Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday Thanks Tank

This has been a long month ... and we're only on the 13th ... so I thought I'd share some things I'm thankful for ... as a sort of reality check for me, if you know what I mean. Head on over to visit Pam at Without Fear for more Thursday Thanks Tank.

1. My husband recently took over the finances, paying bills, balancing checkbooks, etc. At first, I resisted. Now, I'm thankful. I know how hard it is to do, and I'm thankful that I don't have to do it anymore. I find relief in knowing he's taking care of it all -- and he's doing a great job at it. Yes, it has been tight, tight, tight. No, I can't go out and get a Mocha Peppermint when I want. No, I can't just charge a Christmas gift to our family account. But at the same time -- Yes -- my husband is being fiscally responsible, and that blesses me more than words can say.

2. I'm thankful for what little extra money we have in our bank account. So many people have nothing... praise God for what we do have.

3. I'm thankful for obedience and blessings through continued and faithful tithing. We tithe our full tithe, and it is hard ... it really is -- especially when our realestate taxes have gone up AGAIN, causing our mortgage to go up ... AGAIN. This week, my husband wrote in the memo line: "God, help us get through the week." And you know what? He has. He provides for us on a continuous basis -- maybe not in a monetary fashion, but we know he is always there, making sure we're okay!

4. I am thankful for the challenge of Christmas shopping on a small budget. It has taught me to appreciate many, MANY things... especially the home-made kind.

5. I'm thankful for the loving kindness our savior bestows on me on a daily basis.

6. I'm thankful for children that will sing "Twinkle Twinkle" with passion in their hearts.

7. I'm thankful for our church's "Bring Your Gifts" service. We had a wonderful evening of fellowship, song, stories, poems, and scripture. It was wonderful to slow down and savor the moment.

8. I'm thankful for girlfriends. They bring cheer, joy, and happiness (yes, I MEANT to be redundant) to my life. I love them so much, and I especially love doing little things for them.

9. I'm thankful that my one of my bestest-girlfriends said to me "I really need to find religion" the other day. Because I was able to say to her, "let's talk!" I pray for her and her family every day, and I see God's hand moving in her life!

10. I am thankful for family.

11. I am thankful for my Kisses of Sunshine -- Hunter and my husband -- the loves of my life.

So there you have it. A small sample of the many things I'm thankful for.

What are you thankful for?


momrn2 said...

We, too, are feeling more of a financial pinch this year. Somehow it has almost made it less stressful and has caused us to be more creative. We are making things as a family which is fun!

And I love the idea that your husband wrote a small prayer on the memo line of your tithe.

We also find it difficult some weeks to write that tithe check when it isn't clear where money will come from for other things... and yet God has never failed us. Somehow I don't believe He ever will!!! :-)

Thanks for such an encouraging list. It helps to remind what truly are the important things in life!

Ms. Can't Be Wrong said...

Thank you for sharing your thankfulness.

It has reminded me that God is still here. He has complete control of a nasty situation I have found myself in.

I'm thankful I'm His daughter.

Pam said...

This is a fabulous list, GiBee. We too are being more creative in our giving, spending and caring for those around us.

I am thankful for friends like you who point my eyes and my heart back to the Savior.

Sandy said...

Hi GiBee - Amen to your list! And good health!!

Susanne said...

What a wonderful list, Gibee! I love how you look for the good things within the hard things. We are also making every effort to stick to a budget this year. But God is a good God and He is faithful!

Heather Smith said...

The pinch is definitely there for me too, but as you said, God provides! And He will continue to provide. I'm thankful that I can trust in Him for EVERYTHING!

zoom said...

My job brings all walks of life my way. There is such peace in believing and for that I am thankful. I am thankful for mental health, for by the Grace of God go I. I am thankful that I am loved, and I have people praying for me.