I’m thankful for the toys scattered around my living room, because it means I have little ones at play.
I am thankful for the headache that’s keeping me quiet today, because in the stillness, I am more conscious of the holy beauty of life.
I’m thankful for my tiny house, because it has no cracks that let in the winter chill and it has AC to fight off the heat and it has windows to let in the light and screens to keep out the bugs and even though it’s only a townhouse with no yard, it’s still like a mansion compared to the majority of the world.
I am thankful for my aching muscles, because they are strong and serve me well.
I am thankful for my the children we sponsor through Compassion International and World Vision, because they remind me daily of the heart of God.
I am thankful for “Baby Einstein” DVDs.
I am thankful for the men and women who will eat dry turkey on a military base in the Iraqi desert tomorrow and for their families who will have an empty seat at their table here in the States, because they are paying for my freedom.
I am thankful for men like Mark Driscoll and women like Beth Moore, who use their God-given gifts to point me to Jesus and to enlarge my view of God.
I am thankful for my family who will be in California on Thanksgiving Day, because even though I won’t be with them, the wonderful decent better-than-a-bus airline industry will bring them to me for Christmas.
I am thankful for the Internet, so I can shop on Black Friday at home in my pajamas.
I am thankful for the camaraderie of the blogging community – especially the sweetness of Stephanie, the intellect of Veronica, the poetry of Beck, the humor of Megan and the hundreds of other voices who keep me company every day.
I am thankful for pumpkin pie, because I love it and it is all things Thanksgiving to me.
I’m thankful for the scars on my heart, for they are a reminder of God's extravagant mercy and redemptive power.
I am thankful. My soul overflows with gratitude.
Lord, may it always be so.
Kelly blogs at Love Well and is thankful for that too.