Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thankfulness ~ by Anna

As I reflect this year, I find that I have an abundance of things to be thankful for. God has blessed me far beyond anything I could ask or imagine!

First and foremost, I am so thankful for my family. In a world of broken families, I am so blessed to have a family that is in-tact. I am thankful for my daddy, his protection, and all the wonderful talks and time together we've had. And yes, I'm thankful for his teasing, for it makes me feel special and loved. I'm thankful for my mother, and all the things she does, and how she supports and helps me with my projects. I'm thankful for my brother Luke, and the example of Godly manhood that he's been to me. I'm thankful for Michele, my wonderful sister-in-law, and for her hard work as a helpmeet to Luke. I'm thankful for Danielle, Alexander, Zacheriah, and Nathaniel, their four sweet children. Any aunt would be proud of them! I'm thankful for Maria and all the fun times I've shared with her, and how she inspires me with her artistry. I'm thankful for Ron, my great brother-in-law, and for all his generosity. I'm thankful for James, Sara, and Lisa Beth (soon-to-be born), their 3 sweet children. I've been so blessed to have so many nephews and nieces, while I'm only 16! I'm thankful for Miriam, the example she's been to me, and the fun things she dreams up for us to do. I'm thankful for Lydia, another wonderful example in a sister, and her amazing musical ability. I'm thankful for Elijah, my close brother, and how he's persevered during the huge workload at college. And finally, I'm thankful for Jubilee, who's not so little any more, and may surpass me soon. I'm thankful for the joy and laughter that she brings, and the patience she teaches me. =) I'm also so thankful for my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I've been blessed with so many!

I'm so thankful for all of my friends, those around here who I am blessed to spend time with, and those who've I've never met face-to-face, yet have been blessed by reading their blogs and interacting with them in comments. It's amazing how something as little as getting an encouraging comment can brighten my day so much. I'm so thankful that I, who used to have few real friends, now have such an abundance of them. God is good!

I am very thankful for all the students God has blessed me with, to teach them to honor Him with the gift of dance. He gave me many more students than I thought I'd start with - 21 so far, and a few more joining in January. It was been a learning experience, this learning to teach, and has been such a joy. I'm thankful for all those, who I now call "my girls", and look forward to teaching them again about the art of ballet and how we can use it to worship God.

I'm thankful for all that I've learned and am learning this year. I'm thankful that I am homeschooled, and am able to learn in more "unconventional" ways. I'm thankful for all the lessons and books my parents have invested in for me, and hope to use them to bring glory to God. I'm thankful for the gift of music, and for the flute and my voice, and how I am able to learn to train them, and praise God with them. I'm so thankful that I can be at home, and learn many of the homey arts, to one day use to make my own home beautiful. In the meantime, I am so thankful that I can serve my family in many little ways.

I'm thankful for God's creation. I'm thankful for our home, out in the woods, where we can see the beauty of God's handiwork all around us. I'm especially thankful right now for the lovely trees, arrayed in so many brilliant colors.

I'm thankful for the little things of life... spicy pies baking in the oven, homemade bread spread with jelly soon after coming out of the oven, hot showers, a baby's giggle, and a good, long book.

My heart is full and overflowing, yet I haven't even mentioned half of all I could say. I praise and thank God, for He has been so faithful! I'm thankful that He has my future in His hand, and that I don't need to worry, but just to trust Him to bring His plans for me into fruition.

Have a blessed, thankful Thanksgiving!

"Be joyful always; pray continually' give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Ella said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Anna! I am thankful for the encouragement that you write about.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thansgiving!

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

There is so much to be thankful for!

Jacqui said...

:-) I realized that afterwards...the phrase struck me as a good one and I used it, forgetting it was y'all's blog. Oops! I'm planning a series on you mind?

Anna Naomi said...

Jacqui, I don't mind at all! Go right ahead, and I look forward to reading it.

Anonymous said...

We enjoyed our visit with you! Thank you for playing with kids, playing games and dressing up with us! Love you!!