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Today is another Thankful Thursday and I am excited to share with you what I am thankful for today. As I sat down to write, I asked myself the question "What am I thankful for today?" Almost immediately, a vision of my parents popped into my head. I took from that that God wanted me to consider how blessed I am to have them.
I won't even begin to pretend that my parents are perfect; they are not. They are flawed human beings just like the rest of us. If I know my God, He created each of us and He is aware of our flaws, yet He loves us anyway! That is definitely something to be thankful for, isn't it?
As with any marriage, the 54 years of their marriage have been a mix of good and bad. A marriage is never all good. If there were no bad, how could we appreciate the good times? My parents have always been loving...to my brother and me and to each other. I will never forget when we moved to where they live now. We found a church to attend and when we could go, my dad would always open the car door and the church door for mom. They would hold hands in church. They acted as if they were newlyweds according to some of the church members. In fact, there was a little rumor going around trying to figure out which of us kids belonged to which parent...after all, they couldn't have been married long...not the way they acted!
I am so very thankful for the family God chose to bless me with. It is because of my parents' love for one another and their love for their God that I am the woman I am today. They taught me so much...not with lessons, but by example. They lived a life in front of me that permeates my being today. They are a kind, loving example of a family committed to God.
I pray that you, the reader, will take a moment or two to reflect on those persons in your life that have been examples of God's love to you. Take a few moments to offer words of thanks to those people...either verbally or on paper. Let them know that they mean the world to you.