Thoroughly Thankful

 

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Do you ever gaze over the memory of a year through pictures?

I did that last night. Sixty short minutes pulling up 2014’s pictures on my laptop, my face pinched with nostalgic emotion as another sprinting year draws to a close.

Pictures I took of our boys, of me and my parents, of my hubby and me, of family members, of beautiful Florida sky and clouds, of places we visited, of God’s intricate flowers, of me doing one of my favorite things ever – walking barefoot in a cold mountain stream, of precious time spent with faraway friends, of animals we spotted while walking our neighborhood, of sweet moments worth remembering.

They are too numerous to count, but each treasured deep.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17

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And as the month of Thanksgiving draws to a close, I’m warmed through by thankfulness. Thorough thankfulness for God’s goodness. For His mercy despite my often-selfish attitude, for His gifts of friendship and affection through others. For the many moments of love and laughter.

For Jesus.

For His patience and grace given when we draw near to Him, for more of Him.

So I hold on to this thorough thankfulness, because now we celebrate Him who “came to His own and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11 & 12).

Jesus coming to earth for you, and for me!

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

 

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8 thoughts on “Thoroughly Thankful

  1. James B. Shannon November 30, 2014 at 12:52 am Reply

    So many of the things you mentioned would have been easy to miss had you not been attentive to their presence. Too often, our busy lives blur out the amazing blessings all around us. It is good to be still and take it all in from time to time.
    Jim

    • candidkerry November 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jim! I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. WordsasWorship November 30, 2014 at 1:22 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing, Kerry. It’s been a good year after all…especially when family is in the mix. Love your photos and your words, and especially the Scripture at the end. Grateful to know you!

    • candidkerry November 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! I’m grateful for you, too. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  3. Lisa Burgo-Jones November 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Hi Kerry! Thank you for sharing your message with me…it brought so many smiles to my face seeing you and your family.

    You are blessed!! Thank you for your friendship!! Lisa

    Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 04:11:26 +0000 To: lizamae_3@hotmail.com

    • candidkerry November 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm Reply

      Thanks, Lisa! Hugs & Love to you!

  4. Rick Christensen November 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I am thankful for your writing and perspective …we need more portrayals of loving and faith-filled families!

    • candidkerry November 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Rick! I hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving!

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