Tis The Season To Be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! Ahh, this time of year is my favorite. I love absolutely everything about these last two months in the year. The food, the decorations, the smells, the food, the trees, the atmosphere, the food, spending time with my loved ones, the food, just being able to relax, and did I mention the food??

All jokes aside, I really do enjoy how this time of year brings everyone together. When my family gets together for Thanksgiving, we sometimes go around the room right before we pray and everyone says something that they're thankful for. It's a simple question yet holds so much weight because the answers are endless. No matter what's going on in your life or what you have or don't have, everyone has a number of things to be thankful for.

This particular Thanksgiving there aren't enough words to express how thankful I am; so this blog will have to suffice. For those that don't know, I recently underwent surgery on Nov. 17, 2017. I had been in pain on and off for months but never assumed it was something serious so I didn't think too much of it. It wasn't until the pain became flat out unbearable that I finally went to the ER and within just one week subsequently found out the cause and that I would need surgery to correct it. Six days post-op, I can say that this whole experience has been the most emotional, painful, exhausting, and trying thing I've ever had to deal with. BUT, by the grace of God I made it!

Now, here I am, just extremely thankful. I mean I've always been thankful before, but it feels so different now.

I'm thankful for life. I'm thankful for strength. I'm thankful for a successful surgery. I'm thankful for a speedy recovery. I'm thankful to be walking around on my own and getting back to my old self. I'm thankful for my amazing mom who dropped everything to see about me and stayed with me the entire time I was in the hospital. I'm thankful for my family, friends and coworkers for all of the thoughts, prayers, and visits. I'm thankful for job security as I recover for six weeks. I'm thankful that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I'm thankful that I finally decided to go get checked out. I'm just thankful, y'all.

We take our health for granted. We take our jobs for granted. We take our loved ones for granted. We take opportunities for granted. We take His protection for granted. We even take our next breath for granted. But I'm so glad that God STILL chooses to bless us anyway.

My prayer is that this holiday season we will all be more mindful and intentional about giving God thanks for all of the blessings He has given us. Yes, food and football games are nice, but make sure you take the time out to give thanks to the giver of all these good things during this season. He's worthy to be praised! 🙌

"If He never does aything else for me, He's already done enough."

[What are you thankful for?? Leave a comment below! 🍂]