Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks

This post is part of a post I wrote last year for the Gratitude Gala. The words and the sentiment still hold true today......As I pondered the design of this post, I considered the numerous moments that surround me in blessings daily. I arise each new day and begin my tasks. In a warm and comfortable home, I sip my coffee and correspond with friends. Laughing and crying, gaining new wisdom and inspiration with each visit.

I tend to my animals and the soil from which I gain sustenance and a sense of self-sufficiency.

I have the ability and resources necessary to cook our meals and wash our clothes.
During the day, I often touch base with those I hold dear, my parents who provided the foundation of love and instruction that I have built my life upon. My brother and sisters who are not only my siblings but my closest friends and confidants.
I am often caught off guard and filled with happiness as I recognize the little moments of wonder and beauty that remind me that life is more than
chores and expectations.
In the evening, as my husband returns from work, the focus shifts to family together time. Talking, relaxing and relating our day.

At the close of the day, I snuggle my son into bed and I am humbled by the infinite gifts the Lord has provided, in spite of my sins and shortcomings.

I am thankful that I have the ability to Praise Him openly, for his provisions and grace.
And it occurs to me that even though time has altered the appearance of our world dramatically since the first Thanksgiving, the things that we are most thankful for have not changed.

Food, shelter, the knowledge and tools necessary to survive and thrive. Our families and the lives that we share together. A sense of love and acceptance gained through our relationships. The aspects of our lives that bring us peace and joy. The freedom to rejoice in fellowship and gather in worship. These have always been the whispered points of gratitude in our daily prayers and I suspect that they always will be.
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends~ Rhonda


Back Through Time said...

Happy Thanksgiving Rhonda!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving. You have a special family.

farmerjulie said...

Hi Rhonda!
Happy Thankgiving! that pic with the bunny is so darling!!

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Rhonda, You said it so beautifully, to be thankful for all that we have, is a precious gift. Bless you and have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Sand Flat Farm said...

What a wonderful post, Rhonda - heartfelt and taken to heart on my part. Thanks for sharing - love your little tow-headed boy - I had some of those, too! Hope you had good Thanksgiving!

Ginger said...

What a heart warming post Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving lord bless you Rhonda and your family!
hugs ginger

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Rhonda,

What a beautiful and inspiring post :) Hope you had a wonderful holiday.


Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Rhonda sweetie, what a truly beautiful post! Touching, heartfelt, meaningful, and inspiring......I love it! Wishing you a really wonderful day dear friend!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)