It happens at almost every Thanksgiving dinner: “Let’s go around the table and everyone say ONE THING they’re thankful for.” By the time it comes around to me, everyone’s already said “Jesus” or “my family” or “my spouse” and I’m left looking like a copycat. 😛
When I’m asked this question, I usually start from the top and work my way down: God, hubby, writing, etc. But every Thanksgiving, sharing just one thing is never enough. We need to get more specific. Of course I’m going to be thankful for my husband and for Jesus’s sacrifice. And of course I’m going to share those ones. I don’t want to be the one person who says, “I’m thankful for books” and look like a shallow dork.
But there is so much that I am thankful for, that I forget to think about. I would much rather our Thanksgiving look like this: “Okay, let’s all go around the table and share 10 things we’re thankful for.”
Yes, it’s going to take a long time and the nieces and nephews will probably squirm in their seats or ask to be excused. Some people may not want to go that deep (because they’re in a turkey coma and I don’t blame them!) But it’s good for us. It’s good to start honing in on the things that we forget to remember to appreciate.
This time, I’m going to give us an opportunity to dig into those 10, 20, 50 things that we want to share beyond, “I’m thankful for my kids.” Let’s go deeper.
So here are mine (in no particular order.) I am thankful for:
- Having the Bible in English. (How blessed are we?)
- My husband’s patience. (Seriously the most patient and amazing human ever placed in my life.)
- Being born in a century & country where publishing books is actually possible for me. I used to think that Jo March and Anne of Green Gables and Beatrix Potter were so “romantic” hauling their handwritten manuscripts around for publication. Can you imagine how hard it would have been to get published back then? Thank you, God, for putting me in the 21st century.
- My health. This year I seem to have run across a lot of people and friends who are dealing with health issues that I can’t even fathom. AND they are staying cheerful through them! It’s incredibly humbling.
- My coffee shop, Java Junction. When living in Wydaho there wasn’t a coffee shop I could go sit at and work. Now I have one–it is my office of sorts and writing comes much easier because of it. I understand what a gift that is only because I went without it for so long.
- My nieces and nephews.
- Core friends. You know the ones–the ones who fill you up instead of drain you. The ones who will enter the deep with you and ask the hard questions. I have a few of these and realize how very blessed I am to have that. It’s rarer than I knew.
- Hardcover books. Maybe this is silly, but I think they’re BEAUTIFUL and I realize that they’re not everywhere. My poor friends in Australia have such a tough time getting hardcovers! *weeps for them*
- My readers. (You bring me to tears at least once a week. Thank you for loving me so well. 💙 )
- My writing space. I have a whole ROOM in which I get to write. And it’s packed with inspiration.
- Imagination. Do you realize how amazing it is to be able to dream and imagine and create just in our minds? God didn’t need to give us imaginations, but He did. Because He is the Creator…and He wanted to share the glory of creating and imagining with us.
- Writer friends. When I first started writing, no one really got it. I didn’t know other writers. I always dreamed of having even one writer friend. Now I’m surrounded. 💙 💙 💙
Okay, I cheated. I shared twelve things I’m thankful for. (For shame! 😉 ) And I could go on. But, because the mashed potatoes are getting cold and you’re next according to the seating…I’ll bite my tongue and let you take your turn. 😉
Share in the comments some things your thankful for. It doesn’t have to be 10 things, but try to make it more than 1. 🙂