ALPHABET OF THANKS.......With some help from Toveli and Gaelyn, I was able to put together an alphabet of things we are thankful for today, on our Canadian Thanksgiving. Besides the turkey dinner with fresh butternut squash soup and homemade pumpkin pie, today we are thankful for........
Abundance. I shall not want (Psalm 23), for He is the God of "more than enough".
Beauty. Sunrises and sunsets. Reminders to keep our eyes upward, looking for our Bridegroom's return.
Conception. Of Lives, of Dreams, of New Beginnings.
Diapers. Sometimes filled with oddities like pretzels, coins, dominoes, whatever. But always filled with a cute derriere.
Everette. A man whose hunger for intimacy with God grows week by week. He's the love of my life, and the reason the rest of the children even exist. AND Every new day. For this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Everette and I quote this verse together every morning, usually before anything else passes our lips)
Freckles. That dance across childrens' noses, and even painted on our friends faces.
Grapes. See how many you can cram into your mouth, or catch after you toss them in the air. They bring giggles that grace our walls.
Hunger. Hearts that hunger for more of Jesus. For man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Imagination. Anything is possible with imagination. Our little boys have imagination, and are into everything. That means my little ones are healthy and curious.
Jesus. For without Him there is no purpose in life, and no bridge to the Father.
Kisses. Wet kisses. Sticky kisses. In the middle of the night kisses. Morning breath kisses. Suck your face kisses. Heal a boo-boo kisses. I'll take them all from my loved ones.
Living. The Word is Living. It isn't a stagnant history book. It is a love letter from God to us.
Moms. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Moms.
Nice people. Like Aunt Jo who lets us stay at her house, here in Nova Scotia where winters are better for playing out in (compared to wet BC....but not as nice as warm Arizona).
Oranges. Sliced and sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. A simple sweet dessert idea Layne brought home from Morocco.
Promises. The promises of God to hold onto when we are unsure, unsteady, unnerved. His promises are Yes and Amen!
Quiverful. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of children, for they are gifts from God. Every single one of them.
Rest. The sabbath. A change from the regular activities of the week. Time for games, and reading, and fellowship, and family.
Sunshine. The light source from God, shines warmly down on us. Like His arms wrapped around us, embracing us in His love. And Samuel Xavier Douglas, who is our own little sunshine still in my womb, who makes us happy when skies are gray. He'll never quite understand how much we love him. Please don't take my sunshine away!
Technology. Helps keep us in touch with family and friends, and keep us organized and hopefully more efficient.
Unconditional. No matter how often I may screw up, or how bad my attitude might be, my Heavenly Father still loves me unconditionally, and extends mercy and grace to me. Not because of who I am, but because of Who He Is. It's all about HIM.
Vans. Our 15-passenger van has taken us all over North America, and its been a real ad-Venture for our family.
Water. For drinking up, for swimming in, for splashing on, for shooting with, for sailing on, for birthing in, for relaxing in, to sit by. To hear roaring and crashing and tumbling and trickling and running. Water soothes me.
XP. Extreme Prophetic has brought new friends, new prayer partners, new experiences into our lives. We are extremely blessed to have crossed paths with this ministry.
Youngsters. Helps us get off our butt and into action. Keeps us Youthful.
Zillions. Our hearts are full of so much thanksgiving, for God has blessed us abundantly that a ka-zillion alphabets could never express it.
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!
Question for You: What are you most thankful for this year?