Last month I decided that if I would only have the things left that I had thanked God for each day, my world would be empty. I made it my goal to be more mindful of all of the things that I am thankful for everyday and to post a list each month of at least 10 of those things. No repeats.
Last month, I talked of my thankfulness for family, friends and some of the basic necessities of life. Last month, I had no idea how our little part of the world would be turned upside down … at least for a few days.
This month, after an ice storm that knocked our electricity out for 3 entire days and nights during some very cold weather, I am very blessed …
1) That my Dad had the forethought to cut down some very huge trees from our front yard.
This may seem like a crazy thing to be thankful for. However, as I drive through our town and see all of the damage from fallen trees. I am very thankful that those trees did not have the opportunity to fall onto our house. We wanted to keep the trees. My Dad insisted they come down. Thank you Dad!
These are our neighbor’s trees that fell over our fence. One scraped the side of our house, but no damage.
2) Electric workers & all of those additional workers helping them to get us up and running again.
Last month, sitting in my warm home, I admitted how I was thankful for our electricity. I had no idea how thankful that I would truly become when we lost that power. Over 18,000 people have been without power in our little town for the past 3 to 4 days. They are saying that the power may be out for another week. I can believe that. We have seen crews all over town diligently working in the freezing temperatures to restore power to all of us that have been without. Thank you would never be enough!
3) My son’s girlfriend
She welcomed 6 of us into her home without question so we could warm up and get a good night sleep on the coldest night that we were without power. I know we turned her world upside down. But, we are truly grateful!
4) My brothers.
When I think about it, they should have been included in my first list along with my other family. We don’t see each other as often as we should. But, I am still thankful to have them in my life! My oldest brother is an artist & photographer. We have a good time when we get together. He is thoughtful and generous. My younger brother is a jack of all trades. He never hesitates to come over and help us with computer issues, home remodel issues, etc. And, he made sure that my parent’s were doing ok without power.
5) My grandson
After many years without small children in our home, he gives us wonderful chaos. He says and does the sweetest things. It’s such a delight to see things through a child’s eyes. He remained with us during our recent “chill.” It is amazing how children adapt. He always brought us laughter when things seemed so dreary while we were awaiting the crews to restore our power.
6) My eye sight
My niece is legally blind from a juvenile form of macular degeneration. My brother was recently diagnosed as being in the early stages of macular degeneration at the age of 49. Upon doing more research, I found out that my great grandmother was also blind. Heredity plays a big part in this disease. During our time without power, we were often in the dark or with little light from candles & lanterns. Today and every day, I am thankful for no signs of this affecting my vision.
Without the use of computers & tv over the past few days, we really appreciated the nature around us. We could even find the beauty amongst the downed trees.
And flowers … definitely looking forward to spring!
And all of the beautiful things that God has created in nature. Flowers just make me happy. They are just like a great big smile from God!
Most people I know would prefer a shower over a bath. Not me. A nice long hot soak in a bath is a true blessing! Me time. Something that I sure did miss over the past few days!
Without them, we would have had very little hot food over the past few days. And, also thankful to the workers who went to work to feed us even when they did not have electric themselves.
10) God’s promises
Without those, we have no hope. A plan for our future. Rest for the weary. Strength to the weak. Peace. Saving Grace. Eternal life. Victory. This is just a short list of His promises to us. Those we don’t deserve. Gifts.
Every day, with every move we make & with every issue that we must overcome, we have multiple things to be thankful for. Thank you, God!
What are you thankful for?