Sunday, December 19, 2010

So Thankful

It seems that God has constantly been reminding me lately how much I have to be thankful for.

When I complained about how tight it is in our garage after we put both vehicles in for the winter, I stopped short and reminded myself, "you have two working vehicles and an attached garage; you are wealthier than much of the world!"  How many people would like to have my "problem"?

I got frustrated trying to figure out our new printer/scanner/copier. Poor me, another luxury to complain about?

After blood tests confirmed I am border-line hypothyroid, my chiropractor/nutritionist started me on some new supplements to support my thyroid, which are not cheap.  On the way home, I starting feeling sorry for myself about how much money we spend trying to keep me healthy. I began to pray that God would provide the money needed. Again, God quickly reminded me, "I do provide for you!" I should be thanking Him, not asking again! Although it means we have to sacrifice in other areas, like vacations, or replacing old windows in our house, we are able to pay for my health costs.

I'm still fighting a cold that's had me home and doing pretty much nothing for 4 days now. Besides feeling crummy, we're also due to travel for the holidays on Thursday and I'm quite behind in Christmas preparations. But I've had all the comforts of home in the meantime, for which I am thankful. And I am also grateful I'm sick now and not over the Christmas weekend.

Anyone who reads this post has electricity, a computer, internet connection, and knows how to read. We are so blessed!

We have trials, but they are temporary, and we are not alone.

I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world, born in a common stable - accommodations for which I doubt Mary grumbled and complained!


Maisy said...

So true about the fact that our God is so BIG and does so much for us that we don't even know about. advance of our needs. So thankful for Him. Thanks for the reminder, Chris.

Pam B. said...

Thanks for this post! It is so true that it is easy to lose sight of the blessings that are right in front of us. Just a couple days ago I was complaining about how messy our house was and my daughter said to me, "at least we have stuff to make our house messy!"

Mom & Dad said...

Chris - you did it again! You make me cry sometimes at the insights you have. This is indeed a wonderful gift you have.

You make us proud to be your parents. <3

Sara K. said...

Merry Christmas, Chris!!