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For me, “Thank you!” often seems so inadequate when it comes to expressing my overwhelming feelings of gratitude towards someone who has lovingly cared for me in a way that required effort on their part—
--Sent a well-chosen card of encouragement
--Brought a meal
--Patiently taught me a skill
--Took over a task I didn’t have time to do
--Connected me with needed professionals
--Drove me places
--Sat with me at the hospital
--Unpacked my kitchen after a move
The list could go on and on and on.
The problem is, while saying “Thank you” seems like the least I could do sometimes I don’t even do that. I put it off and then forget, I don’t know how to put it into words or show my appreciation so it never gets said, and sometimes I am just so self-focused it completely slips my mind.
While contemplating this, God led me to a post on my friend’s blog, The Write Soil. Dawn has started a card ministry at her church and is sharing her tips. Thanksgiving seems like a good time for me to begin—by catching up on some long-overdue thank you notes!
My lapse in showing appreciation is especially true when it comes to giving God thanks for what He has done, and continues to do, for me. So, in following Dawn’s advice to be intentional, I am taking a few moments to give God thanks for just a few of His blessings, even as inadequate as a simple "Thank you" really is:
- First and foremost for Jesus, who gave His all for me. You are my Savior, Companion, and Friend. I don’t know why you love me, but I am so grateful that you do! J
- For a loving, devoted, husband, who is perfect for me—we are the truest of friends, lovers, and laborers together in God’s field. Thank you, Lord, for Dicky Wiliams, my heaven-made soul mate.
- For the gifts of a son and a daughter of whom I couldn’t be prouder—they are both such loving, responsible, and committed individuals. Thank you, Father, that I can call them not only my son and daughter, but, now that they are grown, I can call them “friends”.
Again, I could go on and on—my loving extended family, my dear friends, my perfect job at Hillside Farms, my writing that lets me pour my soul out through my fingertips, and so much many more of God’s abundant blessings!
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. May your cornucopia of life also overflow with the fruits of God’s blessings!
©2014 Pamela D. Williams