So it's that time of year, where we think about being thankful. Next week is the Thanksgiving celebration, and I think, it might be best for me to write my list this week before I start concentrating on food and entertaining. I'm thankful for: my wonderful husband(who I still love to date), my parents(who are great encouragers), my daughters(who I enjoy spending time with), my sons(who keep me laughing), my two year old(who is so loving), my home, my Bible(my strength and wisdom), my neighbors(with such great children), my mentor(who keeps me on track), my friends(I learn from), my sister(who questions life and makes me think), my brother(fun), autumn(love the beauty), the nature trail by my house, flowers(make me smile), all the "big" birthdays celebrated this year, laughter, dates(to survive the crazy life), nieces, nephews, vacations, my Savior(security and hope), ValleyPoint(I love my church!), teachers, coaches, and memories.

There is so much, even on hard days, to thank God for daily. It isn't really even the big "stuff"; it's the sweet words of "I love you" from a child. Or the encouraging words of a friend that help you gain perspective on a day. It's important for me stop and remember the blessings God has given me. Colossians 3:13 says, "And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful."

Take some time this week to write a list, and then thank God for all he has done.

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