Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving with our family.  My surgery is on Wednesday and I don't get to go home until Thursday.  My family is so AWESOME that we are all celebrating early together.  I am thankful for that.

I have been thinking a lot about giving thanks lately, not just the holiday but the actual act.  I have so much to be thankful for and with gratitude comes JOY!  I think about all the pictures we see and the stories we hear of kids who have very little and the joy we hear about and see in their faces.  It becomes obvious to me that our JOY does not come from the physical possessions we place value in but from inside the person.  When you choose to live a life built in Christ, and choose to live a life of thanks giving, then JOY will come and will shine for the world to see. 

My pastor gave a sermon on repentance yesterday.  It was eye opening to me and I think many others.  He gave the definition of the word repent from its base words.  The definition is to change your mind.  WOW, repenting is just changing your mind?  Within the sermon, he used Isaish 26:3, "You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."  His explanation being, "People whose eyes are fixed on God and not on self, experience His peace." And with peace comes JOY!  When I chose to repent and accept Christ and what He did for me, I changed my mind about the type of life I was living.  I chose light over darkness.  But almost daily, I have to choose to change my mind about something.  At this time in my life, I am choosing to be JOYFUL by focusing on God and who He is in my life and others instead of being bitter and angry at things that don't go according to my plans.  I am choosing to see God in daily acts instead of ignoring Him.  I am choosing to be thankful for the blessings in my life instead of always looking at the negative and wanting more.  I am changing my mind, repenting, for my selfish actions.  There was so much more in the sermon yesterday.  These are just some of the ideas I took from it.  You should listen to it. (Not Just a Women's Perogative.)  

Anyways, I am so looking forward to today and here are some of the reasons why:

*  I love my family.
*  This is the first time Josh and I have celebrated a holiday with both sets of our parents at one time. (The only thing that would make it better, is if all of the rest of our family could be here)
*  Yummy delicious, home-cooked food.
*  Happy healthy kids
*  Laughter and lots of it.
*  Being a part of God's family and the closeness I feel through everyone's prayers.

There is so much more and I am sure, I will list them soon, but right now, Ady is climbing on the keyboard and making it awful hard to type.  ENJOY your Thanksgivings and choose to make every day full of giving thanks instead of just this one.


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