Some years, the list just flows out of me. Others, it takes a little bit of time to call out the blessings. This is one of those years. Regardless, it's an annual tradition that teaches me to be thankful, reminds me of what God has done for me, and it always results in a sweet joy and contentment knowing that He is pleased when I am grateful.
Here's my (very incomplete) list of thankfulness for 2017:
for a routine with my Autistic son that includes cuddling with him at bedtime, talking through his day, encouraging him by calling out his successes, praying for him, and singing our family lullaby; (see my post on Jeremy here)
for a husband who is such a hard worker, such a great provider for our family; though it's a difficult season of long hours, Jeff never complains and constantly shows our family what a good work ethic looks like;
for a long, ongoing group text with dear friends who constantly make me laugh, think, and remind me to not take myself so seriously;
for a friend who truly understands me, listens to my rants, encourages me through my tears, has walked with me through very difficult issues, and daily shares in everyday craziness--she's my Thelma, I'm her Louise;
for my older daughter who pursues me, puts up with my craziness, allows me to prefer non-fiction when she's all about fiction, and planned a road trip with me in December (woohoo!);
but most of all, I’m thankful for a faithful God, rich in mercy, Who has given me the gift of salvation through the death & resurrection of His perfect Son Jesus Christ, Who died in my place. This gives me great reason to be thankful!
...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18