“in everything give thanks, in every circumstance. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Some days are easier to do this than others.  This year has been full of so many ups and downs that I have lost track of where I am at times. I am so thankful for the Word of God and my Bible Study Fellowship group and lesson that really helps to keep me centered on what is really important. When facing challenges, it is hard to be “strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For the LORD your God will be with you wherever you may go.” Joshua 1:9.

I am thankful for the creative and busy family that I have. It has been hard these past weeks because of all the doctor appointments we’ve had.  While Jeff is progressing, there are new things being discovered to deal with.  Yet the long drives give us lots of time to talk and pray, work on my Bible Study Fellowship lesson or listen to music.  Looking for answers to some of our challenges is not easy. God is guiding and directing each day. God opens and closes doors. Sometimes quickly and sometimes not.  His faithfulness and provision is something to be thankful for!

I am grateful for neighbors who will trade help or just step into help when all the doctor visits get overwhelming, are long and far away.  On one of our trips we got a call from the local dispatch operator that a man who had gone into our yard to inspect for a bid on cleaning our roof had left the gate open and our goats got out.  We were over an hour away.  Several phone calls later, I was grateful for the one neighbor who was willing to go and make sure they got put back in.

I am thankful for all the children I get to work with whether through music with the Moppet program, music lessons, tutoring, farm lessons or substituting in the public schools. There is never a dull moment. God’s mercies are new every morning and that is something to be thankful for for sure!

I am thankful for the new friends we’ve made traveling this year.

I am grateful for the sense of urgency God gave me to get our Airbanb finished this summer. With Jeff home recuperating from shoulder surgery and hand issues,   I am grateful for people who help me learn how to do things as I accidentally seem to have started a business!

I appreciate our long term connection with Cannon Beach Conference Center and the tradition that started 24 years ago when my dad told us that they would no longer be hosting Thanksgiving. All of my siblings made other plans and did not include us. I am grateful for the advertisement I heard on KCIS in Seattle inviting us to the Thanksgiving Conference and for the continued tradition that has been for our family. I am thankful that my children still want to come and for the friends we have met here down through the years as well as the opportunity to walk the beach and share burdens and blessings with other friends. How encouraging to learn that someone has been praying for us! I am thankful for the guest speakers who teach Gods Word and from experience, how to apply it.

I am thankful for the gift of music and for Christmas as we get to go and play out in our community.  We have an upcoming playout at the Port of Everett Holiday Festival on December 1 at 2 PM and we will be participating this year at the Stanwood Haggen’s “Sing from the Heart” on December 15.   We also look forward to our annual recital at a local retirement home.  The greatest gift for which I am thankful is the gift of forgiveness for sin and restoration of a right relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. “It is not by works of righteousness that we have done but according to His mercy He has saved us.” Titus 3:5.img_5594-animation

There is a a lot of JOY in Thankfulness.  Happy Thanksgiving!

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5 NIV