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Renae Brumbaugh Green

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I’m not ready for Thanksgiving. I haven’t even bought a turkey yet. I haven’t planned a menu or thought about who will bring what to our family dinner.

I haven’t made a “thankful” list, either. Shame on me, especially considering how much I have to be thankful for. So in an effort to get myself in the holiday spirit, here is my top ten list of things I’m thankful for this year:

I’m thankful for coffee. And peppermint mocha creamer.

I’m thankful for the towel bar in my bathroom that hangs right above my scales. If I hold onto that bar, I can shave a good ten pounds off my weight.

I’m thankful for sappy Hallmark channel Christmas movies.

I’m thankful for cinnamon-apple-scented candles. They make the house smell like pie, but without the calories.

I’m thankful for a fifteen-year-old boy who mows lawns.

I’m thankful for a twenty-year-old daughter who keeps me from making too many fashion mistakes.

I’m thankful for my denim jacket. It makes almost any outfit look hip and cool.

I’m thankful for longtime friends who I don’t have to impress.

I’m thankful for a mother who is also a best friend.

10. I’m thankful for a hardworking husband who makes me feel like I’m the catch of the century, even though I know that title belongs to him.

11. I’m thankful for a car that runs.

12. I’m thankful for a husband who can fix that car when it decides not to run, and for money to fix what he can’t.

13. I’m thankful for a warm, soft bed to sleep in, and big, thick fluffy blankets.

14. I’m thankful for central heat and air. This time of year in Texas, you never know which one you’ll need on any given day.

15. I’m thankful for electricity. It makes life a whole lot simpler.

16. I’m thankful for cute puppies. (I’m not thankful for having to housebreak a cute puppy, though.)

17. I’m thankful for good health.

18. I’m thankful for people to love, and people who love me.

19. I’m thankful for a gracious, compassionate God who sees me, who knows my heart, and who cares about exactly what I’m going through at any given moment. I’m thankful that He goes through it all with me.

I know I listed more than ten, and I could have listed a whole lot more. Once I got started, the thankfulness just kept coming and coming, increasing with each new item. I don’t know why we wait until November to focus on thankfulness, for His care for us is constant, every day of the year, every second of the day, from now until eternity.

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever,” Psalm 136:1.


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