I am thankful for:
76. The Gift of my wonderfully helpful husband. I so appreciate his doing the dishes after every meal. This week he shampooed the carpets and spotlessly cleaned the bathrooms. We have had very busy and challenging weeks lately and he has graciously picked up the slack.
77. The Gift of Cherished friendships. Over the past couple of months, we have experienced the loss of four cherished friends, one in New York and three in Arizona. We are grateful for the times we have had with each of them and the impact they have had on our lives. Our hearts are sorrowful, yet we know that they have been ushered into the presence of their Lord and Savior and free from the pain and suffering of this life.
78. The Gift of Salvation. What a blessed time of year this is remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus means "The Lord is salvation," which describes what He came to do--to save us from the bondage of our sin through his death on our behalf. The Babe in the manger came to die, to be the sacrificial lamb, for the payment of our sin debt. How thankful I am for the day that I accepted His offer of forgiveness, and became His child. How I long for His second return!
79. The Gift of the beauty, the sights, the sounds and smells of the Christmas season...twinkling lights, glittering ornaments, adorning ribbons, fragrant evergreens, sweet smelling candles, Christmas music and carols, cakes, pies, cookies, gingerbread, spiced cider, hot cocoa, Christmas teas and flavored coffees and creamers, eggnog, candy canes, chocolates, ribbon candy, homemade fudge, and confections.
80. The Gift of our warm, cozy home that contains more than we need. Truly our cup overflows with God's provision and goodness to us.
Have a Blessed Day,