"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. "
Let me tell you, working Thanksgiving Day and the weekend made following these instructions difficult. But I tried.
The thing about being thankful is this: the more you think about what you are thankful for, the more you have to be thankful for. It is almost exponential. As you think about the blessings in your life, you are able to realize that you truly are blessed in more ways than you could ever imagine. As they say in Vegetales "a thankful heart is a happy heart."
I have noticed that as I have pursued this adoption, I have felt my heart grow more full of thanks. I am thankful for my warm house, yummy food, clean water, nice clothes, and the provision of physical and financial needs God has provided. I am thankful for my health, for Abigail's health, and for the amazing health care available to us. I am thankful for my family and friends, and for knowing that I am loved. I am thankful for my salvation, for my growing church family, for the fellowship I share with believers around the world. I am thankful for Abigail, and the way God used an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy to bring me to this point in my life. I am thankful that God has good plans for me.