Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm Blessed


It's the week of Thanksgiving, so this week's "I'm Blessed" post is extra special.  I'm really hoping that this week as it is tradition to count our blessings, there will be more link ups with this party than ever before.  If it's easier to link up by just copying and pasting the button, here it is to put in your own post:






 
I'm so thankful for music.  I've been listening to a lot of music lately.  I got a new Andrea Bocelli c.d. and it just touches the soul.  Turning on old VBS music has been calming the kids down.  I just cannot imagine my life without it.

I'm thankful for one on one time with the kids that is so precious.

I'm thankful for my friend who came out to visit me on Saturday.  She brought along brownie mix and Oreos and made me Oreo brownies in my messy kitchen without a second thought.  
I'm so thankful for her.  I don't come across friendships like the one she has given me that often.

I'm thankful for lefse.  It's a Norwegian treat that we get on holidays, and once again Knut's grandma who is either 90 or close to it still makes it for the whole family and it's so good it brings tears to the eyes.  I'm so thankful for Knut's grandparents for 1,000 reasons, and this is merely one small way they are so cool.  She made it for Knut and I once at our old house and showed us all her tricks.  We video taped it, but ours still doesn't hold a candle to hers.
 
I'm thankful for times when David says "Mommy, I miss Great-Grandpa M.  I hope he likes heaven." like he did this last week.   His great-grandpa M. died almost a year ago, and David still talks about him.  My kids know 6 of their great-grandparents (well, 5 now...) and the ones in town they know pretty well.  How many of us know our great-grandparents pretty well?  It's so amazing to me.  

I'm thankful for evenings around the fireplace like this last Sunday night when Knut, the kids and I just sang songs, and were silly.  I think Knut and I are finally starting to relax.  Finally.

I'm thankful for my in-laws who drove the 3 younger kids and me to church yesterday while Silje and Knut were in the big city for the weekend.  I'll have to tell you more about it later, but I ended up being stranded at home without our van, and they gave me a ride without even thinking about it twice.  

Once again, this Thanksgiving I'm stunned with how much I have to be thankful for.  Through life's ups and downs, Christ is a constant.  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow."  When I go through a mental list of all my blessings, what it always boils down to is this: God's grace.  I do not understand it, no matter how I try.  I do not deserve it, and only I and He knows how deeply embedded my sin is.  (Well, maybe He knows more...)  How does one wrap a mind around a debt forgiven like that.  I feel like not only has God forgiven my debt, but he's given me richness of His Spirit heaped on top.  Isn't it overwhelming?  It's good to dwell on this.  It's where I always try to 
direct my mind when I'm struggling with unforgiveness.

Well, I'm starting to ramble in my thoughts, so that means it's time to stop and give someone else a chance to talk.  This week, of all weeks, share how God has blessed you.  Either leave a message, or leave a link to your blog post on how God has blessed you.  Don't forget to link back to this blog, or copy and paste the code above into your post for the little linky button.

Thank you all for continuing to be a part of this Monday party.  It is such a blessing to me.

3 comments:

Mom said...

I'm thankful for a godly heritage. Having my elderly parents over for Thanksgiving along with Heidi and her family will be so special! I'm also thankful that during these hard economic times, we have jobs, can put food on the table and pay our bills. I almost feel guilty for being so blessed. May I never forget, and never cease to praise the One who pours out all these blessings on us!

Kristen said...

Always enjoy your "I'm Blessed" posts. Hope you're having a great day!

Melissa said...

I love reading about your life, Gretchen.