Friday, November 28, 2014

dear daughters, what to be thankful for {thanksgiving 2014}

My dear daughters,

I don't want Thanksgiving to be a single day of the year. I think it's a wonderful holiday to truly reflect on the thanks we have given through the 12 months prior. But giving thanks is a way of life, a daily habit we need.

I hope and pray that your dad and I are instilling true gratitude in your lives, although I'm not quite sure you get it yet. Although today Miss Rose learned from Auntie Robin that because she had a meal in the last 24 hours, has a roof over her head and her family has at least one vehicle she is in the top 10% (I think that's the number) of the nation.

Girls, you may not have everything you WANT, but as you look back on your life you will see that you will have all that you need. And the list of things you need doesn't contain the latest technology or wheeled toy or doll that looks like you. 

The true blessings of God come in the form of family and friends who fill our lives with life and color.  Stuff is just stuff, but the true value of life is found in our people and the God who's grace is lavished upon us daily.

I pray that you have your people. I pray that we, your family, are your first people. But we are not all you need. I pray in years to come, you are blessed with dear friends from all the seasons of your life. And with the advent of social media, you'll probably get to keep in touch with them too, if you want to.

Joy is friends spending holidays with you from out of town. Happiness is seeing your children play with the children of your friends. It is the close friendships your children share with cousins and the friends who have become family. What a blessing to call my sisters and my brother, my sister-in-laws and my brother-in-laws among my closest friends. Contentment is exchanging text messages with friends near and far.

Every good and perfect gift comes from God and he does give us the desire of our hearts. May the desires of your hearts my sweet girls, be for family and friends who are always on your side, who are your home team, your safe place. Without each other, we have nothing.

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up...a cord of three strands is not easily broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12