Last year, I counted 50 Reasons I'm Thankful (After Thanksgiving) — and all still ring true this season. This year, I feel like I've experienced a true growth spurt in my spirituality, and I'm truly thankful for it.
A year and a half into marriage, I'm learning that even though I pray to be a good wife, I need to pray more to be a good woman of God — for me to receive strength, protection, peace and joy from the Lord instead of praying to receive it from my husband.
In my low's, I've been humbled. When I've felt stuck or broken, I've received a new understanding of what it means to truly need God ... to need him because even when I try my best, I really can't do life without him.
This year, as usual, I thank God for my family, good food and a blessed life full of provision. But, this year I also thank God for bringing me through hours of tears and moments of fear. I thank him for revealing the insecurities I had buried deep within my heart and pouring his Gold all over them to fill in my gaps*.
For it's in our darkest times that we're able to see God's light the most, even when it's just a small glimpse of hope. Whatever you're going through today or later on in life, rest assured that no matter how things appear on the surface, we all experience grief, sorrow and brokenness. It's a part of being human. And it's more reason to be thankful — today on Thanksgiving and forevermore.
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your heart and in everyday life?
*Read an inspiring article on letting God fill your gaps by Christian blogger and writer Chris Kratzer over in FaithVillage.