Over 20 years ago, a pastor in my church challenged us to list all our reasons to give thanks. At the time, I was so bitter about being single that I couldn't think of even one blessing God had given me. Isn't that a slap in His face? In reality, He had done so much for me, but I refused to recoognize His bounty. Sad, huh? I must have grieved His heart!
So let me list some of the things (and people) I'm thankful for now. This is only a partial list, but hopefully it will bless some of you.
I'm thankful for:
My salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Left to myself, I would deserve eternity in hell, but God has graciously paid for my sin. If He'd done nothing else for me, this one blessing alone would be more than I could ever ask! That is my highest joy!
My husband, who is all I ever hoped for in a husband, only better!
My mom. She's incredible, and I praise God for all she did to make sure I was born and then make sure that I would lead a normal and full life.
My college education.
All the friends I've had from different arenas.
My headstick and computer, which open so many doors for me.
Living at a time when disabled people have so many opportunities and support systems. I am amazed that John and I, both so severely disabled, can live independently and contribute to society.
Our Personal Care Attendents.
My sister and her two daughters.
Our third floor apartment with the view of the woods. I love watching summer sunsets and the first snowfall of the season.
Living so close to Boston, where I can see so many historical sites.
The men and women who, beginning with the Boston Massacre and continuing right through this war in Iraq, sacrifice themselves for American freedom.
Food in our kitchen and clothes on our backs.
Our church, that preaches God's Word and supports a wide variety of ministry organizations and missionaries, and opens its arms to us. Both pastors make no secret of their love for me and John.
There's much more I could write, but I'm getting tired. Indeed, God has richly blessed me!