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Thursday was Thanksgiving here in America, and there is much for which I am thankful. Many of my friends participate in the 30 days of thanksgiving posts via Facebook or Twitter. I thought I would just summarize my top few.
  I am first, and foremost, grateful for my salvation and my Jesus who has paid the penalty for my sin. Second, I am so thankful for my family. For my ever sacrificing, hard-working, Jesus-loving hubby who is always working on ways to love Jesus and his family better. For my two precious kiddos who help me understand God’s love for me in new and radical ways, who are such a source of joy and blessing for me, and who have helped me become even more tender and servant-hearted.
  Third, I am so thankful for my Dallas friends and family who stand in the gap for us again and again as our surrogate family. The ways we have been loved and cared for and treated as family have been so special. We are grateful for meals, Childcare, gifts, things for our children, the list is endless. What a true blessing our community is to us!
  Fourth, I am grateful for my church. The community where my entire family is growing and maturing in The Lord is such a beautiful picture of eternity for me. 
  Fifth, I am thankful for the women in my life who are my “best friends”. They have walked with me through ups and downs, singleness and marriage, DINKS and now as a mother. They have been a source of strength, encouragement, love, laughter, friendship and help me remain focus on my true North.
  Sixth, I am thankful for the string of good days I have had lately.  When you are struggling with your health, you soak up every good day, every positive moment you can when you feel good.  I am so grateful that there have been more good days then bad days lately. 
  Seventh, I am grateful for the warm sunshine.  The ever-present ball of light in the sky that reminds me that every day begins again.  New and fresh.  Yet, also reminds me to make the most of every day because tomorrow isn’t promised.  So – I have to keep chasing the sun.  
  Eighth, I am so grateful for the journey God has had me on the last two decades.  From many glorious years with Young Life, to all of my international travel, to marriage and kids, to ways that still remain to be seen.  I am so thankful to be enjoying the journey as much as the destination (if not, more so!). 
  Ninth, I am thankful for good night’s sleep.  I have not always known good sleep.  The last few weeks have been full of great nights of sleep. (I am so thankful for Young Living’s Lavender and Peace and Calming which both promote relaxing atmospheres and sleepy eyes).  But I am so thankful for sleep, any way I can get it.  I feel so much more alive, calm, peaceful, and excited to take on the day after a great night’s rest. 
  And last, I am grateful for the small increase in my health that is happening over the last few weeks.  Through acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, traction and Young Living oils, I am finally seeing some small improvements in my health.  It has been at least two weeks since my legs last gave out!  I am walking without fear for the first time in almost a year.  I still have pain and pins and needles, but have had no incidents of the “falling asleep”/”going dead” that is so scary and traumatic.  (Like when I couldn’t move my right leg off my gas pedal during rush hour on Preston to brake!  So frightening….and I had my kids in the car 🙁 ) 
  So I have much to be grateful concerning my health as of late.  I’m sure I could write a list of 100 things I am thankful for, but these are definitely my top ten.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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