Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Truly Thankful

All throughout the Bible, we're told to be thankful for all things and give thanks in all circumstances. Though we should remember to express thankfulness all year long, Thanksgiving gives us a special time to really look back over the year and give thanks for all that God has done.

I am so blessed. To be given the family and life I've been given, to have all kinds of comfort and joys... Yet too often I forget to focus on the blessing and instead see all the stress. However, I want to focus o the abundant blessings God's given me and cultivate an attitude of thankfulness.

First and foremost, I'm thankful for God's faithfulness. As I get older and uncertainty looms, it's so comforting to know that god is faithful. He's proved it time and again; He's shown me that I don't have to fear - I need to trust. I'm thankful to my Father for choosing me and welcoming me into His family. Without Him, I couldn't face another day.

I'm so thankful for my wonderful family. I'm so blessed to be a member of the Lofgrens! Yes, we have our quirks and no, we're not perfect. However, I'm so thankful for their love and support, advice and help. Without them, I'd be a very different person. I'm so thankful for all the time I've been able to spend with them this week!

I'm thankful that I'm home educated. I'm thankful for all the flexibility and ability to learn that it's given me. All the subjects I've studied over the past 12 years have opened my mind to explore a plethora of topics. All of the books my parents gave me the freedom to read allowed me to dream big and find friends around the world and through the ages. All of the activities and lessons I've taken have enriched my lives in so many ways. And yes, I am thankful to be a senior and that this spring I'll be able to graduate and explore new possibilities.

I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to teach ballet and direct plays, using the artistic ability God's given me. My 35 students of The King's Praise Ballet have brought me so much joy as I see them open up and dance for the Lord. The excitement on their faces as they finally "get it" is priceless. My little girls in their graceful attempts to be ballerinas are precious, and my older girls with their quick learning and ability are so enjoyable to work with. I'm also thankful for the new play God gave me and is allowing me to direct this Christmas. Although it's been really rough sometimes with everything else going on, it is a joy to see everything begin to come together. I'm thankful for all the families that are investing time to bring "Mary - Chosen By God" to life.

I'm thankful for all my friends near and far. My close friends that I get to see often give me encouragement and the fellowship I need to go on. My "sisters states away" send love and encouragement my way even though our daily life is far removed from each other. I'm thankful for all of you that read Maidens of Worth. I'll probably never even meet most of you, yet you've blessed my heart through your comments and blogs. You make it worth it to keep writing.

Last but not least, I'm thankful for the simple joys of home: beautiful fall colors, long swirly skirts, cooking, making a home clean, sewing and feeling fabric run through my hands - it quiets my spirit and leaves me refreshed. I'm truly thankful for all the little moments of home. I'm thankful for the beautiful state of Alabama and my home in this valley, Wisteria Pines.

I look forward with a thankful heart to a feast with friends and family tomorrow!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


Ella said...

We have been reading the psalms and all of the exhortations to give thanks this past week. It is sad we don't do it as often as we should. Like you, I have much to be thankful for! God is good! I am thankful for both you and Miriam. You are two of my sisters states away. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Anna!

Miriam Rebekah said...

I'm also thankful for being able to know you. I love having a kindred piano/music lover (even states away!).

I love you, Anna! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!