What are you thankful for?  It seems to be more of a cliche than a real question.  How many times are you asked this question?  How many times do you ask this question of others?  When you really think about it…I mean, really think about it, what are you thankful for?

We’ve become a culture of one or two word answers…stringing words together to form a sentence with a cogent thought is becoming a relic.  So…I’ll give it a whirl.

I am thankful for family – both organic and adopted.  My family has dwindled over the years.  Mom and dad on both sides have been gone a long time.  Tari is my rock – 35+ years together and a strength in my life beyond compare.  Brian and Kelly live in Ohio and while it seems close, at the holidays, it can be a long, long way away.  Lisa lives an hour away and she, too, has her own life in full gear.  Lisa will be here with Tari and I for Thanksgiving – it will be a joy.  Karen, my sister, is now in Arizona starting a new life there.  And yes, there are a few cousins left, but they are distant at best.  My organic family has shrunk dramatically. Then there is adopted family…Craig, Karissa, Bo, Diane, Tracy, Sherry, Jen, Ken and my new friends at The Center, Kelly, Rick, Wayne and so many more – individuals I work with nearly every day along with my church family (too many names to mention).   I am thankful for family!!  It may sound simplistic but know it is an awesome statement.

Beyond family, I am thankful for the abundance God has placed in my life.  The many gifts he presents each and every day – opportunities to make a difference in this world.  We can try to look in our rear view mirrors and hope and, yes, even pray for “the good old days” but I don’t believe this is what the Creator of the universe has in mind for us.  I believe our God desires us to greet him with thanksgiving in the morning and again when we lay our heads down on our pillows at night.

All of this has had me thinking about a question I was asked on Monday about my favorite verse.  When I think about “favorite verse”, I think about my life verses…verses from the Bible that have significant meaning in my life.  Verses that provide direction and guidance each day.  Having just one is difficult:  Colossians 3:17, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 1:16-17….all good ones and, over many years, each has provided life insights.  With over 31,000 verses in our Bible though, the one that is most significant for me is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  This verse is a constant reminder to me about my focus regarding thanksgiving…our God is with us wherever we go…do you believe this?  

So, what about you?  I know that many of you read this daily blog and find great joy in it.  Maybe you might want to share something for which you are thankful this year.  Or, how about sharing a verse from the Bible that is special for you…or, both!!  With over 31,000 verses in the Bible, what is your life verse?  If you struggle with having a life verse, try this link to get you going…http://www.magiquiz.com/quiz/what-should-your-life-verse-be/

I’ll close by wishing you many blessings for more than just one day of thanksgiving…every day should be a day of rejoicing and giving thanks to our God and remembering the following words:

The Lord said to Moses, Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:24-26)