What I’m Thankful For

I realize that pretty much everyone is doing one of these posts today, but I’ve been realizing this week that we don’t spend nearly enough time remembering the things we are so lucky to have, especially living here in the USA. And sadly, Thanksgiving is often looked over as we jump from one commercialized holiday in October to another in December.

So, here’s my list of what I’m thankful for this year (I’m linking up to several different meme’s with this post…see who at the bottom).

A: Awesome Co-Workers (I really don’t think I could work with more amazing, supportive, encouraging people. I love my job because of who I work with and am so thankful that not only do I have a job, I have one I love.)

B: Babies (There are a lot of these in our life right now (friends and family)…though none of our own yet. It’s such a miracle to think how a baby is created and then develops and grows…and the expression of love that child is)

C: Creativity (Both God’s amazing creativity in how He made this world, and the creativity He has given to me to glorify Him)

D: Disneyland (Such a magical place that has so many memories for me. I’m fortunate enough to live close by and can afford to have a pass (even though I don’t have one right now) so I can enjoy the entertainment it offers.)

E: Electricity (It’s amazing how we become so lost when we don’t have it)

F: Feet (I’ve rediscovered running over the past few months and even though I hated it in high school, I’m enjoying it and know it is making me a healthier person…and my feet enable me to do that!)

G: Grace (It’s a free gift from God and yet I’m so slow accept it and then to offer it to others. I will never understand it, but am so grateful for it)

H: House (It’s not ours and it’s not our ideal living situation, but living with my sister is allowing us to save for a place of our own, hopefully this spring)

I: iPhone (Yes, this may be silly, but I often take it for granted! My iPhone is invaluable to me, especially when it comes to the map feature)

J: John, my husband (I don’t tell him enough how grateful I am to have him in my life and the things we does for me and how much I enjoy spending my life with him.)

K: Kitchen (I love cooking. Having a kitchen to do it in is a huge blessing!)

L: Love (Again, both God’s love and the love we experience in our relationships with each other)

M: Mom (Until a few years ago, I didn’t realize just how thankful I am for her and the sacrifices she and my dad made for us growing up. I also realized how much she really does know…it’s it funny how your parents get smarter as you become an adult?)

N: New Friends (While I’ve been part of a small group through my church for over a year now, I struggled with attending for most of this past year. Now that I’ve been attending regularly again, and our group has grown, I am loving this new group of friends I have and look forward to continuing “doing life together.”)

O: Olives (Kinda weird, I know. Olives are one of my favorite things to eat. It wasn’t that long ago I was still putting them on my fingertips prior to eating them…though smaller fingers seem to work much better. In all seriousness, though, this is representative of the vast array of foods that we have access to, and the supply is pretty much endless.)

P: Prayer (I get to talk with God…whenever I want, wherever I want, about whatever I want. How awesome is that?)

Q: Quilts (They keep me warm at night, especially with the recent turn in our weather.)

R: Rain (It’s fairly rare for us to be getting this much rain in Southern California in the fall, but I’m loving it and know how much we need it)

S: Senses (Like the 5 senses. Some people do not have one or more of these. We use them every single day and yet it’s so easy to not even realize what a gift they are and how they allow us to experience the world around us.)

T: Technology (I am so reliant on technology…my computer, emails, blogs, digital photography, cell phones, cable TV, debit/credit cards…the list goes on. I remember when Y2K threatened to bring it all down. It makes our lives so much easier and enjoyable!)

U: Unanswered Prayers (This kind of goes along with “P.” How many times have I asked for something only to be told “No” or left unanswered, only to discover later that God had a much better plan than what I wanted. Now, if I could just learn to be thankful when I’m being told “No” or “Wait” in that moment instead of when I can look back and reflect on it after the fact.)

V: Victory (Christ’s victory over death so that I could have eternal life with my Heavenly Father)

W: Water (Since we would die without it after only a few days and there are many people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water, I’m thankful that I can turn on my faucet whenever I want or need to use water!)

X: Xpedx (For those who don’t know, it’s a paper and graphics store. I often purchase bulk paper and envelopes here…and it’s really cost efficient. In fact, I’m headed over there this afternoon to get envelopes for our Christmas cards I’m putting together this weekend.)

Y: Youth (As in the high school students I get to minister to every Wednesday for half an hour. I love these girls and being able to pour into their lives.)

Z: Zoom Lens (It’s not really mine, but I get to use it 99% of the time. I was so lost without it when my mom took it with her for her 2-week East Coast trip. I love the ability to get in close to a subject without having to be super close physically.)

So, here’s where I’m linking up to today:
PhotobucketFinding Joy | The ABC's of Thanks

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Posted on November 24, 2010, in Personal, Photo Challenges, Photography. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This was awesome! And such a great idea to do the ABC’s of thanks! It really challenges you to ponder more about what you’re thankful for! Beautiful photo, too!

  2. Love this idea!!! Beautiful photo!

  3. I love your ABC list. The picture of the rain is wonderful!

    Mine is here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/i-ate-this/

  4. Thanks for linking in!

    I was blessed reading your list. I remember thinking about how great my mom was when I got older — and now, as a mother — I am even more and more grateful for all that my mom did.

    Thanks also for writing such a truthful response to U – Unanswered prayers. Sometimes I think it’s all too easy to get resentful and yet there is beauty in waiting.

    I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Rachel

  5. Thanks so much for linking up!!

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