I Am Rich
I am filled up and overflowing.
I am abundantly supplied with love, support, and all the hugs I can hold.
I am blessed with family near and far; blood, step, blended and befriended.
I adore you all. I am so very thankful for you.
I read an email earlier this week and it reverberated in my soul. It was written by evangelist Greg Laurie. Some of you know, it was his radio show I listened to that turned my life from one of abuse, hurt, despair, and pain addiction to one of hope, joy, and blessings. The Bible came alive when I heard him speak about it and for the first time in my life, I truly understood what the Cross meant. So to Greg, thank-you and I am sharing your email on a day I am most thankful for.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
— Psalm 107:1
It seems as though merchants really don’t know what to do with Thanksgiving. They market Halloween and Christmas and make a lot of money off these holidays. But they don’t really know what to do with Thanksgiving, which is really very spiritual in its origins. It was designated by President George Washington in 1789 as a national day for giving thanks to God.
In the midst of all our feasting, it is very easy to forget about the one we are celebrating. Sometimes we even forget to give thanks altogether. You might be thinking, Well, I don’t have a lot to give thanks for. Maybe you are having financial troubles or health problems. Maybe there is conflict in your family. But we need to put things into perspective. As someone wrote,
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world. If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.
There is a lot to give thanks for. And the primary reason we were put on this earth as human beings is to glorify God and to give Him thanks.
I am so thankful to God and all he has done in my life. For his grace and his love.
I am rich. I am rich in more ways than I can ever explain to you.
A great treasure this year is Sue getting a hospital day pass to have Thanksgiving dinner with her family. That’s right. Mother-in-law gets to leave a hospital room for the first time in two months to be with her family. We are rich.
I have three beautiful and fun daughters that I cherish more than anything in the world.
I am rich.
I have an amazing husband who is kind, generous, loving and good to the very soul of his being. He is my “perfect” match. The man I wrote a list about. A fantasy list of characteristics which couldn’t possible be in one mate, but there he was. Rich beyond measure.
So…from our family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
And most of all…………. have fun!