Updated: Feb 9
Waking up thankful is one of the best feelings in the world. We all know God didn't have to wake us up. Growing up, we almost always heard either our parents or grandparents reminding us of this all of the time. We all can count many things that we are thankful for, but let's state these things and why and let's see where we all are—honestly, no politically correct answers. Transparency is key! Here is my list, off of the top of my head, without any deep thought.
Health- I have been sick before and didn't know whether I would make it or not. I have experienced some touch and go situations.
Finances- I have been broke before and didn't know where I would get the money from. There have been some hard days, and an easy one that's worry free is a blessing, and I am always thankful/grateful for that. I have had to live off of 158.00 every two weeks with a small child before. I never sacrificed my dignity; God always had a ram in the bush for me.
Family- I have lived in three stated, one in which for 14 years, I had no family. These were the days that I appreciated them more. It also reminded me of how important they are and to not take them for granted.
Children- As a parent, you are the most influential person in a child's life. I'm thankful that I did my best to keep my flaws away from them so that I can see them flourish in the strengths they were able to see in me. I am thankful they made it this far. There is no perfect parent or child.
Friends- I have had seasons without a good friend around. I am thankful for the rooted friends that I now have. I now understand that you must look at your ultimate FRIEND, Jesus, who is the best example; so you know moving forward what one looks like
Jesus- Without Him, none of these other things would be possible. He paid the ultimate price for me, a sinner. I'm forever thankful/grateful. He paid the charge in full, with His life; no one else would have or could have done it.
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
"If you can't tell the truth about the story, don't tell the story." - Alston Shropshire
Happy Birthday Rosa Frasier