Father, I am so thankful.

I am thankful to know the one to whom all thanks belongs! 

Praise you for your holiness; your sovereignty; your power; your wisdom; your love.  You alone are worthy of our praise.  Keep teaching me the depth of your worthiness that far outweighs my ability to find English words for it.

Thank you for giving me godly parents who taught me to love you and your Son.  Who taught me my need for salvation and that repenting and trusting Christ by faith was the only way. 

How marvelous the grace you have shown to me in my sin. 

How amazing that you see me through the righteousness of Christ rather than seeing all the ways I have dishonored and disobeyed you over the years – in action and in thought.

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

I am thankful that today is a quiet day – just us. Just us is always wonderful. How thankful I am for that. What a great gift you gave us 25 years ago!

I am thankful that we will gather as family – our boys, their girls and the grands (and a boyfriend) – tomorrow. That it will be a sweet time of fellowship (and a little bit of crazy).

I am thankful for the abundance you have given us as a couple and as a family.

You saved Dayna’s life from leukemia, Clint’s life from a traumatic brain injury,  Julie’s life from post-eclampsia, Cohen’s life from meningitis, Whitney from Covid – and the rest of us from various physical maladies – some we might not even be aware of.

You have provided emotional healing in our family and you are still at work.

You have provided financially through good employment and self-employment; giving wisdom and discipline and blessing our giving in your name. We have always had plenty and now we have plenty to share.

Thank you for the opportunity to retire early.  For the opportunities to help others and serve in various capacities at church because of more free time.  Thank you for the wonderful lunches with friends.

Thank you for the blessing of blending our family over the years into one. For the boys that have learned to love me in spite of my idiosyncrasies. Thank you for Ellis being a quiet, steady, loving influence for boys in the absence of their birth father.

Thank you for using Ellis to teach me how to lighten up over the years.  How to not make everything a big deal.  I’m still learning how to not take things personally.  Thank you for continuing to work on me.

I am thankful for your word and a growing love for it.  I studied the word for a long time because I knew I should.  And even that was a blessing.  But now that I see that it is one great story of your love and your plan for us, my desire to know you through it grows and flourishes. 

Thank you for all those who were obedient to you and contributed to the preservation of scripture and eventually the translation of it for the common people.  Thank you for those who give of themselves through the study and teaching of it.  Thank you for my pastors over the years who are/were faithful to teach it rightly.

Thank you for technology that allows us to gather around your word virtually and study your word together.  Thank you for the bounty of insights and testimonies this provides.

Thank you for the gift of prayer. For the ability and opportunity to come boldly before the throne of grace because of our position in Christ. Thank you for godly friends who support us in prayer and the opportunity to pray for them.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 4:16 NLT

Thank you that my mom is mostly content at in her apartment in a place she is able to be independent (mostly).

Thank you for the new friends and deepened relationships I have gained through Young Living.

Thank you for the opportunity to teach for you – to write for you.

Thank you for what you are doing in Clint and Michelle’s lives (and Erica’s) even in this time of great difficulty.  Thank you for the influence they are having for you through this. 

Thank you for a country in which we are free to worship as we please.  Thank you for how you are working in our country – whether we can see it or not.

Thank you for your magnificent creation and the opportunities I’ve had to travel widely to see and experience so much.

I could go on and on, Lord. Thank you.

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