I enjoy writing these thankful posts because they give me a reason to look back on the month and give God the glory for His many blessings. A few people have let me know that they enjoy these posts too, which makes me happy: we can always use a reminder to be thankful for what we have at this moment, even if we’re striving, hoping, and wishing for more.
- I give thanks for Canadian Thanksgiving, which we celebrated during the second weekend of this month. Our family (except for my youngest brother) had a delicious dinner (courtesy of my mom) and dessert (courtesy of my mom and my brother), and spent time together on Sunday as well as on holiday Monday.
- I’m thankful that God always meets my needs and many of my wants: earlier this month I reflected on losses, like that time when my purse was stolen and when my camera was stolen, and the financial losses due to loaning money to people who never intended to pay me back. Despite my errors and gullibility, God has never made me miss the money (I do wish I could find the same model of purse I had!). I’ve never had to put plans on hold due to the things that were lost or the borrowed money that was never returned. I’ve never gone hungry or wondered where my next meal would come from (um, no comments that I could probably afford to starve myself once in a while, ahem). That is a blessing.
- I’m thankful for the joy that my nephew brings to my life—he’s my “little love” as I call him and I have so much fun with his 18-month old self. I look forward to watching him grow and learn to speak.
- I’m thankful for the peaceful federal elections that took place in Canada this month. Politics brings out the worst in some people but it’s great to live in a country where my vote counts and where I can vote without fear. I’m looking forward to some positive changes, especially where jobs are concerned.
- I’m thankful for the generosity of friends. I scoped about generosity earlier this week. While hanging out with friends last weekend I mentioned my frustration with my damaged headphones and a friend gave me her ultra-cool, wireless Bluetooth headphones—so high-tech! By doing this she illustrated that generosity doesn’t have to mean running out and spending money; you can give something that you already have but are no longer using or you can give your time. The headphones were no longer useful to my friend but for my bus-commuting self they are a treasure!
- Last but not least, the elder of my two younger brothers celebrated his 29th birthday earlier this week and I’m thankful for his life and for all the wonderful things that are to come for him. He’s in the stage of life where getting a lucrative job is his number one priority. I want him to get that awesome job too, but I really want him to have a meaningful and purposeful life because money isn’t everything (and maybe only those of us who don’t have money say that!).
Thanks for reading—what are you most thankful for this month?