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Being grateful.

Sometimes that is hard.

When life throws us curveballs, the last thing we want to do is give thanks.

Yet, that is what God calls us to do,

not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day.

As with most things in life,

that is a choice we must consciously make.

It’s not a one-time choice, either.

Actually, it’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Will we be grateful or will we be bitter?

All of us experience hard times;

times we’d rather avoid.

But James tells us that the hard times make us better

if we allow them to do their work in our lives.

Today, I am hosting my family, close and extended,

in my home for Thanksgiving dinner.

The last time we met here was a few days after Les died.

We had made those plans beforehand knowing it would

most likely be Les’ last Thanksgiving with us.

He didn’t quite make it to that day,

but, oh, what a time of rejoicing he must have experienced as he

entered into the heavenly realm to see the very face of Jesus!!!!

That first Thanksgiving without Les is really just a blur in my mind.

Our bodies and minds kinda shut down which, I believe,

actually allows us to get through all the responsibilities and days of grieving.

My heart is full of joy and peace and thankfulness as I await the arrival of my family.

I love my family so very much!

Not everyone is as blessed to have a family as special as mine.

So, let me share a few of my top thankful items:

My sweet daddy.

He has been my rock, my supper companion on many occasions,

and my fix-it man.

I have always been a daddy’s girl,

but that has been turned up 1000%.

In February, we will celebrate his 85th birthday

and even with some health issues, he continues to live a full life.

My sister.

My best friend.

She has had my back through it all.

After we found out Les was sick,

she began calling me daily.

That has continued and it means tons to me.

She holds me accountable and loves me when I’m not lovable.

My daughter and her family.

How blessed I am to have my only child live 5 minutes away from me.

They have welcomed me to spend each Christmas Eve night with them

and be a part of Christmas morning with the children.

She and the children remind me of Les so much.

Being with them, I learn more about grace and mercy

and unconditional love as they reflect those things in their home.

The grandchildren have been a huge catalyst to my healing.

My best friend

(that’s not blood family!)

After the loss of a spouse, it seems your friend circle changes.

Mine changed for the better!!

God brought 2 very unlikely people together

by His hand of grace and mercy.

This amazing woman has taught me so much about

just how deep and wide and high and long

the love of God truly is.

She is my quick defender, my shoulder to cry on, and my encourager.

Having her in my life has made this journey so much easier.

She brings laughter to my heart.

My list could go on and on and on,

but you don’t want a volume!

Yes, there are things we all wish were different,

but if we will take the time to look around us,

we will see all the wonderful blessings we have been given.

Take a moment to ponder on those things this day.

And tell your family how much you love them.

None of us are here forever.

Lots of love, Sharon

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