Thanksgiving: the giving of thanks

I watched this video today.  I really hate holidays and holiday blogs, because I feel like they’re all the same.  I feel like they all are a little cliche.  But I feel like this is something that I needed to do.

What is Thanksgiving?  I feel like everyone talks about what they are thankful for and how the pilgrims and Native Americans had the meal together and how much they love the food.  But do we really give thanks?  I know we say what we are thankful for, but do we actually go out of our way to give thanks?  This is what I want to do.  But, for cliche’s sake, I shall say what/whom I am thankful for.

I am thankful for my life, and for Christ who died to save me.  I would not be alive today without the salvation Jesus gave me.

I am thankful that I get to attend Life Pacific College, and that my parents are willing to support me and help me pay for it.  I’m thankful that I have job and a car.  Not everyone does.

However, right now, I am really thankful to God, for all of the people He has put in my life to help me through all my ish.  They are in no particular order…

Mary Snyder:

She's been there since high school

Mary has stuck by my side through thick and thin.  She is one of the only people that I can sit in a room with and be completely content without saying a word or doing anything.  She is capable of loving me and walking through life with me, even if we are physically apart.  Right now, Mary is over seas, traveling through Europe, and apparently going to Africa on missions soon?  That last part may be false, not sure yet.  But I am so thankful for the amazing woman of God she is becoming, and for everything she has ever been for me in my life.

Michael Glenn:

The best friend/older brother he knows how to be

I don’t know what I did to deserve a friend like Michael.  I don’t even know where he came from.  Why does he love me in the unconditional, platonic manner that he does?  I’m not sure, but I am so thankful for him.  I know that if I really need someone, I can call him.  When I am at my lowest of lows, he’ll search me out to make sure I’m okay.  He truly does love and care for me.  I am so thankful that God has given me such a perfect brother like Michael.

Jenny O’Grady:

The perfect first roommate

Even though we no longer live in the same room, let alone the same building, Jenny is still acting like the perfect roommate.  She’s always willing to listen to me, and she doesn’t mind my honesty.  No matter what, she wants to understand me and to help me through everything.  She’s always willing to do whatever I need.  I am so thankful and blessed to have had such a perfect first roommate who blossomed into one of the best friends I could have ever asked for.

Josh Luke:

Oh Joshua Luke, my A.B.B.

I never expected to become such great friends with this man.  He has been such a light to my life.  I feel like we truly bonded over our almost-birthday-buddiness, but he has become so much more than that.  The brother in Christ that he has been to me has truly been a blessing.  He’s always caring for me and willing to listen to every stupid thing I have to say.  He is constantly touching my life.  The fact that he notices when I’m not around is so amazing to me, and I am truly, truly thankful to have been touched by my lovely friend from Hawaii, with the smile that looks like this :D.

Michelle Wheelus:

Yeah, that just happened

There is so much I could say about this girl.  She is the sweetest, nicest, best thing that’s ever happened to me.  She’s gone so far as to open her home to me in times of need.  We’ve had so many late night drives and talks and music parties that I’ve lost track of everything.  We have the stupidest inside jokes, and it’s just too amazing.  Her love for Jesus and the people around her is so amazing to see.  I love watching her grow and seeing how far we all have come.  I’m thankful that we can be weird and goofy, but have the deepest, most serious bonding moments that make our friendship all worth while.  I know that I will always have Michelle, and I am so thankful for that.

There are so many more people that I could talk about, but the time is late, and tomorrow is THANKSGIVING TURKEY TIME!  I pray that everyone has an enjoyable holiday season, no matter how much I hate it.
Think about what you’re thankful for, and let them know.






One thought on “Thanksgiving: the giving of thanks

  1. You are definitely someone who took time to GIVE THANKS for everything(one) they appreciate in life! Proud of you friend! Thanks for being a grateful soul and bringing the encouragement to everyone, i love you so much!!! Jen-eye. (the first roomie) 🙂

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