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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #25: Thanksgiving

Thirteen Things about Thanksgiving

Since Jan and Tonya are doing Thanksgiving this week and have another theme this week, and I got the email to join them, we're doing Thanksgiving a week early. Hopefully, as we begin to think what we're thankful for before the big day, before we get into all the preparations, we can make our preparations and celebrations with thankful hearts.

1. My new house. People keep asking me how I like it, and all I can say is I love it. I am so happy here. God really blessed us with this one.
2. My little Kiki. We call her the terrorist, and she is so much work. But you know, she brings us more joy than I ever imagined possible.
3. My little Bebo. She just amazes me with the things that come out of her mouth which began in her heart.
4. That Man. He's given me so much unconditional love. I don't know where I'd be without him.
5. Modern medicine. Even though I'm working to get back to more natural things in our family, with all the health challenges I've had this past year, I've gained a great respect for all the things modern medicine can do.
6. My Sara. She's one of the few people on this earth who really "gets" me.
7. Suffragettes. Maybe that's a weird thing to think of on Thanksgiving, but when I think of the first Thanksgiving and the praise they gave for God's bounty in a new land where they could have freedom to practice their religion, I realize that for many of the people coming over, freedom did not come for centuries. Because of the women fighting for our right to our opinions, I have the right to post on my blog, share my opinion, and when it comes time to vote, exercise that right.
8. Religious freedom. Let's be honest here. Some of the attacks on Christianity here suck. And sometimes it stinks to see so many things contrary to our values running rampant in our country. But it is such a blessing to live in a country where we can pray to our God, read our Bible, and worship as we feel led without fear of being arrested or jailed.
9. Good friends. This year, I've had some amazing people come alongside me. They've blessed me in more ways than I can count.
10. The Dog. Because he's The Dog.
11. Heavenly Provision. The past few years have been tough for us in a lot of ways. If you look at it on paper, there's no way we should have made it. But we did. God provided for us in so many wonderful ways.
12. A good cup of tea. Tea fixes just about everything. It makes me really happy. :)
13. God. Well, that's just a given, isn't it? Except it really shouldn't be. I think a lot of times, it comes out as rote, and we don't really stop to consider what an amazing God we really have. We kind of get used to Him, like a piece of furniture in the room. But what if we move that furniture? Suddenly, it's a big deal if the lamp isn't in the right place. Totally messes everything up. Yet, we don't walk around singing praises to the lamp. Maybe we should. Or at least we should take God out of the furniture department and keep Him on center stage. Huh. Didn't exactly mean to go there, but that's where my heart is. Being thankful that even though sometimes God is a lamp, and not in the psalmist sense, He still loves me, He still desires me, and He chases after me with an eager heart.

What are you thankful for?

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Anonymous said...

Nice Thursday post, hope you are having a nice day! I just posted my Thursday Thirteen with a few add-ons! Please stop by my blog if you can!

tonya said...

Danica, you are funny! I could hear your voice in this post!

jenn said...

What a great list. Happy TT!

Bloggers said...

Great post!! Loved reading it.

Kay Day said...

Nice list!
I did a TT, but it isn't about Thanksgiving. I'll do that later.

Jan Parrish said...

#7 is a good one. :) Thanks for linking me. I linked with your linky also.

BTW- I hope your cold is over soon.

Danica Favorite said...

Thanks Deb. Will be there shortly.

LOL Tonya, thanks!

Thanks Jenn!

Thanks WAHM!

Cool Kay! I'd planned on doing it next week, but since Tonya emailed asking folks to do Thanksgiving, I caved to peer pressure.

Thanks Jan. I actually feel better, if I could just stop coughing!!

Anonymous said...

Nice TT! have a great Thanksgiving...

Unknown said...

Great list! :-)

My list is here.

Lisa said...

That was a wonderful list. Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy TT

Anonymous said...

A very sweet post. I love it that you thought of the suffragettes. These Thanksgiving posts are making me ashamed that I don't count my own blessings more often. Let's face it---anyone living in America and able to afford a computer and time to blog on it has a LOT to be thankful for right there.

Robbie Iobst said...

Danica I love your list! Because He is the dog - brilliant!:0) Reading your list made me tear up and I took a moment and told our Lord thank you for those wonderful women who have gone before me! And I thank God for you!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on 9 and 12 at least!

Danica Favorite said...

Thanks Damozel!

Aw, Robbie!

Nicholas, I always appreciate how even though we're so different, we always agree on something.