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Friday, December 5, 2008

So Much To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving Is Over, But....

Is that any reason to quit giving thanks? We dedicate one day a year to giving thanks, but how many of us do it even on that day? Yes, I know Thanksgiving is over, but Christmas is coming and it shouldn't be all about shopping, baking and decorating. It, too, needs to be a time for quiet reflection on all we have to be grateful for. Here are just a few of mine:

A wonderful family who loves, encourages and supports me, and my writing career

Our home finally sold and we're moving toward closing. Yes, we'll be moving just days before Christmas, which is inconvenient, but I don't care. I'm so grateful we'll only have ONE mortgage payment, instead of the two we've carried for 2 yrs.

My second book releases in late January, with another releasing later in the fall, and yet another contract on the horizon for 2010. Can't say more than that right now, as it's not official yet.

A healthy body and the ability to get out of bed in the morning without the pain that so many sickness, no disease, and a healthy husband as well.

Gas that's now under $2.00 per gallon and still heading down. Talk that it could hit $1.25 by the first of the year. I never would have believed, 8 months ago, that we'd ever see it under $4.00 again. Wow! This is awesome!

God loves me and accepts me just as I am, with my graying hair that keeps wanting to grow out and show the roots, my overweight body, my occasionally crankiness toward my hubby, and my propensity to procrastinate on things that need to be done. I'm so thankful He doesn't judge me the way I sometimes am prone to want to judge others.

See what I mean? And that's only just a tiny bit of what I have to be thankful for. How about you make your own list? It's amazing what writing it down will do for you. Do I have things that trouble me, or that I'm praying about? Sure. We all do. But choosing to put my focus on the good rather than my needs frees God up to do what He needs to do in my life. I'm no longer complaining or worrying, I'm praising Him instead. A good place to be!


Amy Deardon said...

Miralee, wow, congratulations on your house -- I remember your blog entry not long ago about going out in faith, and there you are! Congrats also on your books, and thank you for the reminder of thankfulness.

bigguysmama said...

Miralee, I'm so excited about you finally closing on your home! I'm so happy for you. I totally understand how moving so close to Christmas doesn't matter one whit since you'll be in your new home and down to one mortgage! What a praise. And just a couple months before your next book is out. I'm so giddy with excitement. :)

Mimi B

Pamela J said...

I'm reading in Romans right now and when you had this sentence: "Is that any reason to quit giving thanks?" in my mind a soft whisper of the words, "may it never be" spoke into my ears. We are to give thanks in all things. Doesn't that happen every day, all day?
I agree, we should sometimes write down what we are thankful for because seeing it written down helps when we can't see it unless it is black and white.
Pam Williams

Amy Deardon said...

Hi Miralee -- Me again. Well, you've been tagged! If you want to play, you just need to give a link to my site and then list 7 random facts about yourself. Here's my link:

Hope preparations for moving etc. are going well -- and merry Christmas :-)

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