Happy Thanksgiving 2021. I realize it’s going to be hard for some people, especially during this pandemic. Please use masks and only eat with people who live with you. Normally I would share Thanksgiving with one of two sets of friends, but the pandemic may put those plans on hold.
I will be checking my blog and reading the blogs I follow throughout the day as I scheduled all of yesterday’s posts, today posts, and the first two posts for tomorrow yesterday.
I am thankful the Lord made the ultimate sacrifice to take our place for those who accept Christ. I am thankful for the things in my life that the Lord has provided. This isn’t only for the good things, but for the things He puts in my life that make it not as easy as it could be. There are reasons for why He does this. It could be to teach me a valuable lesson or avoid some hardship I didn’t realize I was about to face.
I am thankful for a roof over my head, for having my needs met and sometimes my wants met. I am thankful for learning to live with a cooler house in the winter. This was tough as I prefer 70 F for the winter, but I reached the point where that was way above my budget so I cut itto 60 F. With the old system, 60 was more than warm enough. With the new thermostat, I raised it to 62 F as 60 was too cold. I live under the blankets when at home to stay warm. That works well.
I learned to live without air conditioning as heating is more important than cooling. I learned to compensate and be thankful for things I can’t afford.
I have known many people who had much harder lives than mine, but some of those individuals were the happiest people you would ever meet. They saw the blessings the Lord gave them and didn’t worry about the problems facing them. I have known people who had much easier lives than mine with a lot of money, but they are some of the most miserable people I know.
Being thankful and happy are choices we can make or not make. I choose to be thankful and happy. I change what I can and adapt to things beyond my control or budget.
I remember Mrs. Spears – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94342825/glendora-spears, the first person I met who was missing a leg below the knee. She was our neighbor and she never complained about it. I know it bothered her, but she hid it well. She introduced me to the concept of phantom pain as she would get pain in her missing foot or toes.
I do my best to take life’s downs and realize they are happening for a reason. I may not know what the reason is, but I prefer to treat it as a potentially valuable learning opportunity instead of moaning about “Woe is me!” I also take the good things the Lord has done for me and thank Him for doing them.
If you have family members or friends who will be alone today, call, text, or visit them on social media.