Friday, November 23, 2007

A Thankful Heart

I need to take a moment to tell the things I am thankful for. It's easy to overlook Thanksgiving in Bangkok and all the good that comes with it, like the wonderful food :), the way your heart is pulled toward home and being with family and good friends, and how you are reminded of all of God's goodness. Here I sit in my short sleeved shirt and shorts with the windows open (in the winter season) feeling almost comfortable, but missing the nostalgia of cozy winters and turkey dinners and my family.

So here is are a few of the things I am most thankful for:

Pun. 5 years of marriage and 3 children and he is still the one person I most want to be with...
Helen. She constantly challenges me and has made me more aware of my need for God in the process of training her. She is bright and beautiful to me.
Daniel. He is a tenderhearted soul and I can never resist him when he smiles at me with his dimples.
Sam. How I thank God for his safe delivery and him being healthy. I never tire of smelling his new born skin.
A New Church family. It is truly magnificent how God's people can bond together so quickly.
An Old Church family. They are still an encouragement to me so far away.
A New family. Although I have been married for over 5 years, it is just in the last year that I have begun to make relationships with my husbands family. I pray for stronger deeper friendships with them.
A New Country. A place to learn anew to depend on God.
A New House. A place to make a refuge for my family from the world.
God's Saving Grace. These were part of the verses I read Thanksgiving morning.

I Corinthians 6:9-11

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexual
nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

My heart is full of thanks for His forgiveness...

What are you thankful for?


Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my Lord who has saved me and given me hope for eternity; for my husband of 44 years who is so patient and loving; for my children,their mates, and our 6 grandchildren and even though we were not all together, to be able to talk with you on the internet and see you and the kids; for the family of God and having Diana, Lauren and Sydney join us for Thanksgiving dinner; for God's Word and how it changes our lives.
Happy Thanksgiving to you.

pun said...

Amen to those you said and I'm also thankful for you, mom!

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