Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cultivating a Heart of Thanks This Year

Happy Thanksgiving week, friend! I seriously love the holidays. What is better than food + family? Nothing in my book! Today, I'm linking up with sweet Kiki with The Circle, sharing what is on my thankful heart this year!

Testimonies. I'm so thankful that God has given me a story to share with the world. A story of His amazing love and mercy to me. I love hearing other's testimonies of God's goodness. I'm realizing that I'm just a tiny, microscopic part of His big story and I am thankful that God cared enough to redeemed my little story and has given me the opportunity through this blog and in real life to share it.

Holidays. I don't know what it is but when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, I just get so happy! Almost all of my greatest childhood memories took place during some sort of holiday so I think they will just always hold a special place in my heart! They help me realize that celebrating Jesus is a life-long thing, not just a yearly thing. And the family and food makes it that much sweeter!

A Healthy Baby + Body. I can't even explain how thankful I am that God has blessed us with a healthy growing baby inside of me. I'm always feeling her kick and move around and hit and dance in my belly. It makes me tear up thinking about it and how I don't deserve such a miracle. Because of fear and lack of trust in God and just a sinful heart, I always worried that my body wouldn't be able to care for another life but God is not hindered by anything. He makes anything possible. He is the God of miracles. And through this pregnancy, my trust in Him has grown more than I ever thought it could. And we can't wait to see our sweet girl in three months. I am so thankful. So, so thankful. God is worthy!

Newness. I just love that God created the idea of "new". He created new mornings and new days and new life. He created that awesome feeling of starting over new. I really think that that is His mercy to us. He knows that we mess up and sometimes need to start over, to start new. I am so thankful for each new day, an opportunity to glorify Him. I am thankful for new life. New beginnings. New years!

Kindness of strangers. I don't think of it as much as I should but you know how encouraging it is when a stranger does something kind for you? Whether it's paying for your coffee or taking the time out of their day to talk to you or compliment you... I want to be that kind of person!

Family. Oh, I am so thankful for my family... our relatives, our church family, and our friends. Each one is so special and brings an aspect of care and love into our lives. Last week, my mom and grandma along with my brother and sister came down to help us with our house. We were transitioning the office into a nursery for the baby and they went above and beyond. It looks like a new home! I was overwhelmed with thankfulness. My heart still bursts at the seams thinking of how God has graciously given us the gift of family.

Ultimate Sacrifice. This term "ultimate sacrifice" has been on my heart lately. In church, we have been going through the Old Testament and learning about how everything points to Jesus Christ... how the sacrifices made in the Old Testament were simply pictures of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ. My heart erupts with gratitude and wonder. God has been showing me that Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice and that because of this ultimate sacrifice which covers me, I have the opportunity and freedom to come to God the Father spotless and confident as a CHILD of God. Wow.

Life with my husband! I seriously could go on and on and on for days about how amazing my husband is. Seriously, I hit the jackpot. I think often about how just awesome God made him and continues to make him. He honestly LOVES and ADORES and SEEKS after Jesus and it's amazing. He cares for me soooo much to the point where I just want to cry almost everyday (okay, that's probably the pregnancy hormones). Tonight, he is making me dinner and helping me put ornaments on the tree. I think he is an angel in disguise. Thank you Jesus for my husband!
What are you thankful for this year? Making lists or being intentional to think of what you are thankful for seriously does wonders for your heart. I realize how good God really is! Tell me in the comments below all that you are thankful for!

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