It’s customary to give thanks only on one day of the year, or when something good happens in our lives.  As I was writing this letter my thoughts were to thank everyone for connecting with me and wishing them a happy thanksgiving.  Although I still would like to do that I also  thought about the true meaning of giving thanks. 

To be able to get up and have breath; still be able to use my limbs, and have my organs function in the capacity that they do I give thanks.  As I say that I laugh because when I was a little girl my mother used to say the same thing and it made absolutely no sense to me because I was used to thanking only for the material wealth.

As I’ve gotten older I learned that  blessings were not from the material wealth but in the wholeness of life itself; the journey.  I now understand that there is a faithful God, a forgiving God, and a loving God who has placed me where I am at this given time to be a blessing not for myself but to others.  The most amazing part of his faith, love, and forgiveness doesn’t apply to any one specific person its for EVERYONE.

So I give thanks to each and every one of you for being a part of my journey and I pray that I have been or will be a blessing to at least one.


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