Thanksgiving Isn’t Over

Woman's Head Profile embossedJohn and I may have finished the leftovers today, but we both believe in giving thanks to the Lord throughout the year. Indeed, He deserves to be thanked, praised and worshiped constantly.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations. ~~Psalm 100 (ESV)

Thankfulness  comes easily to me now, but I remember (with wincing) a time when thanking God was the last thing I wanted to do! Over 30 years ago, a pastor in my church challenged us to list all our reasons to give thanks. At the time, I was so bitter about being single that I couldn’t think of even one blessing God had given me. Isn’t that a slap in His face? In reality, He had done so much for me, but I refused to recognize His bounty. Sad, huh? I must have grieved His heart!

So let me list some of the things (and people) I’m thankful for now. This is only a partial list, but hopefully it will bless some of you.

I’m thankful for:

My salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Left to myself, I would deserve eternity in hell, but God has graciously paid for my sin. If He’d done nothing else for me, this one blessing alone would be more than I could ever ask! That is my highest joy!

My husband, who is all I ever hoped for in a husband, only better! His godliness inspires me to live in ways that please the Lord. His example inspires me to show  consideration to other people.

My mom, who  passed away in June of 2014 at the age of 98. She was incredible, and I praise God for all she did to make sure I was born and then make sure that I would lead a normal and full life.

My college education.

All the friends I’ve had from different times, places and situations.

My power wheelchair, which gives me so much independence. The term “confined to a wheelchair” baffles me, especially when John and I wheel around downtown Boston without getting winded. Not many couples in their 60’s can do what we do!

My headstick and computer, both of which open so many doors for me.

Living at a time when disabled people have so many opportunities and support systems. I am amazed that John and I, both so severely disabled, can live independently and contribute to society.

Our Personal Care Attendants.

My sister, her two daughters and her three grandchildren.

Our third floor apartment with the view of the woods. I love watching summer sunsets and the first snowfall of the season.

Living so close to Boston, where I can visit so many historical sites, museums and places to eat cannolis. I have never loved a  city as much as I love Boston. How wonderful of the Lord to bring me here!

The men and women who, beginning with the Boston Massacre and continuing right through this war on terror, sacrifice themselves for American freedom.

Food in our kitchen and clothes on our backs.

Health. John survived colon cancer and a heart attack in 2012, making me so thankful for each day we have together.

Our church, that preaches God’s Word and supports a wide variety of ministry organizations and missionaries, and opens its arms to us.

This blog, which allows me to proclaim the Gospel, teach women from the Scriptures and bring honor to Christ the King.

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