Here you go.
I finally was able to go out and do some shopping for Christmas on Saturday night. I am almost done. I love giving. I am thankful for being able to do this, give things, and for having people in my life to whom to give gifts.
I am blessed by my ride to church and getting to go to church every Sunday in the Advent season! That makes me happy.
I am blessed by a roof over my head and food and all those things, which while they may be things people are like "Oh, yeah, the obvious" they also are not the required. Not everyone has those, and just because they're obvious doesn't mean we shouldn't always be thankful for it.
I'm thankful for my old beat-up hoodie because it sort of feels like wearing a hug since I feel so awful today.
I'm thankful to have a job where no one made a huge fuss because I called out sick. I don't know if it'll have negative side effects in the future, but I also know nothing effects us without God allowing it to and so if I'm too sick to work, God knew and whatever happens will happen with His guidance on my life.
I'm thankful to be in love with Ryan, for having a heart that cries out in love to His even when I'm not thinking about him. Do you know that if I am staring at a blank white page and let my mind wander I almost always come back to find I typed without thinking "I miss Ryan"? It's sort of weird, but hey, obviously he's deepset in my consciousness. I love him, and moreover the huge blessing is this: He loves me!
I am blessed by having a relationship with Jesus, the primary love of my life. Thank you, God, for holding me together this week, forgiving my sins, and encouraging me to go forward. Help me to rely on and know you more. More faith, more love, more You.
I am blessed by little Sophie, my dog, as well as all our other pets.
I am thankful for good friends. Friends who challenge my mind, who have me over for soup when I need to get out, friends that care enough to offer me rides, friends who buy me a chai tea latte for Christmas (seriously, that's awesome). I love my friends God, and I am so thankful.
I am blessed by my family, not just in the obvious positive ways, but also by the ways they stretch me. I don't always (okay, pretty much never) appreciate that while their doing it, but one of the reasons family can drive you so nuts is God lets them stretch you in a way no one else can because they access your life and heart in a very different way than others. So God, I thank you for that, because I want to be stretched by You... even when I don't want that.
Linking up to I'm Blessed and Thankful Tuesdays.