Choosing to be thankful

I’ve not posted much the past week, other than FMF. I am still writing, and maybe one day it will make it up here. I’ve been reading lots of Gitz’s writing this week, and it’s been feeding my soul. Some days choosing joy is much more of a hard choice than other days. Sometimes I need this reminder more than other days:

Today I need to list things I am thankful for. I need to focus myself on joy. Here we go:

I am thankful for…

  1. Christmas lights that make houses and shops and streets feel so warm and welcoming.
  2. Christmas candles that sparkle and bring quiet to my soul.
  3. Friends who come over simply to chat and chill.
  4. My little kids club group who remind me what it is to have child-like faith and trust.
  5. Rainbows which remind us of God’s unfailing promises.
  6. Friends who welcome me into their homes at all hours just to lie and be.
  7. Central heating to warm my house.
  8. Hot water for long showers.
  9. The internet.
  10. All of you who read, comment, email, and be a part of this blog.
  11. My local church, who opens its doors to everyone and anyone.
  12. The community at my local church who love well.
  13. The youth here,who model so well what it is to be vulnerable, open, and honest.
  14. The youth here, who strive after Gods heart, who choose his joy in the face of hardship, and who are desperate to go deeper.
  15. My housemate who stays up to all hours with me when I’m feeling less than great.
  16. My sister who is always at the end of a phone, and always brings a smile to my face.
  17. Music, energizing, calming, joyful, expressive, music.
  18. Hope.
  19. Comfort from Him.
  20. The FMF community, what lovely, loving, welcoming, encouraging, ladies.
  21. Lindsey – I am so thankful (in)courage bought her into my life. Always a kind word, always joy, usually crazy, mostly fun, full of love.
  22. Libby – Always right at the otherside of my inbox, twitter feed, facebook page. Always hugging me with her words. Full of love, Thankful she is a new addition to my life. My life is so much richer.
  23. Stefanie – Thank you Lindsey for connecting us. Always full of joy, always pointing me to Christ, always gentle yet full of truth, a little bit of crazy in there too.
  24. For  each of my CrossPoint peeps – for all they add to my life, encouragement, fun, support, challenges, love. You are so special to me.
  25. For CrossPoint the way it loves people, welcomes people, lives Christ, reaches out to all people around the world.  The dedicated people who make the online campus happen each week.
  26. For airplanes that allow us to travel across the world in a day.
  27. For my car which gets me all over the country to see all sorts of people.
  28. The finances to go on my upcoming trip.
  29. God’s control over timing and visas to allow me to be where I need to be when I need to be.
  30. Finances generally. Provision to buy food, clothes, have a house, pay the bills.
  31. My godkids. I don’t get to see them much, but each of them are so incredibly special to me in unique ways.
  32. The work God is doing in me.
  33. Love.
  34. Sleep.
  35. Christmas – that God would become a tiny vulnerable baby, and choose to live, here, on earth, with all this crap, simply to show us how much he loves us, and to make a way for us to be together, forever. To choose to live in this broken place, with the ultimate goal of dying. Amazing.
  36. Friends who feel comfortable enough in my home to nap on the sofa whilst I blog.
  37. Pebbles – a very special baby on the verge of being born.
  38. Leaders who support, encourage, and value me.
  39. Doctors who help our bodies heal when they are broken.
  40. Drugs that make our body well, keep our bodies well, and reduce pain.
  41. Worship, sweet worship.
  42. Grace.
  43. Gingerbread lattes.
  44. My uncle – bringer of fun, laughter, silliness, love.
  45. My parents – who love me well, sacrifice for me, always make time and space for me.
  46. My brothers – who lived my childhood with me. Made memories, and still making memories together, despite the miles that separate us.
  47. My other parents – who have loved, cared for, provided for, encouraged, blessed, included,  me – their adopted child.
  48. The Spirit who intercedes for me when I simply cannot find the words.
  49. Stillness – quiet – time – to be, with my saviour. Just be.
  50. His faithfulness. Always faithful.

I hadn’t planned to go as far as 50! But I couldn’t help myself. There is so much to be thankful for, from the tiny things, right up to the big big things. Even when we have to make a conscious effort to see the blessings around us, and be intentional about giving thanks, there is still SO much to be thankful for.

Won’t you add to my list?

What are you thankful for?

UPDATE: #37 Pebbles, is now even more on the verge of being born. She was due any day, and now she is literally coming as we speak. Her beautiful mother is in labour! I am SO excited to meet this precious girl.


2 Comments on “Choosing to be thankful”

  1. Mia says:

    Oh, Emily, I am also thankful for your local church who is full of love for everyone. I am so thankful for my husband who brought me breakfast in bed this morning after he had cleaned up the whole kitchen. I am thankful that the Sprinbok rugby team has beaten the English Roses yesterday ( I am a South African). And all the dear friends who joined us for a wonderful fun filled evening last night for a braai (the South African term for a barbecue). Now you know why I am especially grateful for my husband’s help this morning for I suffer from Fibromyalgia and had so much pain and the kitchen was in a mess!
    Bless you, dear One

    • Emilie R says:

      You might have beaten us this time… but watch out, the English always make a comeback!
      Your husband sounds like he has been such a wonderful help to you this weekend, I am thankful you have him in your life. Messy kitchens are no fun at the best of times let alone on a high pain day! Glad you were well enough to enjoy the braai and fun with friends.

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