Hey friends, how are you today? Can you believe November has just six days left before it says goodbye? For a minute there, the months seemingly kept being repeated, it seemed as though we were in a time loop. But here we here, thanksgiving is a few days away and Christmas just about a month away with a brand-new year in thirty-seven days.
Giving thanks helps us to recall the past, it takes us back to our prior days, to days gone by. In some ways we are thankful for the past, which helps us to trust the Lord with our future. When I was a little girl, I disliked being punished (well I suppose that’s for every child, right?). I thought my mom unfair and hateful, very unloving in her disciplinary actions. There was absolutely no pleasure to be found in being chastised, I could not see the purpose of it. I still remember her words during those very upsetting times in my life, “just wait ‘till you have children”. What! “I will never do this to my kids”, I thought to my self. I will be the best parent; I will love my children; they will love me; they will do everything they are told, and we will live happily ever after.
Well! I don’t think the kids got the memo that they were supposed to obey without dispute. Oh, the shock horror! Why aren’t they doing what they are supposed to do? What’s going on?! God has a sense of humor, does He not? What was He thinking giving me kids just like me? Why would He do something like that? What have I ever done to deserve such cruel and unjust punishment?
I thank the Lord for our kids. Kids keep us on our knees, do they not? Kids drives us to the Lord, prayerfully that’s where we seek solace, and not the bottle. I tell my mom, “I understand now, mom, I get it”. I even go on to say thanks for the discipline, I see now why it was absolutely necessary; why it was for my good and also for the good of my future self and for the good of those around me. In hindsight, I suppose I needed those crying days.
The Lord has blessed us with two girls. Cleo (the first born) just graduated college. We are quite thankful for that blessing, because for a minute there we were not sure it would happen, not because academically she couldn’t, but because she kept changing her major every year; may the Lord give us strength. I shan’t even bore you with details, because it a whole blog post, if I have to, needless to say, she graduated with the major she started out with and three almost four minors. I think the minors tell their story, right? Then there is our baby, Anna, who marches to her own drumbeat. Thankfully she likes to shop, so I know she is mine and she not very sporty, definitely mine; but I’m afraid that’s the extent of the things we have in common. As a child, Anna had so many accidents, some life threatening, that for a moment, it seemed to me, there was a battle going on for her very life. But the Lord got the victory.
I thank the Lord most importantly for the salvation of our two girls. They are safe and sound in the hand of the Almighty God of the universe. I am thankful for them because the Lord used them to strengthen my relationship with Him.
I am thankful for my sweetheart. How I love this man and how very loved I am by him. I know he loves me; he has to, to spend twenty-six years with me. In the early part of our marriage, I called to mom to complain and her first question to me was, “Brenda, what did you do?”. Yep, he loves me with my warts and all. His love for me was cemented after I told him the closet in our bedroom shrank and he built me an entire room to house a few of my favorite things. Yep, he is definitely a keeper. I see his love for the Lord, and I am encouraged and motivated to spend time with the Lord.
There is this song by Tasha Layton called ‘Thank You for the No’. I love that song; in it she says
“I say thank for the not yet, Thank for the not now
For the hold on, for the silence, It took a while to see
How you were saving me for something, A little farther down the road
And now I’m standing in your better yes, So thank you for the no
There was a time when it was very hard for me to be thankful for the no, it’s getting easier. There are still days when I want what I want now, but I’m learning for trust the Lord more and more. And I’m learning to see beyond the now. I’m learning to be thankful for the no.
What are you thankful for this thanksgiving? Who or what keeps you on your knees?