Friday, November 22, 2013

Living a Life of Thankfulness

Let me introduce you to my newest great grandson, Holden Allen Andrews.

So often, we live in such a hurry that we don't have time for thankfulness. When that's true, we begin the have expectations of what others in our lives should do ... with us, for us, about us.

Expectation is the opposite of thankfulness.

It has taken me a number of years to move from living a life of expectations to living a life of thankfulness.

When a person walks with the Lord daily and understands that God has plans for his or her life, plans that make a difference in the world around them, thankfulness is a natural outgrowth. It didn't come quickly or easily to my life, but my life is better for it.

I'm thankful that God created me with specific talents and abilities He planned to use at different seasons in my life. I'm thankful that He loved me enough to send His Son to the cross to make a way for His Father and me to have a deep connection that brings great delight into my life.

I'm thankful for the family He placed me in, both as a child and then as an adult. For the precious children He blessed James and I with. For the amazing grandchildren who are now living for Him. For the two great grandsons who bring abundant joy into our lives. Just think about the Christian legacy that will touch generations just because the Lord created and loved me.

Today, I'm thankful for central heat on this cold, damp day in Texas. For a snug house and vehicles to keep us out of the weather.

I'm thankful for writing industry professionals who recognized the talent God placed in me and chose to publish my books. For my amazing agent. And for my readers who encourage me and love me, not just my books.

I could spend the whole day enumerating things I'm thankful for. I don't have to search for them. Their presence gives special meaning to my life.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I pray that you take the time to actually give thanks in the midst of the fabulous food, family gatherings, parades, and football games.

So tell me what you're most thankful for this year.


Susan P said...

Congrats! I have a nephew named Holden Alan, how fun! I am thankful for family always. I don't know what I would do without them.

Debby Mayne said...

Your little great-grandson is so cute - just like you!

I'm thankful that my husband survived a serious car accident and health issue last month.

Melanie Backus said...

Lena, your post is beautiful and so is Holden. Congratulations!


Darrel Nelson said...

I'm thankful for many things, too, Lena. And one of them is you. Thanks for reminding us to always carry an attitude of gratitude.