Saturday, November 1, 2014

Giving Thanks!

Our Bright and Sassy Pyracantha

A store clerk once shared with me wisdom passed on to her by a grandmother: “If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you don’t have.” I like that.
I may not be able to afford steak for dinner, but I never have to worry about putting food on the table. I may not be the healthiest person, but I haven’t been seriously injured. I may not . . . . The list goes on.
And if you’re healthy and wealthy and wise enough to be reading this on a computer, you can find quite a bit that you do have to be thankful for.
This is November, the month of Thanksgiving. I love fall with crisp winds rustling its colorful dress. Last month we took a trip to Ohio for a speaking engagement and so enjoyed the foliage along Route 80. My favorite trees are those that start to turn yellow or orange while parts are still green. Such contrast and beauty. I’m thankful I can be out and about during this beautiful season.
I’m working on a new writing project, and that makes me happy. I’m thankful that I can get up in the morning, go to my office and write.
I’m also thankful for the wonderful people I meet along life’s pathway. Who would have thought that in my 70s I would have a wider speaking ministry than during any other decade of my life? God is just full of surprises, isn’t he?
So take some time this month and tell the Lord what you’re thankful for—whether it’s something you have or something you don’t have. He longs to hear from you. And I would too. Why not leave a comment to tell me why you feel especially blessed today.

Sincerely,
Shirley

November Schedule:
November 4, 8:45 a.m. – Shirley at Women’s Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast, New Life Center, Millersburg (patriotic theme).
November 18, 6:30 p.m. – Shirley at Danville Tri-County After Five Club, “Trusting the Hand in the Glove.”