It’s so hard to limit what I’m thankful for, so I’ve just listed
some of the things that have particularly stuck out to me this past year that I’m grateful for.
~a dear family
~direct answers to prayer
~going on a mission trip to Panama
~friends who give me a shoulder to cry on and laugh with me
~spending almost 6 weeks on a Native Reservation, serving and loving
~my parents’ wisdom and guidance
~God’s perfect timing and plans, even when I’m confused and unsure
~opportunities to share Jesus with countless people
~the Lord’s protection while almost paralyzed from a spider bite
~”little” things: a smile, hug from a three-year-old, frosting on my cheek, a thoughtful card, the wind in my face,
~and most of all, my Savior, Jesus Christ
— Joanna of Bloom!
— Sarah R., 16
I couldn’t be any more thankful for the blessing of a family that loves and serves God, and creatively shares God’s love with others.
— Michael G.
Besides the normal things like friends, family, food, a house, etc…. I’m thankful for freedom. That might seem like a broad answer, but just walk outside and take a breath of air. Or look at our nation’s capital up close, knowing that anyone can vote and even a little kid can make a difference is what truly sets America apart from every other country in the world. And it’s all thanks to the pilgrims who sailed on over on the Mayflower and other ships in order to escape the persecution because they wanted a better life for themselves and their kids. If they could see how far we’ve come and the great country we’ve created I think they’d be moved to tears. So that’s what I’m thankful for.
— Catherine T., 17
I am thankful for my family. — Alyrica M., 15
I am thankful for freedom. So many people every single day forget that people are fighting so that we can go … to church without fearing for our very lives. Freedom is taken for granted. Men and women die every day to preserve [our] freedom. They put their lives on the line and have amazing courage. But courage doesn’t come without fear. Courage is having fear and trusting that God will have His perfect way.
How do you think our servicemen and women feel when protest their effort or say that they are “wasting their time?” They sacrifice time with their family to protect your family. Whenever [my family] sees a member of the military, we
thank them for their service, for their time, and for the sacrifice. They have families that suffer. They have children they’ve never met because they were [overseas] when their baby was born. And so many of them are desperately lost and without a Savior.
So, on this Thanksgiving, I encourage everyone to be thankful for their freedom, [including] the freedom of speech and of religion. Pray for our leaders and do what you can to make a positive influence on our government. Pray that others will wake up to the battle at hand. Pray that others will wake up to the battle at hand. Not just the battle in Iraq or Afghanistan, but the battle for our souls …
— Valerie E., 15
|For my car that purrs
For my cat’s soft fur
My husband’s hands
For God’s best plans
My children’s health
The simple pleasures
Salvation and a close relationship with Christ, family and friends, freedom, [the] USA, health, wealth, technology, education (especially the ability …to learn ANYTHING you want to), home, sustenance, animals (most of them), foliage, weather and seasons, holidays, beautiful music, books and the ability to read, variety of clothes, people with a smile, rare opportunities, [any kind of] talent, thoughtful gifts/notes, outreach groups, mail, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, [and] gratitude (yes, I am grateful for gratitude).
— Katherine P., 16
My wonderful husband and sweet baby boy!!!
— Francesca Battistelli, CCM singer and songwriter
I’m thankful for the gift of marriage and for God’s presence.
–Rachel Dahl of A La Modest
Diversity, snow, peaches, violins, color, laughter, heroism, nobility, and courage, the art of storytelling, fire, photographs, camaraderie, mini schnauzers, song.
— Brennan G.
God’s love for me, a wonderful family, great friends, the gift of life — physically and spiritually, the truth about the gospel, willingness to do more and the desire to help others.
— M.Y.R., 16
All of creation
Evidence of love
The ability to give
Truth and the certainty of absolutes
Life, beginning to end
Hope and joy
But it’s hard to scratch the surface, isn’t it?