Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thankful...

This weekend we waited the arrival of our youngest daughter and her husband, coming home for Thanksgiving. We sat and laughed at how fast they had grown up. How crazy our lives had been in the last few years and were we home for the second thanksgiving in a row? It was then that I realized we had raised our children to understand the bigger picture of serving others and then I got a wee bit teary. You see sometimes we laugh at funny things that happened living on the mission field, great experiences, bug stories and then we remember the things we missed back home. While serving on the mission field in Haiti we missed births, deaths, and weddings, we missed Christmas, birthdays, and Thanksgiving. I also realized sometimes it must have been easier for us then on them.
Being thankful is a state of mind, like a cup half full. It is something I need to do more. There is so much in our lives we need to be thankful for.

This fall we are home in Canada and as we celebrate all that we have with 14 or so for dinner, I will remember to bask in the family time. I will let the dishes sit until later (that is if I can keep Gill out of the sink) and visit. We will share and laugh and talk about about the future, the past, the present and the gifts we all have in family and friends. We will all eat way too much and after everyone is done, I will share that the stuffing, gravy and all the fixings were made gluten free LOL.(usally i get a bad rap about eating cardboard!)

I know our steps are ordered by the Lord. I am thankful that our families have understood our desire to follow different paths set before us. I am thankful that our children continue to support us with their love and prayers, every time we get on a plane to a foreign land. I am thankful that God showed how to raise spiritually equipped and globally minded young men and women that make us so proud. I am thankful that Jussi is just as eager as I am to follow the leading of God and change direction. In our car sometimes the GPS decides to go a different way then Jussi plans and the thing goes crazy saying re calculating... and our lives sometimes do not plan out they way we intended but for that I am also thankful.  
As we embark on a new season of thanksgiving I want to be open to the Lord saying...re calculating. I also want to remember Be thankful for your mistakes  They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference. It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.


Praying for you and your families that this year you will see an abundance of God's love, His blessings, His power in your everyday, and that we will all remember that being thankful should be a daily thing! 
Don't be shy.....share your thankfulness....

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