I have a beautiful baby boy who is defying the odds. He is growing, learning, entertaining, and living proof that we have an all powerful God. I have a warm home with plenty to eat, and reliable transportation. Justin has a job that allows me to stay home with Derrick. I have a job that I love, where I am able to work, but not have to leave Derrick with someone other than family. I have a mother-in-law that makes that possible.
I have a wonderful, supportive, and understand husband whom I love more than I could ever express. He is also an incredible father. I have a loving, supportive family. I have great friends and an incredible 'heart family.'
I live in a country where my freedom is protected selflessly, and where I am free to give all the thanks to GOD, who makes it all possible.
Yet this Thanksgiving, my heart is burdened. I think for the first time ever, I am truly aware of how much I have to be thankful for, yet how much others suffer. There are many who are homeless, unemployed, hungry, and lonely. And this year, I know many parents who will be celebrating Thanksgiving, but with a part of themselves missing. I cannot imagine the pain that this time of year brings to some, but I ask you to please include them in your prayers of thankfulness.
Thank you for all that we have been given. It has been far more than we could possibly deserve. Thank you for being our God, for loving us when we are unlovable, for being patient with us when we are selfish, for carrying us when we are weak. God, thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice of your son's life, so that we may live with you in eternity.
Please be with those suffering. Make them feel your arms around them so they know you're there. So they know you love them. Please especially be with all of the moms and dads who are missing their children this year, and also the ones who are with their children as they fight for their lives in the hospital.
God, thank you for choosing us as your children and for blessing us with your love. Please guide us to show others how wonderful and powerful you are, so that they too, can feel your grace.
In Your mighty name,
I am thankful for all of you who read about and pray for my Derrick. You have no idea how much comfort it brings to know that he is prayed for and loved by so many. No idea.
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy all of the scrumptious food and the time you have with your family and friends. Give your kids an extra hug, and remember to give thanks to the one who makes all possible.
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1
Thankful for these guys!