ones. Was able to spend the last night of 2012 with some really neat people.

 7. Not having to pay the comprehensive deductible for the repairs to my car.  Because we have road star status and the claim was a straight theft the deductible was waived. Just love how God took something so heinous and is blessing us despite it.

 8. New opportunities. This year already has seen this happen for both my husband and myself. It’s beginning to look like this year is going to quite the ride and I’m seriously going to be looking for the seatbelt.

 My friends, that is my list for this week. What are you thankful for? Are you taking the time to look for the blessings that are being showered on you? Will you join me in looking for them so that together we can worship Him with the simplest of words, “Thank you”.

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